I have had it said to me that I should write a blog. This makes me wonder why and what should I write about? I am a keen runner, I have a fascination for steam engines, and I have spent my working life in the public sector within custodial institutions. What could I possibly write about?
Perhaps a little background scenario may help.
Running – My running adventures started just over three years ago. I reluctantly joined a local running club after some encouragement from my lovely wife. My interest and enthusiasm for running had been non existent prior to this. At first it was a battle to put the training shoes on and join in with the running activities but, surprisingly, I soon got to enjoy the running. We both joined in with a beginners group for running with the local running club. Within a couple of weeks I was hooked. Three and half years later and after numerous events, including marathons and half marathons, I love running and have become a run lead and have had the privilege and honour to be a mentor for other runners. I am now in training for another marathon. It is my plan to blog about my adventure to complete this event, giving some hints and tips along the way.
Steam Engines – I have had a fascination with steam engines from my earliest memories. The looks, motion, sound, and smells have always intrigued me. There is something amazing in their design and engineering and when the engines are in motion belching out clouds of steam and smoke for me it is an amazing experience and sight to see. It is in my blood. Older generations of the family worked on the railways in steam days, some of my earliest memories are seeing steam trains, my life has been full with railways. It is fair to say that I am a steam train enthusiast and love to visit heritage railways. I have been known to stand by a main railway line waiting for a steam special to pass by. Steam trains will chuff into my blog on occasions.
Public Sector Work – My working life has been inside custodial institutions. My career in Her Majestys Prison Service commenced in 1981, directly after leaving school, and ended in 2014, when I retired. A total of thirty three years in custody. It has been a long and illustrious career during which I have worked in different establishments in different roles and witnessed many changes in the prison service. There have been good times, happy times, sad times, and some truly dreadful times. My experiences in a public service may be boring to some, but I hope to others they are interesting, and perhaps give some hope and insight into what it is like to work in a prison.
So, in answer to my initial question, it looks like the blog is going to be about running, steam engines, and reflecting on my life in the prison service.
This could be interesting……..