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Camsey, Granville (16 of 16). An Oral History of the Electricity Supply in the UK

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  • Recording date

    2013-04-18, 2013-05-02, 2013-09-26, 2013-10-22, 2013-12-10, 2014-01-14, 2014-01-28, 2014-03-17, 2014-04-15

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    Interviewee's home, Buckinghamshire

  • Interviewees

    Camsey, Granville, 1936- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 16: [00:00:00-01:07:45 closed] [01:07:46] Remarks on post National Power activities: GC receiving offers of directorships and consultancies in world of energy at time of retirement, pleasure at only working with people he liked; mentions work with American nuclear power station insurance underwriter, as non-executive director of Stone and Webster, work with French Gemini software consultancy; GC enjoyment at work as adviser to German technical consultancy Management Engineers GMBH, German debates over privatisation of ESI, GC helping to run UK office. [1:12:30] Remarks on consultancy activities for Management Engineers: advising on American, Southern Electricity purchase of Berlin power company; GC advising German RWE utility; care needed in use of consultants, but value of external perspective; GC advising RWE to purchase National Power; [1:17:30] GC sounding out Alastair Morton over purchase of National Power on behalf of French company; GC setting up consultancy company; GC frequent travel to Boston, Düsseldorf and London in busy consultancy work; limited lifespan of consultancy work. [1:22:25] Remarks on GC retirement to work on craft projects in workshop at home: example of projects; genetic and nurtured interest in craft; GC lifetime enjoyment of craft work from apprenticeship to present day. [1:24:50] Remarks on asbestosis: support of religious faith through periods of hospitalisation and difficulties; GC satisfaction in still being able to work on crafts; support of wife; occasional bad days; GC recent advice to lawyer to settle fairly in case of industrial asbestosis from Rugeley unless a class action, CEGB settling industrial cases fairly; [1:31:20] National Power taking on CEGB liabilities, GC attending High Court on one occasion; financial restitution not an issue for GC. [1:32:05] Remarks on retirement: pleasure of children and grandchildren, visiting granddaughter's hockey matches and family in Switzerland; golf; anecdote about gardening vegetables; church activities. [1:35:40] Remarks on work clothing: story about mother pushing GC to take apprenticeship exams and decision of power station apprenticeship based on supply of free overalls; aspiration on red collared engineer's overalls. [1:38:50] Remarks about GC starting to dress more smartly to work: GC neighbour when he was university, Norman Fox, later director of engineering firm W & T Avery, introducing GC to tailored suits; importance off dressing well in Hong Kong and when dealing with bankers; classic smart dress of CEGB managers; anecdote about research director turning up chairman's Christmas party in 1980s fashion of roll neck sweater and medallion. [1:43:50] Comments on enjoying interview process: enlivened by invitation letter; anecdote about GC not being listened to as much previously; curiosity with what world may make of interview; comparison of interview process with GC research into First World War experiences of father in law, Albert Bickerstaff, GC impressed and affected by unit diaries, anecdote about help of sergeant at Woolwich Arsenal.

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