Come on lads don’t be lazy, CHECK your car insurance renewal

As a typical bloke I’m hopeless at shopping around for car insurance and very often just accept the annual renewal without even checking it. This year though I just thought they were literally taking the Mickey and decided to do something about it. 

LV Insurance (which I think stands for London Victoria or Liverpool Victoria, I’m not sure) sent me their renewal quote for £346.16 – it’s probably worth me saying at this point that my car was first registered in 1994 and is therefore 22 years old. Disgusted I went online and found DOZENS of companies quoting far far less and in the end chose Privilege who were charging me £154.40 for the exact same insurance I already had. Money saved = £191.76. That’s my flight to Gibraltar next year sorted!

So come on lads don’t be lazy, don’t be apathetic, check out your renewals and tell the Rip-off merchants where to go.

Be inspired…

Finally yesterday I started my new job as a youth worker and as I sat at my desk I looked at the wall opposite. What I saw painted on the wall really inspired me and looking at it I knew it would be a real inspiration for young people too. After just one day at work, I love this job.

Just treading water

Recently I was head hunted and offered a new job supporting young people in a Job Club for three days a week. Over the past five or six weeks I’ve been trying to negotiate keeping two days at my current job (supporting parents) while taking up the new offer too. The whole process has been (and to a large degree still is) something of a nightmare partly because of my current employers reluctance to process my application swiftly. Although my standard checks (enhanced DBS) are through and I have a reference secured from a previous employer my current employers are still very much in the slow lane with it all.

I suppose the reason I’m writing this is as an apology to readers who enjoy calling in to my two web sites for a daily read and who lately have seen very little posted because so much of my brain space and emotions are being soaked up with this ongoing issue. What I would say is that hopefully it won’t be too long before its all resolved as my new employer wants me to start next week. Perhaps what I’m reserving my energies for is in case I need to take the bull by the horns and force the issue. Please bear with me and I’ll let you know what happens as soon as ‘something’ does happen after which I can get back to blogging X Alan X

National Play Day

Today was National Play Day and as part of the Flying Start Team in Wales I spent the day at Scolton Manor, Haverfordwest; the idea of a Play Day was for children to put their iPads away and get involved in some traditional play activities. Among the varied activities were all sorts of field games, treasure hunts, face painting and more; in my tent we made shoe box guitars with the children after which we had sing songs with the children playing their new instruments.

During the course of the day we had 21 workshops with 8 children in each workshop and so had a total of 168 children through our little sessions. A really nice day for everyone – especially me :) 

My Grandmother, my sister and my niece 

Found this lovely #blastfromthepast photo of my grandmother Hannah, my sister Kerrie and my niece Mia which I love. It was probably taken in the seventies up in Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear where they lived. Sadly Hannah and Kerrie have passed away now but MIA still lives in Rowlands Gill and we Remain very close X 

(2016 With MIA in Newcastle) 

Scolton Manor Camelot Trail

Today we had our first summer activity day and took loads of families and children out to Scolton Manor Park, near Haverfordwest – must have been 200 of us. We had loads of activities going on and everyone had a great day. The photos show the ‘Camelot Trail’ where you have to go through the woods and find key statues including the Holy Grail. I can’t show photos of families but trust me we all had a great day. And guess what, I’m doing it all again on Thursday🙂

Quite a busy day yesterday (and today) on my website; I’ve put a screenshot of the visitors below from yesterday.

If you haven’t visited it yet you’re very welcome to. It’s another strand of my autobiography detailing my time in Gibraltar during the 1970s and my passion for that lovely small nation. So if you love Gibraltar, or would like to know a bit more about her just click the link and come on in. Alan X :)