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Affairs of the state

published: 2008-11-27

I visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as research for my novel. A few minor details caught my attention. One of them being a print-out of a man's picture against the wall next to the elevator stating, "40 years of loyal service for the Ministry! Send Sam a text message – 7946." 
I tried to imagine what it must be like to have worked somewhere for 40 years and the reward you get is to see your face (the printer-ink toner was almost finished making his face look purple) stuck to a wall with cellotape. Perhaps not receiving a single text message.

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