Diary Friday 31st March 2017

Preston, England
April 1, 2017 8:51am CST
Despite my worries, today went well, bringing the month and first quarter of the year to an end. My monthly welfare payment arrived in time which gives me enough income to cover my convention stay in mid-April. Now the main obstacle was the danger of a clash with my next welfare hearing after today’s. I had an advantage today in that the call centre course completed yesterday would dominate discussion. My adviser is limited in how long he can spend with me so having lots to bombard him with halted him having too many plans for me. In rapid succession I hit him with the course summary, the pending assessment test for the job on Wednesday, the fact that the employer are likely to reject me as a bad credit risk, my expenses claim for being on the course, my interest in other courses run at the same centre, my plan to launch myself as a self-employed writer and need to see a business advisor on that, and my plans to present my writing ideas to publishers at the science fiction convention, and that this I therefore a work-search trip as much as a holiday. I could see he was going cross-eyed at this point and put off seeing me again until April 19th. He is showing reservations at my public talk/performance events counting as voluntary work, which he says he may need to change my approaches to in future but for now, he was glad to see me get out. He even lamented in telling me to take any work offered that he would quit his job given half the chance, a rare moment of genuine humanity in him. I had expected a visit in the afternoon from my Landlady but she was feeling ill and sent apologies for her last minute cancellation. I was now free to visit the community centre’s weekly talk/entertainment event which this week involved dancing by the Leyland Morris Men Morris dancing team who were fabulous. Great songs and dancing, followed by a very nice buffet. Community Centre staff kindly offered me lot of free food to bring home too, along with some free clip files as they had a surplus of them. The evening involved a performance of my own at the Spark writing group’s monthly true stories open mic event, this month on the theme ‘awkward’. I’ll review that separately. Youtube – The Leyland Morris Men Morris Dancers in action – this I one of the dances they did for us though the film I from another event they were involved in somewhere else. Arthur Chappell
Leyland Morris Men performing the dance Bluebells of Scotland.
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@Asylum (48292)
• Manchester, England
1 Apr 17
Those sticks sound a little bit too hard for my liking, so you never catch me Morris dancing.
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@Asylum (48292)
• Manchester, England
1 Apr 17
@arthurchappell I bet he was not too amused.
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@Asylum not at all
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• Bournemouth, England
1 Apr 17
Morris dancers are much maligned! Good luck with the self employment. Wasn't a modern-day equivalent to the old Enterprise Allowance Scheme launched a while back? Are you able to give any paid talks? The market is there.
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@asfarasiknow I am aiming to get paid for my talks - that is why I need to network and promote them but welfare now see this a self-indulgance on my part
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• Bournemouth, England
1 Apr 17
@arthurchappell It would be more constructive if they saw it as a self-employment on your part!
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• Preston, England
5 Apr 17
@asfarasiknow that is what I want it to be - self-employed freelancing work - at present it is unpaid but hoping to start getting paid assignments
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@Jessicalynnt (47798)
• Centralia, Missouri
3 Apr 17
lol, well maybe you have a good approach, lots of things to keep the officers busy! Or maybe you should apply for THEIR job! hehehe
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• Preston, England
4 Apr 17
@Jessicalynnt it worked for now but they are likely to be ready for it in future
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• Centralia, Missouri
5 Apr 17
@arthurchappell I still think you should try for their job
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• Preston, England
5 Apr 17
@Jessicalynnt i'd certainly be better at it than they are
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@JudyEv (115612)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Apr 17
Well done for bamboozling your advisor. At least you're set now till the 19th.
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• Preston, England
2 Apr 17
@JudyEv thanks hoping there will be no more horrible obtacles now
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@Corbin5 (95913)
• United States
1 Apr 17
Making your advisor go cross-eyed is a great achievement in my book!!! The community center entertainment and the free food definitely made for a fine event.
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@Corbin5 it was a lovely day all round in the end
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@teamfreak16 (39848)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Apr 17
Apparently, to these people, volunteer work equals scrubbing pots and pans at the soup kitchen, instead of something creative.
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 very much so, they dislike any kind of independent thinking or initiative
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@shaggin (35572)
• United States
1 Apr 17
The dancing and signing by those Scottish men would be exciting for me. Even better would be getting to bring home the free food.
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• Preston, England
1 Apr 17
@shaggin they are actually English, Leyland is near my home city Preston. They included Irish and Scottish folk songs / dances in their set though
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@LadyDuck (141240)
• Switzerland
1 Apr 17
I cannot believe that the first quarter has already gone. I am glad you have been free to visit the community centre, so you have been able also to bring good at home.
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2 Apr 17
It's always a bonus if you can bamboozle these jobsworth job centre employees into showing a bit of their humanity to you. :)
@celticeagle (116584)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Apr 17
It would be nice if you get to a point with the talks and writing that you didn't have to answer to the welfare people any longer. What a dream,huh?