Document 859

Correspondence from Canada: Letter 11 - 08.10.81

Author(s): 852

Copyright holder(s): Name withheld


The Maggie
8th Oct.

Dear Maw & Paw,

Well, with the Clarks, the Wilsons, and now the Forbes, you're not exactly alone with Ali gone! Why don't you just declare "Open House"?

Thanks for the letters & birthday card. I've received quite a few cards - from Aunties Mary & Maggie & Uncle Nelson. Thank them for their kind wishes and the notes they sent me. I received my only present (so far) from Carole - a silver German pen - wot I am writing with just now. She has moved into a place in residence at Tübingen and apparently it is really nice.

There's been a 'flu epidemic in New Brunswick and especially the residences. I was struck down badly two days ago, tho' I had a sore throat for a few days before that. Yesterday I felt wrung out and barely struggled through classes. I went to bed at 7pm last night and today I've felt a little bit better. I had to finish giving last Thurs.'s seminar today and it went reasonably well.

This is Thanksgiving Weekend in America (i.e. U.S.A & Canada) so "Beaver Foods" put on a big turkey dinner at the residences tonight. It was really good - a birthday treat! I now have to fend for myself till Monday tho' - I'll probably eat at the Union.

I'm being assigned to Dr. [CENSORED: surname] as a Teaching Assistant so I may have some essays to mark at some time. I think I'm going to be able to cope with the work OK though - I prepared too much for the seminars I've given and will be able to cut down there. Monday's seminar went really well and I enjoyed giving it.

I've paid for and received my air tickets to Philadelphia, so I'll be hitting the air-waves again on Dec. 22nd. at 7.50am! I'm looking forward to the trip.

Take care, & give my best to all. I'll write again soon.

[CENSORED: forename]

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Correspondence from Canada: Letter 11 - 08.10.81


Text audience

Adults (18+)
Audience size 3-5
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Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1981
Word count 336

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Other airmail

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Name of series Correspondence from Canada

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Author id 852
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1950
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation University Lecturer
Place of birth Ayr
Region of birth S Ayr
Birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bridge of Weir
Region of residence Renfrew
Residence CSD dialect area Renfr
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Insurance Broker
Father's place of birth Auchinleck
Father's region of birth S Ayr
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Dental Receptionist
Mother's place of birth Ayr
Mother's region of birth S Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes In most everyday situations
Portuguese Yes No No Yes When trying to communicate with my in-laws
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes In domestic/activist circles; reading literature