Recruitment 1962 style

This advert appeared in the Belfast Telegraph in 1962.

We would all now recognise 2 or 3 things that would not be seen as socially acceptable in this advert, or even nonconforming to current employment practices. Ageism, sexism … and possibly a few more ‘ism’s’. But this was of a time and a age, and seemed right then.

I also had a strange feeling when I read through some of the Department of Commerce documents in PRONI (Public Records Office Northern Ireland) at the continued focus on how many employees there would be at any one time, which was OK, ……  but the focus was also on how many of these were male, which again reflected where society was in the 50’s and 60’s.

Ref PRONI. and Belfast Telegraph.


CPC Customer Presentation Centre

The Customer Presentation Centre  featured installed Nortel kit.  Basically the “Run Nortel on Nortel” concept.

It was built where the old Cash Office and Employee Shop had been through the 70’s, using the split level to good effect.

Built around 1996, for the first months of operation the sound of the Top Gun movie could be heard during Customer visits. The demonstration was to have the movie running across the network, then disconnect the main fibre optic and see no break in the movie sound as the network automatically discovered the resilient route. Quite the favourite for Leslie Orr who ran the Customer centre.

IMG_20170227_0027The comfy chairs, for visitors, or Managers who were waiting nervously for presentations of results to the Cabinet.  Not so comfy chairs then … sometimes.

There were many visits to this centre, maybe you remember some specifically. Or times when you came through the Meeting room doors, saw some unexpected visitors and realised this was the last place you wanted to be.

Five a side

My memories of this competition was being part of a team with Adrian Murphy, John Freebairn and a few others. We played rolling subs, which I took literally….. when I was subbed on I ran onto the pitch as a 50 year old would do, tripped over my feet and rolled the last few yards. No bones broken, but no goals scored either.

Never a match for John McBride and Steven McKillop anyway, who were worthy winners. Those of you with good eyesight will notice that the trophy is missing a a right hand. This was a casualty of a stray shot which crashed into the stand and blasted the trophy. The trophy was near the centre line, which is a good measure of the standard of play.


Sir Ken Corfield

Sir Kenneth Corfield visiting Monkstown and in deep discussion with Jim Carvill and Noel McAlister

The focus of attention was the early days of the implementation of an On-line Purchasing system which replaced a batch system. This was all a big advance in those days but looking back it was so clunky and hard to use. The system used to ‘fall over’ every now and again and would take 2-3 hours to restore. The unofficial coffee breaks that this created were sometimes welcome but sometimes the last thing that we needed at a busy period.

The plan on this day was to have Sir Ken approve a high value Purchase Order personally … the system did behave .. and lasted for a number of years after that.

The turning off event of the Honeywell Level 6 after years of service, the official cutting of the power cable, by Robert.

Lots of familiar faces :Ivan, Terry, John, May, Robert, Noel, Mark, Adrian, Maxwell, Ronnie, Brian, Jim, Andy, Ken, Clifford…. more names will follow


Nitec building and the start of a run through Co Down

The story of this Photograph is under deep investigation.  Brian Beattie is trying to find the names of the bikers. Usually we have problems remembering who every one is when we can see a full face, so this photograph is an additional challenge.

Story has it that this was a Friday run down to Newcastle. I can say that there was as much interest in the bikes as the riders. Seemingly there were some great bikes in those days.

If you are one of the bikers or can recognise a bike please add a reply.