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Not Alan Partridge tells us: "I was once offered the chance to co-present a programme on national radio. Audience of millions, but blew up spectacularly, my entire contribution being the rustling of paper in the background. I was that bad, I have since burned my copy of the pilot show." Tell us about your big break, and how you messed it up.

(, Thu 3 Apr 2014, 14:22)
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Tch! Typical!!
I missed the opportunity to be the retired owner of an extraordinarily successful bricklaying empire, when one fateful day near the end of term I was asked by the school career advisor what I was going to do when I leave school.

“I’m going to be a bricklayer” I said. “Oh no you’re not, not with six ‘o’ levels” she said. Within half an hour I was enrolled on a local tech course feeding into the Quantity Surveying racket.

So here we are n years later, I’m a very averagely paid and overworked wage slave whilst all the bricklayers who had even the slightest bit of financial nous about them (admittedly there weren’t that many) formed a company, cleaned up in the housing booms of the 80’s and had retired to the South of France before the 90’s were done.

Meanwhile, I still have to argue over how to calculate the area of a fucking triangle to subcontractors who rock up to the office in Humvees or Bentleys and park next to my Focus.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 3:18, 5 replies)
Oh, I know a few quantity surveyors who made fortunes winning the jobs for builders and then
subbing the bricklayers and especially dry liners and taking a big fat cut of the subs wages.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 7:41, closed)
cu +n t

(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 7:41, closed)
lol povvo

(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 8:23, closed)

Average wage is below the poverty line in UK?

Crikey, its even shittier than I remember.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 23:33, closed)
Half base times height.
Not that I've ever built one from bricks.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 10:31, closed)

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