....plus c'est la meme chose! Yes - the more things change the more they are the same.
I have always had difficulty with that saying; not easy to understand I thought. But this morning it came to mind when a New Look Times arrived. (for New Look read go up 10p a day!)
Why is it that people need to change things when they are going well. Schools and education also spring to mind - you just get a system going well and whatever Government is in power will bring in a new system, or what they call a "new" teaching method (those of us who have been teaching for many years have usually seen it all before). What, of course, doesn't change is the students being educated - and the teachers educating them. They stay the same and have to adapt, often at the cost of some part of the overall care of the students. When I listen to friends who are still teaching and the amount of paperwork they have to get through, I am jolly pleased I have retired.
But, back to the Times. It is, from today, an All-in-One paper. I am quite pleased about this as frequently the second part is missing and I have to return to the shop and ask for it. This will no longer happen. But I know for certain that come tomorrow morning there will be letters of protest in the Times - and a corresponding number praising the new format (they must be seen to be impartial and show both sides of the argument...ha...ha)
When they went tabloid the readership went into overdrive. Now all the fuss has died down things are just as they were before. Irate crossword doers wrote in to say that when the cryptic crossword was on the back page they could fold the paper horizontally to do the crossword. Now it is on the inside back cover and the paper has to be folded vertically, which is not so easy!
I shall not be writing in. Inside it is just the same as it always was - the same editorials, the same attitudes, in other words I suppose a perfect example of plus ca change wouldn't you think?
Do you like change or would you prefer things to go on in the same old, sweet way?
Thank you so much for all the commiserations about my back pain. I have printed off all the replies so that I can sort through suggested treatments and remedies. You always come up trumps you lovely people. One thing is for sure - I am not alone in suffering back pain and that in itself is a great comfort. As for the heavy cold = it is only a light cold today and I am sure that by tomorrow it will have gone. But I really do appreciate your concern - thank you so much.