Job

With a little patience and luck I’ve managed to get a job as a Graphic Designer at a small Graphic Design and Printing business in Milton Keynes. I didn’t expect to get onto the first rung of my career ladder quickly, sure I enjoy designing on my computer but compared to Josh Rhode, Radim Malinic, Nicholas Ainley I really have a lot to learn.

During Primary school I surprised my teachers by keep my drawings proportions correct, I wasn’t particularly great with the colouring (who is at 6-7 years old?) but the shapes were accurate enough to warrant my own display board and a certificate. During Middle school I drew less and less, I could draw cartoons/comics as well as some of the kids but my real-life sketches were top notch if I say so myself. 😉 I seemed to stop drawing entirely in secondary school, I didn’t take art as a G.C.S.E. which stopped me doing the A-level.

Then it wasn’t for 3 years later when I joined the Student Union Magazine that I got back into creativity. I started with some very basic and crude page layout and progressed with the help of the inhouse designer Adrian and Kal, who would eventually takeover as Editor in Chief.

Since then I’ve had more and more things to do, mostly revolving work in Scouting circles like Go Jamboree, SSAGO and their Events. So really to get a job designing on what I consider to be a very limited portfolio I’m extremely pleased to have a job where I will surely learn from my colleagues what I’m doing wrong or what I can do better.

World Scout Jamboree has begun!

I’ve finally made it to the World Scout Jamboree! I’ve been counting down to this ever since I went to EuroJam in 2005.

My first day started at around 4am, a quick shower, pack the last little bits in the car, a cup of tea and setting off. I arrived at North Weald Aerodrome at 6:30am to place my car in it’s residence for the next 3 weeks. Not even having arrived at the main site already I was off to a good start, first person I meet was from Germany, and they were emerging from their camper van having driven through the night with the extra kit for his Unit.

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100 Days till 100 Years

Many members of Go Jamboree have been counting down from 718 days (EuroJam till WSJ) so with this being the last day of a 3 digit countdown the excitement will grow that little bit more than usual.

What is it we’re counting down to?

The 21st World Scout Jamboree is a once in every 4 year opportunity, similar to the Olympics, except that this event is extra special, we are also celebrating the 100 Year anniversary of the first camp at Brownsea Island held by Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell in 1907 with 22 boys. Now a century later there are members in practically every Country and territory across the globe with memberships numbering near 29 million!

The only requisite for attendance is age. To attend WorldJam you need only be 14-17 years of age at time of the event. So its possible that if you have a Birthday on the cusp of the start and finish dates then you might not be able to go as a participant.

Don’t fret, you can go when you are over the age of 18 but you will be part of the Jamboree Organising Team, most likely was one of the ~8000 International Service Team (IST) or if you’re lucky enough as Jamboree Development Team (Leader to many IST).

Still there are other ways, Unit Leaders will have to go look after their participants, and someone has to organise the Units (Contingent Managers) so aslong as you are willing to do a little work there will be something for you to do.

Every Blog has a first entry…

The inaugural post on what I believe in Psychology they call a tabula rasa, lets hope this is the first of many. So what better to start of than a brief low down on me?

  • Geographically I’m in the UK, home for the holidays for at least a week longer, mooching of the ‘rents is cheap but freedom is priceless.
  • So far professionally I’m doing okay, my practical job, filming an amateur game show ended at the beginning of December, if I can’t get a gig of some sort I’ll be relying on my student loan quicker than a promotional flyer on the street.
  • Romantically, nought, zip, zero, nah-da? You’d have thought that filming 12 beautiful young ladies would’ve opened up something more than first base?
  • And Existentially, I’m a giant floating tomato. 😀

That’s it, usually it’d be a week or so till I next touch this thing but with New Years tomorrow I’ll want to share my shenanigans with you, that is assuming you weren’t part of them.