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Old 31st Aug 2019, 22:31
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Of course, there's all sorts of ways of looking at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness . . and its future . . including this one:-


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Old 31st Aug 2019, 22:37
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Old 1st Sep 2019, 10:00
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Originally Posted by Gertrude the Wombat View Post
What jobs?

It's the concept of a dole office actually finding any job offers that I'm questioning - when was the last time you tried? They never found any for me, as I said earlier.
Don't know what a 'dole office' is as I've never visited one, but the 'labour exchange' I visited in 1967 when I left school certainly did interview you and offer jobs based on your qualifications and physical fitness etc.
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Old 1st Sep 2019, 10:34
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
Don't know what a 'dole office' is as I've never visited one, but the 'labour exchange' I visited in 1967 when I left school certainly did interview you and offer jobs based on your qualifications and physical fitness etc.
It was called "job centre" last time I had to use it (I think it might be called "job centre plus" these days). They interviewed you, at the conclusion of which they said "well, we won't have any suitable jobs, you're on your own for your job search".

What they did do was offer various "training courses". I could see that some of them might be of interest to some people, but none was of any great interest to me (although I did attend a couple of sessions on things like interview technique), and the staff freely admitted that the main point of them was that any punter who signed up to a training course was taken off the unemployment figures, so the training programme was basically a scam to make the unemployment rate look better than it actually was.
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Old 1st Sep 2019, 12:03
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Originally Posted by NAROBS View Post
Of course, there's all sorts of ways of looking at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness . . and its future . . including this one:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJqUrVohtTo

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Old 1st Sep 2019, 12:41
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Last night we attended a fundraiser for a new local organising running a food bank.
We raised $4500.
The group only commenced recently and support 17 families in a rural town of about 4,000 families.

Hard luck, bad luck, (redundancy relationships ect) depression and mental illness casts a wide net.


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Old 2nd Sep 2019, 05:51
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TankerT, thank you. Nicely said! Would that the world problems be so simple. Cheap food is often high calorie. We live in very different times. Fewer jobs, even fewer stable jobs. High costs of rent, groceries, etc. Throw in medicines and doctor bills....

i volunteered at a food bank, I did the accounting bit. What came in from where and then where it was sent. Most went to church pantries.

I think it’s best not to judge. Be grateful those are circumstances we don’t know. The Reagan Welfare Queen was based on one woman in Chicago but has stuck in the memories. The biggest fraud is at the top. Most folks are just trying to survive.
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Old 2nd Sep 2019, 13:35
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Don't know what a 'dole office' is as I've never visited one, but the 'labour exchange' I visited in 1967 when I left school certainly did interview you and offer jobs based on your qualifications and physical fitness etc.
I went to the Labour Exchange upon leaving school in 1963. They were pleased to learn that I already had a job offer and would be starting an RAF Apprenticeship in seven weeks time. They then told me to turn up every Friday until I started with the RAF and crossed my palm with what to ex-schoolboy me, seemed like much silver. It is the only time I have ever been "On the Dole".
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Old 3rd Sep 2019, 11:51
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In 1956, having qualified for University entrance, and having been accepted by RR for a sandwich apprenticeship. I HAD to go to my home town labour exchange before I could take up the apprenticeship. They wrote to RR, "We are pleased to say we have found a suitable candidate for your vacancy ..."
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