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Post  vinkel on Tue May 17, 2016 6:09 pm

You know when your mind wanders all over, well i was on the bus today and it was one of those times. I decided to work out how long my working life had been. I started work in May 1967 and did my last work August 2010. So i figured i had done 43 years and 3 months. Going on from there i thought it only right i should have a non working life of the same length. So that means i should live to at least to 86 years and 6 month. That means the grim reaper can stay away from my door at least until November 2037. Odd how you while away the hours.

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Post  Silvers on Tue May 17, 2016 10:21 pm

did you need a calculator ?

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Post  barrowmackem on Wed May 18, 2016 8:07 am

easy for me to calculate how long i have been working. Still with the same company after starting with them at 16 years of age nearly 42 years later.

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Post  cyprussyd on Wed May 18, 2016 8:32 am

I have had a varied working life and expect to be dead before the age of 70.

Not being morbid just how I see it and TBH apart from fear of pain, loss of dignity or both I am fine with it.
You may have gathered that I'm not in a good place right now. One of my uses for this forum is to unburden my head, no replies needed just sometimes need to get it out.

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Post  Silvers on Wed May 18, 2016 9:36 am

Well, the problem for a lot of us is that our anxieties stem from thoughts that are at times, illogical and perhaps negative.

Syd, you mentioned '70'

Both my mother and father died at 69.
My only sister died at 69.
Now look at MY age!
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Difficult for me not to have an illogical and negative thought!
But hopefully the reality is different for me.


Syd, this forum is part of you, and is also part of the lives of so many of us.
YOU have a positive effect on us!
Just reflect a while on that...

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Post  cyprussyd on Wed May 18, 2016 9:39 am

silvers wrote:Well, the problem for a lot of us is that our anxieties stem from thoughts that are at times, illogical and perhaps negative.

Syd, you mentioned '70'

Both my mother and father died at 69.
My only sister died at 69.
Now look at MY age!
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Difficult for me not to have an illogical and negative thought!
But hopefully the reality is different for me.


Syd, this forum is part of you, and is also part of the lives of so many of us.
YOU have a positive effect on us!
Just reflect a while on that...

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Post  Silvers on Wed May 18, 2016 9:45 am

Good advice...

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Post  Vincemac on Wed May 18, 2016 10:31 am

Started work March 17th 1967 
Apart from a very small amount of sick leave.
Finished 1st April 2016
Maybe because of age I'm now having more health problems
I keep saying there only minor problems but I never had any problems while working until I was 60
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Post  Hieronymus on Wed May 18, 2016 10:58 am

How can you guys remember the exact date of your first day of work??? Or did you all work and stay at the same place all your working life? 

My first proper job with payslips is quite a funny story actually.

I had just left school after A Levels and already had my Teacher Training College place sorted for September, so went to sign on, as you did in those days to get a bit of  cash with no intention of working! I signed on on a Tuesday. I got telephoned on the Wednesday to attend that same office for a job interview on the Friday. I was interviewed and they told me there and then they wanted me to start working for them, at that dole office in Seaton Delaval, on MONDAY! So I was on the dole a grand total of 3 and a half days! Very Happy

I worked there for about 10 weeks that summer and got paid over £20 a week which was riches beyond compare for me as before that I earned £1 a day for helping out in my sisters haidressing shop on Saturdays and 50p a night for babysitting. I could walk to work from my parents home so saved bus fares. When I got paid I gave my mother 1/3 for my keep and, together with my student grant and money I earned as a barmaid, I saved up to pay my air fare and spending money for going to America in August 1975 for a year (although ended up staying for 6 years, but that is another story!) Gawd those were the days eh? 

Since then I have had countless jobs and 'retired' in 2009. I am very grateful to be still here in good health and looking forward to receiving my (works) pension in just under 7 weeks time Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  vinkel on Wed May 18, 2016 11:47 am

Vincemac wrote:Started work March 17th 1967 
Apart from a very small amount of sick leave.
Finished 1st April 2016
Maybe because of age I'm now having more health problems
I keep saying there only minor problems but I never had any problems while working until I was 60

Elderly people in good health are a pain in the arse

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Post  vinkel on Wed May 18, 2016 11:51 am

Hieronymus wrote:How can you guys remember the exact date of your first day of work??? Or did you all work and stay at the same place all your working life? 

My first proper job with payslips is quite a funny story actually.

I had just left school after A Levels and already had my Teacher Training College place sorted for September, so went to sign on, as you did in those days to get a bit of  cash with no intention of working! I signed on on a Tuesday. I got telephoned on the Wednesday to attend that same office for a job interview on the Friday. I was interviewed and they told me there and then they wanted me to start working for them, at that dole office in Seaton Delaval, on MONDAY! So I was on the dole a grand total of 3 and a half days! Very Happy

I worked there for about 10 weeks that summer and got paid over £20 a week which was riches beyond compare for me as before that I earned £1 a day for helping out in my sisters haidressing shop on Saturdays and 50p a night for babysitting. I could walk to work from my parents home so saved bus fares. When I got paid I gave my mother 1/3 for my keep and, together with my student grant and money I earned as a barmaid, I saved up to pay my air fare and spending money for going to America in August 1975 for a year (although ended up staying for 6 years, but that is another story!) Gawd those were the days eh? 


Since then I have had countless jobs and 'retired' in 2009. I am very grateful to be still here in good health and looking forward to receiving my (works) pension in just under 7 weeks time Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Silvers on Wed May 18, 2016 11:51 am

I left school in 1965 after A Levels but circumstances prevented me from going to Uni or training college at that time.
I was lucky to get a job straightaway.
I had three jobs between 18 and 26 before going to the employment I stayed with until my retirement in 2006 (34 years with them)

Since then I filled in my personal development  'gap' by going to New College Durham and getting my degree, albeit about 45 years late!

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Post  Vincemac on Wed May 18, 2016 12:31 pm

vinkel wrote:
Vincemac wrote:Started work March 17th 1967 
Apart from a very small amount of sick leave.
Finished 1st April 2016
Maybe because of age I'm now having more health problems
I keep saying there only minor problems but I never had any problems while working until I was 60

Elderly people in good health are a pain in the arse
I got massive pain there Aswell
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Post  canary-dave on Wed May 18, 2016 12:46 pm

My last birthday saw me reach the age my dad was when he died, I just regard each day as a bonus now!

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Post  Vincemac on Wed May 18, 2016 12:52 pm

Hieronymus wrote:How can you guys remember the exact date of your first day of work??? Or did you all work and stay at the same place all your working life? 

My first proper job with payslips is quite a funny story actually.

I had just left school after A Levels and already had my Teacher Training College place sorted for September, so went to sign on, as you did in those days to get a bit of  cash with no intention of working! I signed on on a Tuesday. I got telephoned on the Wednesday to attend that same office for a job interview on the Friday. I was interviewed and they told me there and then they wanted me to start working for them, at that dole office in Seaton Delaval, on MONDAY! So I was on the dole a grand total of 3 and a half days! Very Happy

I worked there for about 10 weeks that summer and got paid over £20 a week which was riches beyond compare for me as before that I earned £1 a day for helping out in my sisters haidressing shop on Saturdays and 50p a night for babysitting. I could walk to work from my parents home so saved bus fares. When I got paid I gave my mother 1/3 for my keep and, together with my student grant and money I earned as a barmaid, I saved up to pay my air fare and spending money for going to America in August 1975 for a year (although ended up staying for 6 years, but that is another story!) Gawd those were the days eh? 

Since then I have had countless jobs and 'retired' in 2009. I am very grateful to be still here in good health and looking forward to receiving my (works) pension in just under 7 weeks time Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
I will be corrected sorry left school 17th march1967
The date sticks in my memory
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Post  Nostalgic on Wed May 18, 2016 9:44 pm

Can't remember the date but it was January 1953 and my first pay packet was three pound five and sixpence. Had to put on the table unopened alongside my Dad's. I got ten bob back and was over the moon until I was told I would have to pay my own bus fares so had put half a crown to one side. Mam still put my bate up though,

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Post  Vincemac on Thu May 19, 2016 10:34 am

Nostalgic wrote:Can't remember the date but it was January 1953 and my first pay packet was three pound five and sixpence. Had to put on the table unopened alongside my Dad's. I got ten bob back and was over the moon until I was told I would have to pay my own bus fares so had put half a crown to one side. Mam still put my bate up though,

Still careful with money!
Good wage for 1953
Mine was three pounds eighteen and sixpence in 1967
Twelve shillings pocket money 
And paid own bus fares 
One shilling into roker park
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Admin wrote:I started my first job in 1964 and lasted around 3 months, apprentice plater. I was then offered an apprenticeship fitter turner so moved jobs, Stayed there until end of apprenticeship then..

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Post  Vincemac on Thu May 19, 2016 3:22 pm

Admin wrote:I started my first job in 1964 and lasted around 3 months, apprentice plater. I was then offered an apprenticeship fitter turner so moved jobs, Stayed there until end of apprenticeship then..

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Post  cyprussyd on Thu May 19, 2016 3:50 pm

I knew both very well, both worked for me at some stage

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Post  Vincemac on Thu May 19, 2016 5:24 pm

cyprussyd wrote:I knew both very well, both worked for me at some stage
I new you would 
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Post  Nostalgic on Thu May 19, 2016 10:22 pm

Speaking of endowment policies, wasn't there an article somewhere that called them the biggest mortgage/insurance con in history. I know I was informed that mine would be XXXXXXXXX amount short on maturity. I believe it was down to the volatility of the investment market over which the insurance people had no control so their investments were affected.

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Post  Silvers on Thu May 19, 2016 10:52 pm

yes, it is a long time ago now, but I had an endowment mortgage.
The policy failed miserably!
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Post  sunderpitt on Thu May 19, 2016 10:53 pm

I do remember the scandal of low cost endowments...that was our first mortgage on our first house. ..by the second hose came along I changed it. My brother got stuck with a (sic) low cost endowment....he should have listened to his big brother and changed it.

About the only think that gets me down is illness and pain. ..Unfortunately it seems part of the human condition..which happens more as you get older.

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