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Amorous Badger asks: Tell us tales of people who have a high opinion of themselves. Jumped-up officials, the mad old bloke who runs the Neighbourhood Watch like it's a military operation, Colonel Blimps, pompous bastards and people stuck up their own arse.

(, Thu 24 Jan 2013, 12:22)
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Back in the 1990s I was out of work for a while due to being geographically challenged, e.g. living in Cornwall.
The employment service had started this new scheme called Job Club, where you would turn up once a week for a morning and get access to an agent who would coach you on your CV, help you go through job ads, phone people on your behalf to make interview appointments etc.

In the corner of the room was a word processor so that you could type up your CV nicely and print off 50 copies, which was manned by the kind of pre-internet shut in stereotype of a mummies' boy/living with parents and almost 40/no social skills/no friends/remarkable lack of self awareness/pompous defensive wanker. With a bad haircut and shit knitted jumper to boot. You get the picture. Anyway, all session, every week, no one else got a go on the word processor because this charmless tosspot was hogging it.

The machine in question was a vastly powerful 286 PC with amber monochrome 80 column text screen, but it could fulfil its role, if you needed to write your CV.

I needed to write my CV.

So I approached this sack of charmless shit with my request;- may I have 10 minutes on the machine please?

The look he gave me, full of disgust and contempt and sneering pity said it all, but to add insult he said (comedy sing-song nasal wail) 'You won't know how to use this. No one else understands it. If you leave me your written version then maybe I can find time to do it for you but I'm far too busy to do it now'.

Let's get this straight- he was under the impression that he was somehow only required to be there to help out other poor unemployed, while he was in exactly the same boat as the rest of us but actually unable to admit it to himself- so his power trip was hogging the word processor.

Later on my brother in law (headmaster that he was/is)gifted me an obsolete but perfectly workable BBC Master with a Wordwise ROM and a daisywheel printer, so I didn't have to bother the pustulent shitbag at Job Club again.
(, Sun 27 Jan 2013, 18:06, 12 replies)
Did you live in Royston Vasey?

(, Sun 27 Jan 2013, 18:54, closed)
Helston c. 1994.

They're less concerned about their pens in Cornwall, I am pleased to report.
(, Sun 27 Jan 2013, 18:55, closed)
I like Cornwall.
If they can just drag themselves out of the 19th Century it would almost be a nice place.
(, Sun 27 Jan 2013, 19:05, closed)
Nice place to bring up a kid
Shite in the extreme if you want a job in my field. Unless your field is to work in a field.
(, Sun 27 Jan 2013, 19:11, closed)
I love Cornwall and have a good job
However Helston is an utterly shit place to live with no redeeming features
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 13:29, closed)
All of the work in electronics was out of town, I didn't have a car
and the buses couldn't get you to Redruth or Falmouth or Truro or Penzance before 10AM so no joy there. There was electronic stuff going on in Penryn but until one of them relocated to Trevarno all I could get was ride operator at Flambards. Then later on, Allen&Heath in Penryn when I could lift share with a guy who lived up the road.

Still, they were chronically low on the wage scale so in the end I had to leave the county to be able to afford a divorce- and thus began my trek around the country seeking contract work.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 17:36, closed)
Allen & Heath
Make superb mixers.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 19:00, closed)
I used to build the Xone 6:2
then eventually got to the height of final test for the GL4000. They wondered why I was quite insistent that I deserved more money for testing and repairing up to 3 48 channel mixing desks a day, compared to the flat rate paid to someone else who just had to put the coloured knobs and switch caps on in the correct places.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 19:06, closed)
every club I go to uses A&H mixers.
Pioneer still seems to be the mixer of choice for bedroom setups though.

Funny that, when they cost about the same.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 20:47, closed)
Thing about the 6:2 and its bretheren, they did listen to the users.
Stainless steel faceplate resists acid sweat corrosion, user serviceable crossfader, low cut filter built in etc. quite a leap forward for a company whose reputation was built on the ears of one man (who was not a DJ kind of sound engineer by any stretch of the imagination).
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 21:44, closed)
lovely mixers.

(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 23:03, closed)
I would happily move to Polperro, if only a large consumer branded company relocated to Falmouth so I could earn a decent salary...

(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 18:55, closed)

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