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it's...! - The Villages

Date: 2008-06-18 23:50
Subject: it's...!
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Music:wishbone ash
...daiquiri time! Roll out the barrel, dance round the maypole, deck the halls with boughs of holly, for sarcobatus is among us. Pray sing the ancient hymn of greeting (inscribed on glass tablets discovered just last year in a hoard of Anglo-Saxon relics under a Jobcentre Plus in Droitwich) and do the Happy Dance to welcome our newest villager.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-06-20 02:15 (UTC)
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Thanks for friending me, Hutch. And thank you for the Jobcentre Plus factoid. I'm always happy to learn new bits of info about the UK. Of course, here in the states, what you refer to as Jobcenter Plus is what we call "the unemployment department". Very unoriginal. I think I like Jobcentre Plus much better.

I currently live in Nevada, but originally hail from Southern California. Years ago I met a couple from England who were vacationing in Palm Springs, California (my hometown), where they told me the British have a romance with the old west, cowboys and Indians. (It was from this couple that I first heard the expression, "the colonies".) I found this info very interesting, especially in light of so many Americans having a romance with England, Scotland, and Ireland. ;)
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-20 22:57 (UTC)
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Thanks for being interested enough to drop in. The Employment Exchange (or `dole office') has had a number of names over the years, which I can't remember offhand. I think partly due to changing responsibilities and partly due to periodic rebranding. For quite a long time it was just `Jobcentre,' but the `Plus' got tagged on (I think) when they took over responsibility for processing other benefits than just unemployment.
The British love affair with the Old West may be less strong these days, simply because of 24-hour rolling news and a greater familiarity with present-day America, but it's definitely still there. And I've always thought the American romance with Britain and Ireland comes from a subconscious longing for roots, for something that goes back further than a couple of hundred years. I don't know if it really is a modern phenomenon or if other Presidents did it, but in recent years we've had Bill Clinton and The Monkey King searching out their Old World roots. I don't know whether that counts as an expression of national will, or just hokey PR, but I'm keeping an eye open for John McCain and Barack Obama discovering roots in County Kerry or Newcastle...
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