These events are narrated in more detail in John le Carré's first book, Call for the Dead (1961).
What has now become Jobcentre Plus started out as the Labour Exchange, a government bureau to pair employers with jobseekers. Labour Exchanges were introduced in 1910, and were renamed Employment Exchanges in 1917, when the Ministry of Labour was created. Clearly the old name stuck.
Unemployment benefits were paid through Employment Exchanges.
A jelly made by boiling up calf's feet with sugar and spices. It was viewed as a delicacy and a restorative for invalids for many centuries.
The unofficial anthem of Yorkshire, believed to date from the mid-19th century.
Wheear 'ast ta bin sin' ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at
The song tells of a lover courting his beloved Mary Jane, and the first two lines mean:
Where have you been since I last saw thee?
On Ilkley Moor without a hat.