Why am I worried at my age in life? I've been quite successful so far, for an Endike lad.
I say that because nothing much was expected of us when were turfed out of school at 15 with a
limited education under our belts.
Although we did not realise it at the time, until it was too late.
You see we were all in the same boat. No-one knew any better, that's what we did; suffered the
boringness of a Secondary school education, then followed our older brother's footsteps.
Usually onto a building site, or into a factory, some went to sea; the swats usually went into 'an office'.
But in almost every case we did what our fathers did. Which is why our older brothers did what they did and we, my generation, followed on. Like sheep. Sheep off a conveyor belt.
I'm 55. I don't want to be but the alternative is not very attractive and even less appealing.
I tried early retirement, but quickly grew tired of it. Besides, I always thought you received a pension of some sort when you retired. Not at 55 you don't. Unless you're a policeman, or a civil servant. Don't talk to me about MPs or councillors.
I'd paid into a pension scheme for 40 years.
I know that's not a long time, ironically, in fact I had four separate private plans, once.
The 'financial adviser' who sold me them said it was a good idea at the time.
I haven't seen him for five years, or my pension payments, which will bring me the princely
sum of £3.50 per week, which is taxable, when I'm 65. I have one that I could cash in.
It's worth a grand total of £38, after tax. I might do that and book in table in Lounge for my tea.
Be nice that, after 40 years.
So I'm back at work. Although even 'work' isn't what it used to be. No-one would employ me after being self employed for over twenty years, so I went back to what I know (I blame it on that Endike education) and, er, went back self employed.
I stand a market stall now. I have two actually. And my youngest daughter of 22 has one too, alongside me.
It was a bright new shiny venture, with promises of great things, alongside fellow traders, all eager and willing to bring this 'exciting' new shopping experience to the cosmopolitan people of Hull. They are 'cosmopolitan' on Newland Avenue because I saw it the Hull Daily Mail.
That's how the builders running the place described it to us when we paid our deposits and committed ourselves to this bright new world of retail. Only it's not new at all, or very bright and like a lot of things in life, when you're 55, the packaging is more appealing than the content.
In fact it's fucking crap.
It's nearly 6am now and very soon now I will begin my slow walk to 'work'. To think I missed the routine of this when I tried retiring for those twelve short months. I must have been mad. Or did those sadistic old teachers at Endike really do a good job on us and brainwash us all to trudge to work day in' day out, until we pop our clogs? They must have been government employees, which I suppose they were in a way.
They did a good job on me. Otherwise why am I riddled with guilt when I have no work to go too? Its Endike's fault!
So 'work' for me now involves gambling all my spare cash buying products from warehouses a days drive away from Hull, displaying them, and hoping someone will come along and buy them off me at a profit. Easy, isn't it?
Opinions - The Green Electrek Power Company By David Sloan
A radical answer to mass unemployment, endemic obesity and the clean energy crisis.Benefits
Full employment. Cheap green electricity. Reduced oil and gas imports. Higher government tax revenues. Income for all people, regardless of educational skills. Healthier people, fitter people, less overweight people. Less social destitution, less heart disease, less mental health problems, less diabetes.
The NHS now spends £3000 a second on people
Opinions - Wacko Jacko RIP By Christopher Skolik
Since the death of Michael Jackson there has been much chatter about how we should forget the more troubling aspects and focus on the music.
To me that seems wrong headed and a waste!
His life may arguably prove the real art of this individual; he had the means and the psychology to change reality, and his physicality.
Like a Batman villain, living in a fun house as though a Scooby Doo phantom, drawing on the collective unconscious and its pop culture references,
Opinions - Hull City Council and the Concrete Jungle
Thought I'd share my thoughts with you over the council putting a car park where LAs is/was.
Glad to see our creative and pro-active council always thinking of exciting new ways to develop the city. Another car park will be great for the city: with more cars coming into the city centre we could employ some more traffic wardens creating more jobs and more revenue for the council.
Please don't pretend that
Opinions - Was Bob Quick 'Blunder' A Deliberate Smokescreen? By Michelle Dee
By now we will all have seen the disturbing images of Ian Tomlinson, the victim of an unprovoked assault by a police officer at the G20 Protest last weekend. Unlucky for the Metropolitan Police Force, news crews were filming at the time and caught the incident on camera.
Watching the Guardian's footage you can clearly see the officer stepping forward and the moment when the unsuspecting Ian Tomlinson
Opinions - COOL ! By Andrew Wastling
I woke up feeling optimistic about the future of the planet for the first time in many years
After eight wasted years of what amounts to government by a fascist junta of gangsters, crooks and warmongers - perhaps we can all hope that the US under Obama will now take a more progressive road and a lead on the environment for a change?
Opinions - Barack Obama By Lee Cassanell
Civilisations rise and fall. People live and people die but sometimes we are lucky enough to bear witness to moments of great historical significance, moments of pure hope and optimism for a better world and a better tomorrow.
The election of Senator Barack Obama has renewed my belief in the American public and the American ideal. It has renewed my belief that no matter who you are or were you come from,
Opinions - Dating Nightmare Part 2 By Leah Scarpati
I'm pleased to say that I have a different slant on the subject now. I'm so fickle...all it takes is a month of dating with a TDH rugby playing fireman and the dating garden's all rosy!
All the time I was complaining about the crap first dates with guys I very easily found something wrong with (often when there probably wasn't actually anything wrong with them); I wasn't really thinking too far ahead.
Opinions - Dating Nightmare Part 1 By Leah Scarpati
Why is dating such a nightmare?! I must admit I haven't really been on that many successful dates; I've only had 2 long-term relationships and 3 half-arsed attempts at them that didn't last more than five minutes. So in between those I've been on enough dates to be suitably apprehensive about how they'll turn out.
I've found that in my experience they go
Opinions - USA Neocon Maniacs are at it again, duping the lying western media propaganda machine with lies by Mo.
US backed ( 1000 marines advising, commandos and mercenaries)forces of Georgia ( birthplace of Stalin), sneak attacked Russian Peace Keeping Troops Thursday evening killing thousands of civilians (Over 2000 civilians are reported killed
). Under distraction of Beijing Olympics, Dick Cheney may well be heading the Neocon maniacs into new war fronts setting up for another cold war, diverting media attention from the disastrous economic situation in the USA.
Opinions - Mary Poppins, I Ain't! By Leah Scarpati
I may sound like an old spinster woman but I'm convinced I can drum up a following on this one. I was at the gym tonight (trying to work out) and I'll admit, was bloody knackered by the time I got to the changing rooms.
I'd had a crap day at work and all I wanted to do was chill out. Cue - screaming kids in the changing room. So I decided to escape
Opinions - David Icke blows away 400 people at a Free Public Meeting on Sunday, July 6th By Mo
Believe him or not David Icke is one of very few people who can hold an audience in
the palm of his hand for many hours, well beyond the one and a half hours reported on the internet.
His three and a half hour talk enthralled the audience with revelations beyond the scheming
Big Brother drones in the Tory and Labour parties to the fact that Neocons' behind the
Big Brother State
Opinions - The BBC Dipping into Youtube for Viewers By Mo UPDATED BBC's BBC Phil Hayton Denies All knowlege
The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known simply as the
BBC, is the world's largest broadcasting corporation. It has 28,000 employees
in the United Kingdom alone and an annual budget of more than £4 billion.
Founded on 18 October 1922 as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd, it was
subsequently granted a Royal Charter and
Opinions - Response to The BBC Dipping into YouTube for Viewers By Martin Deane
Fire away Mo! Seconds out, round two.
I actually have a soft spot for the Beeb but no, it's not my unrequited love for Neighbours or the Archers. Forgive me for lumping them together, apparently they're different despite hugely annoying theme tunes, but you may not know where I'm coming from yet.
This is despite not having a TV licence which is how the BBC funds itself
Opinions - Lies And War Crimes By Michelle Dee
The words "weapons of mass destruction" were noticeably absent from the
speech by George W. Bush on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion.
The apocalyptic rhetoric used to firstly motivate the political will
then move the might of the military forces was replaced by talk of
regime change and removing Saddam Hussein from power.
It is illegal to go to war in order to