The leisure society by Jeremy Seabrook

By Jeremy Seabrook

This anatomy of the character of relaxation this day examines how the relaxation society advanced as staff turned liberated from the rigours of commercial manufacture, yet the way it, while, imposes rigours of its personal on those that provider it - the croupiers, the waiters, the nannies. The author's concentration is at the human size, describing how the hunt for relaxation impacts either those that search it and people who offer it.

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Hit songs of yesterday on the music centre: Frankie Laine's 'Ghost Riders in the Sky', Rosemary Clooney, 'This Old House' , Vic Damone. Steve has just come back from the Falklands. In his late twenties, he is a muscular man with copper-coloured hair. He had gone out on a contract, originally for 12 months, as a labourer and docker at Port Stanley, unloading materials and goods for the construction companies at work building the airport. The contract was for £10,000 a year; he came back after three months because he couldn't stand it any longer.

They did a programme about us on Panorama. What a load of cobblers. " Next morning he had the cops on his doorstep, wanting names and addresses. ' 'The trouble is, people have been told for so long that they're useless that they begin to believe it. ' The leisured poor 71 It is easy enough to represent Middlesbrough as a sad, even despairing, place; and it would be wrong to underestimate the effects of poverty and idleness; but people's lives are not the sum of the weekly income; nor do most make little effort to find work.

70 an hour. That was after the rot had set in. I'm 49 now, my chest has gone, I've chronic bronchitis. I've got a free bus pass, like a senior citizen. ' He is a smart man, sports coat and tie, grey trousers, receding hair, gingery moustache. 'I could run the Social Security offices for a start, with more efficiency and compassion. I uprooted myself from Paisley. Do you think that was a pleasure? I left behind my wife and three children because there was nowhere down here for them to live. You can't keep up a marriage by remote-control - it broke up.

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