Monday, November 22, 2010

Writing letters

Can anybody tell me if it is correct to capitalise the first letter of the first word, immediately after the salutation on a letter?

My understanding is it is not. For example:

Dear Sir,


further to our discussion, we attach herewith a detailed proposal.

MS Word will usually capitalise the "F" in "further". I don't think this is right because the sentence starts with "Dear Sir" and ends with "proposal". It does not start with "Further"

Does anyone have an opinion?

Just had to redo about seven letters because of the perceived error.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rushed off my feet

It has been a terrible weekend. It was only a few days ago that I was rejoicing in an unexpected extra holiday this month. There I was, anticipating time to catch up with my reading, sleep and generally unwinding by doing nothing at all.

Was my small wish too difficult for the gods?

I think it was because I have been rushed off my feet - running around like a mad thing since Friday afternoon, no proper afternoon nap on either Friday or Saturday (did sneak in a couple of hours here and there), slept little in the nights due to the damned cold weather, drove about 80-100 kilometres just running errands in Colombo and had the rain to deal with yesterday and today.

I have ended up having less time than a normal weekend. Either the gods have wicked sense of humour or some sorcery is afoot, and I think I know who's responsible......

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I have been rather overworked these days and my last weekend was quite stressful, hardly had time to relax. I was anxiously scanning the calendar to find out when the poya holiday was falling and was bitterly disappointed to find out it was on a Sunday.

Imagine my delight this morning to discover an email from our HR department telling us that we would be on holiday on Friday.

The message starts off like this:

"Dear Operational Team Members,

We have received a request form the Honorable Minister of the Labour Relations and Productivity Promotion to grant a holiday on Friday, 19th November 2010 to organizations located in areas of Colombo 1,2,3 and 4.

The Employers’ Federation in their circular to the employers have advised that appropriate action be initiated by such employers considering the practical difficulties the employees may encounter in terms of movement/road closers etc"

Oh, the irony of a Minister for productivity promotion declaring a holiday.

I however, am quite delighted.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Once an accident, twice a coincidence, but thrice?

Kottu is pretty boring these days, mostly made up of posts on sports and fashion. Not that I mind those, but it is hard to have a conversation on these.

Instead of Kottu, I now trawl through Lady D's blogroll instead, and what did I find today?

Purple Socks says: I want to

The Drummer replies: I don't do, I don't do.

Ramblings says: One night in Bangkok

The Rose states: Why A Woman is a Better Wingman

Are these just a coincidence or is the blogosphere hotting up?