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The most peculiar job I've ever done is...

Postby lucy the tudor » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:50 am

OK, I've just been icing the 58 Pudsey Bear biscuits I made last night for the lad to sell at football training tonight, and it reminded me of a job I used to do, which has been a bonus point on all CV's I have had to produce since- I have been told once I only got the interview so they could make jokes about it and ask me what it meant really...
I was a Marzipan Spotter, at Borth Railway station.

What peculiar jobs have you had, either prior to trading, part of what you do, or as top up to the massive amounts of dosh we all make from selling our wares?
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Postby Shadowcat » Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:40 pm

I made 18th century costumes for 2 wolves and some dogs for a film ("Company of Wolves"). It was a major disaster as far as I was concerned.

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Postby lucy the tudor » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:01 pm

Just looked up the film on youtube, how did I miss that one? Kitsch all the way, but I did lose the will to live halfway through the trailer, couldn't see any hounds in costume :(
The fittings must have been awkward.
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Postby Theotherone » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:55 pm

Shadowcat wrote:I made 18th century costumes for 2 wolves and some dogs for a film ("Company of Wolves"). It was a major disaster as far as I was concerned.

S.


I saw it in Berlin with a group of German medical students. It was part of something they did to improve their English. They thought it was their fault they couldn't understand what was going on. Trying to explain was a bit of a task...

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Postby Shadowcat » Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:13 pm

Cr*p movie in my opinion - and my bete noir A. Lansbury, who had me fired off a previous job so her druggie son's girlfriend could be wardrobe mistress.

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Postby Eyemo » Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:48 pm

Pretending to fly a P51 Mustang...I'm the one in the back seat. Had to copy the pilots actions while filming myself in the back seat dressed in original flying gear... Collest moment-- 300mph 15ft of the ground.

But I don't like to talk about it!!... :roll: :wink: :lol: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=SYO3hvimI0k


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Re: The most peculiar job I've ever done is...

Postby mally ley » Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:18 pm

lucy the tudor wrote:I was a Marzipan Spotter, at Borth Railway station.

So, are you going to enlighten us :?:



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Postby Eyemo » Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:23 pm

Borth??..near Aberystwyth??


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Postby Allan Harley » Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:00 pm

I shovelled Peacock Poo at Bristol Zoo when I was younger - does that count?


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Postby lucy the tudor » Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:33 pm

Peacock poo shoveller definitely counts...
I rather like the idea of arguing with A Lansbury as well, she solves those murders far too easily and you wouldn't want to be a friend or relative now would you?
Borth near Aberystwyth, absolutely, and not nearly as good as it sounds- doing icing eyes in marzipan animals- I can do 600 singles in an hour or about 400 double eyes ( skilled job donchu know).
Opportunities for sad jokes by interviewing employers though LIMITLESS, apparently.
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Postby Eyemo » Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:38 pm

I used to live in Aber..and I've filmed and shot pictures many a time around Borth...Ynys Las... Top place!..love it.
Do you know Sarah Pugh of the Friendship Arms?... :D


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Postby andy1863 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:37 pm

what a landing, to be able to do that wow



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Postby Sir_John_Thomas » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:16 pm

I was Uma Therman's eye wrangler during the shooting of Pulp Fiction :lol:


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Postby sally » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:40 pm

I was part of a small group of artist's nudes for a while, a client would book a model and whichever one of us felt most inclined would turn up to do the session, all of us girls which they were generally really happy with, but if we felt really disinclined or didn't particularly care for the situation we would send them Gareth instead :lol:

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Postby Kaos Ben » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:22 pm

I've been a zombie..

nazi..

on crutches...

Here's the evidence:
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Postby The Iron Dwarf » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:25 pm

my job in about 1982 was 'keeping life off Mars', still havew a press cutting about it and terry wogan made jokes about me on the radio :roll: :wink: :shock:


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Postby arrowmaker » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:25 pm

Do a bouncer at kids parties at Butlins in the late 1960 plus go round on a night and knocking on doors to split up un-married coulpes count.
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Postby lucy the tudor » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:54 pm

Vaguely remember the Friendship Arms, but don't know if that means I was there or I wasn't... I drank more in those days.

The separation of unmarried couples counts, if I can count the year part of my job was to patrol sand dunes asking gay nudists to please stop disturbing the sand lizards.
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Postby Tamsin Lewis » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:54 pm

Dressing up as Vivaldi to play the 4 seasons at the NEC for a Telecoms fair...because this is the most commonly used music for putting people on hold!



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Postby steve stanley » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:28 pm

I was Father Christmas at Rackham's in Leicester in 1992...Amazing what the job centre can get you.......


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Postby arrowmaker » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:50 pm

lucy the tudor wrote:Vaguely remember the Friendship Arms, but don't know if that means I was there or I wasn't... I drank more in those days.

The separation of unmarried couples counts, if I can count the year part of my job was to patrol sand dunes asking gay nudists to please stop disturbing the sand lizards.
Lucy

Did the sand dune bit :D :shock: :D We always waited till they were well at it and then scared the c**p out of them I think we caused more babys then we stopped. :D :twisted: :D
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Postby Steve Stocker » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:51 am

If you want unusual work you should get into the hand-made leather goods trade........... :wink:


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Postby lucy the tudor » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:40 am

Actually I may well consider that, I could develop a broad enough mind to make pretty much anything in leather if it paid well enough. I have some lovely soft hides in at the moment, some good red middle thickness and a bit of very thick hard black stuff... I hesitate to ask for suggestions.
Please tell me I didn't write that.
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Postby The Iron Dwarf » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:45 pm

I would not be suprised by any of the things you make Lucy, what does suprise me though is that at the fayre you did not have a shelf of more exotic stuff under the table.

I have been asked to make lots of odd stuff in the past and quite a few people who run auctions for various charities get very worried when I add a suprise item at the end :shock: :roll: :wink:


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Postby Tod » Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:42 pm

Steve Stocker wrote:If you want unusual work you should get into the hand-made leather goods trade........... :wink:

Yep I'd agree with that. Although as a mate of mine used to run the local fetish club nothing was really unusual. I made them a set of stocks and then got a "customers" feedback report from a girl who used to work in my office.



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Postby lucy the tudor » Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:53 pm

It's always the quiet ones...
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Postby John Waller » Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:04 pm

You guys should touch base with Steve Dunford he has also had some unusual requests in the ironmongery line.


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Postby Botwot » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:02 pm

Spent a season acting as a turn / run marker for an aerial spraying firm in the 1970's.

Dressed up in yellow oilskins and sou'wester, you stood to mark the beginning and end of spray runs whilst helicopters and light aircraft zoomed towards you about 5 ft off the deck.

Certainly improved my judgement of distance and speed and my skill at ducking towards the end of the day - Lord only knows what chemicals ended up in the system though but at least I should be proof against rust and mildew amongst others

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Postby Paul Bavill » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:40 pm

I kid you not I once did a temp job for the NHS manning a telephone help-line for people whose hearing aids had broken down.


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Postby Fox » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:09 pm

My right hand was on TV three times a day for a couple of years in the Manchester area I created the rest of that title sequence too, both live action and computer graphics. Just one of the many things I did whilest working (completely unqualified) for a cable TV station.

I also worked as the Multimedia Controller at Manchester arena doing all the music and graphics for ice hockey and basket ball, again, completely unqualified.
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