Here’s one for Canberrans with longish memories.
Back in the 1980s and afterwards, there was a useful little service called Jobline. If you were unemployed or at university (but I repeat myself!) you could dial their number — I remember it, it was 477777 — and sign up to do odd jobs. Someone wants their windows cleaned, their babies sat, their computers de-virused, they call up too, and provided your aptitudes match up, you’d get a call from the nice people in the tiny first-floor office in Civic and you’d be off to earn a few quid.
I’ve long since left Canberra for Tassie, and here in the damp and underfunded badlands I think something like Jobline would be a good plan. But I’m nervous: on a whim, I dialed the old number and got a private home’s answering machine. Sometime between the late eighties and now, Jobline let that incredibly memorable phone number lapse, which suggests foul play. Was it draconian government legislation, insurance issues, a hit sponsored by Jim’s Assassins (a fully-owned franchisee of the Jim’s Empire) or something else? Who killed Jobline?
Does anybody know?