Blake, Peter 3 of 28).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2003-04-22, 2003-06-12, 2003-07-03, 2003-09-04, 2003-11-24, 2003-12-15, 2004-03-22, 2004-07-08, 2004-08-06, 2004-11-11, 2005-02-07

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    Interviewee's studio, London

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    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 3: Tape 2: Side A: Comments on films and their significance. Story about getting presents from Mother on return from her weekly shopping trips; mentions Britton soldiers and penknives. Remarks about current sculpture and whittling bringing back memories. Working on big sculpture at the moment, not knowing what to do, going back to the beginning and whittling again brought back memory. Story about belt made during the war with badges, losing it and making another. Anecdotes about birthdays. Believing in Father Christmas. Christmas with Mrs Loft; mentions presents. Comments on physical affection not being part of working class family culture. Returns to memories of evacuation: mentions having Farm Workers Union card. Pleasurable memories of harvesting wheat. Comments on social class of Mr and Mrs Loft. Dartford neighbour had recommended the Lofts. Summary of chronology of events. Memory of hearing about the end of the war. Being amazed that Dartford was a named destination on Charing Cross timetable. Brother, his birth, relationship with, affectionate towards him. Speculates about jealousy.

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