Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 2 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 2 of 12

It wasn’t until two days before the next auction was due to appear in the newspaper on Wednesday that Simon Macbeth Leeds started thinking about it again. My system had proved its worth. The other prizes I’d seen advertised had been a £9k motorbike and a £10k mini. The £15k Mazda had been a big competition to begin with, but all the other competitions were for decent sums of money too. I started to think the figures through in my head. If I could get an average prize of £8,000…

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“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 6 of 6

“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 6 of 6

It wasn’t losing nearly ₤7,000 on those two competitions, but missing out on ₤26,000 that caused Simon Macbeth grief. Of course the loss hurt, but I knew I could and should have won. Competitions four and five had gone. There was nothing I could do to retrieve the situation now and if my ambition was to continue to prosper, I had to remain focussed on the future. I had the ₤10,500 from competition 3 still to land on my doormat. There were more competitions ahead and my methods would be…

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“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 5 of 6

“The Learning Curve” by Simon Macbeth | Part 5 of 6

It’s not rocket science, but Simon Macbeth had not considered that scenario to be a possibility. My foolproof plan hadn’t done what it said on the tin. You just automatically assume that all the numbers under the lowest unique bid have been taken by someone. I never considered that there were still numbers that no bugger had actually placed bids on. After the conversation with Sarah from The Sun, I just smiled and thought that’s fantastic! I’d learned something new. I realised how incredibly fortunate I was that I had…

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Simon Macbeth Arrested Development | Part 1 of 3

Simon Macbeth Arrested Development | Part 1 of 3

When I was kicked out by my Dad, it was the beginning of a really hard time in my life. I always felt poorly. I had diarrhoea for ages because I wasn’t eating properly. The food I was eating came from a local supermarket where I was shoplifting twice a week. I’d buy a loaf of cheap off-white bread. The meat, cheese, pack of sausages or whatever I was stealing was to fill sandwiches with. It’s not a healthy balanced diet when you’re having the same thing every day just…

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Simon Macbeth Arrested Development | Part 2 of 3

Simon Macbeth Arrested Development | Part 2 of 3

I’m feeling hot now, claustrophobic. The room’s very small and it’s busy. There’s only one desk in the office and three strangers deciding my fate. At some point someone’s going to ask me why I’ve been shoplifting and I know I need an answer. What will these people want to hear? Is there anything I can say that will get me out of this room? I’m confused and want to be at home. How the fuck did I let things get this out of hand? There’s a knock on the…

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Simon Macbeth Arrested Development | Part 3 of 3

Simon Macbeth Arrested Development | Part 3 of 3

Time passes and no one says a word, until I see why he apologised. He stands and produces some handcuffs from his belt. My memory goes back to when I was brought into the room in front of all of those other shoppers. It’s going to be a million times worse this time with handcuffs on. I start to cry now. I wipe away the tears and I plead with him. I plead for him not to put the cuffs on me, but it doesn’t do any good. He repeats…

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Simon Macbeth an Early Memory | Part 1 of 3

Simon Macbeth an Early Memory | Part 1 of 3

I was only four years old. I was in a pub with my Dad, Mum, my elder sister Helen, and some of my extended family, including my paternal Grandparents. I was a typical four-year-old kid, inquisitive and unworldly. I’d never come across a fruit machine before and had no idea what one was or did. It was a huge thing; three times my height, stood in the corner of a Leeds pub. I could only peer up at the screen where all the activity was, at the eye level of…

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Simon Macbeth an Early Memory | Part 2 of 3

Simon Macbeth an Early Memory | Part 2 of 3

Please read part 1 first – http://www.simonmacbeth.co/autobiography/simon-macbeth-an-early-memory-part-1-of-3/ It was a quiet sort of pub. People milled around whilst waiting to catch their train and there’d also be a few regulars in there. The Gladiators game named after the TV programme, which had been big hit a couple of years beforehand, was the most popular machine in the bar. It was always in view, taunting me with its lights. The jackpot on that machine was £6 and it paid out in credits, little metal tokens, which they don’t do anymore, thank God….

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Simon Macbeth an Early Memory | Part 3 of 3

Simon Macbeth an Early Memory | Part 3 of 3

Please read part 1 first – http://www.simonmacbeth.co/autobiography/simon-macbeth-an-early-memory-part-1-of-3/ As an adult, Simon Macbeth wanted to put something back and help youngsters in similar situations to mine. When I started volunteering at ChildLine I had real difficulty relating to other counsellors. I’d unintentionally say things that upset people. I’ve always felt an intense need to be heard and for people not to consider me stupid. I think at ChildLine people found me over opinionated and sometimes aggressive. I never had any problems communicating with the people on the phone, so I went to…

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