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Stedman, Ronald (8 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:25:48

  • Shelf mark

    C821/30

  • Subjects

    Meat industry

  • Recording date

    1999-09-08, 1999-09-30, 1999-10-28, 1999-11-17, 2000-04-20

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home and Butchers' Hall, London

  • Interviewees

    Stedman, Ronald, 1917-2009 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 8: Tape 4 Side B: 1921/22 first occasion listened to wireless in grandmother’s room – ‘cat’s whisker’ set, RS quite excited. 1926 really listened to radio. Living then in Brixton, had car but no telephone. Programmes he listened to – little news until WW2. Television existed but beyond their financial resources. Highlight of radio was King or Queen’s address to nation. First one RS heard was King George V. RS and family respected and honoured Royal Family. Remembers standing in the Mall with mother and seeing Queen Alexandra, commenting on her painted look, reprimanded by mother. Mother never used make-up only Ful-Nana (?sp) face-powder. Change in public’s attitude today to Royal Family. He and wife very much Royalists. Entertaining Queen Mother as part of his duties as an important member of the Butchers’ Company – his impressions of her and Lady Fermoy who accompanied her. Lady F Princess Diana’s grandma RS’s conversations with her – circumstances in which he was required to entertain Queen Mother and his duties when delegated to do so. Amusing anecdote. RS’s impression of Queen Mother and admiration of her and particularly of Princess Alexandra. Says what he thinks about the Queen, value of Royal Family as figurehead – compares with Swedish and Danish Royals. Expresses his pride in British Empire. His realisation of ghastliness of WW1 when men treated like animals. His generation thought about Britain’s power in world, approves relinquishment of colonies and territorial possessions. Thoughts about patriotism, nationality, etc – feeling of pride in being British, reasons why. Going through Passport Control and making a stand against being considered European, Scottish and Welsh devolution, possibility of Michael Portillo becoming leader of Conservative Party. RS a Tory and gives reasons why he thinks MP would be a good leader. Liked John Major but thinks he lacked charisma as Prime Minister. His thoughts about William Hague as leader. RS a socialist in his youth.

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