4 Day weekend and the Tuesday After

Day “6”,

Lets quickly fill you in on my weekend, before getting onto day 6……

My weekend was spent in the Welsh Land of Wales, in the Capital City Cardiff. We were there for a Barmitzvah and an amazing time was had by all…. the important events were:

  • Excellent performance by the Barmitzvah boy in Synagogue
  • Excellent shopping trip into Cardiff – bought up most of primark
  • Excellent Barmitzvah party
  • Meeting a new blog fan (you know who you are!!!!)
  • Being Puked upon.
And now onto day 6……
Day 6 Started with me getting a lift to Hendon Central and the tube in, Arriving EARLY! very Early.
After two cups of free coffee, the day started, and I soon began drifting off to sleep in the uncomfortable chairs, only to be re-awoken by a chilling blast of icy air from the air conditioner.
We dilly dallied along about windows Xp and networks, learning different types of networks, topologies, protocols etc… Soon break time came, and I dived round to tesco – 49p Energy Drink – BAD MOVE….. It kept me awake for this morning but had disasterous effects after lunch….
At lunch time, I took a brisk walk down to marks & spencers and bought some salad, and crisps, and took them back to the training centre, to eat with a cup of tea.
This afternoon we finished off the networking chapter, and looked at our windows XP virtual machines…. As our tutor left the classroom, all hell broke loose, and my hyperness took over. It all ended with me being pushed round on the chair like a giant game of curling. The plus side to this, is that I also got some work done!!

So there we go, day 6…. I say we should get more 4 day weekends but LESS tiredness!


Adios! 🙂

Day three & four

Day three starts at QA when we get told that tomorrow (day 4 ) is a “staff training day” and that we are on “study leave” WHOPEEE!!

Then we go up to the “workshop” (A room with a couple of tables, and some bits of old comptuer) and dissect some old computers. Trust me to get the dodgy one, which when I take the processor fan off, brings the processor off too, bending all the pins and making me look like a fool.

After this “excitement” we hvae lunch and then come back in the afternoon to learn how to install windows XP. A process I have learnt to do, blindfolded, with my hands tied behind my back, while riding a bicycle…. needless to say, It was well on the way to installing before the class had even started, and Off I went for a cup of tea!!!

Day three ended with me starting XP for the “first time” and too many cups of tea to remember!!!


Day four, nothing Apprenticeshippy has happened so far, but as I was not in town today, I was able to get in the car with Mum, Dad & Adam to travel to Cardiff…. and have written this, sat in Magor Services, looking at probably the best view from a service station in the UK – The rolling hills of Cymru.


That’s all for today, and my first week of Apprenticeship and Blogging…. See you on tuesday….


Adios! 🙂

Day Three

What happened on day three? Nothing of great interest!

This morning, I left the house at quarter past 8. Briskly walked down the the bus stop… eventually the bus came… I thought I was running late. That nice greek lady who’s son used to work at blockbusters got on… and we were talking as per the Greek/Jewish usual. We arrived at the station and I ran off down the slope worrying I was going to be late. The thing I find funny is that “nice Greek lady” walked casually and still made that same train, a few carriages back! Anywhos, I digress, I arrived at 9.15 and had time for a cheeky cup of free coffee before the morning started!


This morning we started by making powerpoints about the different types of motherboard. After spending most of the morning discussing Three or four types… I concluded that its only really ATX and Micro-ATX that are used…. what a waste.

We continued flicking through the almighty book, and did a work sheet looking at assembling the parts of a computer, buying them, and making sure they are all compatible… I made a lovely virtual computer… but it wasn’t worth the £416 it cost!


This afternoon, we carried on with our hardware based day, talking about different cables and more cables… and fire extinguishers again! WOW.


Tomorrow is set to be more fun with a practical on how to build a computer…. I might take a blindfold, and get one hand tied behind my back!!!!! 🙂


Thats all for now…. ciao 🙂

Day Two

My First 9.30 Start….AAAH! Although, to be fair, I cheated a little.

Dad took me to Hendon Central and I tube’ed it in from there! Managed to nearly leave my mobile on the back seat on the cab! Thanks for hooting Dad – What a plebby commuter I have become.

Today we started by finishing off the induction…. no need to bore you with the details, its boring I PROMISE!…

Lunch time was taken up by a quick stroll up and down the main road, even though I had lunch – its nice to get out of a room with no windows for a while!!! After the stroll we returned to the “Coffee Lounge” (A couple of vending machines and some tables/chairs). This is where my new love interests were sitting….. the FREE tea/coffee Mac

Fat Book
Thats some FAT book!

hines. Not one, not two, but THREE… all serving the same free drinks. During the lunch break I sampled the Cappuccino, and the tea, and am pleased to report that for free…  they ain’t bad – more of them to come!!

This afternoon, after finishing off the induction… we started our portfolios… by signing numerous documents and sticking them in wallets in a folder SUCH FUN.

Then we received our first book…When I say book, I should probably say BOOOOK ——>       This will last us about the first 10 weeks, and then we are examined on most of what is inside! AAAAH – It’s actually all pretty easy stuff… and the exam is multiple choice! 🙂

We started by looking at the inside of a computer and naming the different parts… then we had to make a table of what each thing did… it’s like ICT GCSE all over again….

While writing the table, 4.30 arrived… books were closed, papers tidied up, bags packed and off we trundled home at the end of another day!

I never knew how much it cost to get the tube – OH MY!!


That’s all for now – Adios! 🙂

Day One

So, you join me yet again, far too late at night, at the end of day 1.


What did I do today I hear you cry…. in short… not a lot.

Today started with late kick-off @11am so I was on the tube at quarter to 10. I arrived at the Training centre early, as its only a very short walk from the station.

I met my tutor, Daniel, and we began “induction”. Induction consisted of receiving a booklet about the course, and numerous menial pages to fill in, including contact details and types of fire extinguisher!!

We had our hour of lunch and then we took a tour of the building which consisted of climbing three flights of stairs, being told “you will have no need to enter this room” and then returning back down the stairs again! (they are steep stairs!)

After that we played some standard team building games (nothing worth mentioning) and had a flick through a book the size of a house which we shall receive soon which is one of the main materials for study – I’m gonna grow some muscles commuting with that every day!!

Eventually we “Closed up”, as the tutor said, early and knocked off at a very nice 4.30, just in time to hit the tube in the early rush…. How I love to be crammed into a sweaty carriage4 of strangers!!


Hopefully tomorrow will be of more interest to you and to me!!!


Adios! 🙂

The Calm Before the Storm

So, here I am, awake far too late into the night, talking on Skype to Wales, Scotland, Birmingham and London the night before I start my Apprenticeship….

Tomorrow, I shall venture my way into the Big Smoke (London),  for the first day of my Apprenticeship course. Thankfully the first day starts at 11, giving me a slight lay in! 🙂

Hopefully I shall be back here tomorrow evening to write about my first day!

Until then,


Ciao 🙂