Shift work is not everyone's cup of tea. I, however, quite like variety. Which is fortunate, given the nature of my role. If I were to brainstorm words associated with my job, variety would be the first I'd come out with. There are early shifts, late shifts, a few middle shifts and weekends too. But the variety doesn't stop there. I'm a relief clerk, so I have no fixed place of work. When other clerks along the stretch of line are on holiday, sick or otherwise indisposed, I step in to fill their shoes. This week, I've been to several stations along a stretch in the New Forest.
Friday, 29 June 2018
What exactly is the Proper Brexit of which Nigel Farage speaks? Pre-referendum, Nige declared that even the worst case scenario would leave Britain better off economically. He now believes that the Brexit we are heading for will leave us worse off that we currently are within the EU. The truth of the matter is this: Farage's entire premise was entirely dependent on the EU 'banging on Britain's door to do a free trade deal'. And this would happen because 'the German car industry would force the politicians to do so'. There was no real Plan B (as detailed in one of my most prescient posts of the last decade) should it transpire that the German car industry would not be leading the Brexit negotiations.
Thursday, 28 June 2018
We have just gone past the half way point of the World Cup. Two weeks left of the greatest show on earth. A fortnight more of socially acceptable xenophobia - please do, by all means, mention the war. Thus far, it is familiar fare that leaves one with a certain sense of de ja vu. The Hun have been sent packing short of Moscow. The Mexicans, in keeping with history, have been beaten but survive to fight another day. The English threaten to surprise, but their limitations are all too apparent. Disappointment, once again, beckons. But at least it won't be at the hands of Jerry.
Saturday, 23 June 2018
Carrying on a little bit from yesterday, and the fifteen year milestone this blog reached. When I first started blogging, I did so on an entirely self-built site I created using Adobe Dreamweaver pointing to the first domain name I ever purchased - garydenness.com. Everthing was .com back then, so it didn't occur to me to do anything different. Dreamweaver is still going, although how strong a product is I don't know - I have long wondered why they didn't evolve it into a more Wordpressy type product.
Saturday, 2 June 2018
Decision One: A friend of mine bought his partner a new camera, her first 'proper camera'. Very generous! It's a Canon DSLR. Nice. He's taken her for a couple of photo walks already. Good way to start off. Now he's thinking of spending £300 on a ten lesson photography course - what do I think about that? No f*****g way! For that sort of money, you could take a three night break to a fantastic European city, including flights and meals, and throw in a Photography for Dummies book to read on the way. I'm pretty convinced that spending a few days roaming somewhere exotic shooting at everything and anything will be a more productive and enjoyable experience. I'm a big fan of on the job training. Not such a big fan of classrooms.
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