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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Thirty-Two

A True Diary of Woe - Part Thirty-Two

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and impecuniousness, starting in August 1947 Chapter 60 - Marsden's Store Assistant I was working for Marsden's Grocery Stores, and was sent to the Bulwell market branch. All nice smells, nice people, and counter service in those days. Although only a young lad, my forte was 'provisions', and I was adept in the boning,...

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Funny story: Political News for W/E 26th Nov 2011 - with comments

Political News for W/E 26th Nov 2011 - with comments

20 Nov 2011: Ministers deny claims of cutting clinical jobs in NHS The Guardian The main nursing union was embroiled in a furious row with ministers last night after claiming that 58,000 doctors, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff have lost or are due to lose their jobs, despite David Cameron's pledge to protect front line health workers from the brunt of the cuts. Analysis by the Royal...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Thirty-One

A True Diary of Woe - Part Thirty-One

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and impecuniousness, starting in August 1947 Chapter 57 - Nottingham Forest vs Leeds United - TV Fame 1 The missus was adamant that I was not to go to this match, but remain at home to do the decorating! Being a cunning little devil, I told her I had to go to work that day anyway. Pleased with myself, I informed the...

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Funny story: Political News for W/E 20 Nov 2011 - with comments

Political News for W/E 20 Nov 2011 - with comments

14 Nov 2011: Care may suffer - admits private company taking over NHS hospital! The Observer Uproar as Circle Health confirms in document that critics' unease about patients is justified. The first private company to take over an NHS hospital has admitted in a document seen by the 'Observer' that patient care could suffer under its plans to expand its empire and seek profit from the health s...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Thirty

A True Diary of Woe - Part Thirty

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and impecuniousness, starting in August 1947 In this chapter he remembers from 1950s, as a young lad, when his Dad would take him to the Empire Theatre in Nottingham, and used to made him sit and watch what bit he could see over the front of the stalls up in the 9d (3¼p) seats in the Gods, with many wonderful acts performin...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-nine

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-nine

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and impecuniousness, starting in August 1947 Chapter 52 - Further Guarding Escapades/Incidents - Alarming Tale in Derby The control room called me at home, asking me to go to a large Derby electrical retailer, who'd been hit the night before. I set off, finding the famous store, on a retail park, right next to one of t...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-eight

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-eight

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and impecuniousness, starting in August 1947 Chapter 47 - Matlock, The High Tor Trip It was a warm sunny day in August, and as I woke up, and lay there picking my nose, I had the urge to get out and get some exercise! (I'd had a similar thought twelve years earlier, but managed to resist that one) I pondered on where t...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-seven

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-seven

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, depression and impecuniousness, starting in August 1947 Chapter 45 - The Charity Football Match A bunch of lads from the RAOB lodge, had arranged a charity football match in aid of a couple of Children's Charities, all proper like. Hired a patch of the Forest Recreation ground to use as a pitch, hired the changing room...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-six

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-six

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, depression and impecuniousness, starting in August 1947 Chapter 42 - Guarding the Submarine Pens So there we were, me and Dave, a lad from Newcastle, posted along with many others to man the outer defences (wire fencing) around the submarine base, in response to some threat or other received by the top brass. Of course...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-five

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-five

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and poverty, starting in August 1947 Chapter 40 - Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich Town My mates were away on holiday, so I wrapped myself up in a great coat, scarf, flat cap etc (it was very cold), took a beef dripping sandwich, apple, and bar of Fry's 5 boys chocolate, and set off to the match on my own. There was a big...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-four

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-four

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and poverty, starting in August 1947 Chapter 38 - The Medical for the British Railway Job, and its findings I'd applied for a job as a British Railways Goods Van Guard, got through the initial interview, and was sent to Derby Station to have my medical carried out. I arrived at the Station, locked my push-bike to a lam...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-three

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-three

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and poverty, starting in August 1947 For three years, I actually took a proper holiday away, fishing with three mates from the Robin Hood Angling Club - Bill Bates, and Jock Kirkpatrick, and Mad Ken. Chapter 37 - The Angling Holidays - Number 3@3 - Athlone, Ireland We managed to get to the Liverpool/Dublin Line Ferry...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-two

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-two

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and poverty, starting in August 1947 For three years, I actually took a proper holiday away, fishing with three mates from the Robin Hood Angling Club - Bill Bates, and Jock Kirkpatrick, and Mad Ken. Here's how they went: Chapter 37 - The Angling Holidays - Number 2@3 - Bungay, Suffolk En route to the Inn where we w...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-one

A True Diary of Woe - Part Twenty-one

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and poverty, starting in August 1947 For three years, I actually took a proper holiday away, fishing with three mates from the Robin Hood Angling Club - Bill Bates, and Jock Kirkpatrick, and Mad Ken. Here's how they went: Chapter 37 - The Angling Holidays - Number 1 - Lockerbie We'd rented a cottage in Lockerbie for...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Nineteen

A True Diary of Woe - Part Nineteen

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and poverty, starting in August 1947 Chapter 35 - Vehicular Venialia's Having owned many different types of motorbikes for many years, I thought it a good idea to buy a three-wheeler car, that I could drive with legally, on my motorbike licence. I eventually got a Reliant Robin (brown), W reg. Apart from still wanting...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Eighteen

A True Diary of Woe - Part Eighteen

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and poverty, starting in August 1947 Chapter 33 - Security Guard - I Call for backup I was working as a static security guard in Nottingham, at a furniture making factory. The company had asked for a security officer, as an end wall to the factory, had been hit by a fork lift, and it had collapsed. So security was comp...

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Funny story: A True Diary of Woe - Part Sixteen

A True Diary of Woe - Part Sixteen

A diary of one man's utter failure, depression, frustration, cock-ups, and poverty, starting in August 1947 Chapter 32 - The Night of Storms So there I was, out of work for the first time. In those days it was easier to get another job, but all I could manage was to become a night security guard for a local company.... on £3.10 ($4.79) an hour! I was posted to the Co-op college out in th...

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