Funny How Things Work Out

Chris R. Pownall (2010)

Biography   Non-fiction

This is a unique and hilarious autobiography spanning more than sixty years of an amazing life. From humble beginnings to service in the Merchant Navy and a fulfilling career in high performance sealing technology, involving travels to exotic places.
Unbelievable situations which will stretch your imagination so hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

About this book

This is the story of Chris Pownall’s life beginning from early childhood to retirement. Chris’ autobiography is unique because he tells his story with a slant towards the more hilarious side of his life.

Chris has always had a reputation for being there when things were going wrong–but it’s nothing to do with him really! His former work colleagues will bear witness to situations involving freak weather conditions and disrupted travelling arrangements. His sense of humour has seen him through many difficult situations–which he managed to salvage with wit and discretion (Even if he says so himself).

Chris enjoys humour and receives great satisfaction in giving others a reason to laugh.

His fifty years of continuous employment gave him great fulfilment and provided amazing opportunities for travel and experience of many industries and cultures which he shares in this account.

Chris has been privileged to work with some highly capable and interesting people; not all are referred to in this book but this autobiography focuses upon those with whom Chris worked more closely and had the most fun. Life has been full of surprises and opportunities for Chris, and when times were tough, he held on tight and went with the flow with a great sense of humour in tow.

Despite all the self-effacing humour, the author has a serious side which has driven his search for knowledge at the forefront of sealing technology. His passion was technical sales and would not have chosen any other profession.

As you read these stories the author hopes that these yarns no matter how unbelievable some may seem, will not cause offence, as they are not intended to, but will bring a smile to your face as you share in the humour of his hilarious and not so hilarious past!

About Author

Chris R. Pownall

I’m very proud of my humble background, born into a loving family in the small Cheshire village of Bosley, in the United Kingdom. Sadly my Father died when I was nine years of age, leaving my mother Lucy to look after my sister Cynthia and I, until we were able to fend for ourselves. I left school at the age of fifteen with no qualifications, but managed to secure an engineering apprenticeship at a nearby mill. It was hard work with long hours, and I had to study at a college of further education until I was 22 years of age. Having completed my apprenticeship, I was promoted to the drawing office, but then developed itchy feet and thought of ways to broaden my horizons and travel the world. I joined the Merchant Navy and this was the break I needed to get me away from my roots, in the discovery of pastures new. As it transpired, the life at sea proved to be unsuitable for me and after my initial training and one trip to the Far East; I decided to move on once again. I secured a position as a design draughtsman with an engineering manufacturing company, which was to expand my engineering skills, but again, it wasn’t what I really wanted to do. I am a very sociable individual and love meeting people and discovering new things and visiting interesting places. My fortunes substantially changed when I was appointed by James Walker & Co Ltd as a trainee technical sales representative. This was to be the beginning of a long career lasting almost forty years and following several promotions along the way; I finished up as an Industrial Marketing Director, responsible for the global Metallurgical Industry. I have a strong sense of humour, which forms part of my [...]

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