thanks for all the kind words guys
in answer to some of the questions posted-
no i don't really have any relationship with the local paper although they have used a sunset pic over a local pond as the banner pic on their facebook page a little while ago. i pointed them towards my pics via their facebook page having a mini article about the closure. one of their comments on the closure asked if anyone knew anything about the closure or anyone who worked there. i replied saying i worked there & mentioned i had some interior shots. the girl emailed me her mobile number, we chatted a while & i then emailed her 2 or 3 images & gave her permission to use them if they wanted to
i now have her as a contact so who knows what i can send her in the future
as for the job situation i was contacted by the owner of the smaller independant garage across the road from us with 15 minutes of him finding out about the closure (also via facebook, which can be a great networking resource if used sensibly ) & offered a job straight away. i started this monday so far so good. 3 days in & liking it so far..
thanks for everybodys kind wishes in this respect
although i did 27 years in the workshop i've spent the last 2 years out in reception which is quite a bit different (while also being a LOT harder work than i had ever imagined) but its something i really like doing. people really like being able to speak to somebody who actually understands how their cars work. not sure i'd ever want to go back on the tools. i've done my time (so to speak)
even though i'm working again after less than 2 weeks it will still be a rough summer as i've not been paid for any of the work up until the 15th..
i only started this week ( so i might get a couple of days money) which means i'll have to work all next month for a proper payday which basically means going 2 months with no wages!
we will get our statutory eventually. i just hope i'm still afloat by then