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Discussion in 'Lounge' started by sd0324, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. billyturnip A Fixture


    I had two this morning. :hungry::happy:
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  2. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Look forward to that:)
  3. Dan Morton A Fixture


    And both were probably 7-UP, peanut butter and crackers, right? [I'm more familiar with air turbulence and, for me, that's the only thing that stays down.]

    All the best,
  4. billyturnip A Fixture


    I had my usual bowl of porridge and still feeling slightly hungry went for the healthy option of bacon, sausage, fried egg, black pudding and baked beans, washed down with strong black coffee.
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  5. Richie A Fixture

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  6. brian A Fixture

    Bullshit baffles brains Tony.
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  7. brian A Fixture

    I've had numerous jobs since leaving school at 15.Eventually joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a dog trainer/handler.On returning to the U.K. i've been involved in the private security industry,until i retired 3 years ago.Studied at the University of Life, where i gained a Masters degree with honours.
    I now just bum about and paint figures.
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  8. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

    A very interesting life.(y) .. Dog trainer/handler .. :D This has piqued my interest.

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  9. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Well I think he was a shit dog trainer because as hard as he tries he cannot train those two old salty dogs Del and Ron :D
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  10. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Archive bookbinder, now retired (16 years, Hahahaha!) 36 years service to The Crown in National Archives of one sort and another. Conservation of historical tomes and documents, including Domesday Book. I repaired and re-bound the official copy of captain William Bligh's log of HMS Bounty,and made a swansdown-lined , leather slip case for it. Many other fascinating volumes passed through my hands over the years. I feel very privileged to have been a small part of preserving our national history, and only wish I'd learnt Medieval English in order to appreciate some of it more. Still, they gave me an Imperial Service medal at the end. :angelic::whistle:

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  11. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

    This thread delivers! That is very cool and you should take great pride in helping preserve history. (y)

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  12. cinimod Active Member

    I love threads like this, they give a real insight to people's lives.
    Left school in '85 aged 15. Started with a YTS doing forestry and tree surgery in Cornwall for two years, then spent a year helping dad renovate their cottage.
    Then went to college to study a Diploma in Countryside Management in Somerset. Got married at 24 and went back to Cornwall to work again as a tree surgeon and fencer. Then started in the building trade doing house extensions.
    We then came back to Somerset where I spent six months making sheds and fencing and casting concrete fencing, I then worked for 5 years in a maintenance dept for a large group of children's care homes decorating, carpentry and anything else practical. I have spent the last 8 years as a school head caretaker at an academy in Bridgwater.
    Seems a bit tame compared to some but all enjoyable.........Dom
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  13. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    "Better than that old construction/electrician gig." Wow, Steve-o, that really hurts... being an old electrician myself.

    I started my electrical apprenticeship exactly 2 weeks after my last day in high school... This year in fact was my thirtieth anniversary in the trade. For the most part, I specialized in distribution systems (both ''user'' voltage, 600v, and high voltage, 4160v and 27000v) in industrial and heavy commercial environments ie car plants, refineries foundries, airports, automated line manufacturing, distilleries/breweries :singing: power generating installations and the like. Lots of big conduit and conductors, switchgear and generators. For a time, I installed and repaired aircraft warning lights on towers and stacks from 300 to 1440 feet... all free climbing. I even serviced the pretty flashing lights on Toronto's CN Tower, clinging to the side of the antenna just shy of 1840 feet above the dirt... ahh youth :rolleyes:
    During that time I was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker LU 353, often acting as Shop Stupid... er... Steward and crew, trade project Safety Rep.
    This kinda work and questionable recreational activities took a hard physical toll so after 9 knee operations (including 2 replacements), one ruptured and one herniated disc in my lower back, arthritic shoulders and elbows and absolutely ruined hands (not to mention bad attitude and antisocial tendancies) I jumped at an offer to tone it down a bit...
    I took a maintenance position at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, largest hospital in Canada and largest Veteran's hospital and residence. The work is not quite as challenging but I'm proud to be part of the team caring for Canada's war veterans, from WWII, Korea and more recent conflicts. Beyond keeping the electrical system of a 5 million square foot facility in working order, I deal with our vets on a day to day basis, with all the joy (it's nice to just shoot the shit with the old boys and get a smile or a laugh from them)... and sadness that goes with it (some rooms are painful to walk by as I pass the room my grandfather passed in, 18 years ago, and the room my best friend (a Canadian Viet Nam vet) passed in, 3 years ago this month). Sunnybrook does good work for our vets as well as being a day to day hospital, a research and teaching facility and a forerunning cancer center... I couldn't be more proud to be a part of it... even in my small way.

    Outside of that, I coached youth hockey for 25 years, played competitive hockey right up until I DIDN'T get drafted (hence the apprenticeship), played in a metal band in my misguided youth, draw tattoo flash, do leatherwork and build choppers.

    And occasionally I try to splash colour on little soldiers... with varying degrees of success.

    Colin the Sparky

    PS: Sorry for the ramble, hadn't posted in a while so I had a lot of typing built up :smug:
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  14. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Colin, yours is a life well lived, long may it be so, for the safety and comfort of others. Incidentally, I've been up the CN Tower,......only on the inside ! That was hairy enough, standing on the glass floor. But the outside ?:woot: Lord above, I bet you saw the curve on the horizon, mate:nailbiting::LOL:
    Ride safe and free,
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  15. brian A Fixture

    Was top dog trainer/handler out of 160 other chaps for a couple of the 9 years i was in the RAAF.Also my dog held the world high jump record for a while.Best job i ever had Mark,but it's been shit ever since.Just work to get the money basically,although there was one job that i got some pleasure from before i joined up,and that was a cellarman in Tennants Brewery for a couple of years,but unfortunately my wife wasn't too impressed,so i had to give it up.It was like being a kid in a toy shop,if you get my drift:)
  16. brian A Fixture

    I wouldn't even try to train you rebrabates,as you can't teach old dogs new tricks:ROFLMAO:
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  17. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Working with animals would be fun and rewarding... like being a teacher except the students are more respectful and probably more civilized than their human counterparts
  18. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    I think between Del and I we know enough tricks anyway :)
  19. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

    Ron. You are famous for this trick .. Very supple. Even at your age. :D

    82160832.jpg ...:whistle:

  20. Tom W. Well-Known Member

    Be an electrician for the last 31 years.I have a company with 40 of the world best electric guys:cool:!Doing tin soldiers since 1972,when my father/St.Claus brings me self pouring Prince August moulds.Some years later getting my first flats from Neckel (Light Dragoons 1815 and Chevaulegers de la ligne 1813) and Ochel (Greek warmachines 400 BC.).In 1982 my first round figure I bought from Tradition/London was a Grenadier de la garde 1809 in 54mm,(costs 16,00 DM!).
    20 years ago I lay my hands on the first Pegasos and since that days my GA is the biggest on earth,I think:facepalm:.Next week I will be 50 and I have to paint the next 128 years to reach the end of the line!!!!!!!!!!!
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