Document 894

Correspondence from Canada: Letter 46 - 23.06.82

Author(s): 852

Copyright holder(s): Name withheld


The Maggie
23rd June '82

Dear Mum & Dad,

Here I am sitting at my wee desk as the rain lashes down outside. Thunder, the lot. I've never seen rain like it rains here - it just pelts down solidly for hours. Apparently the lightning-storms are spectacular: horror-movie forks, fire-balls, and all, but I've yet to experience that.

Life is fine at the moment, Chapter Two is advancing nicely, and I'm going to Quebec on Friday for the weekend with Julian, Ann, and Helen. I'm looking forward to that; I could use a break. But Ch2. should be finished next week, which gives me July to polish off Ch 3. (which should be short and sweet, I hope) and the Introduction and Conclusion (which should be shorter and sweeter). Which means I'll have finished my first book. I reckon that it'll run to about 170 pages, typed, plus notes, so I may be writing asking for money next month sometime.... so beware!!! If you've any intentions of moving house, do it soon while you can...

I've still no news from Cairo or Riyadh, so I'm still not thinking past the month of September, when I should be home. It's been a good year; it'll be strange when it's over.

I haven't done much that's exciting over the past week or so. I'm still weightlifting with Julian (one... HUP! two... HUP!) and the pain is beginning to go. I haven't had the energy left to jog, though. I keep searching for tell-tale muscle bulges but nothing's happening! And I read Demetrius at a semi-drunken midsummer evening's reading of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", which was enjoyable.

So Scotland's out of the World Cup once again... I watched the Brazil game and the New Zealand game. The latter was on the French channel, so I wished I'd Al with me to tell me what was going on! It was a good game, worth staying up to 2.30am for. The game against Brazil was heartbreaking. The Canadians have dredged up Sir Stanley Matthews for the in-the-studio commentary and he's awful. It's the first time the Canajans have televised all the games, and they keep telling us viewers that the World Cup is really important in Europe and everywhere, but the U.S. and Canada, honest! And then they try to explain the offside trap: it's hilarious. I didn't watch the USSR game because I'd heard the score, it was in French again, and it would have meant another late night.

And I'm off to Francophone Canada myself on Friday. I keep thinking that I'll have to change my dollars into francs, but of course that's stupid. Quebec's supposed to be a really nice city, despite the language problem. I'll send you a postcard.

Anyway, I think that's all my news for now. Oh, I'd appreciate it if you could send over an Edinburgh Festival programme, possibly a Fringe one too, if you can get hold of them. Hope you're keeping well. Best wishes to all,

[CENSORED: forename]

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Correspondence from Canada: Letter 46 - 23.06.82


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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1982
Word count 542

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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