24th September 2010 The Mental/Manual Divide

Here is Stephen Trick­ett, car­pen­ter, cut­ting a piece of mdf on a saw. Watch him con­cen­trate. The saw moves. The wood moves. The body moves. But his head? His head, his eyes, they scarcely shift. Just once, he looks down. This reit­er­ates the stu­pid­ity of a sep­a­ra­tion between men­tal and man­ual labour; he is con­cen­trat­ing on…

21st September 2010 A Librarian’s View

Work­ing Life

13th September 2010 Work Undone

There was a fire oppo­site my mother’s house, behind the bun­ga­low on the other side of the green. I’ve been look­ing at that bun­ga­low a lot lately as builders have been car­ry­ing out what seems to be a major refur­bish­ment. I’ve seen so much stuff go into the skip on the front drive that I’ve…