ATM Alert!

Area Training Manager?
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!

Be More DoGGGG!

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I travelled down to London today to catch-up with Sally B and Diana D. Mostly social, but we did talk a bit of business too! Thanks for lunch Sally – Carluccio’s was scrummy.

Whilst I was in St Pancras International, I took the opportunity to slip into ‘geek mode’ and see if the phone would lock onto 4G. It did – and the upload and download speeds were very fast indeed, (although I didn’t have time to measure the speeds accurately, they were definitely faster – no lag at all when loading internet pages with graphics, and sending/receiving email was virtually instantaneous). Last time I was this geeky was back in 2006 when I first experienced 3G whilst in Croydon.

Come on O2, ‘be more dog’, when is 4G coming to Kettering?