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About theboycalledleaf

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  • Birthday 11/11/1969

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    Surrey Hants border
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    Working cocker spaniels
    Lanber shotguns
    Air Arms S400
    Baikal shotguns
    Beating on a local shoot
    A good hedgerow forage!
    Home brewing and proper beer
    Trapping crayfish

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  1. Yes. Some viral thing from Christmas Eve onwards. Finally have enough breath in my body to venture out and I'm faced with hundreds of people walking 5 abreast.
  2. Just a quick thank you to all the Townies that descend on the countryside at Christmas. I doff my cap in your general direction and appreciate you taking the time to visit us. Without you cramming our pubs while bored between Christmas and New Year, without you parking on narrow lanes because your ilk have already filled the beauty spot car park, without you parking on double yellows because it's closer, without you looking like you're dressed for a day in court rather than a walk, without your trendy breed dogs wearing your Christmas jumpers, without you looking down your noses as I walk my dog in the same places I have for the last dozen years, without you kindly piling up rubbish miles from a bin but altogether in one place for someone else to take away, without your mountain of ***** next to the dog poo bin (simply couldn't take it home) and without you stopping in the middle of the road forcing me into the verge as you simply cannot sully your Nissan Duke...... life would be too dull. Thanks for coming. I look forward to Easter and Summer when you pile our bins high with still smoldering barbeques and allow us to go the long way round as you've blocked the road. Silly us, we should make more of the countryside a car park.
  3. So, to anyone still out there, I found a new job in surveying but as a manager. It hasn't been right for a while, commuting 2 hours a day, dull work, unfulfilling, just generally unhappy. The threat of Brexit hasn't made my job any more secure as projects are getting harder to win. I've applied to Network Rail and been offered a role add a Signaller. I've worked on the rail as a surveyor, so this stood me in good stead. I head off to signalling school in April. I'm chuffed to bits. It takes time, but it usually comes good in the end. Good salary, good conditions, good annual leave and hopefully a decent pension. And maybe more time off to shoot too. Cheers
  4. Morning Chris Is this still available please? Cheers
  5. Thank you. I have memories of a pair of tan school shoes that I loved, then hated a couple of weeks later. My mum dyed them for me. Bless her, they looked awful. I had the Mickey taken out of me at school. I'd hate a repeat performance. I've applied dubbin to my bag, I assume that'll come of with turps?
  6. Throughout my shooting career I've bought pretty much everything second hand. Chuffed to bits with some of my purchases. However, as much as I like the design of my cartridge bag, it's a rather bright tan leather colour. Any ideas how to tone this down? I have a cartridge belt in an almost identical colour too. Any assistance greatly received.
  7. Hi Jeff, Would you be willing to do £35 including postage please? Thanks
  8. Does this have a game pocket on the rear please? A further photo would be great. Also, where abouts are you? Thanks
  9. So, I've seen people wearing gilet / body warmers with a game pocket on the back. Barbour springs to mind but not sure of the model. Can anyone suggest a brand, name, website or similar where I can find one? Even a name or style so I can pick one up second hand (I like recycling / I'm tight). Really want to get ahead of the game before the beating season. Also, with the mild winters of late, it'll stop me sweating like a whore when battling up hill to the next drive.
  10. Use a file sharing website such as Hightail or Wetransfer. You'll need to subscribe, however free accounts are available. Upload to Hightail or similar using old machine, turn on new machine, download files. Not as simple as an external hard drive but another option.
  11. 2 on Friday and a further 2 on Saturday in different locations. 79
  12. Hi, I use the term plumber rather generically. I do mean gas safe in due course. I do a little plumbing at home and find it satisfying. I like the idea of working hard, generating your own work, and having a skill that will last. It's a first thought hence my query.
  13. Thank you one and all for your comments. I felt pretty low on Wednesday but am now looking at this as an opportunity. I've spoken to a solicitor and I'm going to have an initial consultation. Contracts were never issued, just a staff handbook giving guidance on the companies expectations. It was a relatively small company of about 25 and two people including me were made redundant, likely more. We'll see how it goes. I don't feel the need to be overly vindictive but I do need to know if what happened was legal. Did anyone retrain with a trade after being made redundant? I'm considering plumbing but would struggle supporting my family on an apprentice wage at 49 years old! I'm also trying to be canny and choose something which may be Brexit proof. While we always need hairdressers / barber's and undertakers, I reckon we'll always need trades too? Great group this, thanks for the moral support and advice.
  14. I'm a land surveyor by trade, localised maps, floor plans, elevations and sections, setting out on construction sites and monitoring movement in buildings. I knew times were hard and heard a pay cut may be coming but had no warning on redundancy at all. I'm getting professional advice on this today. My industry is changing beyond all recognition with the constant advancement of technology. Where once a team would collect measurements by theodolite, now one person can do it using a robotic instrument or a laser scanner or a drone. Half of the problem is the owner didn't keep up with the advancement of technology. The company was stuck in the 90's kit wise with too many staff and a lack of can do attitude. Quotes were astronomical too, based on the good old days. No wonder we didn't win enough work. It hit me hard on Wednesday, sleepless night and worrying. However I do fancy a change. It's just finding something I fancy or something I can transfer my skills to. I left Carillion just before it collapsed and took the job I've just been made redundant from as it was local (a novelty for me as I was used to two hours commuting), the dog could sit under my desk and I could be home for supper with my family. It was a lifestyle choice over money. I'll keep applying and also take time to think. Who'd have thought such good career advice was available on a shooting forum? Thanks.
  15. I was made redundant in the most abrupt way. No warning, no notice, whisked into a meeting room and given an envelope and escorted from the premises. My wife and I are lucky in that we have some money saved and have a little time before I have to commit to another job. Has anyone else been in the same situation? Did you see it as a second chance? Did you follow your dreams and herd alpacas, make cheese, become a rent boy or act on the west end stage? Any stories to inspire would be appreciated.
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