THE public service in any country is a strange place. Its denizens live in an environment that is at best unreal and at worst bizarre.
Public service behaviour and rules remain a mystery to many mere mortals. But such matters still haunt the dreams of those of us who finally managed to escape its clutches.
It also has many traditions, most of them inexplicable.
I was reminded of this when I saw a recent tweet about the working hours of many government offices and the 4.06 pm knock off time.