Affairs of the statepublished: 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.