Blake, Peter (8 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

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 8: Tape 4: Side B: Continues detailed description of NS experience: mentions uniform, discipline, resilience, social class, choice of Forces, basic training in Wheeton, routine. Comments on recurring references to the British class system in current recording. On fellow soldiers not being able to fit PB into any class but feeling protected by fellow recruits and officer although gives examples of cruelty of sergeants and corporals. NS friendships. Anecdote about last day celebration in Blackpool and getting drunk for the first time. Memory of returning home. Comments on reasons for training as a teleprint operator. Basic training routine described. Explanation of teleprinting. Lists postings. Description of Mum’s ‘wonderful’ time as teleprinter at Cable and Wireless also a haven for gay men. Remarks on parents’ relationship. Reflects on happiness on returning home after demobilisation. Story of working for Dad’s electrical business and on being the boss's son, while waiting for RCA term to begin. Mentions NS genesis of ‘Locker’ (1959) and pin-ups included. Reflects on role of NS in helping PB overcome trauma of cycling injuries and shyness. Fellow soldiers also possibly over-coming their problems.

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