You know what, I have barely noticed this apparent recession that has been going on, I have a job (not a great job, but still a job), none of my friends have been made redundant because of budgetary re-shuffling (or some other wanky term like that), I don't think my bills have been a great deal more or less expensive, until about half an hour ago. I randomly phoned my mum, yes she is a night owl too, to talk about something and she told me that my Dad has lost his job. The company he works/ed for for nearly 30 years has gone bust! As a company, they were a wonderful example of a small start up business, that grew, hired more people, moved into bigger premises, hired more people, moved again, moved again....and now they have gone bust. Mum is 61 and is (was?) looking forward to retirement, my Dad is 60 and I don't know whether he is ready for retirement, he is definitely a skilled worker, classically trained carpenter, but what the hell does a 60 year old do about looking for a job? I can't see him in the job centre! I am kinda ranting, I am kinda hoping there is some advice out there that you guys can point me towards. Safe.