Tales From The Hook episode 2

🎤 Second podcast has launched

Two construction workers commit suicide each day. After a successful BBC documentary titled “We Are England:
Coping in Construction”, Steve Kerslake of Construction Sport discusses what mental health means for the construction industry.

Steve was a fantastic guest and subject matter aside we had a real laugh late last night. Also had the pleasure of bumping into Steve at London Build Expo

👂 You can listen in here or click the section to the left

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Sponsored by Liebherr Mobile and Crawler Cranes and supported by Construction Wave

Feedback as always very much welcomed

Podcast Launch

It’s happened!

My first episode in my #podcast series Tales From The Hook launched yesterday, sadly I was sooooo busy I didn’t have time to relay this fantastic news to anyone.

🎤 A brilliant and honest chat with the fantastic Christina Riley touching on her 30 years years in construction and the changes she has seen and been through.

👂 You can listen to the podcast here on my website, check the side menu or – 

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➡️Listen Notes

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➡️Google Podcast

☕️ This podcast couldn’t have happened without the support and help from Andrew Curtin at Construction Wave just shows you never know where those coffee conversations will take you.

🏗️ But also with the support from Liebherr who have decided to come with me on this journey.

Look forward to hearing what you all think….(probably😅)

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Double Trouble

Before I go into my bauma experience the ins the outs etc I just want to share this, walking around Sunday with Liebherr learning about the new machines I spotted a familiar meaty head that I wasn’t expecting to see hanging from a crawler crane lol

After getting over my initial shock I returned the next day, stood for a longer time than I care to admit waiting for the video to pop back up, it was on a reel with multiple Liebherr videos. So I waited patiently in the rain, met Andrew Wilder from Liebherr Australia and then Liebherr’s Roland Noestler patiently waited with me to help me with some photos………..(thank you 🙏) even Christoph Mai dropped by a couple of times.

Anyway I got there in the end and it only cost me an hour of my time at max 😂 you know when you commit so much time to something you are to scared to leave just in case it is about to happen??

So without further adieu here is the one and only time I will probably see my head hanging from a crane …………

(yes everyone was looking, yes they all thought I had lost it)

Featured in the Liebherr Upload Magazine

Recently I was featured in the rather beautiful Liebherr Upload magazine. Really proud with how it turned out and honoured to be invited to feature ❤️

I touch on

👉My journey

👉 The future

👉 Necessary industry changes

👉Working for Select

👉Unplugged cranes

If you haven’t has a look you can have a look at all of the magazines here👉 https://www.liebherr.com/en/gbr/products/mobile-and-crawler-cranes/customer-magazine/downloads.html

I am featured in the magazine 2 2022, the piece starts on page 84 with some of Liebherr’s fantastic female workforce.

Can you help an apprentice?

Did you know you can hire an apprentice that has been made redundant?

Apprenticeships are a great way to boost your business and you may be eligible for grants for taking on an apprentice.

I started as an apprentice 6 years ago and it honestly changed my life, please consider if you can taking on an apprentice who was unfortunately made redundant during this really challenging time.

I can’t imagine how terrible it feels to think you have your life sorted and a career ahead of you only to have it cut short part way through training.

https://engage.apprenticeships.gov.uk/redundancy-employer

BBC Radio 5 Live Wake Up To Money

If anyone is up early tomorrow morning and fancies a listen I will be taking part in Wake Up To Money on BBC 5 Live at 5am.

If 5am is not your thing I believe it will be on catch up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0070lr5

Television Debut – Impossible Engineering With A Steam Shovel!

8 months ago I undertook maybe my biggest challenge I was contacted by Impossible Engineering to appear on their Tv show talking about steam shovels.

Having never done TV presenting I wasn’t sure what to expect, I was told it was only a short segment but to expect being filmed for the whole day. We filmed at Statforld Barn Railway ( https://statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk ) which is a great place and well worth a visit.

I was presented with a script and a steam shovel, overwhelmed and amazingly excited I went to work!

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The steam shovel is an extraordinary piece of engineering there is only one person who can operate it at Statfold and after sitting in it I can fully understand why!

Screen Shot from the show

The 1915 steam shovel runs off only three levers and a break but the pressure needed to push the break alone is huge! Let alone play the balance off between the leavers, push her too much and the beam can fly back through the cab. No backstop or alarms here! The rope can also just fly off if you don’t get the balance right, you need to feel at one with the machine. 

Screen Shot from the show

Like a huge smoking dragon it’s super hot in there and it takes too people to make the machine work, at the boiler end it can reach 45 degrees!

I finished my day covered in grease dirt and coal but it was fabulous. 

Presenting was something that was far harder than I imagined too we spent all day recording what will only probably be a 5-10 min segment, really great to get an insight into these things and I totally loved it.

Screen Shot from the show

It’s an episode that looks at China and how they move vast amounts of water from the wet south to the dry north. Season 5 Episode 14

I pop up at around 31mins into the episode if anyone wants a look. CLICK HERE

Thank you to Impossible Engineering for giving me a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part.

BBC Bitesize

What do a crane operator , a power lifter and a grime violinist have in common???

Ok not much but we are all featured in a BBC Bitesize piece for International women day.

BBC Bitesize is a learning resource for school children in England.

Please click and have a read –

National Apprenticeship week!!!

I love National Apprenticeship Week, its great seeing what work everyone is doing around apprenticeships in the industry.

I put a video together to give my thoughts about apprenticeships and a look into my experiences.

NAW2020

New Year, New Me?

Ok probably not, I don’t do new year resolutions anymore because well I never stick to them… No Chocolate – Pointless, Lose Weight- Pointless, Do more – Pointless.

But this year I have made myself a small list of promises and goals, not big pointless resolutions but more things I need to do to get the year rolling.

I need to save it’s a big year for me and I am trying hard to be a good grown up, I am trying to move out, get married and all the other grown up stuff that I have never had to think about before.

I need to cleanse my life I desperately need to reorder it , I emmassed a lot of stuff during an unhappy time. I spent and bought things because it made me happy and as a result my life ended up as clustered as my brain.

I want to play more games, I want to play and complete more games for someone who has over 1000 I rarely take the time to sit and enjoy and play them.

I need to create, to create is to be happy and I stopped creating, I love art, drawing, painting, filming.

I have realised that health is so important the year was filled with a good few knocks upon my family health and the loss of a very close loved one, it has been tough but things like this puts life in perspective and life is too short to stop living it.

Ok I haven’t mentioned work have I, work wise I will keep pushing along hopefully with a more organised approach to what I am doing.

Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2020 is a cracker for you!