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2 hours ago, walshy said:

I have my own company making bespoke Shepherd Huts, kitchens and furniture. Big woodworking workshop hence why I’m making some basses and stuff now. Anyone needing some workshop space is welcome to come and use it too! 

You make Shepherd Huts - was this one of yours?  My wife and I stayed in it for a night when our daughter got married last August near Stoke-on-Trent.  Interesting, and all part of life's big adventure!

 

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Just now, LeftyP said:

You make Shepherd Huts - was this one of yours?  My wife and I stayed in it for a night when our daughter got married last August near Stoke-on-Trent.  Interesting, and all part of life's big adventure!

 

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No afraid it’s not, most of ours are up in Northumberland. Couple of pics, even made a few two storey ones!

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i repair power tools for a living, warranty repairs for a power tool company with red tools an an american name.

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I spent most of my working life in the broadcast industry, firstly in operations with the BBC and Thames Television, then in the administration of ITV before moving into the manufacturing industry where I was involved with system design, selling, project management, construction and testing of broadcast AV systems.  These included outside broadcast units, studios and multi-VTR video editing systems.  Our market area was Europe, Africa and the Middle East so I got to travel to a lot many interesting places as well as the USA and the factory in Japan.  During the latter years I was Technical Manager for Exhibitions responsible for the technical design and installation of exhibition stands especially some huge ones at the annual broadcast show in Amsterdam.  The largest of which was 1800 sq.metres on 3 levels, built in 11 days and taken apart in 2 days.  Due to downsizing I was made redundant in 2003, just 3 years off my pension, and I vowed never to be employed by anyone else again so I did a bit of contract project management for a few years until a health issue forced me to cease. 

In 2001 I discovered Bassworld and one day in 2004 a member asked how to connect two pieces of kit together so I suggested he needed a particular cable.  Where can I get one of those he asked so I said I'd make him one.  A week later another member asked if he could have a similar cable but with the opposite sex of connector.  It was at that moment that the penny dropped and the cable business was born.  I never intended it to be more than a hobby in retirement and I have seen others come along and, with the help of the Internet, build up some very successful businesses. As of the end of this month I shall finally be fully retired although always happy to help another BC member.

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1 hour ago, walshy said:

No afraid it’s not, most of ours are up in Northumberland. Couple of pics, even made a few two storey ones!

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Yours are positively palatial compared to the "shed" we had  barely enough room to get changed into our wedding togs!

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1 minute ago, LeftyP said:

Yours are positively palatial compared to the "shed" we had  barely enough room to get changed into our wedding togs!

Thanks mate, yeah some can be snug but ours are normally canny big!

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Currently I run a pest control business specialising purely in commercial contract work alongside being in a busy function band. The pest control is my bread and butter and I love the stability it provides. I am a fully qualified joiner and cabinet maker and have also worked around the world as a snowboard instructor in winters and a kitesurfing instructor in summers. I swore I would never settle down and live in the uk but then I met the love of my life, completely by chance whilst living in Austria, and now we are settled with two perfect kids.

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I did a few sums and decided I could retire early from my job - with a housing association -   2 years ago , so I did. At the same time I moved 40 miles south to a rural village. Bit of band politics here but in a nut shell a band member tried to use it as an excuse to fold the band when the reality was he'd become more interested in his side project. I wouldn't let it happen so the band carried on into 2019 when he found another excuse involving the drummer. Long story short and I was bandless for the first time in 30 years. Happily I've started something locally ( Retford's my nearest town) which is proving slow to get going but gigs are now booked for later in the spring. Back in Wakefield I could have walked into any one of 3 pubs and formed a band before my pint settled but it's been really hard here because I don't have the contacts or the catchment.  I'm also finding it hard work to learn 20 odd  arrangements because for the past decades I've only ever had to learn two or three at a time. I'll be doing far less singing which I'm glad about. I'd become more of a front man than I intended and it feels good to just play bass on the majority of the songs. This band's a five piece when I'm used to a trio and that makes things harder too in terms of having more bodies to get together at the same time for rehearsals. I'd like to have walked into a working band but I couldn't find an interesting vacancy. If this start up doesn't work out that'll be the only option I'd consider in future. I'm only 58 and by no means clapped out but retirement has given me a taste for an easier life with new interests and I can honestly say if I never picked up a bass again it wouldn't break my heart. I am enthused by the new band. I hope it works out but I'm not the dog with a bone I used to be where playing music's concerned.

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I'm a molecular biologist & bioinformatician working at the University of Edinburgh.

Mostly enjoyable, but it's getting tiresome to constantly be hustling for funds for research.

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I mend cars. Have done for the last 40 years! I've worked in every aspect of it, from engine reconditioning way back when, including crank grinding,  cylinder boring, cam profiling and all the other associated engineering through to repairing modern electrical/electronic systems. Had my own business for meany years as specialising in electrical/petrol injection/rotating electrics (that's starter motors and alternators to you) before running a pub for 3 years and then going back into the motor industry. Now after a serious illness brought a reality check am semi-retired and only work on old classic and specialist cars (1973 MG Midget with 16 valve K series Rover engine, Ford 5 speed gearbox, LSD rear axle etc. etc for example). Off to work this morning to start building a small block Chevrolet engine for a 1965 Gordon Keeble, then later this month a K series race engine for Lotus Elise, whilst trying to find the time to put a Lotus Elan +2 back together after a body-off chassis restoration. Along with sundry other "Can You Just...."  type jobs which always grow like Topsy on old cars! Only work Gentleman's Hours these days - start around 10.30 and always home by 5 and if I don't want to work on a particular day I don't (so I've been able to do some recording on Friday daytimes with a great female singer without it having an impact on my main band). Lunch can be half an hour, or two hours if someone interesting turns up and the conversation get's going.  I work with a couple of guys in the same position: we're all old farts but with a huge range of knowledge and experience. What we lack in physical strength these days we make up for with brainpower. I'm very lucky, I do something I enjoy and have enough time off to do anything I like. Not earning a fortune by any means but my wife earns enough to pay the bills and is happy to do so: I do the lions share of the  domestic duties during the week so she can have a proper rest at the weekends without having to do he supermarket drudgery etc. 

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7 hours ago, jimmyb625 said:

I'm a CE&I Engineer (Control, Electrical & Instrumentation).

Similar to where i started 44 yrs ago :lol:

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1 hour ago, mcnach said:

bioinformatician 

What exactly do you do. ? :D

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Architectural Technologist: Commercial / Transport sector -

specialist in products, materials, construction techniques, legislation & compliance etc... :|

Main areas of interest are designing facilities (Changing Places etc.) for the less physically able.

And Health & Safety. :/

Previously industrial rope access (IRATA) & difficult access technician (confined spaces, Classified Worker Nuclear, Enhanced DV)  at nuclear, rail, MoD, telecoms etc.

Main current role - full-time annoying @Skinnyman on Basschat! :D

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2 minutes ago, Teebs said:

Architectural Technologist: Commercial / Transport sector -

specialist in products, materials, construction techniques, legislation & compliance etc... :|

Main areas of interest are designing facilities (Changing Places etc.) for the less physically able.

And Health & Safety. :/

Previously industrial rope access (IRATA) & difficult access technician (confined spaces, Classified Worker Nuclear, Enhanced DV)  at nuclear, rail, MoD, telecoms etc.

Main current role - full-time annoying @Skinnyman on Basschat! :D

So you are @Skinnyman’s fluffer as well

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3 minutes ago, Cuzzie said:

So you are @Skinnyman’s fluffer as well

I subcontract that job out! :D

Not one for the faint-hearted! :/

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2 minutes ago, Cuzzie said:

So you are @Skinnyman’s fluffer as well

Yes he is. Those two are more fluffy than a thousand new born kittens. 

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A career in IT, not as exciting as people think, tho I've seen huuuuge change in my time - when I tell the younger engineers here I started programming lathes using paper punch tape, they look at me like I'm Gandalf... Poacher turned gamekeeper after the Bafta-winning CGI company I was IT Manager for went bust overnight a decade ago, and I was invited by our small ISP to cross the line and join them. It's all about Cloud Services now, tho I look after our Data Centres in Manchester and London. Still not very exciting.

My retirement plan consists of me slumping sideways at my desk and being put out by the bins.

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19 minutes ago, Teebs said:

Architectural Technologist: Commercial / Transport sector -

specialist in products, materials, construction techniques, legislation & compliance etc... :|

Main areas of interest are designing facilities (Changing Places etc.) for the less physically able.

And Health & Safety. :/

Previously industrial rope access (IRATA) & difficult access technician (confined spaces, Classified Worker Nuclear, Enhanced DV)  at nuclear, rail, MoD, telecoms etc.

Main current role - full-time annoying @Skinnyman on Basschat! :D

And Emoji presenter :laugh1:

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3 minutes ago, dmccombe7 said:

And Emoji presenter :laugh1:

I prefer to term 'Cultivator & Speculator'

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Well this is the place to come if you want to feel inadequate. 

The only ace in my chequered employment history is steeplejack - and two other people already had that on page one! 

I have singularly failed to cope with the politics in every large organisation I've worked for. I've similarly failed to cope with the paperwork side of self employment. 

I have no job beyond the gigs I do and a couple of shifts a month as a roadie for a drummer who is registered blind. 

I have no retirement plan and failed to navigate the (deliberately I suspect) over complicated obstacle course at the job centre and after six weeks was refused benefits. 

I am extraordinarily fortunate to have the charity of family and friends otherwise I'd be on the streets.

One day I hope to get a gig pays enough to be independent but physical and mental health issues dog my every step. 

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13 minutes ago, Muzz said:

A career in IT, not as exciting as people think, tho I've seen huuuuge change in my time - when I tell the younger engineers here I started programming lathes using paper punch tape, they look at me like I'm Gandalf... Poacher turned gamekeeper after the Bafta-winning CGI company I was IT Manager for went bust overnight a decade ago, and I was invited by our small ISP to cross the line and join them. It's all about Cloud Services now, tho I look after our Data Centres in Manchester and London. Still not very exciting.

My retirement plan consists of me slumping sideways at my desk and being put out by the bins.

I have visions of this now. Handling the internet :laugh1:

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