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Posted on 27 Jan 2013 12:16:52 GMT
easytiger says:
One thing I'll give to my noisy niece is that she would probably drink them all under the table and walk home in a straight line.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 12:11:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 12:19:18 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
I've had no personal experiences of teachers since leaving school but one thing I have witnessed, first hand, many times at my local pub. Twice a year, every year, teachers from five local schools get together for a jolly. It's a big pub and I guess that's why it gets chosen but it is the one date that the staff and locals absolutely dread. I don't know what it is about these people but the can't handle their booze! They get progressively louder and louder, start getting shirty with the staff, every corner has teachers copping a grope and slobbering over one another, like hormonal twelve year olds. There is always one or two pretty women who get a crowd of leering, drunken buffoons surrounding them. At this point we always send in Michel our impossibly handsome French mate who immediately gets the young ladies attention, this usually leads to some in- fighting between the isolated huddle of rejects, soooo funny. Without fail there will be at least one brawl and two female teachers in floods of tears. The landlord always has to go around and tell these people to remember that they are in a public place and to behave in a professional, respectful manner. Around 9:30 people start staggering towards taxis usually throwing up on the furniture on the way out, still shouting at the top of their voices. We always say a bunch of sixteen year olds would be better behaved AND handle their boozer better.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 11:49:18 GMT
Though i did go to a local primary I was an hours bus journey from my secondary school.

While we are not that far from the school in which the missus teaches it sure as hell is not too close to the catchment area either.It deals with a pretty rough area. Abusive parents are not the only issue as you can probaly guess what the offspring of such parents are like,
I'm glad I'm no longer that keen on the cinema as the nearest multiplex is smack bang wher ex and current pupils go so we had to go to opposite side of the city to watch a film,
(I should mention that many -the majority - od the pupils are perfectly decent human beings as teenagers go but are prone - probably for the sakke of their own continuing good health - to being led on by a fairly large nasty element

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 11:35:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 11:36:00 GMT
S.R.J says:
It does not soddin well disturb me, it was a comment based on what I know and experience, both as a general observation and as an ex chair of governors at a junior school for many years.....................

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 11:25:12 GMT
Sparky says:
S.R.J. - glad to hear it, but sorry it seems to disturb you where they choose to live.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 11:02:03 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
I had a clear out before Xmas and looked on line for somewhere to take my mixed rubbish, it informed me that for the whole of South London the only dump that would take unrecycle-able junk was at Ransom Dock, right next to Battersea Power Station but it was going to close at the end of the year forever. Off I went with my completely useless cargo, when I got there I looked in the electrical waste tip and couldn't believe my eyes, people had thrown out a couple of thousand pounds worth of Mackie P.A. active speakers, a complete Bose home theatre set up and a Linn Sondek turntable!! I asked the bloke in charge if I could take it, I even offered him fifty quid but all he could do was point up to a camera and told me both of us would be prosecuted if anything was removed from the tip.
A couple of hundred quid invested in repairs (if, even needed) would have given me a good couple of grands worth of equipment. I suggested that someone above him was going to make a few bob on all this stuff but he insisted it gets crushed and carted off, probably sold for scrap.
Modern life can quite literally be 'rubbish'.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 10:41:43 GMT
Val H. says:
S.R.J. - I'm not a teacher but I work in a primary school (librarian) and live five minutes walk from it. You can't walk down the street or go to the local shops without hearing "Hello Mrs Henshaw" shouted out at least five times. Yes they're sweet and well-meaning, but after five days at work, it would be nice to have a bit of a break, and to be able to dress in your old tracky-dacs, and not have to search the depths of your memory for their names ("Hi, sweetie" usually fills in). Teachers usually prefer to live at a safe distance for good reasons (abusive parents being another).

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 10:36:11 GMT
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Posted on 27 Jan 2013 10:13:36 GMT
easytiger says:
Don't you find teachers shout all the time, on the tube,in the pub? Suppose it's hard to stop if your standing in front of a room full of kids all day. My neice is a teacher and when comes she comes round my old man turns his hearing aid off.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 10:08:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 10:18:31 GMT
S.R.J says:
I in no way suggested they are lazy....., I have never nor would I ever crticise teachers , I also have friends who are teachers, but they do live quite some distance from the schools they work in.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 09:59:19 GMT
easytiger says:
Safety devices on cars? Tell me about it. You can't push a Landcruiser out of a swamp with the door open-it won't go into gear. So there we were winching ourselves out of 4' of pure clarts, jumps in and the bl**dy door won't shut properly because of the clarts, so we can't drive out until we've scraped the doors and frames clean. We couldn't wait to get home and tell our parents.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 09:46:58 GMT
nocheese says:
......" multi-buys like bog-roll and massive tins of coffee." A great insight into your glamorous lifestyle there, Lez.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 00:39:10 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Sparky/smitty - we had a rep from Makro warehouse (cash & carry) come to our library asking if we wanted to join. It was an ordinary branch library with only 7 staff but we were told we could all be members if one of us registered as 'canteen manager'. I signed up for this important position and we all shopped there VAT free for a year or so until their manager realised we weren't really eligible. It was great for multi-buys like bog-roll and massive tins of coffee.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 22:30:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2013 22:32:39 GMT
Good to know that this is not just a local issue, Sparky. I think a national review might flush more of the blighters into the open.

On second thoughts there might be govt savings to be made........thereby reducing the strain on the machine.

If the cost of tea/coffee is deducted at source does this mean they are eligible to buy VAT free tea/coffee, or at least claim it back, as the taxation of wages is eliminated having been done so prior to the normal point of deduction?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 21:46:50 GMT
Sparky says:
Yes, this is exactly the procedure followed in cold weather in my LEA smitty, the cost of the tea/coffee and electricity involved is of course deducted at source (plus an accommodation and administration charge) and the local press are alerted so that a suitable article can be concocted regarding these scroungers abusing public resources.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 21:08:16 GMT
Most schools have a big enough medical room for at least 4 beginning teachers to live in at night during cold spells so that there is some sort of presence to control those that venture in. There is also usually a microwave and wall mounted modern version of the 15 gallon Burco lest the pangs of hunger and tea/coffee withdrawal mainifest themselves.

Old schools used to only have one open fire in the middle of the front of the classroom, whereas nowadays there is at least one working radiator in every room, so things are looking up. Mind you the price of oil has curtailed the blithe practise of running the radiators with a window open to push out the germs that seem to favour schools as a meeting and dispersal point.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 21:03:12 GMT
Yes, the passage of tome is a personally reductive factor of life.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 21:02:14 GMT
Others sources, cryptic and perhaps archane, have also suggested that Fulchester will be the epicenter of the forthcoming apocalypse.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 21:01:00 GMT
That is because the body work on your car is no longer folded from 1/4" steel, Peter. In te old days you caould have ram raided a bank on high street and the car would look fairly presentable. Nowadays with the microns thick steel shell even a large bumble bee can inflict damage. However you are getting more than 15 miles to the gallon these days, unless you drive a Vectra.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 20:58:41 GMT

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 20:58:07 GMT
The ice age returning is still on the cards following measurements that suggest strongly that the Gulf Stream is on the verge of cessation, so keep that Afghan coat off ebay.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 20:20:28 GMT
Sparky says:
I know a lot of teachers and can assure you that none of them lives in a posh suburb, SR. They also do far more work than they get paid for and in most cases more than the people who constantly whinge about and criticise them. If any do live away from their place of work they have a perfect right to and there may be a good reason for it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 18:12:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2013 18:13:30 GMT
S.R.J says:
Perhaps because when we were bairns Peter things were a tad different, 50% less cars on the roads, most goods delivered by train not lorries, teachers lived up the road not out in some posh suburbs where it took them an hour to drive to work; kids attended local schools and walked, and most peple also walked or caught the bus to work.........................whereas now.....................

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 18:07:04 GMT
...on a more serious note, Winters have been a lot, lot milder the past 20 years or so which has eased travel. The South now seem to suffer harsh weather more than we do.

As to other matters it is eminantly possible that the passage of tome has dampened both the confidence and the reflexes of youth

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 18:03:13 GMT
Remarkable that you've lived to tell the tale. Living on a major A road - and with children to boot - was an ill advised lifestyle choice on the part of you parents even for an era when times were hard and good housing hard to come by.
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