04 August 2003 11:45
RE: THE SAD LONELY ROAD OF BROADBAND
er, that was my point.
Noticed the web site news. You are definitely working too hard. A colleague has
just come back after a week in Cornwall and on a few day trips to St Ives he
said it "wasn't too busy". Did he pick a rainy day? Still we're meant
to be having a heat wave this week, so perhaps the crowds will stay on the beach
and eat ice cream
My father was sad to leave St Ives as he discovered the joys of Doom Bar, but
has now got a smile on his face as it has found it's way to Bristol, just round
the corner from where he lives. (the beer, not his face obviously that would
come to Bristol when he did)
04 August 2003 18:23
Saturday (when I was on duty from 9am to 10pm) was officially the worst day that
anyone could remember for a long time.
So much for 'not very busy'!
PS. Any decent jobs going in Brissle? If they've got Doom Bar there then there's
no need for me to hang around here getting crucified for the next couple of
05 August 2003 08:22
Are you allowed to work for that long? Legally i mean, seems a bit excessive,
hope you had plenty of breaks. Does seem a bit busy! Actually i'm surprised. It
was the 'Harbour festival of the sea' (locally known at the 'Rega'uh) at the
weekend and judging by the photos (i didn't go anywhere near it) the city docks
were full to busting. The reporter said it was taking him 3 mins to walk across
a bridge that should take 10 seconds. Ugh. Can't stand that many people in one
place. The fireworks sounded good though. Unfortunately although i can hear them
from where i live i can't quite see as there is a row of houses in the way. A
good bet and one that many people my way take is to walk half way down the main
road and then you can see all over the centre of Bristol and see all the
fireworks for free! It was great at the millennium, went on for ages!! It's the
Balloon Fiesta next weekend. More traffic jams clogging the centre. I don't go
there either, but if you get up early enough and/or the wind is blowing the
right way you get a free show as all the balloons fly over the garden! In past
years the wind has been lethal and there are stories of balloons landing in all
sorts of strange places. One flew under the Clifton suspension bridge once.
Illegal apparently, but i don't see what the pilot could have done.
Father missed the Doom Bar, it went in hours. Fortunately the landlord has his
head screwed on and is ordering some more post haste. I don't know about the
employment market in catering. There are certainly an awful lot of decent
eateries in Bristol and more opening regularly, a girl doesn't know where to go!
If you're serious though, i'll nose about for the best place to enquire and let
you have details.
05 August 2003 15:48
There quite possibly are laws about that sort of thing but as there's no
police down here to enforce anything .....
Of course, the bottom line is the same as in any area of substantial poverty.
People are too desperate for some sort of work, no matter how badly paid, to be
in a position to rock the boat. And, of course, we can't expect any support from
the Almighty Emmet, who just wants to use and abuse the place and people.
As we are officially one of the poorest areas in the EU it is hardly surprising
that we share an existence similar to those who work in places like Southern
Italy and Greece. No one worries about the cooks/waiters/bar staff who are
earning two beans a week, they just think how marvellous it is that everything
is so cheap and everyone is so desperate for money they'll do almost anything!
There is the blackest of black economies operating down here. It's the only way
many people can make ends meet.
On that cheerful note, it's back to the Slave Pits.
PS. In answer to your original query, today I started at 9am, I finished the
lunch shift at 3.15pm, I am back on at 4.30pm and will finish between 9.30 and
10pm. I am then back on again at 9am tomorrow. And no, apart from the gap
between lunch and dinner shifts we do not get any breaks.
05 August 2003 16:25
blige. roll on October....
in answer to my second query, do you want me to look for catering agencies?
06 August 2003 08:23
Not at the minute, ta. I am concentrating on cultivating my connections with
the chefing mafia down here as most of them have worked elsewhere in the UK
before coming down here.
I'll let you know if I need any assistance in the Bristol area (as Dolly Parton
Now, if you'll excuse me, it's feeding time for the chimps again.