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By Ashleylister @ashleylister
  My take on "Labour " - and not the political party ,which in my mind has no resemblance to the true meaning of the word.
  Anyway my Grandfather was a dockside labourer...a 'docker' who loaded and unloaded the boats that plied between Aberdeen and Orkney. A hard physical job after the war. No ' ro-ro ' ferry then. No,it was a job that relied on man power, pulleys, cranes, derricks - and the like. Goods, livestock, vehicles were manhandled to and from the boats. Labour meant labor ! Nowadays we refer to such as ' manual work' - but this was much more than meant back troubles, toil, calloused hands...a weariness after work that gave little time for leisure !
   When at college we counted calories in reference to sedentary workers and labourers. So the latter required 3,500 Cals plus per day and the former 2,500 ! A man on a building site was referred to as a labourer, a man digging ditches, a person laboured in the fields, a millworker laboured at the loom. It meant demanding, lengthy , hard work for the body, toiling,  requiring also concentration as regards safety and wellbeing.
   A woman when she is about to give birth 'goes into labour'. That's exactly it ! For that is a physically demanding , exerting time for her . Another 'proper' use of the word !
    So today's" Labour Party" don't really deserve that name, and should be called upon to rename themselves once and for all time !
   Today's poem was written in August 2014 after a visit to Durham Cathedral.
Durham Cathedral
 Heavenward reaching columns Searching for an unseen God. Built on a foundation of faith, By men of ardent beliefs.                Into perpetuity this edifice reaches,        With arches that seem to support  Heaven itself !
These faithful tradesmen in stone Would never have known         The impact of their labours .                      Other meeker structures may tumble in time       But this glory in stone will withstand Time itself !
Living on, seeking a higher being,                    A further meaning to its longevity and strength.                         Admired, awed - by men of all creeds and beliefs.              For there is no one religion in this building, But an admiration by mankind           Of the labour, the skill and the artistry Of men long departed.                
Thank You for reading... Kath      
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