It's been a while since I last posted, so this is a perfect opportunity for those who follow this blog to catch up with what's been happening.
First off, I'm now doing voluntary work, two mornings a week, with a group called B.T.C.V. in Cromer. It's mainly helping out with their back office operation, although I sometimes help to load their minibus in preparation for the various conservation tasks they carry out around the North Norfolk area. The duo who run the group, Mark Webster & Fin Duncan, have helped me to settle into the role extremely quickly, and I've enjoyed the work I've done with them so far.
I've had no such luck on the jobs front, although I've been doing the odd course here and there. For example, I recently completed a course called Making Choices For Work, which was run through the local Adult Education service. This was the sort of thing that A4e should have done while I was on Flexible New Deal with them, but they never bothered with it. I've also been involved with Trobius, an organisation which helps the long term unemployed in their efforts to find work, as well as assisting with any other issues like confidence building, stuff like that. Speaking of A4e, I recently heard some interesting news about them - the Work Programme starts up soon, and I discovered (after some research on the internet) that they won't be delivering the programme in Norfolk. This was confirmed by Libby, my caseworker at Trobius, who went on to mention that a company called SEETEC had got the contract to deliver the programme in the area. After my past experiences with A4e, I just hope that SEETEC does a better job in the future.
Elsewhere, it's the usual round of motorsports, wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts events on the various TV channels, and the record fairs have started up again at the local community centre. I've already picked up a few interesting items including some old Tony Hancock recordings. Ive already got "The Blood Donor" and "The Radio Ham" on album but these ones featured extracts from the "Hancock's Half Hour" radio shows from the 50s. Anyway, I'll be keeping a close eye on the record fairs in the next few weeks in case I'm able to find any more gems.
Nothing more to report here so, till the next time folks....
- Mark Radbourne
- Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom
I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.
Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?