From Work Placement to Volunteering

I have just completed a ten week work placement at Learning Works, an organisation whose King’s Lynn centre is located conveneintly close to my compact town centre flat. This was combined with an NVQ in Customer Services which I have also successfully completed.

How successful was my work placement? Well last week I had two issues to resolve. Firstly having enjoyed the placement I was keen to maintain my involvement with Learning Works, and secondly and even more important I wanted to gain a Sage qualification to open up some more possibilities jobs wise. On Wednesday of last week I offered to do one day a week as a volunteer at the same time as seeking to arrange the Sage course. Naturally the new arrangements had to be confirmed by head office, as did details of the Sage course. In exchange for my servcies as a a volunteer they will fully fund the Sage 50 course, which suggests I have done something right.

Changing the subject completely, congratulations to England on getting out of a sticky situation to go 1-0 up in the Test series against the West Indies. When Pietersen was out England were four down for not very many and defeat was a very real possibility, but Cook and Bell sa\w through the danger. All in all, this was a pulsating Test match. Games like this are only possible over the long haul – formulaic fifty over stuff and bish bash bosh twenty over stuff rarely if ever produce a match that remains in the memory once it is over, though the latter is always an entertaining spectacle while it lasts. In a deserved sharing of the honours Stuart Broad was man of the match for his 11 wickets while Andrew Strauss won the Champagne Moment for the stroke that completed has first test hundred since Brisbane 2010. The Champagne Moment is awarded by the TMS team what they consider the most memorable moment of the match, and the trophy is a magnum of the product.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society are doing a feature on living above the shop, so here is my own idiosyncratic contribution:

The advantages of living in the High Street (ignoring those which attach to this specific flat) are that one has shops on one’s doorstep, everything that is needed on a regular basis being purchasable somewhere within comfortable walking distance. Also, the bus and railway stations are close by, so travel out of town is straightforward when needed (though no bargain, with a return bus ticket to Fakenham costing £6.10 these days). The only negative to set against these general advanatages and the specific advantages that my place has of its own is that on Friday and Saturday nights the proximity of various pubs and bars is made loudly and sometimes unpleasantly obvious – especially if you stubbornly insist on keeping windows open to let air in to the flat.

Today’s View From the Rooftoops is a shot taken by lazy expedient of opening the door, pointing and clicking…

Bits and bobs

A cobination of a drought being declared and the cricket season starting was obviously too much of a temptation for the weather gods to resist. The world snooker championship was some consolation, especially the play of Ronnie O’Sullivan.

My placement at Learning Works is still going, and I am near completing the Customer Service course I have been doing.

Not much else to say except enjoy the photo…

Of Music, Masters and the new Cricket Season.

The Classic FM Hall olf Fame is done for another year. There have been some huge changes there. The two most extraordinary new entries were Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu getting at number 16 with a video game theme tune (the first such piece ever to enter the hall of fame) and Paul Mealor achieving both the highest ever new entry and the highest position obtained by a living composer with “Wherever you are” entering at number 5. The top four were unchanged and in the same order. There was a tie for most indvidual entries, with Beethoven and Mozart each having 18. I thiink Beethoven gets the verdict as three of his were in the top 10 to only one of Mozart’s.

The US Masters yet again produced a cracking finish, going to a play off between Bubba Watson and the 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, which Watson won with a magnificent recovery from among the trees at the 10th. The other Watson in the field, Tom, just failed to make the halfway cut, which is good going for man of 63.

The county championship season is already looking good having only jus begun. Surrey celebrated their return to the top flight with a comfortable win over Sussex, whiile Middlesex, also promoted last season, were well beaten by Somerset. This week sees a new development, with the London derby being broadcast on sports extra. This is recognition of the fact that although few people are able to set aside four days to go and watch a county match live, there are plenty of us who will listen to commentary on the games, and who take a serious interest in the games.

Two Views from the Rooftop today, takne in very different weather as you will notice (this was one tie I could not split).