These days, the abbreviation ‘ATM’ is an everyday part of our lives (and maybe even bigger in Greece, at the moment!). But, ‘back in the day’ (and what now seems like a lifetime ago) when I was working full-time for Sainsbury’s, it meant something quite different – Area Training Manager. In my duties of looking after branch training, I covered the ‘Romford’ patch (which meant Southend to Great Yarmouth), whilst four colleagues dotted around the UK covered the then ‘Areas’ of ‘Coventry’, ‘Bromley’, ‘Woking’ and ‘Uxbridge’ – carving up the Sainsbury Empire into manageable chunks of fifty-or-so Branches.
So, today, was quite special as I met up with two of my ‘opposite number’ from all those years ago: Paul, ATM of Coventry Area, and Geoff, ATM of Uxbridge Area. We all now live quite close to each other, and so it was pretty easy to find a mutually convenient watering hole. We chose Hobson’s Choice in Kettering, and spent an extended lunch reminiscing of training-days-long-gone! Three hours later, we’d made a valiant attempt at trying to remember who-was-who, and where-are-they-now – but we’d really scratched the surface!
Cue a perfect excuse for another meet in the not-too-distant future!
I got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!
My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all its forms), together with a fondness for the art of writing seemed to be the perfect combination to contribute a few words to the online community.
But I’m no Samuel Pepys! If you’re looking for deep and meaningful comments on a variety of subjects, then you’ve arrived at the wrong site! I only pen for pleasure!
On average, my posts appear about twice per month, covering family & friends, cinema visits, eating out, holiday experiences and techy stuff. Oh, and as this is my hobby, there’s no sponsored links nor adverts here – it’s all done with love!
I hope you find it enjoyable, interesting and occasionally, even helpful!