30th October 2011 Seasonal Work

When mak­ing counts and com­par­isons of those in employ­ment, the canny sta­tis­ti­cian knows to take account of sea­sonal work. Labour­ers are taken on to har­vest crops in late sum­mer, even in this age of mech­a­nised agri­cul­ture, and tem­po­rary Christ­mas work­ers boost December’s employ­ment fig­ures. Late Octo­ber is not a com­mon time for sea­sonal work, but…

26th October 2011 Road Building, or What I Did on my Holidays (part 2)

Last night, I caught a minute or two of a tv pro­gramme about dri­ving. An elderly Scot­tish actor drove an elderly Eng­lish car along “one of Britain’s best dri­ves” (defined accord­ing to an algo­rithm based on nos­tal­gia for a time where dri­ving was a select plea­sure not a uni­ver­sal pain). This episode showed a road…

16th October 2011 Water Works, or What I Did on my Holidays (part 1)

Wester Ross in Scot­land is a sparsely pop­u­lated and beau­ti­ful area of moun­tains, lochs, heather and midges. I went there on hol­i­day. Here at nowaytomakealiving.net we don’t like to blog about our own lives too much, but I’m going to break with tra­di­tion in this post, and a cou­ple more in the future. I like…

4th October 2011 A Long Day

It’s the after­noon rush hour on the Lon­don tube. There are at least three peo­ple asleep in the row of seats oppo­site me, the phys­i­cal impact of work (I’m assum­ing) vis­i­ble in their faces and pos­tures. It’s already been a long day.