Ted Barrett                                                   - Training, Consultancy and Technical Services
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Hello chums, this month I have been all at sixes and sevens (if I was really smart, I’d tie that in with BS7671 somehow wouldn’t I?). But why was that? Well first off had my wife’s secret (landmark) birthday party near the end of January to contend with. God bless my daughter there for doing all the legwork, but it very nearly gave me a rupture trying to keep it secret for three months.
On top of that I decided to make a start on ripping out the old bathroom and cracking on with the new version. Somebody said to me “what you doing that for, you’ve only just done it?” well yes, I suppose he was right, I only just done it 15 years ago. And, if you have ever had teenage kids, you’ll know what they can do to your bathroom/house/car/bank account/anything. And when they do eventually leave home, make sure you nail the door up so they can’t get back in again! Only joking kids, you know I love you to bits.
So bathroom work is ongoing, I reckon to be finished by about mid-March (everything is being replaced, including the tiles) In this version I will also be installing a heater pad under the mirror so I can finally see to shave while my CO is in the bath/shower.
I was very saddened over Christmas in that I tried to get in touch with an old friend but they didn’t return my best wishes. I had hoped we could be friends again but I suppose it wasn’t to be. Heigh-Ho, I did try.
January did turn out to be quite busy, I went to Somerset, Horley, Woodford, Greenford, Vauxhall, Folkestone and Bournemouth. I’m secretly hoping that February dies down a little so I can crack on with the bathroom but there doesn’t seem to be much sign of that.
Now of course, January means Burns’s Night. Myself and good lady wife having been going to one at my club in Woodstock now for about the past twenty years, and I must say I really do enjoy seeing the haggis piped in and to partake of “neeps and tatties” followed by a drop of “the hard stuff”. I’m almost beginning to wish that Burns had two birthdays like the Queen.
My colleague Dennis Latimer has been asked to do some training in Southern Ireland where he tells me the regs are a little bit different. For example, Twin & cpc cable as we know it is not allowed, their flat “twin” has to have all three cores insulated. I was vaguely aware of this but Dennis has piqued my interest. As I am taking my CO to Ireland to visit Harland & Wolff in June, I shall conduct a bit more research and report back.
In February I’ve got to re-enter darkest Wales, a part of the UK that I have not explored prior to the last few years. But as I travel there quite frequently nowadays I am becoming more and more impressed by those hills and valleys. Can’t say it will ever match Spain where I lost my heart to many years ago, but it’s growing on me. One day I will make a pilgrimage to “Electric Mountain” at Dinorwig, which should qualify for a good few hours of CPD, so watch this space,
Well, that’s my report for January. Work seems to keep on coming in so I must be doing something right. When I started out on this journey many years ago I never imagined that doing an apprenticeship would open up so many doors for me. I have worked with so many interesting people and been to such fascinating places. I really have been blessed.
In closing, I will return to the theme of people not replying to you. One of my old mates, Mike “Gunner” Francis would quite often say to people who didn’t reply to him “Say something, even if it’s only Bollocks, but say something” so Amen to that sentiment.

Adios Amigos y Amigas, hasta luego.


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