it’s the end February so its time to see where Ted has been and what he’s got
to rant about this month.
Now I did mention in my December blog
that I wouldn’t be posting for January, this was because my CO and I were
cruising round South America and the Caribbean. Some people may say
“Galivanting” but I’m never too sure about that word, it seems to imply being
on horseback for some reason or other.
So, this month (and not including my
holiday locations such as Barbados and St Vincent etc), I have had training gigs in Okehampton, Taunton, Norwich,
Cambridge and Witney (on my doorstep).
Howdy-doody folks, I always think the blog for December is a bit of a let-down.
We have had the fun of the build-up to Christmas, we have been through
Christmas itself and New Year. We then enter the doldrums.
But not Mrs
Barret’s boy! I won’t be posting a blog for January so you will have to read February’s
blog to find out what I got up to (Ooh matron!) so stay tuned.
month, I rationed myself to just a couple of assignments, three days in Ebbw
Vale and two days in Dawlish. Whilst in Dawlish I was staying in a “Hotel”
where I was the only resident, not even any staff.
month has rolled by and we are now within kicking distance of Christmas. As we
get into the festive season the round of dinners and gatherings will lead us
through the month. Our first Christmas dinner takes place on the 6th,
so it won’t be long before we are spitting feathers.
have I been this month? well; Bath, Lydney, Verwood (New Forest), Oxford,
Caerphilly and Bristol to mention a few.
When I look
at the news these days I can’t help but feel a sense of revulsion when seeing a
constant diet of bloody protesters.
Greetings party people, its the end of October so time to see where Ted has been and what he's got to pontificate about this month.
First off, any old friends, please,
please don’t be afraid to get in touch. I don’t want to sound too pessimistic
but really, time is running out.
This month, I have been to Tipton, Hemel
Hempstead, Witney, Shoreditch (London) and Oxford.
I love to see the trees changing
colour at this time of year, as I’m driving around the colours are really
beautiful. Its just such a shame that it means we are heading towards winter.
Okay Folks, here we are at the end of September. Bloody
hell, how flime ties! (said Professor Spooner – I’m sure he often considered
Friar Tuck as an interesting opener). But If you live in Oxford, as Professor
Spooner did and like what I do, we have a special relationship with September –
St Gile’s Fair. This is a street fair right in the heart of Oxford that
actually paralyses the city for two whole days. Always a Monday and a Tuesday.
This year (2019) it took place on the 8 and 9 of
it’s the end of the month or thereabouts so buckle up and prepare to enter my
fascinating, if wacky, world for at least a short time.
I have been to Witney, Sidcup, Greenwich, Swanley, Poole, Portsmouth, Bilbao,
Santander, Toroella de Montgri and Estartit (for a spot of R&R with my CO).
early August I spent a considerable chunk of time training a trainer. Which
might sound a bit daft but sometimes, just as with sparkies on site, guys may
have a shedload of experience but lack the bit of paper to prove it, so
sometimes I get called upon to assist in this process.
chums, we are now 7/12ths of the way through 2019.
until Santa squeezes his fat white rear-end down several million chimneys.
But have no
fear, he’ll be back. I just hope you will have been good all year.
If you are
in the trade, that means not issuing C1’s and C2’s where not appropriate on
inspection reports. Remember this is a service to the public, and a C1 or C2
means an “Unsatisfactory” so let’s be sensible about this. For example, I have seen
a C1 attributed to an installation for asbestos in a fuseholder.
here we go again (wasn’t that Archie Belle and the Drelles or something like
funky, its weird, its off the wall, its Teddy Barrett’s Blog – The June
have I been this month? For the first two weeks back in Spain. Santa Susanna to
be precise. We like Santa Susanna because it isn’t too tourist-like and enjoys
great weather. We will either drive down through France to get there or take
the ferry to Bilbao and drive across Spain (about 450 miles).
some people say it can take them 24 hours to “decompress” when arriving at
their holiday destination before they can relax.
time to buckle up, put the kettle on and sit back for a relaxing read of my
adventures this month have taken me to Witney (Oxfordshire), Welwyn Garden
City, Hereford, Grantham, Brackley and Birmingham.
developing my 18th Edition course material and really pleased with
the content now. I know some trainers like to give their students tons of past
papers to work through but I’m not that keen on this method as I think this is
just training to answer those particular questions and not gaining a proper
understanding of how to use the book.
here we are now at the end of April. If you have read my article “When a
Young(ish) man’s thought turn to” on Linkedin, you will know where I’ve been
spending my money lately, ooh and of course about my links to the mafia.
the mafia (la cosa nostra) and crime reminds me that quite a large part of my
working life was taken up with security systems working for Royal Mail and
Securicor. It probably goes without saying that this was a very exciting
business to be involved with in the 1970’s.