This is the official blog of ex-Sgt Ellie Bloggs. I was a real live police constable then sergeant for twelve years, on the real live front line of England. I'm now a real live non-police person. All the facts I recount are true, and are not secrets. If they don't want me blogging about it, they shouldn't do it. PS If you don't pay tax, you don't (or didn't) pay my salary.

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Another Year, Another Blandmore

(Not Blandmore.)

How do I know the New Year?

Not by the countdown, the chanting, the cheering. Not by fireworks on the river, nor bright city lights, nor hugs and dancing. Not by my boyfriend's kiss, nor Auld Lang Syne, nor families and fires.

I don't know the New Year by my short skirt, silly hat and aching heels. I don't know it by the stagger down the road for a cab, nor by my vomiting on a police officer's boots, nor the stranger who takes me home. I don't know about the fumbled struggle at someone's house, nor the phone-calls asking where I am, nor the wandering through town laughing at passing cars, wearing only one shoe.

For me, the New Year doesn't start with screams, shouts and accusations. Nor broken crockery, raised fists, knives taken from drawers. I don't know the New Year by the police at my door, nor the blood on my hands, nor the day I'll always remember.

I know the New Year by an overtime code, a scramble for custody spaces, five missed calls from my boyfriend. Relatives asking what my plans are and shaking their heads. Twelve hour shifts, other people's blood, driving from town centre to town centre. Going home, curling up and sleeping. There is no celebration, no fireworks, no song. There is just me, and those like me, surviving the New Year if we can.

Another year starts, and Blandmore is the same.

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Blogger Minbu said...

Just keep doing what you keep doing. Thank God for people like you. Hope 2009 isn't too bad!

01 January, 2009 19:33

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those were the days my friends, now its slippers and memories, deep joy.

01 January, 2009 20:55

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds exactly like how I spent the hours of 1800 on the 31st to 0800 this morning. Only I was on foot!

01 January, 2009 21:17

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you didnt fair to bad Bloggs, I would miss your delightfully insightful sarcasm.

Wish me luck on my single, very simple new years resolution.

Get into the Job full time.

02 January, 2009 05:02

Blogger Hogdayafternoon said...

For some bizarre reason, your post reminded me of happy hours spent in the audience of the numerous "Rocky Horror Shows" I've attended over the years, wearing my DJ tailcoat, clown make up and dracula hairstyle. Near the end, the professor in the wheelchair pleads with some of the cast who want to save the monster that is Frankenfurter. Professor thinks he must be destroyed and shouts, "Society Must Be Protected...."
The audience always unaninously responded by shouting out, "Fuck Society". I often recalled that moment as I ploughed my way through the mess that was my old job. Perhaps the audience were on to something?

02 January, 2009 11:50

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Finished work on new years eve at 2100 after a 15 hr shift. Went home. Glass of wine and bed by 2200.

The first i knew of 2009 was the alarm clock going off at 04000, to go back to work again.

Kind of sets the tone for the year...

02 January, 2009 12:28

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I'd given up, many years ago on retirement, the staying sober because I was driving but with two party loving daughters each going to different parts of the town and then needing collecting because their designated driver was legless (I knew that would happen) meant I too was out and about and noticing the efforts of the local officers trying to stem the tide of alcohol fuelled troublemakers, while being understaffed due to an ovetrtime ban, made me so grateful for their presence. Hope you have a good 2009 (and sorry for such a long posting with only one full stop in it - or should that be 'innit'?)

02 January, 2009 14:25

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overtime code whats that cancelled rest days are the order of the day to put cops outside clubs who are paying PSU rates for the privildge.

02 January, 2009 15:09

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds a lot like my New Year. Cancelled rest days, lack of sleep and trying to control the pissed up who want to do nothing but cause mayhem.
Happy New Year Ellie

02 January, 2009 21:31

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent and thought provoking post as usual.
Keep safe in 2009

03 January, 2009 14:07

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's one time of year i genuinely pity coppers collectively it's the last 2 weeks: close to 0 chance of leave, no chance whatsoever of not having to mollycoddle pissed scrotes, domestics galore and usually a few messy suicides to boot.

Mind you i wouldn't mind the good excuse to avoid the family at Christmas!

03 January, 2009 19:17

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep... same here, last thing I crearly remember was Dec 22nd. Since then its been up, work, fight, blood, laugh, cry, mop up whats left, stick the OT form in and start again. Repeat.

Now its the 3rd and I've just landed, the adrenalin has worn off and I've got a large Vino by my side.

Happy New Year all.

P.C. A. Hunn

03 January, 2009 19:42

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know you (I don't THINK!)but I do the same job as you and your post really struck a chord.In fact it made me feel quite sad, and hope that you aren't letting it get you down....
Remember you do make a difference and its ok to want to save to world even if it doesn't want you to!

03 January, 2009 21:34

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do no good and you make no lasting difference for the good.

- and all the days of uselessness stretch ahead of you.

Why not a resolution that 2009 brings on a change of career?

04 January, 2009 11:42

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 11.42 above; Scotch and tranquilisers or a hosepipe in the exhaust. Those that I found using this method usually had a sort of smile on their face. If we give up optimism we give up all hope. "Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they may just give a tiny shit"

04 January, 2009 13:07

Blogger Joe90 said...

Yes, you maybe right, but Police Officers choose to be in the job, no one forces their hand.

Happy New Year.

04 January, 2009 14:07

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the best Bloggsie for the New Year....

May you be blessed with a bounty of sanction detections, nothing but decent jobs and arrests, and loads of warnings for court on a rest day less than 5 days notice....

Hamish Macbeth

04 January, 2009 16:57

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, so well written!

04 January, 2009 19:01

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The public are a bunch of ungrateful twats!

04 January, 2009 20:10

Blogger Julian Meteor said...

I LOVE your upbeat post!!!! rofl

At least you HAVE a job!!!! lol

05 January, 2009 09:27

Blogger Cadet Blogsy said...

Don't let it get you down, you do a good job and a majority of us are thankful to you for keeping us safe.

I hope you have a good 2009 Pc Bloggs.

05 January, 2009 19:27

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all love it really

05 January, 2009 20:45

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julian Meteor... as said by the guy whose profile picture is a long-haired bloke/girl in a football shirt holding a can of beer and facing the wall...

06 January, 2009 00:28

Blogger Julian Meteor said...

Stop flirting, Sto

06 January, 2009 08:07

Blogger Julian Meteor said...

GREAT lead. Never thought of that.

I am DESPERATE for work if anyone has any (?)

06 January, 2009 13:22

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a big whinge from you blogsy, reminds me of an old phrase, something about heat, and kitchens. Take note...

06 January, 2009 22:36

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Bloggs :o)

07 January, 2009 01:34

Blogger uncommon said...

"Going home, curling up and sleeping. There is no celebration, no fireworks, no song."


LOL, been there, done that, and you know, maybe it is actually better for you than the list of sorrows the others went through to celebrate.

Kudos, keep safe.

brendan (atlanta)

10 January, 2009 09:21

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