This blog is a personal view of how it feels to be the Vice-President, and then the President, of CIPA. These are my own words, not CIPA’s: tongue-in-cheek, often irreverent, sometimes satirical. They are written for people with a sense of humour, a broad mind and a generous and forgiving spirit. And talking of spirits, they contain quite a lot of references to gin, which I like drinking. If you think you might find this type of writing disturbing, please do not read any further.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Creative writing and life advice (and scaring the auditor)
3 March 2015
I spent most of yesterday and today writing my speech.When you are a brilliant creative writer like
me ha ha, at least a third of your writing time is spent looking out of the
window in search of inspiration, and another third preparing and consuming
refreshments.And that is my excuse for
only having written three pages in two days and for most of the three pages to
be less interesting than the washing instructions on my underwear.
4 March 2015, 11 am
We have invited the auditor to our Internal Governance
Committee meeting.The auditor said he
was too busy but he sent a junior auditor instead and the junior auditor looks
like he wishes he’d been too busy as well.He wears a pained expression.He explains
anxiously, and in detail, the notes to the annex to the bit about the audit
that really counts.He does not say
anything much about our actual finances.
We suspect the auditors have absolutely no idea what CIPA
does for a living and don’t like to ask.They probably think we are some kind of self-help group for misguided
4 March 2015, 10 pm
Now I am in a hotel room writing a last-minute blog for the
IPO, who have realised that it is International Women’s Day on Sunday and
couldn’t think of anyone better suited to write a last-minute blog about women
and IP than someone who is not much good at either but known for being a
In my blog, I say that women do not have to be domestic
goddesses in order to make it in the world of IP.It is enough just to be good at IP, I
say.I feel the need to state this
because it is not always immediately obvious from the stuff people write about
women in the professions.
I have a 700-word limit, so I am not able to include my
Vital Advice to Women in IP Who Are Not Domestic Goddesses.But clearly, whilst it is OK not to be a
domestic goddess, there are certain social and professional situations which
you then need to steer clear of.Like,
inviting people round to your place for dinner.Like, agreeing to make birthday cakes or fancy dress costumes for your
offspring (because that is what supermarkets are for).