it is with a heavy heart and bitter-sweet emotions i have to announce that, as from 7am saturday 2nd april i will no longer be employed at what i have always refered to as “the paid job”.
i’ve never NOT said i work for tesco, just never made a big deal of it. i am not ashamed of working for them. i won’t deny that some of the decisions of the company are at odds with my politics, but i much prefer to keep work and home/social/political life totally exclusive. now i am nothing near daft enough to think that such issues that cause upset are decided at store level. so as such, morally i have no issue working for them. that and the fact that i have for nigh on TWENTY EIGHT YEARS, since i was a nipper.
anyway, back to the point.
as you may have seen recently in the news, around 75 or so stores are to cease 24 hour trading. unfortunately ours is on that list. as such, my job role is no more. i have been offered other position in our store and at other stores, but sadly no full time positions are available at this time. (like most retailers these days it seems full time jobs don’t exist).
another option was redundancy.
now with 28 years behind me as well as my age you can imagine the package offered was very decent. for all the constant slagging off the company gets, in the main, they DO know how to treat staff. they looked after me fourteen years ago when i had my accident and was off for 12 months.
myself and The Enemy have spent the last few weeks talking it all through (talking about bugger all else to be fair) and we decided that redundancy was the way to go. and so it is. i have six weeks left. then for the first time since leaving school i will be jobless.
i have plans. i won’t become a man of leisure just yet. but i AM having a good few weeks off. going to spend the quality time with The Enemy and Boy that i have missed by being on nights for the last 10 years, and get used to daylight again. also crack on with the handful of poems i have started and stalled on. maybe even finally learn to play my melodica (and if allowed, buy a trombone and learn that)
so there you have it. it’s official now and i wanted you all to know. if i have seemed distant and not entirely fun in the last month, this may go some way to explaining it. i apologise to anyone who may feel i have been ignoring them, i swear i meant nothing personal by it. also apologise for the lack of radio shows. that too shall be addressed very soon.
anyone who needs a loyal, trustworthy, fun employee from may onwards, speak up. i’ll be available.
for now though, i’ll end by saying thank you to tesco for employing me for almost three decades, the many friends that i have made along the way and the decent customers who managed to NOT insult or threaten me.
I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU REMEMBER ME TALKING ABOUT THE ROCK & ROLL LOUNGE.
it’s something i became a part of last october/november time. since then i have played almost every gig they have done. to the extent that “they” are now “we”. the radio side of my dj-ing has taken a back seat whilst this has happened, something i keep promising MYSELF that i will return to in time, doing proper shows, not just replaying what i played at TR&RL gigs.
but i digress…
as the R&RL we have played sheffield, securing a monthly residency (to great acclaim) at The Frog And Parrot.
and anyone who knows me, knows how much sights like those below will bring a huge smile to my face!
rows of scooters outside a pub where i am playing? that alone is a dream come true! (thanks to the lads at the Trojan Drinking Club for that. you’ve a happy new member lads)
we’ve also played manchester’s northern quarter regularly, and even been as far as birkenhead. always on the look out for more gigs*, the boss man was asked if we were available do the following….
of course, he said yes, then asked me along for the ride. what? was i going to turn it down? then a couple of weeks ago, he informed me that he was unable to attend, and would i do it alone? would i? hell yes!
so this weekend, i AM The Rock & Roll Lounge. and what am i doing?
well, take a look at this:
yes, wherever it says R&RL on there, that’s me.
3 HOUR SET FRIDAY
BETWEEN BANDS SATURDAY
SAME STAGE AS
how surreal? 14 months ago i was dj-ing online in my bedroom and at a friends birthday party (cheers Polly). now i am sharing the stage with some of my musical idols!
i am totally buzzing, cannot wait! guest tickets for the enemy and the boy, passes, tent in the staff section, hospitality, the full works!
but that isn’t the end of it.
i have also been asked to be part of this!
NIGHT SHEFFIELD O2 ACADEMY
i shall be doing a full vinyl ska/reggae/2tone set for the last hour.
two live bands, dj’s, the film, mod heaven!
tickets are available. £11.25 for the night, inc booking fees.
tickets and the dates of other nights on the tour:
* anyone wanting to book The Rock And Roll Lounge, get in touch and i can pass you on to the main man.
(EVEN GOT EMILY INVOLVED)
I MUST END THIS POST AND THANK THE MANY MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN GETTING ME THIS FAR:
firstly the enemy and the boy. without her telling me constantly i have the abilty to do it, i would still be sat here dreaming.
secondly to Polly who gave me my first gig. best birthday party ever!
i MUST include the R&RL boss man, as he gave me my chance when i was disheartened after failures to launch at a local bar. that 1st night at The Washington pub in sheffield where he duped me into playing full vinyl sets… and then took me under his wing. J.M. i owe you big time. we have had some ups and downs these last 10 months or so, but i have come out smiling every time. onwards and upwards. we will succeed.
to absent friends. thank you too. you may not be around any more, and i DO miss you, but one day we will be drunk together again.
and to all those that dance themselves crazy to the tunes i play. your smiles alone a reason to do what i do.
see you out there
i don’t make new years resolutions. they’re pointless. i make a promise to myself that i shall endevour to do a, b & c. but i don’t spout em out everywhere. yes, i AM going to here, but you’ll see why.
yes there’s the usual lose weight, drink less ones , but this year i am going to set out to do something different.
i have decided to learn to sign. i have a couple of deaf customers and we get by…. usually they write there questions in form of a text, but i want to be able to talk to them. at least say “hello, how are you” & “goodbye, see you next week”.
so i shall set about seeing what is freely available first, and then….. well, wath this space.
SIME’S ANNUAL XMAS EVE SPECIAL.
sime is also hosting a new years eve show.
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