Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Drink Drink Drink!

Taras theme is drink for the Gallery this week. Seriously, drink!

There is a drink for the morning,
There is a drink for the night,
A drink to say "I love you with all my might"
Drinks for celebrations or commiserations 
There is a  for every occasion.
Coffee for the morning
Tea for the night
what I love best is the popping sound of a cork,
Pop bang fizz, glug, glug glug
It does the biz!
From high days and holidays,
 a cheeky glass of wine at lunch is a treat not to be missed. 
That first glass of something ice cold,
Gin and tonic through to a sharp Sauvignan Blanc or a beefy meaty red, the occasional cocktail or a pint! 
There is little that I dislike.
 ( save Pernod and martini - bad bad teenage experiences )

Digest some of my drinky poo photos why don't you. Drink anyone?


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Independent Lady

My daughter is beside herself with glee. Her provisional driving licence has just arrived in the post. The one she has saved up for. She is happy with the photo as it is linked to her passport ID. The one she posed for for HOURS! in the booth at the supermarket. She is blessed that her Grumps is a driving instructor and has been hankering to get her behind the wheel. The lesson is booked and she is only just 17! Knowing how good he is at getting students confident behind the wheel and through their test I think we could have an independent lady, mobile of own means before the year is out. He-man was a different matter. Unfortunately despite showing the promising signs of being an excellent driver the lure of his bead proved too much and he could never get up in time. Oh the embarrassment of being dumped by your driving instructor particularly when they were your Grumps!

Will Britain's roads be safe I ask myself as She-ra takes to the wheel? Actually I think they will she has an old head on young shoulders. Course I know that the minute we start with the lessons the next thing will be car and insurance.  Given that she has to travel about 30 mile round trip to her college this actually could be a blessing in disguise. No more checking on the times of the last bus home, or having to do a a massive out of my way journey to pick her. Not that that happens very often. Plus her post 'A' level options at the moment may also involve travelling if she doesn't opt for student halls.

Knowing how focused my daughter is I can see that she will have passed her test before she returns to her final year in September. Being a bit of a Top Gear junkie and regular readers of Driving in the Sunday Times I know that the car is the least expensive part of the next stage of getting wheels. It's the insurance that's going to be the killer. Clearly its time to compare car insurance  and get the best deals and minimise the "ouch" factor. Some companies offer teenagers deals that are tied into mileage and some kind of black box that tracks your every move to try and bring the price down. Do you think Black Box is similar to those found on planes that track your every move? Actually I don't want to know; its a whole new area of parenting that I need to get my head round.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Interview Advice for Teenager from Grandad

He-man is in the throws of finding full time employment having decided that a college life was not for him. I only wish he had decided this sooner rather than later. But hey ho and away we go. Grandad as ever is administering advice. Please read on.

".....  here are some suggestions which may give you an ‘edge’.
 1)      First impressions count! Fortunately you are almost as vain as I am so you are unlikely to be scruffy or poorly turned out. Always look your best.
2)      Be confident. When first greeted by the interviewer, approach with a smile and hand outstretched ready to shake. Even if you are shitting bones sideways, as you may be early in an interview, always try to look the ‘part’. Old school interviewers always take note of clean shoes.
3)      Be yourself. Do not adopt any false persona as any half decent trained interviewer will spot it immediately. Try to avoid the worst excesses of the Northern accent we both share. Avoid slang especially street slang, it impresses no one.
4)      Wait to be invited to sit down!!!!
5)      You will be asked various questions and your answers will have significance. So always listen to the question carefully without interrupting. If you are not clear on what is being asked of you, ask for the question to be repeated.
6)      Always, always, allow a second or so to consider the question before you say anything at all.  I've lost count of the number of interviewees I have seen fail due to anticipating (often incorrectly) the end of a question or giving a rushed ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer.
7)      See above. Try to avoid wherever possible definitive ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers and seek to develop the question. This will show the interviewer that a) you are intelligent, b) you consider problems before acting, and c) you have some maturity.
8)      It is a good idea to ask a question of the interviewer yourself at some juncture towards the end of the interview. If you can think of one before the meeting and make a note of it, so much the better. What are the prospects for advancement please? Are you part of a larger company? How many branches do you have? Does the company have any sports or recreation facilities? This last one gives the opening to discuss your rugby, swimming and football prowess if it has not been raised earlier.
9)      I often used to have a small note pad with me to make notes of important or significant points raised during the course of the interview. But I am not sure if this practice is now frowned upon and suggest you consult with your mum before deploying that particular technique; it may not be appropriate any more especially at your age.
10)  One thing I always deployed immediately before every interview was breath freshener; Gold Spot or Boots own brand are best and last for ages. That is never a bad investment and will be a great  and enduring source of amusement for your mother for years to come. 
11) Best of luck! "

I have to say times haven't changed much. As much as my father at 18 would have had a multitude of suits to choose from He-man has a nothing in that field save a few smart shirts, a couple of ties and 1 pair of smart shoes and pair of trousers. I would gladly kit him out in the suitable attire but whilst he is behaving like Kevin the Teenager I will wait for the arm flailing etc to abate and reality to kick in.