- So Barry, the business you had in London was pretty much in the middle
of the financial district. Did you have many staff?
- Yeah I ran it together with my wife. We had a young girl who came in for a
few hours a day to help with the cleaning and washing up.. er.. after the big
lunch time rush. It wasnít a big place and we closed about 5 o'clock.
- So you didnít open for dinner?
- No it wasnít worth it. The business was in the financial district,
and as soon as the offices closed, a lot of our potential customers went
home. Obviously, the pubs and up-market restaurants were busy, but we were
targeting the breakfast and lunchtime segment of the market. Besides,
after getting up at 5 am in the morning, we were pretty tired when we
closed at 5 o'clock.
- I see. What are your responsibilities at your current job?
- Well, the job title is assistant administrator, but itís a lot more than
that. Iím responsible for admissions, discharges, maintenance, catering,
personnel, budgeting and entertainment. In fact, the only area which Iím
not directly involved in is the health side. We have a team of nurses and
a full-time doctor.
- I see, so why are you thinking of leaving, Barry?
- Well, Iím finding the job more difficult emotionally. I get too attached to
the residents, and they often become ill and die. Itís difficult for me
not to get involved with the people there. Oh itís making me depressed and
moody. I think itís time for a change. My two children are also here in
Bournemouth, and if I move here, I would be in a position to be able to
see them more often.
- How old are they?
- Liz is seven and Jamie will be nine .. er.. next month.
- So who would look after them while youíre working?
- Oh, my ex-wife, she is very flexible. Sheís a belly dancer and she works
from home. Weíve never had a problem as far as thatís concerned.