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Here, for your interest, is an 'opportunity' sent to me by an arts organisation. Below their correspondence is my reply. It's an absolutely typical example of how hidebound by political correctness and handcuffed to what I call 'office bollocks' the whole business has become during the past decade or so. It's also one of the reasons why the new government will probably slash the arts budget to ribbons. Thanks guys.
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 4:06 PM
Subject: Norfolk & Norwich Festival Opportunities
Dear Creative Practitioner (whaaaaa??)
Here at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival we are compiling a new database of Creative Practitioners. You are currently registered on our previous contact list.
If you would like to be included on the new database and therefore updated on future opportunities:
a) as part of Creative Partnerships programme
b) as part of the wider Norfolk & Norwich Festival Creative Learning schools’ offer
Then please complete the registration form which can be found at www.nnfestival.org.uk under current opportunities.
Please note: You will not be added to the new database until a registration form is submitted.
(ooooh I'm really scared!)
inal Message -----
From: Martin Newell
To: Gaelin Little
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 4:19 PM
Subject: Re: Norfolk & Norwich Festival Opportunities
Dear Arts Co-ordinator,
Whoever cooked up the phrase 'Creative Practitioner'? I mean, think about it; it really is rubbish, isn't it? Brian Sewell's right. They should disband the whole Arts Council and give the money to the homeless --especially if they're using stuff like that in their mail-outs. Really! And please take me off your database. This really is too embarrassing. I think I'd almost rather go back to working as a kitchen porter.
yours most sincerely