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A Long Day

Defending Public ServicesToday was always going to be long but it turned out to be even longer than expected because the doorbell rang twice at 4.30am or maybe I was just dreaming and that didn’t really happen… Whatever I didn’t get back to sleep properly after that.

I had to get up early to man the picket line which in our case meant standing well away from workers driving into the car park for fear of being run over. There have been quite a few incidences of near misses due to people looking in totally the wrong direction (because they are too embarrassed to look at us) when entering the car parks. It was rather chilly and my back seized up a bit due to standing around for too long, but it didn’t rain even though there was an ominous black cloud overhead.

Following that I had to take my car home and get to my local railway station so that I could attend a rally and demo in Birmingham.   During the 20 minute walk from my house to the station I lost the heel off my shoe! One of my colleagues knew there was a shoe repair place on the way out of the station at Birmingham. I went in only to find that the sole of my shoe had split too!!!

I needed replacement shoes, so now I was a woman on a mission! I rushed up the street into the Clarke’s shoe shop  and did a quick scan of the shoes and found just the type I needed and prayed they had them in my size. They did (which is unusual) and I tried them on and they fitted perfectly. I explained the situation and was allowed to keep the shoes on, all that was needed was the label of the shoe bottom to scan in for me to make the purchase. To top it all  the assistant kindly offered to dispose of my less than adequate shoes. Who says a girl can’t shop in 10 minutes flat ;-)

I got to Victoria Square in plenty of time for the demo which was followed by a rally in the Britannia Hotel, plenty of time for catching up with my colleagues and a well earned evening meal before the train journey home.

A Day of Action

4 Comments CherryPie on Mar 24th 2010

4 Responses to “A Long Day”

  1. Minnie says:

    Welcome back, Cherie! Hooray! Great post, covering a wide range vividly and concisely (& I sympathise with the footwear problem ;-) !). Best to you xx.

  2. CherryPie says:

    Thanks, it is good to be back Min xx

    Do you recognise me on the billboard?

  3. Minnie says:

    Yup. You look very, very serious, young lady – as well you might.

  4. CherryPie says:

    There were some smiling shots also but they wouldn’t really have worked for the message we were trying to get across.