It will be lonely…

P1060525People often wonder how Scottish Stuart and Irish Dave managed to work together at IBTSC. Well, it wasn’t difficult and it was fun.  We had a lot in common. People had difficulty understanding us (particularly Stuart) when we spoke. We’re both pipers – no I don’t play the bagpipes, work it out for yourself.  We shared a similar kind of humour, the ‘always slag off your mate as much as possible’ kind of humour. We shared each other’s toys, little windup toys, we amassed a great collection and our favourite was the woodpecker. We had such fun with the woodpecker.  We both spent Wednesdays trying to avoid Dorothy – that’s her day in the office. We spent everyday trying to avoid Marianne and there’s a reason the library was on a different floor of the building – sorry Pieter!

In practice our working week went along the following lines:

Monday morning we’d look at each other wondering how we both managed to end up in the Netherlands.  Then we would proceed to lament the coffee on offer before a conversation about what needed to be done by Friday – and what there was half a chance of getting done by Friday.

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A few days in the pressure would tell on one of us – usually Stuart would crack first and start throwing a starfish on his head.  Ok, so he never actually threw a starfish but he would start playing with the windup toys and playing bagpipe music loudly.

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Inevitably I too would succumb to a little craziness and need my level headed colleague to  pull me back from the edge of insanity with one of those ‘wise up and catch yourself on wee lad’ looks

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By the end of the week all composure was gone and we just embraced crazy.

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Stuart, I will miss your friendship, companionship and craic. Here’s a little tune to bring a tear to the eye

 

 

 

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