The porter reporter

first_imgThe job has changed in the six years that I’ve been doing it, in terms of the college being much busier. I think financial pressure causes the colleges to need to make full use of the facilities. Out of term-time we have to maximise things like conference guests and banquets, which is important to us to maintain a good income for the college generally. Sometimes it’s a bit calmer out of term-time, but when you’ve got strangers coming in every other night during the holidays, obviously you have to acquaint them with the same situation over and over again, which can get a bit tedious. When the students are settled in during term everything runs itself really.Luckily our students are all very pleasant; most of the time they’re quite good fun. That’s the part of the job I enjoy most, as opposed to the difficult people we get from time to time. Occasionally we have some very snotty-nosed people who seem to like ‘humiliating the servants’, as it were. That’s the hardest to deal with, they think you’re some sort of ‘flunkie’. You’ve just got to grit your teeth and bear it, really. We’ve lost quite a few staff because of that, it’s the main factor which causes people to leave, I think. We do get some pressure from that area and it has taken its toll on a number of us; unfortunately we’ve lost some good people because of that.There have been funny times as well. One of my favourite stories involved a student of ours, very nice chap actually, still see him now and again. The main thing with students really is drunkenness, usually at the beginning of term we have a few wild nights before they settle down and start the work. We had this one chap who came in with his girlfriend and suddenly vanished from view. I heard these gurgles and groans so I went out and found his girlfriend collapsed on the edge of the lawn there, semi-conscious and gurgling away. I took my flashlight and saw this chap standing in the middle of the front quad lawn. He was pissing against one of the trees, so i crept up behind him and mentioned his name. He must have drenched his trousers! We’ve laughed about that ever since.I work 8-hour shifts Monday to Friday, but I also write. I used to teach English in a state school and for private tuition, and then I was Finance Officer at the Job Centre before coming here. Now writing is a sort of hobby: I publish my work on the internet. At the moment I’m writing a critical examination of Colin Wilson for next May, a book of about two hundred pages in which I’m examining his New Existentialist philosophy, which is an argument against Sartre. Wilson’s argument is that we’ve meandered into a contemporary pessimism through following Sartre to the letter. I want to reassess that argument and see if it’s correct. I’m not trying to publish in the conventional way as there’s not really a market for my sort of work, so I use the PABD (Publish and Be Damned) network on the internet. It’s an author empowerment sort of service, which a lot of people are using now, as you’ve got total control over what you do, and you can distribute it yourself. In a way, it’s self-publishing, because the sort of thing I’m writing is not really commercial at all. You could say that my ambition is to carry on working in this field.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

Taxi driver may lose license for motel caper

first_imgILOILO City – A taxi driver may losehis license if it is proven that he indeed took his passenger – a 16-year-oldgirl – to a motel. Ola, a resident of Barangay Agjawan,Dueñas, Iloilo, vehemently denied the allegation. “Kilalaninnyo muna ang nag-a-apply maging driver,” said Osmeña./PN According to the girl, when the taxiturned right and entered Queens Court she began to panic. When the taxistopped, she hurriedly got out and sought help from the motel security guard. It was unclear as of this writing howthe deletion happened, who did it and why, and on whose order. While the LTO investigation is yet tocommence, Ramos appeared to have made a conclusion already. The taxi driver was arrested in afollow-up police operation. He also urged taxi operators to conductbackground checks on their drivers.center_img Thirty-year-old driver Roderick Ola,however, took her to Queens Court drive-in hotel in Barangay Bolilao,Mandurriao instead, said the girl. According to the girl, she boarded thetaxi at a mall in Mandurriao district on Oct. 11 at around 3:30 p.m. andasked to be taken to nearby Barangay Sambag in Jaro district Land Transportation Franchising andRegulatory Board Region 6 director Richard Osmeña said his office will conducta parallel probe. “Hindisya dapat mag-drive kasi delikado ang kanyang pasahero,” said Ramos. There will be an investigation, saidLand Transportation Office (LTO) Region 6 director Roland Ramos. The security camera of the motel wouldhave further bolstered the girl’s complaint; however, policemen following upthe case were dismayed to discover that portions of it had been deletedalready. last_img read more

Fernando Alonso to Race in Dakar Rally 2020 in Saudi Arabia

first_imgSalou: Spanish driver Fernando Alonso has said that he will compete for Toyota Gazoo Racing in the Dakar Rally 2020 in Saudi Arabia.During a press conference at Port Aventura Convention Center on Thursday, the two-time Formula One world champion said that his co-pilot will be Spaniard Marc Coma, a five-time Dakar winner on a motorbike, reports Efe news.“It’s the toughest challenge I’ve faced in my career, learning everything from scratch,” Alonso said. “But I think I’m in the right team, with the best teammates.”“I’m able to learn a lot from them not only as a driver but also as a person. When you have this group of people by your side, it makes you a better person,” he said.Alonso, 38, comes to rallying with vast experience in F1 and with the 2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) title under his belt. He has won the Le Mans 24 Hours on two occasions and competed in the Indianapolis 500.“I think we’re in the best position to be optimistic with our chances at Dakar,” he said. “I want to enjoy the adventure, paying respect to the race and the difficulties.”“One of those opportunities was this one: Dakar. It’s the hardest race on the planet, but for me, it’s a way of pushing the limit for better,” he said.Alonso, who will be the first F1 driver to take part in the Dakar Rally, needs to win the Indy 500 to complete the Triple Crown of motorsport: the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans, and Indianapolis. IANS Also Read: Spanish Formula 1 Champion Fernando Alonso to Test New Toyota CarAlso Watch:50 sacks of Agar woods seized in Bokakhatlast_img read more

NFCA Mourns as Plateau Coaches’ Boss Dies

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA) has sent a condolence message to its Plateau State chapter and the state’s Football Association over the death of James Ndoma. The coach died in the early hours of thursday.In a statement signed by the General Secretary of the NFCA, Solomon Ogbeide, the body observed that the death of the coach was a sad chapter in the history of football coaching in the country.“It is with great shock we learnt of the death of Coach Ndoma this morning (yesterday). He was a brilliant young man and a committed member of our association. We pray God to give his family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss,” the statement concluded. Until his death, Ndoma was the chairman of the Plateau branch of the NFCA as well as the coach of the University of Jos and had been battling with an unknown ailment since December last year.At a point, he was relocated to his home state, Cross River but the ailment defied medication before he was brought back to Jos and admitted at the Jos University Teaching Hospital. He was again moved to Birmingham Hospital, also in Jos where he was confirmed dead yesterday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more