On making a good first impression
What's it to be? The back stairs down from our first floor office to the kitchen, or a big entrance down the newly installed spiral staircase?
The spiral staircase that takes you down to the newsroom and past all the managers, backlit by the floor-to-ceiling windows with views over open countryside down to the Thames.
I've made an effort. Pressed trousers, clean shirt and tasteful tie. No more the slob in jeans, T-shirt and trainers. It's high time I made an impression on the people that matter in this organisation. Even the shoes have been polished.
So: Down the spiral staircase, looking stately and business-like holding a clipboard with the day's meeting agenda.
A nod to the editor-du-jour and a smile in return.
And then, my newsroom colleague deflates me with two simple words:
Arse. Arse. ARSE. ARSE.