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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Carlsberg don't do compliance, but if they did...

This is undoubtedly the most tedious message I have ever posted…at least from my point of view. Some of you may disagree but please keep that to yourself.

It concerns GDPR, or ‘Government departments pile-on regardless’ as I have decided to call it, mainly because the other options are too blasphemous:

I reiterate my promise to respect your privacy.  (Regretfully, I cannot promise you will receive the same courtesy from the British or European governments, which is one of the reasons I'm writing this blog and not in the Red Sea SCUBA diving). 

I will not give or sell your name or email address to anyone.  Your email address is stored at Mailchimp, whose privacy policy is here:

If you WOULD like to continue to receive my subscriber email, please reply to this message and I’ll take that as a ‘yes’. You don’t even need to speak if you can’t summon the enthusiasm.

If you DON'T wish to receive it any longer, you can just ignore this email and I will take you off the list.

I’m aware that there is an automatic way to do this, but the techno-babble sent to me by ‘Mailchimp’ was much more tedious than this…imagine that...and frankly I can’t be ‘arsed’ to translate it into English.

Having gone through this process, I will be ‘compliant’…which is not an aspiration I’ve ever held…but to be frank, I’m prepared to ‘lie back and think of Brussels’ on this matter, if it reduces the likelihood of having to talk to someone who has chosen ‘Government Data Cop (Blogging Department)’ as a career.

Thank you for giving this message the last 30 seconds of your life.  I hope it won't turn out to be the last, just the most recent.

Best, MarkGB

P.S. Aficionados of 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' will recall that the only job more boring than ‘Government Data Cop (Blogging Department)’ is 'Quantity Surveyor':

Rowan Atkinson and a little friend in the sketch: 'Ask the family'. 

Rowan Atkinson and a little friend in the sketch: 'Ask the family'. 

Whose line is it anyway?

The weaponisation of 'Anti-Semitic'