Exciting things are happening and I’ve just got to share them with you all. Many new ventures are taking place ranging from hobbies to education and right through to life and ambition.
Where to start?
Firstly I’m not one for radio, my musical taste is varied but I’m not one that follows modern trends so therefore I only listen to the radio when I’m in the car and thats purely because the C.D player is broke. However I was pleasently surprised to hear about a new series of “My teenage diaries” hosted by Rufus Hound on BBC radio 4. The show is fantastic, heart warming, sad and funny, I urge you all to listen to it at 6:30 pm on a Wednesday. You can get more information by following Rufus on twitter @RufusHound.
Next is my biggest news, yesterday I had an e-mail from a local college lecturer asking me to contact him over a recent course enquiry I had made. Following a rather drawn out telephone conversation about work history, experiences and future goals, he gave me the news that I was welcome along on the course in September and was e-mail all the relevant paperwork to fill in today. So by the end of the year I am now looking at being qualified with a NEBOSH general certificate and my first and biggest step into becoming a health and safety officer. it may sound sad but I am most excited by this opportunity to make something of myself and finally follow a career path I am passionate about.
Back to music, and like I mentioned above, I’m not one for following modern trends, however, I do enjoy finding fresh talent using the world wide web and in particular, youtube. I have found some very talented artist on there and think that they deserve some credit and mention so that they can be shared with you all. So please log onto youtube and check out the following: AJ Rafael, Andrew Garcia, Ria Ritchie, Tori Kelly, Alex Good and my latest find Todrick Hall, all of them are amazing and I wish them all every success in their musical futures.
Which brings me to my next project. Over the last month or so I have been in discussions with a local band about fronting them on their new set list, I’m happy to say that these discussions have progressed and we are having our first rehearsal a week today to work on some material, it’s only covers, but it’s the fun that and buzz of performing it’s going to bring thats got me excited. I think everybody at some stage dreams of emulating their musical hero and I’m going to get that chance soon, no matter how small my stage may be.
Monday 15th August finally arrived, and after countless delays and what seemed like endless waiting, the day of my tribunal action against my former employers had come.
Despite already expecting to lose, as I had no legal representative and was up against the financial power of SSE’s yearly £1bn profit and their highly paid team of solicitors, I held on to a small amount of hope and a positive attitude.
The day began brightly and the oppositions witnesses were buckling under the rigerous questioning of the 3 man appeal panel, and then the moment I had awaited arrived, my crucial peice of evidence, if anything was going to swing this in my favour this was it, I was dismissed from my position with the company on Wednesday 18th November 2009, on the morning of Thursday 19th November I had received my amended payslip due to leaving the company ‘earlier than expected’, this letter was dated Tuesday 17th November and was sent by 2nd class post, there is no way this would have reached me so soon and proved hard evidence that my sacking was pre-conceived and unfair. As lunch time loomed things started to look very promissing, but I tried my hardest to keep my feet on the ground. Then the horror show began.
As we re-conviened after lunch, the judge mention an e-mail that had been brought up in a witness statement but was not part of the evidencial binder that had been put together some 12 months earlier and was not to be altered by rules of the tribunal service. Suddenly a grey cloud came over the court room as the witness produced ‘a copy’ of this e-mail, (it was a poorly written and spelt peice of work apparantly confriming my sacking on the correct day) despite giving their solicitor some stick I was shocked to hear the judge add it to the list of evidence and continue the trial.
The day came to a close and a decision was to be made. Was I to earn the compensation I deserved? Unfortunately not, this poorly written peice of evidence convince the judge that the letter I recieved was nothing more than a clerical error (something not possible on SSE’s computer systems) and the decision against me was upheld.
I could of handled losing down to a decision just to agree with them and their financial muscle, but I felt complete rage to lose to a peice of evidence that was not disclosed and should not have stood as any part of the trial.
The man won on this occasion but look for another installment from myself when I start to lift the lid on energy prices and how this company get away with charging so much when they are in the £ billion profit margins.