Hillary Clinton is 10 months younger than I am.
If she can hold down the position of the United States Secretary of State at her age, will someone please tell me why I am being put out to grass because eighteen months ago in a restructuring of the organization, some stupid person copied and pasted from another company's HR policy that people like me have to retire when they hit a certain age The policy, according to some, is 'not written in stone' but that is of no consolation to me as I reluctantly count down the months, days, hours, minutes and seconds until the 31 December 2012. Oh make no mistake, I have my feelers out and there have been several discussions but after almost nine years of blood, sweat and tears together with a passion and love for my job, as the time to clearing my desk and shutting up shop grows nearer, my heart sinks deeper and deeper.
I am sure some people would love to be in my position but I am not ready to sit on a beach and toast my toes - I can do that in my spare time!
You may all be in for one long moan between now and December- either that or an interesting narrative as to how the red tape works!