But that he had made a few cuts.
and rejigged it.
Ah, this didn't sound overly wonderful, in fact it was beginning to sound like I had been at best completely misrepresented and artistically compromised and at worst endured a severe bending over whilst having a rolled up left of centre newspaper pushed slowly into my un-lubricated anus.
To my horror as I discovered today upon checking a copy of the phoenix, it was the latter.
You can read a soulless, drained of life and bordering on incomprehensible version of what I wrote in the March/April issue of The Byker Phoenix or you can read the real version below which I'm not particularly proud of anyway.
Hopkirk's cycle centre has been a fixture of Shields Road Byker for over 70 years. The shop has a tradition of using young and enthusiastic labour from the surrounding area's of Byker, Walker and Heaton. These lads (invariably lads tend to be into cycling when young, although this particular bike shop is staffed in the least gender specific way you're likely to find) start at the shop in their teenage years and are moulded from rowdy, clueless and uncouth youths into decent young lads prepared for the modern working world. This tradition has been in place over the decades and is a model that works well. It also works in the shop's favour by getting a constant supply of cheap-ish labour. The act of bringing these lads out of their shells while instilling in them sound work ethics to last a lifetime is very rewarding. Many of these youths go on to work in the stottie factories, or whippet training grounds of Newcastle but some stay on past their teens and become a permanent fixture at the shop helping to fix rusted bicycles or sell shiny new ones to the smiling folk of Shields Road.
Hopkirk's Cycle Centre is filled with a camaraderie I've yet to find in any other workplace, there's no bitchiness or backstabbing. It's this openness and honesty that makes it such an appealing place to work, it's in our firm hopes that this atmosphere is passed on to the customer. Having a constant turn over of young and enthusiastic faces from the local area only adds to the accessibility and acceptance of the shop. The snobbish elitists and overzealous technical jargon spouting no-it-alls synonymous with the bike industry are happily absent from our shop. I firmly believe Hopkirk's is the best place for friendly and honest advice about cycling for novices and professionals alike. The only question left unanswered: Will Rob Ford still be working here in 20 more years?
|Here's the type of Walker youth I'm on about. El-boosterino toting an Ak-47 Bitch.|