My brother took a redundancy package from his job last year. They gave him a good package and he has no personal debt. He spent the last three months of 2011 travelling around the US and central America and pitched up in Cork at Christmas.
Over the holidays, he was muttering darkly about having to spend “upskilling and retraining funds” his company had given him as part of his package. In my mind’s eye, I think I saw him doing a diploma in accountancy. I understand that he has suggested to the company and they have approved that he should spend 3 weeks in February in Chamonix improving his French. I am speechless with envy tinged with reluctant admiration.