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Leaving ORBiT Software UK Ltd Meal With Marco, Claire & Phil Motor Racing At Silverstone Japanese Performance Sunday
Ferrari F355 Drive Visiting Carol Harbour In Plymouth Starting A New Job As A Clinical Coder At East Surrey Hospital Peugeot 206 Rally Car Drive
Night Out With Adele, Linda, Jacob & Sarah Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Here are my 10 most memorable events of 2003:


Leaving ORBiT Software UK Ltd (12th February):

ORBiT Software UK Ltd was an absolute nightmare for me. I worked there for 3 months, between November 2002 to February 2003. I absolutely hated it. I can honestly say it was the worst 3 months of my entire life, it made me feel ill thinking about the place and was nearly physically sick a few times. The place was screwing me up mentally. I had been to a few job interviews while there and realised that I couldn't keep on making excuses when I had an interview to go to. On the 12th February 2003 I told my Manager that I was looking for alternative employment and requested time off for interviews when required. As I was still within my 3 months probationary period, we both agreed that it wasn't worthwhile continuing on my probationary period, so my employment was terminated which made me extremely happy. As I didn't resign and I wasn't sacked, I was able to claim Job Seeker's Allowance and also claim on payment protection on my loan and credit card. The 12th February 2003 was an extremely relieving day for me and I do not regret it one little bit, I just feel sorry for my replacement.

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Meal With Marco, Claire & Phil - (19th May & 27th September):

It was nice seeing some friends from Tiny Computers who I hadn't seen for a while. The first meal was at a Chinese restaurant in Horley which we were not impressed with. The second meal was at TGI Fridays in Crawley. We had a good time talking about old times at Tiny Computers. Claire Shoubridge is lovely, she is my leader.

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Motor Racing At Silverstone (8th June):

On this Sunday, my Dad & I went to see the British Touring Cars Championship at Silverstone along with other motor racing at the circuit throughout the afternoon. We got entry due to winning a competition held by Halfords. I had seen a lot of BTCC on TV and have a few videos, but this was the first time I had actually seen the action close up. The most memorable thing about the day is the noise the cars make. By watching the racing on TV, you don't realise how loud the cars are, especially on the starting grid before they shoot off along the pit straight.

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Japanese Performance Sunday (13th July):

This was an excellent day, the weather at Hickstead Showground was brilliant (I got a little bit sun burnt) and there was a good turn out of Japanese cars on show. It felt great having my pride & joy on display and people admiring it, while mingling with Honda Revolutions members and others who were there. It was a chilled out and friendly atmosphere. My Prelude made me very proud and I look forward to successive Japanese Performance Sundays at Hickstead.

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Ferrari F355 Drive (11th August):

I had waited for this day all my life. I was able to drive a red Ferrari F355 around Silverstone circuit. I will never forget this day and I can now say to people that I have not only driven a Ferrari, but I have driven a Ferrari around Silverstone circuit up to about 140 MPH. I have been in the driver's seat, on full throttle, listening to the Italian's V8 engine screaming away behind me.

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Visiting Carol Harbour In Plymouth (23rd August):

I went to see Carol and her Husband Bob at their home in Plymouth with my parents. Carol is one of the greatest persons I have had the pleasure to meet. We had a good chat and she showed me around her big house. It is a very long journey to Plymouth and back though as it took 6 hours to get there. Nigel & I are planning on visiting during 2004.

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Starting A New Job As A Clinical Coder At East Surrey Hospital (1st September):

I had been unemployed for over 6 months so it was very relieving getting a job at last, coupled with the fact that I had wanted to work in a hospital. On the first day, I had the pleasant surprise of finding out that Sarah Durbridge who I worked with at Tiny Computers, is also a Clinical Coder working for the Surrey & Sussex Healthcare Trust, so I would be working with her too. This made it much easier for me to settle in and to get to know others in the department. I decided I liked the job and environment on the first day and was happy.

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Peugeot 206 Rally Car Drive (19th October):

While at Silverstone for the Ferrari F355 drive on 11th August, I went in for a competition to drive a rally car. I was later informed by post that I had won! This was one of the most intense experiences of my life. Driving the Ferrari F355 around Silverstone earlier in the year was a completely different experience to flinging this stripped out rally car around a dirt track again at Silverstone. I made myself laugh when I tried to indicate when joining the track. I had never done this sort of stuff in a car before, like drifting sideways and navigating corners using a handbrake. I was sweating, not because I was hot, but because of the intense activity I was enjoying. It really got adrenalin flowing and knackered me out, even though it wasn't a physically strenuous activity.

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Night Out With Adele, Linda, Jacob & Sarah (25th October):

It was nice to see Adele and Linda as I hadn't seen them for a while. We met up in The Sun in Redhill then later went to a local Italian restaurant where Linda got a bit drunk and was telling us about her interesting work life. After the meal we went to a shitty loud crowded pub called The Abbott, then went on to the Embassy night club where Sarah & I got bored quickly so didn't stay long in there.

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Christmas Day & Boxing Day (25th & 26th December):

Christmas is always a good day due to getting lots of presents, eating lots of food and not having to go to work. I was pleased with my presents. On Boxing Day, my parents & I went to my Aunt Rita's house in Tilgate where lots of other family members were. It was a good friendly family atmosphere and the karaoke machine and Sony Playstation II Eye Toy were amusing.

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