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Dear Auntie, You recently answered a question about having more fun in the office. They worked brilliantly - have y...
Dear Auntie, You recently answered a question about having more fun in the office. They worked brilliantly - have you any more ideas?

VM, London

Dear VM, Yes, try these:

n Rush to the doors of the council chamber during a hot debate while muttering that you are expecting a friend. After a while and once you have everyone's attention let the doors close and say: 'Hi Michael. Glad you could come. Do you know everyone? Let me introduce them to you.'

n Come in early one morning and move your desk into the corridor and whenever someone comes close shout 'have you got an appointment?'

n Leave a medium-sized cardboard box in the corner of the office and when everyone is in ask them if they can they hear that ticking noise.

Such japes we can have.

Dear Auntie, My boss keeps getting on at me for my speling. What can I do?

DB, Oxford

Dear DB, According to rseearch at Cambridge University, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny important tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit place. The rset can be a tatol mess and you can sitll read it wouthit porbelms. Tihs is because the hmuan brian deos not read ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Dear Auntie, The council is wanting to merge our education and social services departments. I'm the director of education and there is no word over who is going to lead this service - me or my opposite number in social services. I can't bear her and it will really stick in my craw if I have to work for her.

BL, Midlands

Dear BL, I don't think anyone has thought through these new proposals. What about all these new performance management directorates that are springing up everywhere - why don't you suggest to your council that it sets one of these up and you would be the man or woman to head it up?

If you have any questions please e-mail

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