Firstly, I think I've broken the cardinal rule and given a colleague enough information to find this post - so Jean, if you're reading this - Hello :-)
Secondly, I've allowed myself to get wound up. I made a slight cc error on an email earlier and the fallout has left me rather on edge. It's not that I wouldn't say what I said to the peoples faces, but they reacted completely disproportionally and I am completely failing to make them see sense. Plus it's Friday night so sensible people have better things to do than argue with me. So far my favourite phrase used against me has been "crass ineptitude", one extememly heavy implication that my employer should sack me (as if I wasn't going to get a redundancy notice in January anyway) and a great philosohphical disagreement over whether I should be responsible to "the wider public sector" or "my direct employer" when there exists the potential for their priorities to be different.
Earlier in conversation it was remarked that I get more enthusiastic about work than I do about my social life. This might actually be true. Perhaps I need to get involved in a highly politicised hobby. I'm considering joining a camera club.
For now? I'm going to watch a nice calming movie. Brazil is on at the IMAX? I'm there...
And yes, I do appreciate the irony.