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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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Low Pay

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,594 mod
The Farmers Union heard that a local farmer was not paying proper wages to his workers and sent a union rep out to interview him.

'I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,' demanded the union representative.

'Well,' replied the old farmer, 'There's my farm hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him £250 a week plus free room and board. Then there's the shepherd, who has been here for 18 months, and I pay him £200 a week plus free room and board. Then there's the half-wit who works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about £5 per week, pays his own room and board and I buy him a bottle of whisky every Saturday night.'

'That's the guy I want to talk to, the half-wit,' said the rep.

'That would be me,' replied the old farmer.
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  • RammbikeRammbike Posts: 38
    Haha. I like it!

    I imagine old man with wrinckles and dirty fingernails.
    He's real farmer. He made hard job on his farm but he didn't complain of any aches. I really admire people like him.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,405 mod
    Hehe, that's the story of a failed self-employed farmer.

    @Rammbike‌
    What about old housewives who also work many hours a day, have no time to be ill and ... how much do they earn? :)
  • RammbikeRammbike Posts: 38
    You're right. They are remarkable too! I said just about men, because this joke/story is just about him.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,171 mod
    The housewife probably doesn't even get the whisky @april. Maybe if her husband is generous, she might get let off having to pay for her room.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,695 mod
    The other day I read a saying, but cannot remember who it was. It goes like that.
    If an employer doesn`t pay enough so the employee cannot afford life the employer should leave the country.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    We have another saying: "Pay peanuts, get monkeys."
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,171 mod
    I remember this phrase was a favourite when I worked in local government.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,405 mod
    Do you think that monkeys are already satisfied with only peanuts? :)
  • zohaib - inactivezohaib - inactive Posts: 133 Inactive
    old farmer had his own house that's why he is satisfied with the work, other who has not his own house. they felt the difficulties. they did not get enough money to run their house expenditures.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,171 mod
    Greedy monkeys might expect more, @april. It's true, @zohaib‌, in most places, the cost of rent or buying a home is the largest expense and causes a lot of worry.
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    image
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,405 mod
    Have you drawn it yourself, @Helvio‌ ?
    Very good! =D>
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    edited May 2014
    No @April, it isn't my.
    I just searched for a drunk farmer. :))
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,405 mod
    Ooh, it was really a picture I expected you would draw, @Helvio‌ . :(
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    edited May 2014
    It is a very, very good work, even if I try hard it would be difficult to me to do something like that, @April.
    Usually I spent 1 to 2 hours to do my drawings, and at this image above the artist spent no less than 20 hours, I have certain. It is extremely detailed.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,405 mod
    edited May 2014
    I agree with you, @Helvio‌ .
    It is as good as Van Gogh's.
    It isn't Van Gogh's, is it?
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    If you agree, please, click 'agree'. =))

    Take a look.

    http://charlesewing.com/
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    This is the original image shared on the artist website.

    image
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,171 mod
    The face has so much expression in it. What a character! No wonder the artist wanted to draw this man's face.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,405 mod
    He must be a lovely grandpa. :)
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    A lovely drunk grandpa. :-\"
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,171 mod
    Are you sure @Helvio? I thought it was a jar of sweets that he was offering around.
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    The drawing is called 'whiskey'!!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,171 mod
    Oh! Now I'm disillusioned. :-<
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    I'm not. image
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,695 mod
    What would the reach have to eat, if no farmer would farming anymore?
  • HelvioHelvio Posts: 1,860 Inactive
    The rich would pay someone to grow anything anywhere.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,171 mod
    This is the problem, @Hermine‌. Young people don't want to be farmers any more. In Nepal, the old and women with their children are left in the village, while their menfolk go to the cities or abroad to find work. It's not just in poor countries, because most people in the rich countries are not too keen to be farmers.
  • TshidiTshidi Posts: 4
    If employees were saving 50% of their salaries per week,they will almost be farmers by this time.The expences are very low because the employees are not even paying for their accomodations.I guess they should not have complained rather though of something positive to get them out of the situation.Saving a little from what you earn now, will make you get the huge return!
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,594 mod
    In the UK it's quite funny. Lots of people dream of being self-sufficient (as long as Tescos deliver). Some manage it, but most don't really understand what running a farm entails.

    @Tshidi, I have been in the position where it was impossible to save. It's not a nice place to be.
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