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After being sacked from the tube, Prospect's diarist begins a new life above ground—on a building site

By Dan Kuper   March 2007

Being sacked from the underground is perhaps a little like being ejected from the garden of Eden (albeit a grimy garden of Eden with little natural light). I expect Adam stood there on his first day tilling the fields bemoaning the Fall, while Eve told him, “you’re just remembering it like that; you were always moaning about being bored.”

Before I joined the underground, I occasionally struggled through days on various building sites, hoping to clock up a few days’ wages before the foreman realised I wasn’t up to it. So, having relinquished the underground penny, and finding the dole…

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