I rarely blow my own trumpet – other than tongue in cheek. Today I make an exception.
In the wake of the current Volkswagen shame all over the press I will confess that my very first job in England was at VAG (Audi Volkswagen Concessionaires). I was twenty six at the time. It was a short term assignment.
My leaving reference, written by head of HR (human resources, the department I worked in) reads:
“During her period with us, albeit a brief one, she proved herself a diligent and efficient employee.”
So far so nothing. What else is an employee to be than diligent and efficient? However, here is the punchline: “… bla bla bla … and it is, therefore, a matter of sorrow that we had to lose her.”
A matter of sorrow. Think about it. I didn’t. Until recently someone, and remember the English are given to understatement, said: “What? Sorrow? That’s a bit over the top, isn’t it?”.
There you are. Once encountered never forgotten. And always missed. Makes for a rotten spy.