UK : PC150 - April 2002 Temporary Work in the UK
|I don't know what to do next so I decided to do some temporary work in the UK until I have found another project. Maybe I get lucky and bump into something
I went to London, but there were so many foreigners looking for work it was impossible; then I went to Oxford, but the hostel was awful. So then I went across to Harlow where I have been working on the tills at Tescos supermarket and now the night shift.
London is a crazy place but I have been doing a few interesting things
None of the hostels were very nice, just overcrowded, overpriced slums. I tried about 6 different ones. I couldn't find any temporary work , but I spent some time being a guinea pig in some strange psychology experiments to earn some pocket money. In one they tried to hypnotize me, in another into trauma I had to watch a video of road traffic accidents in another I had magnets places over my skull which caused my fingers to move. Others were usually rather more mundane computer tasks like looking at faces or listening for beeps.
I went out doing things ...I went to see comedy but it was all crap... once there were 5 comedians and I was the only person in the audience.
I went to see some other more interesting productions like one Tuesday I saw a play demonstration current an ex prisoners at Clean Break Theatre. (A place set up to promote the use of drama in prisons)
It's amazing now that all the big museums are free; surely they will be swamped in the summer. I went to Maritime Museum, British Museum, Kensington Museums , Imperial War Museum a few times each
Mon -went Scala to hippy gig in aid of Antislavery - Flight of Freedom it was intersting , but not particularly enjoyable.
Oxford - £12 a night and 14 beds cramped into a small room ! I decided not to stay longer
I went around looking for work, but was first emailed about a couple of jobs in London. So on the Friday I worked for University of Central Londonat a careers fair for graduate career changers. Then I went down to Rochester/Chatham Kent for the weekend.
Last weekend I went down to Wembley for a peace festival , but it turned out to be primarily a congress for a semi-dodgy religious cult origninating in Japan Soca Gokkia. I asked what their solution was to bring world peace one girl told me that it was simple ...everyone should adopt their religion ! But I did find out an interesting project .. PEACE ONE DAY
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