The House – in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, Hackney… minus dogs but where, particularly, dogs off lead have become an issue.
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The Bottle Factory Outing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I just signed a petition urging the CEOs of GAP and H&M to take urgent action to ensure safety of their workers in Bangladesh factories. Join me. — https://secure.avaaz.org/en/crushed_to_make_our_clothes_ss/?ddDiwab
Globalisation has ultimately helped no one…except filthy rich Global capitalist empires, who pulled people away from their ancient rural lives and traditions into filthy cities and dangerous, polluting factories. One of my first jobs, age 15, was as a machinists’ ‘runabout’ in a small clothing factory in Great Yarmouth Norfolk. (Was’t there such a place in every town?) The women machined so fast you could hardly see their hands… In this case, rather than a ‘sweat shop‘ atmosphere, Johnson’s was a family firm run in a kindly fashion. They made mostly industrial garments: chefs jackets, fishermen”s smocks, overalls etc.
The women machinists had the incentive of a basic rate plus ‘piece work’. One friend saved enough in less than a year working there on piece work (the more you machined the more you earned) for the deposit for a house … It was a smallish factory. They organised days out (works outings) (reminiscent of Beryl Bainbridge‘s Bottle Factory Outing story). I wasn’t there long as I moved on to become a waitress in a Holiday Camp – far more glamorous!! But, I have very fond memories of my time working there especially flirting with the boys in the mechanics’ workshop also the packing room! (I was sweet 15)!
Listening to LBC at the mo with people phoning in re nightmare mortgage questions… what an interesting mess…! There has to be a better way considering MORT Gage translates more or less into ‘DEATH cage’. It’s funny to hear Laszlo’s story that in Communist Hungary times everyone in his village owned their homes and no one had even heard of mortgages. They just had an informal co-op whereby every one helped each other build their homes and the village kids/boys learned skills by helping for pocket-money. What suckers we are not to be more cooperative – although it is artificial land values that confound the situation in UK causing our ridiculous housing problems.
Margaret Thatcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Re Thatcher’s legacy?
Yes the 1970′s were grim but going for global economics as the answer wrecked the quality of life in those countries where our industry was outsourced to while ordinary people here were shoved onto ‘the sick’ to keep them out of unemployment figures – hence the benefit row today!
Meanwhile. The council house sell off is a terrible irony in that where I live in NW1 most are now owned by foreign investment companies who are renting them back to the homeless families on council lists at inflated market rents – that the taxpayer pays for – not really very clever is it?
I learned the term ‘Working poor’ around 10 years ago from a Scandinavian friend who said it was a well-known term in their country to describe life in Britain.
Thatcher’s and Blair’s way has left us the poorest in EU while we are taxed the highest. We are the worst and most expensively housed, our kids are said to be two years behind kids in European schools – especially in 3 r’s and languages, we have the biggest drug use and abuse, the worst NHS in EU (we came 17th, down with Rumania in WHO figures), worst single parent stats and worst attitude to things like conservation, insulation and heating homes with elderly dying early through cold, worst air quality, causing premature death and lung problems. Lowest minimum wage, I could go on! So, why not read out this list of the reality of life today in UK to all the Thatcher admirers as they call in. Some legacy!
Sandi in Camden
Bitcoin Magazine (Photo credit: zcopley)
Open the link (which is a Guardian piece about drug selling online) and go to the short video there (half way through the article) which describes the Bit coin phenomena.