'I had a ten minute job once!'

A documentation of Rod's varied work life.

By Lu Pearson

Rod is a member of the Memories Past Group, he discuss his most memorable jobs.

'I had a ten minute job once! I was living in London with my first wife. I got a job with Bowaters, making cardboard boxes. I went for an interview and the gaffer said, "Come in at 7am tomorrow". I had to get a forklift truck to pick up the paper to make the boxes. You had to go to one end of the factory, pick up the paper and take it to the other end of the factory and drop it off. I drove the forklift, one run down, one run up again, and then I though 'Is this it?!' I couldn't think of anything more boring. I turned the engine off. I didn't even go in to the office; I got my coat and went home!' I went there when I got married in 1950.'

'Then I was working at Black and Decker, and one time I worked during the tea break to try and finish off what I was doing. I'd been there about three months. The union rep came up to me and said" stop working, union says you can't work during the tea break", I said' I just want to finish off'. He said "Right, we're sending you to Coventry for 7 days' How childish! I got my coat and left.'

Rod's later working life documented with photographs below.

A reminiscence of Rod's memories of clothing can be found here.
Acknowledgments

WRVS volunteer Lyn Strong facilitated this reminiscence. 

Photo:Rod whilst in the Army, on leave in Hong Kong

Rod whilst in the Army, on leave in Hong Kong

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Rod in Army gear for hot climates

Rod in Army gear for hot climates

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Rod in uniform

Rod in uniform

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Rod in the Sergeant's Mess, 1979.

Rod in the Sergeant's Mess, 1979.

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Rod, 2009.

Rod, 2009.

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

This page was added by Lu Pearson on 14/05/2009.

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