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Bevan, Timothy (5 of 21) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Bevan, Timothy, 1937-, (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 5 (tape 3 side A): Relationship with children. TB told about sex by mother. Assumption that sex wouldn't arise until marriage. Experienced no homosexuality at Eton. Was at Eton for five and a half years; feelings about kind of person he was when leaving. Joined Army due to war. Careers advice didn't exist. Didn't keep school or Army friends. Eton contemporaries have cropped up in City but TB thinks importance of Eton network over-rated. Didn't send own sons to Eton. Spent last Eton holidays as deck hand - details. Women didn't enter TB's life until he left the Army. Choice of either university or Army after school. Training corps at Eton, TB demoted. TB joined Navy but transferred to Army, was commissioned in Welsh Guards. Brother had gone into Marines, then to Scots Guards and the Essex Regiment. Details of TB's war experience. Doesn't believe in looking backwards, doesn't go to Army or Eton reunions. Had grown up a bit during Army years. Didn't think about dying during Army years. Attitude to death now. Religious beliefs have weakened. Believes has to be optimistic. Was sometimes depressed towards end of time at bank, doesn't think others would have known about it. Felt family most important part of life. Attitude to state of GB and to Mrs Thatcher. Recent talk to Chilean Ambassador. Believes economic situation will improve. Attitude to privatisation of railways and prisons. Drug problem part of general family breakdown, breakdown of church. Thinks Mrs Thatcher made people stand on their own feet, unfortunately led to greed. Politicians in major countries held in contempt. Attitude to possible Labour government. Disapproves of not voting, has always voted out of self-interest and therefore Conservative.
Interview with Sir Timothy Bevan, Chairman of Barclays Bank Ltd (1981-1987) .