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    Paper Boy,Grocery delivery boy,Apprentice fitter,junior engineer,commissioning and testing engineer,ash & dust plant,Tilbury"B",4th engineer,Power house shift engineer,Carborundum,Manchester,third engineer,First assistant,Chief,Service engineer,Azteca class patrol boats,Mexico(Veracruz,Mexico city,Acapulco)Industrial woodworking machinery service engineer,Aluminium extrusion plant service engineer,Shift charge engineer refuse disposal plant(Avonmouth),Maintenance engineer(gas) HMP Gloucester,Cullam Science Centre,mobile.Now retired but not happy about it-particularly after Messrs Blair and Brown have decimated my pension.Alan

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    My jobs since leaving the boats:
    Post Office: Glasgow 6 months
    Rigger: Glasgow 12years
    Rigging Supervisor: Toronto 11 years
    Rigging Manager: Orlando, Fl 16 years
    Still at it, same line of work for 39 years. The first rigging job was advertised as "Ex Seaman Preferred", never looked back.
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    I don,t think I can better most of you lot ,but here goes.
    1964-assistant milk man-aged 14
    1966-cadet eng MN
    1972-mechanical fitter NCB above and below ground
    1980-casual worker national press in Manchester.employed bythe union-NATSOPA
    1982-sent by the union to an ink makeing company.Jobs included-factory operative,warehouse,van driver,7.5ton driver,hgv class 1 driver,factory supervisor.(18 years with same Co)
    2000-agency driver
    2000-hgv driver delivering kitchen worktops
    2003-back being a colour mixer in a small ink works.Still there after 5 years only 5 more to go.

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    Since leaving school I have had around 120 to 125 jobs. That is being paid off and starting a new job, I worked for 3 companies as an electrician 3 times so that's 9 jobs.

    Paper boy.
    Butchers boy.
    Worked at dairy.
    Deck boy/galley boy survey vessel.
    Apprentice motor (car) mechanic.
    MN 12 entries.
    Trawler 2 trips oldest galleyboy they had ever seen.
    Army stupid, stupid, stupid.
    frozenfood plant.
    Pea picking.
    Builders labourer.
    Plasterers labourer.
    Painter (toshing).
    Laggers labourer.
    Foundry.
    Scoffolders mate.
    Plastic factory.
    Rigger (non Union)
    Pipe Fitters Mate.
    Sorting Christmas Post GPO.
    Fitter installing SS Slat Conveyors.
    Electrician (Installation) in England. About 40 different jobs mainly industrial.
    Electrician (construction) America. About 45 jobs mainly Commercial buildings.
    Retired, Thank ....!


    You would have thought out of that lot there would have been one job I was good at.
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    Hey Casso, you were in the M.N. you would have been good at that job or you would not have survived.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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    No John.
    I failed by my own standards. I left after reaching the dizzy height of S.O.S. the thought of being a responsible E.D.H. must have scared me. I'm sorry now I didn't stay on but that would have altered the rest of my life, the last 25 yrs of which have been very happy.

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    hi vernon. good idea. started at 8 years old working for a travelling library.trailer on back of bike, visiting houses every night and all day sat & sunday in the blitz. paper boy and milkboy early mornings. started work at 14 in a cable factory, sea school (gravesend) at 16. MN until 1957 ish.grease monkey and undersealerand car washer in garage, another garage, passed driving test, servicing tipper lorries and going out on breakdowns on my own, chaging front and rear axles towing back to garage etc.was doing mechanics job but not the pay. left. collecting bones & fat from butchers transferring to eight wheeler and delivering all over country. then delivering telivisions, fridges & new furniture. had three year break through health, driving ambulance (voluntryuntil) i retired.
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    Hi Vernon.
    Nothalf as many jobs as you,not half as interesting :-

    Apprentice Mechanic.Gave it up to go to the Vindi.
    Merchant Navy 1952 until 1959.
    Self Employed in Parents business.
    Piano Factory.
    Car Factory
    Milk Roundsman.
    Gas Board until offered redundancy,took it.
    Self Employed in Parents business,now full time.While
    doing these other jobs,was still in the business,evenings
    and weekends.Carried on until the wife,who had run these
    shops was sixty,then sold up and was lucky to sell the shops
    to one person in one go.Since then,the life of Reily,never
    been so busy,got a small boat and eight Grandchildren to keep
    us busy.Will speak to you soon.

    Dave Williams(R583900)

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    Talking jobs i had

    1957--Leonard Gould Packaging- warehouse packer.
    1958--merchant navy, catering, from galley boy to cook.
    1962--Maidstone & district bus conductor/bus driver.
    1971--Express Dairy milkman.
    1972--Maidstone & District bus driver.
    1976--Caradon-Terrain plastics factory, machine operator, inspector, auditor, goods inward/assembly inspector.
    1992--Diamont Boart, motor machinery supplies, goods inward inspector.
    1993--Unipart car parts factory, inspector, auditor
    1999--Arriva bus driver
    2002--N.H.S. warehouse packer/trainer/auditor, Working permanent Nights.
    2008--Retired
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    Hi All so far who have replied!
    I must say that it is very interesting to see what we all did during our life!
    Its amazing to say the least that we have so much in commoN even besides the MN,and looks like a lot of us have been around some as far as other jobs are concerned!
    Keep the posts coming Lads!



    Well will wait for more on this post! Now come on all of you lets hear you side of life!
    Cheers and thanks
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