January, 2011

Trip to Faslane - January 30, 2011

My professional development mentor organised a trip for us and a couple of Roll-Royce new starts to take a trip up to Faslane to get a trip on a submarine. Organising the trip was slightly more complicated than it could have been due to me being officially a sub contractor at Rolls, Having gone over [...]

Funky Town. - January 26, 2011

During TV ad breaks  in the UK you often get told to buy Soap Powder or Car Insurance.  The French sell you nuclear power in Funky Town.  An ill-favored reminder about work, when drinking crisp and refreshing  après-ski beers in the sports bar. Funky Town Arev

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Bonne Année/Happy New Year! -

 Wow the last month has flown past! Well maybe not flown… possibly more like a fast walk, oh, or an amble? Hm, that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?!       Well I suppose I should share with you what I’ve been up to for the last month…what was that…”Oh! Yes [...]

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Helo o’ Cymru! - January 25, 2011

In my best possible Blue Peter style, “Here’s one I prepared earlier!”….almost two and a half months earlier.   That’s the trouble when you ask a Site Licence Company if you can have IT access from work to post a blog. The red alert goes out and the question has to be asked half way [...]

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Better Late Than Never… - January 18, 2011

Right, time to stop loafing about like a work-shy Bloomsbury poet waiting for inspiration to strike, and stride purposefully out into the blogosphere!

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“Murray I need some help…” - January 17, 2011

“Murray I need some help…” 2pm on a Friday afternoon, I’m just finishing off for the week (the joy of flexi-time) a few weeks into my secondment in the Manufacturing Engineering team within Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear and the boss walks over. “Murray I need some help, we’ve got a meeting with a potential customer (needless [...]

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Nuclear North - January 7, 2011

So in December I battled through the snow to get to Middlesbrough to give a talk on nucleargraduates at Teeside University. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not Grim Up North, as the friendly reception and many questions I was asked can testify. The talk gave a brief overview of the five main areas in the [...]

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Life in Derby - January 5, 2011

I have just returned to Derby after a very enjoyable Christmas and Hogmanay back home on the Scottish West Coast (despite a small accident involving a bonfire, a saw and a finger). It has made me realise how different Derby is to where I have lived previously.

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My first 3 months… - January 4, 2011

So I started on the nucleargraduates scheme 3 months ago now and the time has flown by so far. I have met loads of great people and enjoyed starting my career.   From day one, the nucleargraduates from cohort 4 all started on a two week development zone in the Lake District learning about Nuclear, [...]

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Good things come to those who… - January 1, 2011

It’s January 2011, we’re 3 months in, and I’ve just walked into work for the first time. Ok maybe that’s not entirely true. I have actually been doing other work while waiting for my security clearance. Sitting around twiddling my thumbs just isn’t my style. So once again, I have a new office, a new [...]

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