By Jeremy Seabrook
This anatomy of the character of relaxation this day examines how the rest society advanced as staff grew to become liberated from the rigours of business 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 measurement, describing how the search for relaxation impacts either those that search it and people who supply it.
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People who were formed for labour in shipyards and steelworks, whose physical strength was the only 72 The leisured poor attribute the market required of them, are now being told in mid-life to train for leisure. They see it, not as an opportunity, but as an insult. 'Your character is formed when you're a kid. ' A sense of waste hangs over these places, where there is no longer any getting up in the early morning; the curtains remain closed till ten or eleven, and the lights burn sometimes until dawn in the summer mornings.
Television is a necessity; not that you watch it all the time, but it's on, even in the afternoon. That is when the programmers show their contempt for women, who are believed to be the main audience - nothing challenging or serious, just a form of tranquillizer to help you get through time. Eileen says 'I got an interview for a job. It made my we~k; only then I found out they were interviewing everybody, then there was to be a second interview, and only the finalists would go on to a third. ' People resent Middlesbrough being portrayed as a no-hope place, full of derelicts and deadbeats.
Tywyn is the station, near Barmouth, opened in the 1860s, closed in 1947. Its gauge is only 2ft 3in. It's 7s miles, runs from Easter till October. It has five steam locos, the oldest from 1864. The maximum speed is 15 mph. The society has relaid the whole line, rebuilding and extending it. You can help in the shops, signalling, track-laying - it depends on the volunteers. Most have just enough permanent staff to keep them going, then use volunteers in the peak season - there are about 170,000 passengers in the summer months.