Stand and Deliver

By Adrian Marshall

Short stories, General non-fiction | eBook


Picture the scene; in my early fifties I was made redundant from the world of IT, and judging that there was more chance of me seeing Lord Lucan riding Shergar to victory in the next St. Leger, than continuing in my chosen trade, I bade a fond farewell to the computer business and took the next logical and blatantly obvious career move. I would be a Chinese Takeaway Delivery Driver. These are some of my experiences, in no particular order, as an ‘Oriental Comestible Transportation Executive,’ with liberal scatterings of general observations on life, the universe and everything. Most of the stories contain a certain percentage of poetic license, plus necessary name, location and setting changes, but there is more than a grain of truth in them all. To see my collection of illustrated children’s eBook short stories please visit BOGOF the Supermarket Cat


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Picture the scene; in my early fifties I was made redundant from the world of IT, and judging that there was more chance of me seeing Lord Lucan riding Shergar to victory in the next St. Leger, than continuing in my chosen trade, I bade a fond farewell to the computer business and took the next logical and blatantly obvious career move. I would be a Chinese Takeaway Delivery Driver. These are some of my experiences, in no particular order, as an ‘Oriental Comestible Transportation Executive,’ with liberal scatterings of general observations on life, the universe and everything. Most of the stories contain a certain percentage of poetic license, plus necessary name, location and setting changes, but there is more than a grain of truth in them all. To see my collection of illustrated c...


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I was raised and educated (well they tried, not very hard, but they did try) in Suffolk. Left school at age 15 and spent the first year as an “Architectural Assistant”, although I did get to wield a “T” and adjustable set square on the odd occasion, the job mainly involved trudging through muddy fields with a chain measure and ranging rod. Next up was a job in the drawing office of a local timber company that specialised in the production of Dutch barns and grain drying silos. Termination (along with a couple of others) occurred after 4 years due to Capital Gains Tax being introduced by the nice Mr Wilson. There followed 1 year of door-to-door selling of household products for Betterware, this smoothed out a few rough edges and gave me a whole new insight into the meaning of the term “General Public”. Moving on to pastures new I spent 4 years as a butcher working for Sainsbury in and around London, one day whilst commuting on the underground I saw a notice that caught my eye, “WHY NOT BE A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER?”, “that’s a fair question” I thought, so I signed up for a self-paid course with CDC and took to it like a duck to water. This took me up to the year 2000 when I was made redundant. Well what does a male in his early 50s do when he is made redundant with little or no prospects of finding employment in his chosen career? Obvious really, he delivers Chinese takeaway.


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I was raised and educated (well they tried, not very hard, but they did try) in Suffolk. Left school at age 15 and spent the first year as an “Architectural Assistant”, although I did get to wield a “T” and adjustable set square on the odd occasion, the job mainly involved trudging through muddy fields with a chain measure and ranging rod. Next up was a job in the drawing office of a local timber ...


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