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Hi Trevor and Kenny, and indeed anyone else interested.

 

I came from a small village of two ups and two downs that was built in 1861 and completely demolished in 1978, although we left in 1952 for the luxuries of a council estate.

 

My education was at a primary school which was quite brilliant in teaching me the basics of spelling, mathematics and a love of books.  The war intervened a bit and the 11 plus was limited to 4 boys selected from the 15 or so who passed in alphabetical order.  I was the fifth!  While looking forward to leaving school at 14, the Government changed it to 15, but the Headmaster found me a place to continue my education and off `I went as a scholarship boy to a rather selective private school where my primary school education was a bit derided by some and praised by others when I won the annual Prize day prize persistently for General Proficiency.  I also was the only one in my year that passed all subjects taken in both O and A levels.

 

During that period I worked in Market Gardens and farms, before becoming a teacher, in which job I lasted two terms before resigning and going to work as a farm labourer, which I found rather rewarding.

 

I have done jobs which the little lovies would have jibbed at, and with that attitude I have only had one day unemployed in all that time.

 

I just wish that most of the little lovies had a bit of willingness to work as I know that they will find it more rewarding tha sitting around in the sun or even the rain.

 

Regards,

 

Peter.post-4237-0-26684300-1413716035_thumb.jp  My village and my grandfather.

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Hi everyone

I didn't think this topic would get this far (I only asked why Trevor should be means tested) It's obviously opened a can of worms and you feel passionate about.

The trouble these days is that youngsters want to start at the top and are not prepared to work there way up. They don't seem to realize that there is more to a decent job than academic qualifications, you have to have the experience to go with it.

I left school at fifteen on the Friday and started work as an apprentice electrician on the Monday. My first weeks wages were 10s 6p in old money probably equates to about £30 in todays money. How many youngsters would do that today. It was another five years before I completed my apprenticeship having gone to tech on day release one day a week and one evening in my own time to become an electrician and another two years experience before I became approved.

I went on to work as a shift electrician at Llanwern steel works and GKN Tremorfa and a time at Plymouth with the MOD before starting my own companies.

I used to advertise in the local job centre and paper for all types of jobs from admistrative to electricians and was always amazed at the little response I got from younger people.

Regards

Glyn

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Glyn,

 

I would make them clean bicycles. I detest laziness of any description ..

 

Peter, they enjoy sitting round doing nothing and being allowed to breed. I would cut their benefits by a £1 a week every week until they found work . I would also give them food an clothes tokens, if they can't be bothered to work, then they shouldn't be allowed !Removed!, drink, have tattoos, mobile phones, and Sky telly .

 

But looking on the bright side, my pension being means tested has cheered a lot of the local idle scroungers up . So I do have my uses, and they haven't got a Jaaaag !

 

Today's walk, Braunton Burrows, North Devon.

 

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ATB,

 

Trevor

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Hi everyone

I didn't think this topic would get this far (I only asked why Trevor should be means tested) It's obviously opened a can of worms and you feel passionate about.

The trouble these days is that youngsters want to start at the top and are not prepared to work there way up. They don't seem to realize that there is more to a decent job than academic qualifications, you have to have the experience to go with it.

I left school at fifteen on the Friday and started work as an apprentice electrician on the Monday. My first weeks wages were 10s 6p in old money probably equates to about £30 in todays money. How many youngsters would do that today. It was another five years before I completed my apprenticeship having gone to tech on day release one day a week and one evening in my own time to become an electrician and another two years experience before I became approved.

I went on to work as a shift electrician at Llanwern steel works and GKN Tremorfa and a time at Plymouth with the MOD before starting my own companies.

I used to advertise in the local job centre and paper for all types of jobs from admistrative to electricians and was always amazed at the little response I got from younger people.

Regards

Glyn

 

Glyn, what was the names of your own companies? I have also worked in Llanwern and Tremorfa at various times with Crown House

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Hi Ken

I also worked for Crown house at LLanwern on No3 Blast furnace and in the Steel plant before working as a shift electrician for BSC in the Steel plant then I moved down to Plymouth and worked for Crown House in the Navy dockyard new submarine complex. I had a couple of companies in Newport called Lightwaves Elec' and Lightwaves Leisure Services both mainly doing work for pubs and night clubs. 

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Glyn

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Hi Ken

I also worked for Crown house at LLanwern on No3 Blast furnace and in the Steel plant before working as a shift electrician for BSC in the Steel plant then I moved down to Plymouth and worked for Crown House in the Navy dockyard new submarine complex. I had a couple of companies in Newport called Lightwaves Elec' and Lightwaves Leisure Services both mainly doing work for pubs and night clubs. 

Regards

Glyn

 

Thought you may have been the Glyn owning Littlemill Services saying you had your own companies. I never came across Lightwaves. I'm still at it contracting to DCWW Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. I was also in Blast furnace No.4 at Port Talbot the day it went up in 2000. I was working for J W & E Morris and finished my shift at 16:30 the furnace went up at 17:10 therefore, I count myself a lucky man 3 killed and many serious injuries, burns etc

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Hi Ken

Someone must have been looking after you that day.

Glyn

 

Certainly was Glyn especially after the year before, Nov 17th 1999 I was the electrical engineer turning the first floor of a multi storey car park into a Wilkinson store up in Blackpool. I was walking through checking on the progress of the lads work when 1 of the lads shouted down from a tower scaffold to me stating 'I've lost the power off my drill'. I followed his lead until I spotted it unplugged, bent down to plug it together and the next thing I remember was waking up in hospital many weeks later after coming out of intensive care and high dependancy. The builders still had people demolishing sections and they never baracaded an area off where they were dropping an air conditioning unit down complete with motor, straight on top of me it came smashing both my legs 6 breaks in 1 and 3 in the other, fractured skull and a few ribs. Took me 7 months to walk again.

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