Document 863

Correspondence from Canada: Letter 15 - 28.10.81

Author(s): 852

Copyright holder(s): Name withheld


The Maggie
28th Oct.

Dear Maw & Paw,

Thanks for your last two letters, the latter of which included my G.U. Registration Card - an impressive document! I'm writing a brief note as I'm rushed off my feet trying to get a batch of essays marked.

I was sorry to hear about Uncle Nelson - I hope he's all right, and the tests have proved negative. Give him my best.

I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend in Embro! I can just picture Uncle Bruce with his new wee gadget, playing around with the TV channels.

I received a reply from the British Council today - they've put me on their mailing list for vacancies, but these don't come out until March 1982. I'm going to write to their representative at the British Embassy in Cairo to see if he can give me some more advice. If I did get a job in Egypt it would be ideal - the way I feel at the moment is that I'd like to take a year off academic studies to live in the real world for a while.

Meanwhile, the beat goes on... I received a sizeable bibliography on critical works written on William Dunbar from Caroline [CENSORED: surname] in Glasgow, which was nice of her to send. It's been raining hard for about 3 days, and we had some thunder and lightning this afternoon.

Carole has written again, and wants me to learn a letter of the Arabic alphabet a day. She has some hopes. Apparently my name is something like [?] ٿ ڢ [/?] (remembering to read it backwards). However, I hear the audiovisual dept. here has a machine that teaches Arabic, so I might plug in to that some time and see what's what. I don't have the time now, that's for sure.

What else? I've had my hair cut and I've received my American visa, in case I omitted to tell you. No birthday present yet though. Hope you're well. Regards to all. I'll write soon,
[CENSORED: forename]

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Correspondence from Canada: Letter 15 - 28.10.81


Text audience

Adults (18+)
Audience size 3-5
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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1981
Word count 344

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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