Trip Start May 21, 2004
Trip End Dec 15, 2004

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004

I began to search for work in the local papers and online... all the jobs advertised seemed to be of proffessional nature though... I was then guided to a wonderful free magazine called tnt-magazine (                                                                                                                      

It's UK based and aimed at ex-pat's, mainly Australian, New Zealand and South African...

I applied for quite a few bar jobs and was called up for an interview very quickly...
I started working at a gastro pub, which defines as:

A British term for a public house ("pub") which specialises in high-quality food a step above the more  basic "pub grub".

It was a live-in position and I soon became good mates with the other bar and kitchen staff...

London is so multi-cultural! I was working with 2 other Aussies, 3 English, an Argentinian chubby little halfling, a Mongolian bike thief, a Maori chef(she had a dirrrrty mouth, as all chefs do), a Canadian jock and a ditsy German blonde...

It was Big Brother season at that time of year, and i'm ashamed to say that i got hooked(the one and only time i promise...) There was just so many different funny accents on the show i made the money-less evenings pass by with wonder and amusement...

I really began to enjoy my time there at the pub but after two weeks i received a call from another employer... a job I'd applied for making coffee(my specialty)...

Making coffee...
On a film set!

I went for the interview with the company bosses... it was at a pub in Paddington train station... rather convenient for them as they were taking the train in from Slough...(yes, Slough... from "The Office"...)

They were pretty tipsy when i arrived...
It seemed my possible future employers were the red-nosed, rosy-cheeked jolly types...
Vince and Sophie were very casual with their questions... they bought me many beers and i was quite frank with them...

They explained to me that the film(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) started shooting in little less than a fortnight, that I'd be working around sixty hours a week on a brand new "Craft Service" truck fully decked out with an industrial kitchen, I'd need to move to Slough, to be close to the Pinewood Studio's and also that I'd need to work and live with another staff member... 
That sounded fine to me!

They hired me on the spot...
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