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Kimbo
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31 of 40  Fri 3rd May 2019 9:05pm  
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I was in Tech Pubs from 1977 to 1983, by which time the place was falling apart, and redundancies were rife. I was booted and ended up in Tech Pubs at GEC Energy Systems, Whetstone, and then at Jaguar Radford, Browns Lane, and Whitley. Bert was my boss too (grumpy old so and so ;) ). He passed a few years ago, as did Roy Baker. Nigel Pratt was a good mate even if he was a Villa fan. His mum, Dulcie, courted with my uncle Bill Kimberley before meeting Nigel's dad.
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Kimbo
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32 of 40  Fri 3rd May 2019 9:07pm  
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IIRC Dot's Dave had a Sunbeam Rapier in about 1970/71?
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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33 of 40  Wed 27th Nov 2019 11:25am  
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Whoohoo! Finally found it! I think this was Jan 1st 1964 - two of my heroes on a factory visit.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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34 of 40  Wed 27th Nov 2019 11:39am  
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The Chuckle Brothers? Lol
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bohica
coventry
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35 of 40  Thu 28th Nov 2019 1:22pm  
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Is that Colin Chapman on the forks?

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NeilsYard
Coventry
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36 of 40  Thu 28th Nov 2019 1:53pm  
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Yes, and Jim Clark driving Cool
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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37 of 40  Tue 3rd Dec 2019 3:36pm  
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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38 of 40  Tue 3rd Dec 2019 4:40pm  
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Where was this building Neil ?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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39 of 40  Tue 3rd Dec 2019 5:10pm  
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Probably their service department in Sandy Lane - the exact spot I can’t recall
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pageb45
Goderich, Ontario, Canada
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40 of 40  Mon 26th Oct 2020 6:49pm  
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On 3rd May 2019 9:05pm, Kimbo said: I was in Tech Pubs from 1977 to 1983, by which time the place was falling apart, and redundancies were rife. I was booted and ended up in Tech Pubs at GEC Energy Systems, Whetstone, and then at Jaguar Radford, Browns Lane, and Whitley. Bert was my boss too (grumpy old so and so ;) ). He passed a few years ago, as did Roy Baker. Nigel Pratt was a good mate even if he was a Villa fan. His mum, Dulcie, courted with my uncle Bill Kimberley before meeting Nigel's dad.
Hello Kimbo: It's been a while since you responded to my message. Now I must apologize for not getting back to you: This is a synopsis of the Climax Tech Pubs Dept. personnel when I worked there – 1967 to 1970. The Technical Publications Department was in demand to provide the company’s many customers with accurate information for operating, servicing, maintaining and spare parts ordering. Bert Harman was a veteran with the company and co-ordinated the department’s workload. As a supervisor he was fair-minded, but also could be difficult in a touchy situation. However, he possessed a good sense of humour that offset an unfortunate disability in that he had lost the use of his left hand. Another release was his chain-smoking habit. In the days when smoking was almost universal, the relatively small room where we worked soon became fumigated as chronic cigarette smokers, Bert, Kevin and Roy, later joined by pipe-loving George, lit up with abandon. To avoid working in a permanent fog, a VentAxia fan was installed in the window to assist smoke extraction. The workload was extensive and varied. Bert assigned the projects based on priority and I was first given some simple tasks to become familiar with the design of the machines. Service bulletins and installation instructions were relatively easy to produce and were stepping stones towards tackling more complicated writing jobs. In due course I was able to supplement my writing activity with a few simple illustrations (mainly tracings from engineering drawings). On the occasions when Bert was absent from the office, the atmosphere became more relaxed and I was able to see a different side of my co-workers’ character. Suddenly the working environment became more animated as conversation flowed freely; something that Bert would discourage. Ray Turnecliffe was the most ebullient of the team and became easily excitable at times. He was also a ‘worry wart’ and had certain health issues, but could make good judgment calls and was a reliable colleague. In his spare time, Ray headed a small musical combo and listed himself under the stage name, Ray Stanley. The band played on the working mens’ club circuit in and around Coventry. His pride and joy was a Rover 3-Litre saloon with an automatic transmission and power steering. The department’s clown, who was also the butt of the in-house jokes, was Roy Baker. Roy was a twentysomething bachelor and lived at home in the nearby town of Rugby. Always seen with a lit cigarette, his absent-mindedness tended to lead him astray, but he was a conscientious worker and an excellent chess player. During the lunch periods he and I would go head-to-head at friendly chess games. Roy worked in concert with a young Coventry lad, Kevin Foxton, who was a bit of a roustabout and tended to bend the rules. His rather nervous disposition was calmed down by chain-smoking and I suspect his private life was a whirlwind of carousing with local girls and a copious amount of beer drinking. The two technical illustrators were young men and had a great deal of talent; having been formally taught in technical college. Dave Payne was the senior chap and a prolific artist. He was also a bachelor, but harboured a relationship with a divorced woman, Doris Shufflebotham, who worked in the same office building. Doris was many years older than Dave, but they didn’t hide their association and it was common knowledge throughout the company. Dave’s colleague was Nigel Pratt. Hailing from Solihull, an affluent suburb of Birmingham, Nigel came from a privileged background – his father was a managing director – and was slightly cynical, but we put up with this idiosyncrasy as he produced some excellent illustrations. Nigel liked to show off in his Mini Cooper sports car and is the only person I know who could leave rubber marks on the road by spinning his front wheel drive. Last, but not least, was Kathy the technical typist. Kathy was straight from the heart of Birmingham and readily identifiable by her singsong ‘Brummie’ accent. She had a keen sense of humour and even relished in telling a few ‘blue’ jokes. Blush
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