Listening Project

Conversation between father and daughter, Ian and Amy, about how Ian survived the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Radio Scotland, Aberdeen

  • Interviewees

    Cukrowski, Amy, 2001- (male, At Primary School), Cukrowski, Ian, 1957- (male, Small Business Owner)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Scotland

  • Recordist

    McArthur, Victoria

  • Abstract

    Amy is 11 years old and her dad Ian felt that this was the right time to talk to her about the Piper Alpha disaster where 167 people died in an explosion on an oil rig. She knows her dad as a coffee shop owner. What she didn't know is that before she was born, Ian used to work on the Piper Alpha oil platform and had worked as a chemist on the rig for two years leading up to the explosion on the 6th July 1988. He lost many close friends and suffered post traumatic stress disorder, prompting him to leave the industry for good. Amy decides that it's not a career she'd like to go into. She'd rather become a personal trainer and loves sports. She wants to know if her dad felt guilty for surviving but more than that she wants to know what he felt like when he first started losing his hair!

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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