My first ever job was assembling portable toilets.
About the Book
Five student civil engineers, including author Roy Dainty, find themselves caught up in a series of outrageous capers. No students have ever been more challenged by events than these featured in ‘S**T’. They fall in it, get covered in it, and cause it. Events kick off with Roy breaking into the sewers of Southampton before all five return to university in London, only to be sent off to geology and surveying field courses in Swaledale and Folkestone where havoc reins. Trying to make love on a collapsible campbed, being attacked by bullocks, becoming lost in a snowstorm, taking on the army, peeing off a church tower – oops the gravedigger is passing beneath - and driving into a water meadow; these are some of the less chaotic events. ‘S**T’ is a true autobiographical story, though you won’t believe it, that captures the hilarious events of early 1973. Drunkenness and debauchery, danger and dalliance. ‘S**T’ includes it all. Only forty years on is it safe to tell these truths about life as student civil engineers.
About the Author
Roy Dainty grew up in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, where he attended King Edward VI Grammar School. At age seventeen, the careers master advised him, ‘Your choices are computing or electronics.’ He chose civil engineering, obtaining sponsorship from George Wimpey Ltd., then the World’s largest civil engineering company, which enrolled him in a five year sandwich degree at The City University, London. By the time he was twenty one, he’d been nearly blown up and had been taken flying off the side of a mountain in a wingless Land Rover. ‘Dix points’ for the spectacular thirty foot dive with a one and a half sideways role. Civil Engineering was proving too dangerous a career. Via the civil service, he moved into IT consultancy and management in the eighties. In 2008, he returned to City University where he was appointed honorary visiting professor in ICT for its MSc in Construction Management.