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Goodbye!

Around sometime late morning today , another chapter of my Book of Life will end and a new one will open. Just over 16 years ago, I joined that fine institution of Ordnance Survey (a.k.a. the Mad House). the UK's national mapping agency. Today, I'm retiring, bringing to an end of 52 years of being a wage slave. As Philine calls it, it will be my #MHexit. 

 

Originally, I had plans of just staying three years and then retire. I cannot recall why I did not leave after those three years. Perhaps I saw it was my mission to try single-handedly to put the "Great" back into Great Britain again. Actually, more likely was the fact that found a steady supply of our wonderful 1:25K maps of the UK that seemed to come my way after I formed a good friendship with the Quality Manager in our cartography department.  I slowly started to build up a collection of maps which now take up six large crates in my spare bedroom and give me coverage of all the areas that I'm likely to visit. Oh.. and I was enjoying what I was doing, I was having fun with the people around me and had a manager who appreciated my "special needs". 

 

I've enjoyed my time there, I've made some great friendships (a group of five us still get away a weekend a year for our Boys' Bike Weekend and we meet up for a monthly walk) and it's a rare day when I've not had a good laugh at something - or someone! Sometimes it may be hysteria rather than humour, though. There's been some sadness, though; I've lost three fairly close colleagues in my time there, two quite young and with young families. 

 

I have some great memories; one that will stick in my mind for  long time is when I and a girl that I shared a desk with were taken to one side by our manager and were told that he's had a complaint from another manager that we were laughing too much and disturbing others. Naturally this made us laugh even more! Ah... happy days! 

 

I'm expecting some tears - especially from my adoring fans there - but also my own. Many people have told me that the office will be much quieter and more lifeless when I've gone.  

 

Importantly, I'm allowed to stay a member of the OS Cycling Club and I'm looking forward to trying to get somewhere near the top of the weekly leader on occasions. I'm also hoping that I can conitinue to use the shower facilities (there are in a separate buiding and don't require swipe card access) so expect to catch up with others ocasionally for some changing room gossip.

 

Short term, I'm looking forward to be able to watch every live stage on TV of the Tour du France from the comfort of my sofa; it starts tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye!

Around sometime late morning today , another chapter of my Book of Life will end and a new one will open. Just over 16 years ago, I joined that fine institution of Ordnance Survey (a.k.a. the Mad House). the UK's national mapping agency. Today, I'm retiring, bringing to an end of 52 years of being a wage slave. As Philine calls it, it will be my #MHexit. 

 

Originally, I had plans of just staying three years and then retire. I cannot recall why I did not leave after those three years. Perhaps I saw it was my mission to try single-handedly to put the "Great" back into Great Britain again. Actually, more likely was the fact that found a steady supply of our wonderful 1:25K maps of the UK that seemed to come my way after I formed a good friendship with the Quality Manager in our cartography department.  I slowly started to build up a collection of maps which now take up six large crates in my spare bedroom and give me coverage of all the areas that I'm likely to visit. Oh.. and I was enjoying what I was doing, I was having fun with the people around me and had a manager who appreciated my "special needs". 

 

I've enjoyed my time there, I've made some great friendships (a group of five us still get away a weekend a year for our Boys' Bike Weekend and we meet up for a monthly walk) and it's a rare day when I've not had a good laugh at something - or someone! Sometimes it may be hysteria rather than humour, though. There's been some sadness, though; I've lost three fairly close colleagues in my time there, two quite young and with young families. 

 

I have some great memories; one that will stick in my mind for  long time is when I and a girl that I shared a desk with were taken to one side by our manager and were told that he's had a complaint from another manager that we were laughing too much and disturbing others. Naturally this made us laugh even more! Ah... happy days! 

 

I'm expecting some tears - especially from my adoring fans there - but also my own. Many people have told me that the office will be much quieter and more lifeless when I've gone.  

 

Importantly, I'm allowed to stay a member of the OS Cycling Club and I'm looking forward to trying to get somewhere near the top of the weekly leader on occasions. I'm also hoping that I can conitinue to use the shower facilities (there are in a separate buiding and don't require swipe card access) so expect to catch up with others ocasionally for some changing room gossip.

 

Short term, I'm looking forward to be able to watch every live stage on TV of the Tour du France from the comfort of my sofa; it starts tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 

comments (23)

Tu as raison de regarder le Tour de France, c'est très intéressant et plein de rebondissements.
Pars-tu définitivement ?
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 1 Jul 2016, 03:37
I am guessing they let you keep your Chromed Badge and your Beretta, Alan...Retirement is merely an epithet for filling in travel documents when you are ...Agent 069...
Cheers Alan!! ... May you enjoy every moment of your new freedom!!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jul 2016, 04:49
Great picture of the building that was your Mad House so long, enjoy retirement smile
Enjoy the Tour the France
I will come back this afternoon for a proper reading.
Buh-bye Mad House!
A wonderful farewell, Alan - I'm sure you will be terribly missed...Enjoy your last day here - I'm sure no work will get done in the face of such a seismic event!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 1 Jul 2016, 06:09
You will be feeling over the moon today, Alan, but tinged with the sadness which always comes when saying goodbye to good colleagues. You may miss the work as well, but with all your interests you will find yourself more busy than before! Happy Retirement!
  • Chris
  • Brexitshire
  • 1 Jul 2016, 06:36
I am sure you will not become a couch potato, there is too much for an active man like you to do in our lovely post-Brexit world.
We're ALL rooting for you 100% of the way, Alan. Let this Retirement Tour begin!!!
Reading that, Alan, even I'm felling sad and tearful. This place, this madhouse place, clearly was a place that anyone might enjoy working. You make it sound far from work, let alone slavery. The fact that three years became sixteen is testament to this establishment as a place of fun, I mean service to the public. I am glad that you are welcome still almost your colleagues and that you will not retire from walking and cycling, apart from the Tour of France.best of luck for a bright and happy future Alan.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Jul 2016, 07:31
Yes, "you was enjoying what you was doing", I think we call this happiness, and something you cannot say, although you sometimes did complaint about the Mad House. I recall the laughter story and your Fox toy will go in retirement, too. It's a pity that I cannot find any spelling fout, oh, no, I found one, yuppie!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Jul 2016, 07:36
Sorry, something better you cannot say...
I can't finish my daily shutterchance job without revisiting this image on you retirement day Alan. I do wish you a long and happy time, and I know that you will. All the best from all at the gutteridge team.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jul 2016, 08:18
Congratulations on your retirement. I am sure you will find so much to do that you will wonder how you managed to fit work in smile
  • Chris
  • Not Scumsville
  • 1 Jul 2016, 08:41
This is a shameless attempt to move your picture up the ratings
  • Chris
  • Bathampton
  • 1 Jul 2016, 08:41
And another
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Jul 2016, 08:42
And a further attempt
  • Chris
  • Dis-united Kingdon
  • 1 Jul 2016, 08:42
Don't complain, this might be your one stab at glory
  • Chris
  • Brexitshire
  • 1 Jul 2016, 08:43
And now we're safely back home where we belong, in Brexitshire
All the best, Alan, I never regretted my slightly early retirement...Little knowing what life held in store for me, one thing being meeting you! I hope you have a great last day, and then many more after that.
All of Canada is celebrating with you, Alan. We are raising flags, eating cake, and tonight there will be fireworks. Happy Retirement, Alan. Have FUN!
a sparkling shot to bid adieu, Alan. but then, as you pointed out, there is quite a bit of stuff happening in France.
I was 60 + 1 week when I was made redundant for the second time in two years, I reckoned my working time was up, it's a time to enjoy Alan.

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