31st January 2013 Cleaning Notices

Two pre­vi­ous posts by Lynne Pet­tinger — Moments of Domes­tic­ity and Hand­writ­ten– got me think­ing more about my obses­sion with those notes that pop up in var­i­ous work­places that remind peo­ple to clean up after them­selves. I won­der who pro­duced them, how often they update them, and what drove them to it. How bad had…

24th January 2013 A Labour of Love

My Dad loved his job. Even when he was ter­mi­nally ill with can­cer and on sick leave he would get my mother to drive him around to see the progress of con­struc­tion sites that he felt he should have been work­ing on. He started in the build­ing trade as an appren­tice car­pen­ter and joiner in…