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Alarming Stories

Tales of an apprentice intruder alarm engineer

Author Philip Wilkinson

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The author, now the director of Online Security Products, during lockdown completed two volumes of the Alarming Stories series, part 1 the first book is reproduced in full here for customers to enjoy.

A series of short stories detailing the highs and lows of an intruder alarm apprentice in the late 1970’s.

This autobiography provides an insight into many rude, funny, annoying, and sometimes downright dangerous situations I encountered during my formative teenage years. It also provides an understanding of early high security intruder alarm systems, which were surprisingly crude by modern standards.

The tales of a famous Yorkshire vet published when I was eleven in 1970, televised in 1978 and the re-run in 2020 had a lifelong influence on me.

Driving through Yorkshire to service and repair security systems in all weathers and at all times of the day, I felt an affinity with him and often visited remote locations to deal with tricky customers, broken systems and life's challenges.

I have often mused if it would be possible to write a similar fact-based story about my own unique experiences within the intruder alarm industry, this is my attempt, feel free to enjoy.


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Alarming Stories II

Tales of a security engineer

Author Philip Wilkinson

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Alarming Stories II Tales of a security engineer

A series of short stories detailing the highs and lows of a security engineer in the early 1980’s

I was apprenticed to Chubb between 1976 and 1980, this period is covered in my first book, Alarming Stories, tales of an apprentice intruder alarm engineer.

I then qualified as an engineer and had privileged access to customers premises, as part of my role I was installing and repairing intruder alarm and CCTV systems.

I moved to Modern Alarms in 1981 then to CamEra in 1982 until their demise in 1984. I then worked for Security Centres until Modern Alarms bought the company and shortly after went self-employed. During my period as a security engineer I witnessed many interesting situations.

The following tales give a flavour of what it was like in the industry in the early 1980's. It also provides an insight into many rude, funny, and sometimes downright dangerous situations I encountered during the early years of career.

The stories that follow were mainly witnessed by myself first-hand, a few were related to me in great detail by the engineers I worked with. Care has been taken to conceal the names of the people I worked with to protect their identity; however, I suspect many will be able to recognise themselves when the read the book. I believe that enough time has elapsed to prevent any details I have provided about these early security systems, that these tales cannot compromise the current security of the customers, or the installing company's, in the present day.

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Alarming Stories III

Tales of a security company director

Author Philip Wilkinson

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In this captivating book, drawn from the author's recent chats, we are invited into a world of captivating stories, poignant reflections, and transformative experiences. Over the course of just seven days, we are taken on a whirlwind journey that encompasses the full spectrum of human emotions and explores the profound depths of the human spirit.

From the laughter that echoes through lighthearted banter to the tears that flow in moments of vulnerability, these chats are a testament to the power of connection and the resilience of the human heart. Through the author's words, we gain insight into the challenges faced, the lessons learned, and the growth that emerges from navigating life's twists and turns.

The blurb provides a glimpse into the diverse range of topics that unfold within these chats. It highlights the author's ability to captivate and engage readers, as they share personal anecdotes, delve into deep philosophical discussions, and provide thoughtful advice. Each conversation is a microcosm of the human experience, inviting us to reflect on our own lives and find meaning in the shared struggles and triumphs we encounter.

Throughout the pages of this book, we are reminded that within the digital realm lies the potential for profound connection, genuine empathy, and the exchange of wisdom. From discussions on personal growth and self-discovery to reflections on love, loss, and the pursuit of happiness, the author's chats offer a wealth of insights and inspiration.

Whether you're seeking solace in the face of adversity, seeking guidance in times of uncertainty, or simply craving a deeper understanding of the human experience, this book will resonate with you. It is a testament to the power of conversation, the beauty of vulnerability, and the limitless potential for growth and transformation that lies within us all.

Prepare to be moved, uplifted, and inspired as you dive into the pages of this extraordinary book, crafted from the profound conversations that have unfolded in the author's recent chats. Let the author's words resonate within you, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and connection that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

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It's only the dirty ones we don't want

The diary of a boy growing up in the 1970's

Author Philip Wilkinson

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This is a true story. The events depicted in this book occurred in Yorkshire between 1970 and 1980 Out of respect for the survivors, the nicknames they earned in this period have been used. Out of respect for the dead, the remainder has been told exactly as I recollect it.

Within the pages of this book, you will find a collection of delightful conversations, where the ordinary is transformed into extraordinary tales filled with humour and wit. "It’s only the Dirty Ones We Don't Want" is a testament to the power of imagination and the joy that can be found in even the most mundane moments.

The title story takes us on a camping trip to the Hill Inn in Yorkshire, where a muddy misadventure leads to an unexpected encounter with a colourful landlord. This tale sets the tone for the many stories within this book, capturing the essence of life in the 1970s and the author's experiences growing up.

From high school tribulations to motorcycle rallies, pub escapades, and more, this book traverses an eclectic mix of topics with a touch of humour. The author's playful approach breathes new life into ordinary narratives, infusing each page with whimsy and laughter. No subject is off-limits when it comes to tickling the reader's funny bone.

Through these light-hearted exchanges, you'll be transported into a world where storytelling and amusement collide. The author's wit and imaginative storytelling will make you appreciate the absurdity of everyday life and find laughter in unexpected places.

So, embark on this delightful journey and let the playful banter and laughter-filled anecdotes brighten your day. Discover the joy that lies within the realms of imagination and humour, and relish in the tales that capture the essence of a kid growing up in the 1970s.


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Tales of a pyromaniac

Author Philip Wilkinson

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Dive into the kaleidoscopic world of fireworks through the pages of this captivating memoir. From the cobblestone streets of Headingley to the pinnacle of retirement, the author's passion for pyrotechnics has set a lifetime ablaze. Organizing private and professional displays, running a successful retail business, and crisscrossing Europe for the grandest spectacles—every chapter is a burst of vibrant experiences.

Relive the charm of communal bonfire parties, the aroma of plot toffee, and the crackle of roaring flames that fuelled the author's lifelong enchantment. A precocious ten-year-old orchestrating penny-for-the-guy collections, meticulously curating firework lists that impressed even the most discerning neighbours—each anecdote is a testament to the enduring magic of the craft.

As adolescence ushered in the freedom of a motorcycle, the author traversed the UK to witness and partake in myriad fiery displays. Settling down brought forth the resurgence of home firework displays, evolving from family selections to orchestrating elaborate showcases that culminated in a millennium celebration utilising electronically fired professional fireworks set to music with 60 neighbours.

Venturing further into the fiery realm, a business partnership led to the establishment of a prominent fireworks retail franchise, offering access to awe-inspiring displays, and professional fireworks from mortar shells to thunderous 1000-shot wonders. Today, the competition for the most colossal single firework in the neighbourhood remains a vibrant tradition, with the author proudly showcasing a Klasek King of Fireworks F4.

But the excitement doesn't end at home. In a departure from tradition, this year unfolds a unique adventure as the author travels to Reykjavik to witness the explosive spectacle of Icelandic New Year's Eve fireworks. In a land where pyrotechnic exuberance knows no bounds, eye protection is not just recommended—it's a necessity.

This memoir is a celebration of a lifelong love affair with the dazzling world of fireworks, a journey marked by passion, competition, and the enduring magic that continues to light up the author's world.

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