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    I'm not on about when you worked in a beach bar in Goa on your summer break from Uni in '94.

    Anyone ever dropped out of the rat race for a bit, just to try something that perhaps pays a lot less (or no) money but is an order of magnitude lot more rewarding?

    A parallel question would be stuff to do in retirement/Plan B I guess.

    I've always toyed with the idea of working for a salvage/reclamation company or Heritage railway over a summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rl4engc View Post
    Heritage railway over a summer.
    Not really dropped out to replace it with something interesting but volunteering in between gigs can be interesting.

    On the railway thing, I live close to one of the stops on the East Lancs railway so volunteered but it was just working on the station, maintenance, painting etc so wasn't quite as interesting as I thought. Only really benefit was to be able to get a behind the scenes look at the Flying Scotsman when it came in. Sounded like an interesting job but wasn't quite what I thought it would be TBH.

    Do a bit for a local bird sanctuary whilst on the bench as well. That's pretty interesting and rewarding.

    I did a mechanical apprenticeship and worked on massive lathes in my yoof. For some reason I'd love the idea of getting back on them for a stint but not sure I'd want to do it as a job again.
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    I did a mechanical apprenticeship and worked on massive lathes in my yoof. For some reason I'd love the idea of getting back on them for a stint but not sure I'd want to do it as a job again.
    There can't be many massive lathes (or other big fixed industrial machines) left in this country? I've browsed the "Industrial" section on sites like 28dayslater.co.uk and it can make depressing viewing at times.

    The Ribble railway has a good workshop, they had to move site to make way for a Supermarket so got a big wad of cash to "facilitate" the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rl4engc View Post
    There can't be many massive lathes (or other big fixed industrial machines) left in this country? I've browsed the "Industrial" section on sites like 28dayslater.co.uk and it can make depressing viewing at times.

    The Ribble railway has a good workshop, they had to move site to make way for a Supermarket so got a big wad of cash to "facilitate" the process.
    Absolutely this. I got made redundant as most heavy engineering people did in that era. Cast Iron foundry with heavy engineering workshop. Classic dinosaur that was never going to make it. Difficult to find manual lathes but I know of a few small precision engineering places in the area that use standard Harrison ones and the like that look quite good fun.
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