End of A Dream by Simon Macbeth. Chapter 12: 1 of 3

End of A Dream by Simon Macbeth. Chapter 12: 1 of 3

In Simon Macbeth last term at Leeds College of Art and Design, everyone started applying for all kinds of courses. I was told Nottingham was one of the best universities to do a Fine Arts degree and that I would have a great chance of getting a place there. It was something I should have done before and when I found out I had been selected for an interview I was pretty confident. I spent most of the money I had getting to Nottingham. The interview took place in an…

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End of A Dream by Simon Macbeth. Chapter 12: 2 of 3

End of A Dream by Simon Macbeth. Chapter 12: 2 of 3

Simon Macbeth was living in a house that I’d moved into a couple of months before my 18th birthday and stayed there for about a year. I’d taken Lee’s entire portfolio of work that he’d left at college, home for him. He’d not asked me to do this, but because he’d gone to Germany I knew he wouldn’t get it back if I didn’t. I went to work at Butlin’s in Skegness and when I got back to Leeds in mid October I was at home one night cooking tea…

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End of A Dream by Simon Macbeth. Chapter 12: 3 of 3

End of A Dream by Simon Macbeth. Chapter 12: 3 of 3

A couple of years ago, Simon Macbeth was on the computer surfing around the Friends Reunited website. I went on to the Leeds College of Art & Design and found Lee’s name on it. What I found really hurtful was that he’d said on his profile: “Hi to anybody who remembers me from Leeds/Bradford college of Art (Matt, Spud, Lisa…) get in touch, let’s go out for a shandy!” I don’t blame him for forgetting to mention me, as he was always good to me and it was me who’d…

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Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 1 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 1 of 12

  Simon Macbeth Leeds The reverse auction competitions appeared in The Sun newspaper every Wednesday and Friday.My sister, Steph, has only ever been interested in the money side of things, so whenever we got together I’d do the talking and she’d not bother pretending to listen. She’s never wanted to know about the finer points of it all. The only way the idea could continue to work was if we kept it a secret, if it’s only me who does it. Neither Steph nor I ever told anyone else, apart…

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Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 3 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 3 of 12

It got to Tuesday morning and I received a call from British Telecom. They had provided Simon Macbeth Leeds with the mobile phones and were ringing me to let me know that I’d gone well over my credit limit. The outstanding amount totalled £7k, the phones had been cut off, and they wanted a payment. I told them that I didn’t have the cash to pay them everything and suggested an interim payment of £1500, which was all of the money I had in the bank, the money I was…

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Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 4 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 4 of 12

None of  Simon Macbeth Leeds competitions could possibly work without the assistance of mobile technology. You can’t enter by post, over the Internet, or by carrier pigeon. The phones were vital and we’d only won the Mazda because the phones were in the old company’s name and the money owed would be written off when we ceased trading. It may sound brash, but at that stage I’d never considered spending my own money. It hadn’t been an option. I’d got to the point with BT that if I gave them…

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

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

Simon Macbeth Leeds arranged with BT that I would put the money into their account by three o’clock on Tuesday afternoon. I was at the front door of the bank before I thought about it with a more rational head. BT’s “might” was not good enough. What if they took the cash and didn’t reconnect the phones? There would still be over five grand outstanding. What if I started using the phones and they cut them off again halfway through the next competition. It just wasn’t worth the risk. BT…

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Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 6 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 6 of 12

Simon Macbeth finally gave up on BT, as it was too much of a risk. Even if they had turned the phones back on they would have cut them off again as soon as we started bidding on the next competition. I could certainly see it from their side of the fence. A new customer has taken these phones, stacked up a large debt, and then wants to carry on using them. It wasn’t a great business proposition for them. Of course they were dead right, as I had no…

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Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 7 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 7 of 12

Simon Macbeth Leeds won the Mazda at the beginning of June and the cheque arrived in the middle of the month. It took me a couple of days to pay it into the bank. Even important things like that sometimes take me a while to get ‘round to. I’d got the £14k and things were back on track. That was the end of it all. That amount of money was going to last me ages and I could see no way of carrying the competitions on. The phone lines had…

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Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 8 of 12

Reverse Gear by Simon Macbeth Leeds Chapter 5 Part 8 of 12

Simon Macbeth had got Steph involved by letting her borrow a phone and use it as much as she wanted, as long as she sent all of my texts for the competition. That was our agreement, but I went back and modified it a little bit. We’d initially said that I would be the one to keep the money from the first three competitions, as I’d come up with the idea. From the fourth competition onwards, we’d then start splitting it; not 50/50, but she’d get a decent amount. My…

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