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    Issue no. 15

    Amsterdam Trip
    A Year in Movies
    Well Done Legal!
    Office Wisdom

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Contents                            Editorial
Equality Unit Update            3
                                    Welcome to Issue 15 of our In-Touch Magazine. Apologies
                                    for the gap from Issue 14 – circumstances beyond my
Farewell Derek Burgoyne         4   control!

Sam Quinn FCIPS                 4   In this issue, there is something for everyone, including
                                    valuable words of wisdom from that world-renowned guru
                                    of self-development, David Brent.
Amsterdam                       5
                                    Enjoy the articles!
A Year in Movies            6-7
                                    Please keep the articles/news items coming, either
New Telephone Numbers           8   through your representative on the Team, or by e-mail
                                    directly to me.
Well Done, Legal Directorate! 9

Office Wisdom               10
                                    Better late than never!
???????????????             11      Congratulations to Liz Cherry (nee Murphy) of FPS re. her
                                    wedding in December! It has gained significance now
You know you’re living              because she is expecting twins in August!
in 2003 when....            12

Ten at Ten                  12
                                    congratulations to Ruairi Magee, Purchasing, CSA RSS,
                                    Royal Group of Hospitals Trust who recently passed his
                                    MBA with Purchasing Specialism

Editorial Team
Alan Cairns (Managing Editor)
Anthony Houston (Editor)
Roisin O’Hare                       Heidi Alexander              Marie Lewsley
Jean Caldwell                       Christine Banks              Alan Magee
                                    Kerry Anne Barker            Christina McBride
Margaret Davies
                                    John Black                   Peter McColgan
Michelle Doherty                    David Blair                  Damien McLaughlin
Donna Heaney                        Susan Boyle                  Hilary McLean
                                    Lynsey Bullick               Rhonda McMullan
David McLaughlin                    Michael Carson               Anthony McStravick
Anne Williams                       Nicola Corrigan              Joanne O’Neill
                                    Edel Doherty                 Barry Sheppard
Denise Black                        Jacqueline Ferguson          Kevin Toal
Stephen Lindsay                     Clare Griffin                Samuel Williams
                                    Paul Grimley                 Anne Williams
James Dimond
                                    Johanna Lawson

New Offices                                            Equality
The Unit recently relocated to new offices in
Champion House. We are now based on the
2 nd floor, Champion House in the Human
Resources Directorate. We can be contacted             Assessment
at the telephone numbers given below:
      Greg Irwin (Equality Scheme Manager) -
      direct line: 028 90553642
      or Champion House, ext. 2297                     Thanks to all members of staff who took part
                                                       in focus group discussions or who forwarded
      Anne Basten (Equality Researcher) -              comments on the Equality Impact
      direct line:028 90553641                         Assessments.
      or Champion House, ext. 2287                     The consultation period is now closed and the
                                                       final EQIAs are completed.
      Donna Heaney (Equality Assistant) -
      direct line: 028 90553641                        The next step in the process is the signing off,
      or Champion House, ext. 2287                     of the EQIAs, by the Agency Board. We will then
                                                       implement a deliver y plan for the
                                                       recommendations contained in the EQIAs and
UK LIMITED                                             it is expected that implementation will take
                                                       place in 2003/2004.
A new “Jerusalem” or “If” for today?
How about “Land of Dope and Gluttony” – in decay?

Relaxed amidst the haze of uneasy peace,               Training - Note for your Diaries!!
Afforded the luxury of artificial anguish
(An episode missed; OFFSIDE, ref, PLEASE!)
We gorge on faux-culture, ours relinquished            Equality Awareness Training for staf f -
                                                       forthcoming dates:
Stadia have become our Sabbath temples
The young prey on the Elderly
Who mourn the passing of any semblance of Community    Tuesday 16 September 2003
Forged in adversity, now – bizarrely – a fond memory   Friday 17 October 2003
Loss of empire: spirit jaded
An umpire at yet another loss; What the deuce!?        Disability Awareness Training -
Only black-and-white glories, and faded                Thursday 11 September 2003
Signal a once-triumphant prowess, merely dust

UK, yes, but no more great Britain                     Please for ward all nominations to Donna
The constitution of a 51st State’s being written …
Michael Durkin

Well Done, Michael!
                                                SAM QUINN FCIPS
FAREWELL                                        Sam Quinn retired on 28 August 2002 after 28 years
                                                working in the Health Service. A presentation was
                                                made to Sam on 29 August 2002 with many of his
                                                colleagues present from the Trusts, Boards and
                                                Agencies throughout Northern Ireland.

                                                Sam commenced his career in the Health Service
                                                in 1974 as Area Supplies Officer for the Eastern
                                                Health and Social Services Board and in 1992 he
                                                took up the post of Director of Contracting and
                                                Logistics with the Central Services Agency Regional
                                                Supplies Service.

                                                Sam’s experience in purchasing and logistics
                                                spanned over 30 years within the public and private
                                                sector having previously worked as Purchasing
                                                Manager for ICL for 7 years. He is a
                                                Founder Member of the Northern Ireland Branch of
                                                the Healthcare Supplies Association and a Fellow
                                                of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
                                                and has received the Meritorious Service Award in
  We say farewell, on retirement, to Derek      1998 for his service to the Institute.
  Burgoyne, the Directorate’s longest
  ser ving solicitor, who joined the Legal      One of Sam’s notable achievements was to lead
  Department, as it was then called, of the     his Contracting and Logistics teams to successfully
  CSA on the 2nd September 1974.                obtain ISO 9002 Accreditation.

  In a career with Directorate of nearly 29     The Central Services Agency would like to wish Sam
  years, he has left an indelible mark over     a happy and healthy retirement and to let him know
  the years, during good times and bad          that his colleagues, staff and friends will miss him.
  times. He contributed to the successes
  of the Directorate and played his part in
  the achievement of the ISO and Lexcel

  Derek expressed his regret in leaving so
  many friends in the Directorate and the
  Trusts, which he served. For some years
  his wife, Nina, has not been well and he
  welcomes the opportunity of being able
  to give more time to her well being.

  “The Directorate of Legal Services has a
  young and vibrant team” Derek said, “the
  future is bright for it and the HPSS Boards
  and Trusts which it serves. It is probably
  one of the most challenging and varied
  legal departments in the public sector, I
                                                (L-R) Dr. C. Sullivan; Mr. S. Quinn; Mr. A. Cairns; Mr.
  wish it well”.
                                                H. McPoland

To celebrate the retirement of a colleague, four friends
from Medical Directorate flew to Amsterdam for a short

On arrival at Amsterdam Central Station four lost souls
trundled over tramlines dragging suitcases behind them
trying to locate our hotel. This turned out to be quite
central and after a quick freshen up we hit the shops.
Footsore and weary a few hours later we decided to leave
the remainder for another day. It was time to revive
ourselves with some food and a lot of liquid refreshment.
The aroma from the “Coffee Shops” had us high and we
were sorry we didn’t take a quick course in how “to roll
your own”.

Next day it was time for the “Cultural Tour”. We visited the
Van Gough Museum and one of our number absorbed
enough information to give her would be artist husband a
few helpful hints on her return. Anne Frank’s House was
well worth the short queue for it’s reminder of man’s
inhumanity to man however it seems we never learn.

The Red Light District was next on the agenda. A colleague
told us to visit the Banana Bar, however we were not so
uninhibited as he was. Window shopping here was very
enlightening especially under ultra violet lights psychedelic
bikinis certainly stood out.

We became pals with two Israeli Drag Queens who were
staying at our hotel and Cathleen swapped tips on make
up and the latest nail colour.

However all too soon it was time to return home with our
memories of canals, culture drugs ,sleaze and shops.

It was definitely an interesting city well worth the visit.

      2002 - A Ye
               Ye                                                                              (by Stephen Lindsay – Pha

                     2002 was the usual mix of good, bad and indifferent films, with only a handful
                     you could easily call great. Sequels, as always, were the main staples of the big
                     studios, with varying degrees of success. Bond returned, so did Harry Potter
                     and the second of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

                     The year began with veteran actor Robert Redford showing the younger cast
                     members of “The Last Castle” he could still cut it. He played an inmate at a
                     military prison fighting against the corrupt system his fellow prisoners have to
  Another “old timer” 72-year old Clint Eastwood returned to the thriller genre with “Blood Work” based on the novel by
  Michael Connolly. It told the story of a cop who receives a heart transplant, unaware the donor has recently been
  murdered. With the help of the victim’s sister he sets out to find the killer. Michael Caine too gave a potential Oscar
  winning performance in “The Quiet American” based on the Graham Greene novel. Caine played Thomas Fowler, a
  London Times correspondent, covering the Vietnamese fight for independence in 1952.

  My own personal favourites tended to come from Europe and independent filmmakers. The best of
  the bunch included “Donnie Darko” a brilliant first feature from Richard Kelly, which starred upcoming
  actor Jake Gylenhall as the eponymous Donnie Darko. It tells the strange tale of a young man
  apparently saved from death when a plane crashes on his parent’s house. Minutes before the
  accident he sees a strange figure dressed in a rabbit costume, who informs him the world will end
  in 28 days. Quirky, original and hugely entertaining, this for me was the highlight of last year.

                     Other notable films included Steve Martin who returned to top form in “Novocaine”
                     playing a dentist involved with one of his patients in a satisfying noir thriller. Tom
                     Hanks played against type by portraying a gangster in Sam Mendes’ “Road To Perdition” with
                     excellent support from Paul Newman as Hanks’ father.

                      The high standards set by foreign filmmakers continued with some fine examples.
                      Prominent among the handful of films were Pedro Almodavar’s superb “Hable
                      Con Ella” (Talk to Her), which re-inforced his well deserved reputation as a director
                      to rival any of the Hollywood greats. The story of two women brought together
  after near fatal accidents, their two lovers and the interaction between the four characters was a
  supreme example of filmmaking at its best. Great soundtrack too!
           Alfonso Corazon’s “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (And Your Mother Too) was another treat, an
  original road movie about two childhood friends vying for the attention of their female travelling
  companion. Like “Donnie Darko” the surprising and unexpected denouement, combined with brilliant acting, made it
  stand out from the crowd. Two other films of note were “8 Women” (8 Femmes) a whodunit/musical, whose cast list
  was a virtual who’s who of every major French actress of the last fifty years. Finally Brazilian epic drama “City of God”
  about two young boys. One dreams of being a photographer, while the other drifts into a life of drugs and crime.
  Explosive and unforgettable.

  Elsewhere the standard Hollywood fare, films based on best sellers, TV series and sequels dominated the summer
  months. The best of these were “Spiderman”; Sam Raimi’s brilliantly realised take on the comic book hero with Tobey
  Maguire as Peter Parker, and “The Count of Monte Cristo” a well-dramatised version of Dumas’ tale of revenge and
  honour with Jim Caviezel in the title role.

  Some of the worst films included the hopelessly bad “Scooby Doo” with the actors vying with the
  CGI effects to see which ones were the most unrealistic.

  The pointless “Men In Black II” which was a basic re-hash of the original with none of the surprises
  and wit. “Reign of Fire” the only instance where the poster was better than the film and “XXX”. An
  attempt to bring a new “secret agent” to the screen to outdo the Bond franchise, but coming off a
  poor second.

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armaceutical Directorate)

                           Australia provided us with two of the best films in years. The first, “Rabbit Proof Fence”, set in the
                          1930’s told the true story of three aboriginal sisters who were taken away from their parents and
                          sent to a “facility” in the outback. This was part of the then government-backed scheme to eradicate
                          the aboriginal from society via ethnic cleansing, leading eventually to the total extinction of the race.
                                    Gradually escaping from the compound and trek thousands of miles across the Australian
                          outback, to return to their family. Breath-taking scenery and stunning performances from the three
                          young leads all of whom had never acted before, lend the film a raw documentary feel, which gives
                          the story its heart. Equally there was “Lantana” a tale of a woman’s disappearance and possible
                          murder and its repercussions in a small Australian suburb.

               Chief amongst them is the husband of the missing woman, whose marriage has been rocky since the death of
      their child. The two best friends whose friendship becomes strained when one of them suspects that the others
      husband of being involved in the woman’s disappearance and the policeman sent to investigate the crime who ends up
      having an affair with one of the villagers.

      Actors getting behind the camera became a new trend, with fair to middling box office returns. Bill Paxton’s excellent
      “Frailty” was a gripping tale of a father bringing up two sons. After a vision one night, he becomes convinced that he
      has been given a sign by God to eradicate demons that he suspects are roaming the earth in disguise. He proceeds to
      do “God’s work” armed with a trusty axe. Told in flashback it charts the descent of his madness as he eventually
      involves his two sons. This was a totally absorbing film with great performances.

               John Malkovich also saw his debut as a director released, although he stayed behind the camera for “The
      Dancer Upstairs”. It starred former Oscar nominee Javier Bardem as an honest cop in Latin America where corruption
      is commonplace. While leading the hunt for a terrorist leader he falls for his daughter’s dance teacher. Their relationship
      is a stark contrast to the violence stirring in the community. It’s a subtle film letting the story unfold slowly, so that all
      the details of the drama feel un-hurried. Unfortunately neither this nor “Frailty” achieved big box office returns and
      have virtually been forgotten. I heartily recommend them both when they are given a video release sometime in the

             In closing, it was a typical year, with heavy emphasis on sequels as an easy way of making money, with the best
      of the year tending to come from outside the Hollywood norm. Hopefully 2003 Hollywood will take a leaf out of the
      independent filmmaker’s book and make movies worth seeing. Films to look forward to in 2003 include Alan Parker’s
      “The Life of David Gale”, Al Pacino in “The Recruit”, “The Hours” with Nicole Kidman, George Clooney’s directorial
      debut with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, the true story of Chuck Barris, a quiz show host who also worked as
      a CIA assassin and Quentin Tarantino’s eagerly awaited “Kill Bill”. All this plus sequels like X Men 2, The Matrix :
      Reloaded and The Matrix : Revolutions and the final instalment in the Tolkien trilogy, “The Return of the King”.

      If I had to single out any particular movies I would choose the following ten, in no particular order of preference:

                          1)     Donnie Darko
                          2)     Hable Con Ella (Talk To Her)
                          3)     Monster’s Ball
                          4)     Road To Perdition
                          5)     Frailty
                          6)     Rabbit Proof Fence
                          7)     Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother Too)
                          8)     Lantana
                          9)     The Dancer Upstairs
                          10)    Oceans Eleven

  If ringing from outside   NAME                    SECTION                     EXT    DDI
                            Christina MacAllister   Acting Director             2297   90553642
  the Agency and you have
                            Jeanette Murray         PA to Director              2284   90553642
  only an extension
                            Norah Emerson           Support                     2247   90553649
  number – please ring
                            Paddy Hanna             Support                     2296   90553636
  CSA switchboard, ie       Michelle Doherty        Support                     2282   90553643
  90324431 and they will    Louise Whitbread        Support                     2294   90553638
  transfer you to the       Denise Rooney           Support                     2281   90553644
  appropriate extension     Robin Harkness          Support                     2280
                            Greg Irwin              Equality Unit               2297   90553641
                            Anna Basten             Equality Unit               2287   90553641
                            Donna Heaney            Equality Unit               2287   90553641
                            Paul Millar             Selection and Recruitment   2292
                            Danielle Druse          Selection and Recruitment   2299   90553633
                            Leanne Mulholland/      Selection and Recruitment   2295   90553637
                            Aine Matthews           Selection and Recruitment   2256
                            Mr S Hodkinson          Chief Executive             2212   90553688
                            Amanda Mills            PA to Chief Executive       2204   90553688

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ISO 9001 ISO 9001                                                        ISO 9001 ISO 9001
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                                                                        Whilst ISO 9001 is an award obtainable in any office,
  Well Done
ISO 9001 ISO 9001                                                        ISO 9001 ISO and is
                                                                        Lexcel is an award purely for a Solicitor’s Practice9001
                                                                        in fact awarded by the Law Society for Northern Ireland.
ISO 9001 ISO 9001                                                        ISO 9001 with annual 9001
                                                                        The certificate lasts for three years, ISO reviews

  Legal Directorate!!!!!
ISO 9001 ISO 9001
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                                                                        within that three-year period.
                                                                         ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                                                                         ISO 9001
                                                                        Staf f responded magnificently toISO 9001the challenge of
   The Legal Directorate has successfully achieved ISO 9001             achieving these awards and take full credit for this
   and Lexcel accreditations ISO 9001
ISO 9001 following a rigorous assessment                                 ISO awful lot of time,
                                                                        success. An 9001 effortISOwork was      and hard 9001
                                                                        put into this achievement and the whole Directorate was
   at the end of November 2002. This
ISO the quality of the service we provideexternal validation
   of 9001                    ISO 9001     is a tribute to the           ISO 9001
                                                                        absolutely delighted, not just at theISO 9001
                                                                                                                 achievement itself
ISO 9001 in People Award,9001 ISO which the Agency
   effort and commitment of staff within the Directorate.
   Along with the Investor
                                                                         ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                                                                        but at the convincing manner of it.

ISO 9001 thisISOthe9001
   as a whole achieved,        confirms      standing of our            IISO 9001 gratitude to all staff, but
                                                                          would express my thanks and           ISO 9001
   practice. None of our competitors has such accreditations            particularly the Section Heads, Siobhan Cairns, Claire
   and we therefore remain ISO 9001
ISO 9001 ahead of our competitors. All of                                ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                                                                        Corr, Gary Sharratt, and Gail Walker, the Practice Manager,
                                                                        along with the Assistant Directors, Donna Scott and Hilary
   our sixteen solicitors
ISO 9001 specialise in particularthose areas
                              ISO 9001
   Law and this creates an exper tise in
                                                 areas of the
                                                                         ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                                                                        Wells and our Business Manager Owen Nicholson.
ISO 9001 ISO 9001
   unmatched by our competitors.                                         ISO efforts and commitment the achievement
                                                                        Without their 9001                      ISO 9001
                                                                        would not have been possible. I would also thank Gary
   The assessment carried ISO 9001
ISO 9001 out in November looked at our                                   ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                                                                        Millar, Management Consultant, for his invaluable support
                                                                        and assistance throughout the process.
   structure, systems
                              ISO as9001
ISO 9001 and processes,management ourcase
   management, use of technology and
                                             well as
                                                                         ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                              ISO 9001
ISO 9001 of staff interviewed, files audited
   loads. The assessment was rigorous, lasting two days
   with a large number
                                                                         ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                                                                        We look to the future with renewed confidence.

                              ISO 9001
ISO 9001 The assessment was carried out
   and systems checked.                                                  ISO 9001 ISO 9001
   by S G S Yarsley, Management Consultants, who found                  Mr. A. Maginness
   no minor non-conformities under ISO. 9001
ISO 9001 ISO They explained to                                           ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                                                                        Director of Legal Services
      9001 ISO we had obtained
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   the accreditations convincingly.
                                                                         ISO 9001 ISO 9001
                                                                        PS. Congratulations to Kathryn Minnis who has recently
ISO 9001 ISO 9001                                                        ISO 9001 ISO Care.
                                                                        passed the Diploma in Managing Health & Social9001

         • Have you or anyone in the office got a mobile phone          Their work rarely draws any government funding so they
           you don’t use?                                               have to raise most of the money to support these children
                                                                        and their families; they never turn a family away due to
         You have seen the adverts on television gently persuading      financial restraints - that is why these sort of recycling
         us to buy the next state-of-the-ar t piece of digital          schemes are so important to them.
         technology; well for all of us that have been swayed (and
         statistics tell us that there aren’t many who have resisted)   By recycling your old mobile phone, you will not only be
         we can all feel better about giving in to temptation by        helping the environment but also these children.
         turning our need and/or extravagance to a good cause!
                                                                        Please do not send your mobile phones direct to BIBIC.
         BIBIC - the British Institute for Brain Injured Children has   Contact Jean Caldwell in the Research & Development
         been operating a recycling scheme for ALL mobile phones,       Office, Tel 028 9055 3613 or email jcaldwell@rdo.n-
         functional or not, trendy or downright embarrassing! They who will organise their collection.
         can take them all and turn them into hard cash to help
         them continue their work.                                      If you would like details about this or any other money
                                                                        raising schemes or further information on the work of
         BIBIC is a registered national charity that helps children     BIBIC, please give them a call on 01278 684060.
         with learning difficulties caused by conditions such as
         autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, brain injury,         Many thanks for your continued support and remember
         genetic syndromes right through to dyslexia and dyspraxia.     to keep forwarding your toners for recycling too.

                  OFFIC E WISDOM
  1.   Eagles may soar high, but weasels don’t get sucked
       into jet engines.
  2.   Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an
       emergency on my part.
  3.   There may be no ‘I’ in team, but there’s a ‘ME’ if you
       look hard enough.
  4.   Process and Procedure are the last hiding place of
       people without the wit and wisdom to do their job
  5.   Remember that age and treachery will always triumph
       over youth and ability.
  6.   Never do today that which will become someone
       else’s responsibility tomorrow.
  7.   Ever y time you open your mouth you have this
       wonderful ability to continually confirm what I think.
                                                                21. Those of you who think you know everything are
  8.   Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a LOSER!              annoying to those of us who do.
  9.   Put the key of despair into the lock of apathy. Turn     22. There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’. But then there’s no ‘I’ in
       the knob of mediocrity slowly and open the gates of          ‘useless smug colleague’, either. And there’s four in
       despondency - welcome to a day in the average office.        ‘platitude-quoting idiot’. Go figure.
  10. It’s the team that matters. Where would The Beatles       23. Know your limitations and be content with them. Too
      be without Ringo? If John got Yoko to play drums the          much ambition results in promotion to a job you can’t
      history of music would be completely different.               do.
  11. What does a squirrel do in the summer? It buries          24. Make good use of your cylindrical filing unit, the one
      nuts. Why? Cos then in winter time he’s got something         you mainly keep under your desk.
      to eat and he won’t die. So, collecting nuts in the
      summer is worthwhile work. Every task you do at           25. Quitters never win, winners never quit. But those who
      work think, would a squirrel do that? Think squirrels.        never win and never quit are idiots.
      Think nuts.                                               26. If you’re gonna be late, then be late and not just 2
  12. When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve         minutes - make it an hour and enjoy your breakfast.
      it more easily by reducing it to the question, “How       27. Remember the 3 golden rules: 1. It was like that
      would the Lone Ranger handle this?”                           when I got here. 2. I didn’t do it. 3. (To your Boss) I
  13. Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some            like your style.
      days you are the statue.                                  28. The office is like an army, and I’m the field general.
  14. If your boss is getting you down, look at him through         You’re my foot soldiers and customer quality is the
      the prongs of a fork and imagine him in jail.                 WAR!!!
  15. If you can keep your head when all around you have        29. Set out to leave the first vapour trail in the blue-sky
      lost theirs, then you probably haven’t understood the         scenario.
      seriousness of the situation.                             30. Statistics are like a lamppost to a drunken man -
  16. You don’t have to be mad to work here! In fact we             more for leaning on than illumination.
      ask you to complete a medical questionnaire to            31. A problem shared is a problem halved, so is your
      ensure that you are not.                                      problem really yours or just half of someone else’s?
  17. If you treat the people around you with love and          32. Is your work done? Are all pigs fed, watered and ready
      respect, they will never guess that you’re trying to          to fly?....
      get them sacked.                                          33. You don’t have to be mad to work here, but you do
  18. If at first you don’t succeed, remove all evidence you        have to be on time, well presented, a team player,
      ever tried.                                                   customer service focused and sober!!
  19. You have to be 100% behind someone, before you            34. I thought I could see the light at the end of the tunnel,
      can stab them in the back.                                    but it was just some b*****d with a torch, bringing
  20. If work was so good, the rich would have kept more            me more work.
      of it for themselves.                                     35. Avoid employing unlucky people - throw half of the
                                                                    pile of CVs in the bin without reading them.

A new All-Ireland Clinical Trials Co-operative Group                                Office (R&D Office) in Belfast, who will between them,
(AICG) aiming to improve the detection and treatment                                provide ˛1m in support money over the next two years
of cancer was officially launched in Belfast on                                     to ensure that clinical trials on the relatively small
Thursday, 12 June 2003. Professor Sir George                                        combined island population of 5.4 million can be
Radda, Chief Executive of the Medical Research                                      undertaken efficiently and that findings can be shared
Council and Chairman of the National Cancer                                         effectively for the ultimate benefit of patients. The
Research Institute of the United Kingdom was guest                                  AICG is a real demonstration of the impact of the
of honour at the launch which was held in the Post                                  Consortium in developing new and dynamic ways of
Graduate Centre of Belfast City Hospital.                                           organising cancer research and hence improving care
                                                                                    for cancer patients.
The new AICG brings together those involved in cancer
research and care throughout Ireland and Northern                                   As par t of its ongoing commitment to providing
Ireland in a new organisational arrangement, based                                  infrastructural support for health and social care
on the proven US cancer clinical trials model. It offers                            research, the R&D Office in Belfast has recently
an opportunity to increase the amount of clinical trial                             established a Clinical Research Support Centre (CRSC),
activity undertaken on the island of Ireland, in co-                                hosted by the Royal Hospitals. It provides a range of
operation with colleagues in the US, the UK and the                                 support services including study design, statistical and
rest of Europe.                                                                     health economics advice, and data management for a
                                                                                    broad spectrum of health and social care related
                                                                                                     research, and will support clinical trials
                                                                                                     in all disciplines. The CSRC will provide
                                                                                                     the statistical and data management
                                                                                                     functions for all participating centres
                                                                                                     involved in any clinical trial carried out
                                                                                                     under the banner of the new Cancer
                                                                                                     AICG. The CRSC will play a crucial role
                                                                                                     in study design, data handling, analysis
                                                                                                     and reporting of AICG trials. The
                                                                                                     headquarters function for the group
                                                                                                     is being provided by the Dublin based
                                                                                                     Irish Clinical Oncology Research
                                                                                                     Group, which has several years
                                                                                                     experience of co-ordinating cancer
                                                                                                     clinical trials.

At the launch of the new All-Ireland Clinical Trials Co-operative Group (AICG) (left to right) Professor
                                                                                                     The new co-operative group will link
Robert Stout, Director of Research & Development for the Health & Personal Social Services
(HPSS); Dr Ruth Barrington, Chief Executive Health Research Board (HRB); Professor Sir George        Cancer centres throughout Ireland,
Radda, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Chairman of the National            including the Nor thern Ireland
Cancer Research Institute of the United Kingdom; Dr Karen Bailie, Director Clinical Research
Support Centre (CRSC); Dr John Armstrong, Chairman Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group
                                                                                                     Regional Cancer Centre made up of
(ICORG); Professor Patrick Johnston, Director NI Cancer Centre                                       the Belfast City and Royal Hospitals
                                                                                                     and the Cancer Units in each of the
The Group was formed under the auspices of the                                      four Health and Social Services Board areas. The
Ireland – Northern Ireland – National Cancer Institute                              Northern Ireland Cancer Clinical Trials Unit (NICCTU),
Cancer Consor tium, and is made up of ten                                           established at the Belfast City Hospital, and currently
participating centres, nine centres in Ireland and one                              participating in around 50 clinical trials, will be the
in Northern Ireland, and a headquarters function in                                 Northern Ireland focus for the AICG. The NICCTU,
Dublin and a statistical and data management                                        supported by R&D Office funding, undertakes a wide
function in Belfast.                                                                range of cancer research through integrated work
                                                                                    involving Queen’s University, the University of Ulster,
The initiative is jointly funded by the Health Research                             and any of the Health and Social Services Trusts.
Board in Dublin and the Research & Development

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                              Q1.     What was Nancy Reagan’s occupation before she devoted herself to
                                      her husband’s political career?
                              Q2.     Which film musical, starring Liza Minelli, is set in Berlin during the rise
                                      of the Nazis?
                              Q3.     How is a drink served when it is described as frappé?
                              Q4.     Which sport has a ‘beach start’ and a ‘dock start’?
                              Q5.     Which piece of sporting equipment shares its name with a character
                                      from A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
                              Q6.     Which city did the Medicis rule?
                              Q7.     In which country can the Negev desert be found?
                              Q8.     After whose death was Prince Juan Carlos I sworn in as King of Spain?
                              Q9.     What would you do with a Lee Enfield?
                              Q10. What is the name of the leader of the Fire Brigades Union?
                              A9. Shoot with it A10.   Andy Gilchrist
                              A5. Puck (ice hockey) A6. Florence A7. Israel A8. Generalissimo Franco
                              A1. Film actress A2. Cabaret A3. With finely crushed ice A4. Water-skiing

                              Peter Nicholson

You know you’re living in 2003 when.....

  1.    You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.
  2.    You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.
  3.    You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
  4.    You e-mail your mate who works at the desk next to you.
  5.    Your reason for not staying in touch with friends is that they do not have e-mail addresses.
  6.    When you go home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in a business manner.
  7.    When you make phone calls from home, you accidentally insert a “9” to get an outside line.
  8.    You’ve sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.
  10.   Your CV is on a disk in your pocket.
  11.   You learn about your redundancy on the 11o’clock news.
  12.   Your biggest loss from a system crash was when you lost all of your best jokes.
  13.   Your boss doesn’t have the ability to do your job.
  14.   Contractors outnumber permanent staff and are more likely to get long-service awards.
  15.   Board members salaries are higher than all the Third World countries annual budgets combined.
  16.   Interviewees, despite not having the relevant knowledge or experience, terminate the interview
        when told of the starting salary.
  17.   Free food left over from meetings is your staple diet.
  18.   Your boss gets a brand-new state-of-the-art laptop with all the latest features, but you have time to
        go for lunch while yours boots up.
  19.   Being sick is defined as you can’t walk or you’re in hospital.
  20.   There’s no money in the budget for the five permanent staff your department desperately needs, but
        they can afford four full-time management consultants advising your boss’s boss on strategy.
  21.   Your relatives and family describe your job as “works with computers”.
  ¢     >> > > AND THE CLINCHERS ARE...
  22.   You read this entire list, and kept nodding and smiling.
  23.   As you read this list, you think about forwarding it to your “friends”
  24.   You got this email from a friend that never talks to you anymore, except to send you jokes from the net.


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