Sunday, February 26, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
So the interviewer asks the question 'Can you give me an example of when you have shown initiative?' I think for a moment then give him an account of the "balance incident" when I was on a work placement as a 17 year old college student.
After starting the work placement just a couple of weeks before, I arrive at work and see that a new £3000 electronic balance has arrived (the laboratory was one short and as such, impacted on the amount of work all the technicians could get through) throughout the morning three or four scientists attempt to get the contraption working without success later they are crowded around it getting frustrated and talking about sending it back and getting a replacement, this would have taken a number of weeks until the replacement arrived. After they walked away from the balance scratching their heads I walked upto two of them, I had noticed that throughout the morning nobody had actually opened and looked at the instruction manual. I asked them if I could have a go, to which they sniggered and laughed and said OK. After about two minutes of reading it and looking at the electronic display I found that the balance had not had it's first calibration, so I calibrated it and told the senior scientist to which he could only look at me in astonishment, I told him what I did and he looked sheepish and said I had done well. All from just looking at the instructions.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
After todays walk around the marina i've dug out some photo's which I have taken at various times over the last year. One shows a monument of a family which set sail for New England from Hull in the 1800's I think, there is also a picture of The Deep during a dismal early winter evening a couple of pics of a new building close to the marina and a pic of the marina's exit into the river Humber during a foggy day.
Whilst walking the dogs this morning I saw there was a heavy duty crane waiting to lift one of the victorian bridges that lie either side of the lock which enters Hull's marina.
The bridges are currently undergoing a restoration programme which once finished will allow pedestrians, cycles and possibly cars to traverse the lock once again.
After going home to retrieve my camera I arrived back a few minutes too late and did not catch the bridge being lifted out of position, I did however catch the bridge being placed onto the back of a heavy load bearing truck.
Speaking to one of the workmen he told me there were parts of the bridge date stamped from 1856.
The bridgw will now be taken to Sheffeild where the integrity of the metal will be assesed to see weather it needs replacing.