Earning a Crust – Logic doesn’t come into it

Derek Rosser (2011)

Biography   Non-fiction

This is the story of what happened to me after leaving the RAF. I took up my old position in the jig & tool drawing office and tried to settle down ‘earning a crust’ but soon became bored and sought a change to the up & coming world of computer programming. This book tries to show the lighter side of work and I hope that you will be entertained it

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My literary efforts covering my experiences as a National Serviceman in the 1950s (A Reluctant Recruit) generated such a favourable reception. So much so that I embarked on a second, more or less true, account of my life as a typical boy growing up in the thirties and forties (Call Me Valentine). This is my third book, completing the trilogy. It is the account of what happened to me after leaving the Royal Air Force; it is the story of a long, and mainly happy, interesting working career.
On leaving the RAF I took up my old position in the jig and tool drawing office and tried to settle down again into the business of ‘earning a crust’. I soon became bored with my job as a Jig and Tool designer and sought a change to the up and coming world of computer programming. The logical progression in this field was promotion to Systems Analyst and I held this position for almost twenty years prior to my retirement in 1988 and discovered that Logic doesn’t come into it.
I have attempted in ‘Earning a Crust’ to show the lighter side of business life and I hope that you, dear reader, will be entertained by my experiences.

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Derek Rosser

I was born in 1930, an only child and the son of a driver on the Great Western Railway. My mother was a ‘housewife’ whose mission in life was to look after her husband and son to the exclusion of any other career (as was the fashion in those days). My early years were happy although I subsequently realised that my parents were not well off. My education was spent during the war at Cotham Secondary School, Bristol following which I served a five year apprenticeship with the Bristol Aeroplane Company and spent the rest of my working life with that company, finally retiring in 1988 as a computer systems analyst. I was in my seventies when I wrote ‘A Reluctant Recruit’ and was so surprised at its reception and the comments made by reviewers, that I decided to tell the rest of my life story in two further books.

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