Document 897

Correspondence from Canada: Letter 49 - 08.07.82

Author(s): 852

Copyright holder(s): Name withheld


The Maggie
10 July 1982.

Dear Mum, Dad, & Al,

Thanks for your letters, clipping, etc. WELL DONE, AL: 3 OUT OF 3!!! You'll can enjoy your holiday now, I'm sure. Talking about exam results, could you note down mine in your next letter and send them to me? I know roughly what they are but I'm not wholly sure. I assume that the stupid computer sent my results home when it should know that it also writes the assistantship cheques that keep me here... Oh well, that's machine intelligence for you!

Carole's getting on very well in Tübingen, and she'll be sad to leave there in August. She'll be home for about 3 weeks and then she's flying to Cairo around Sept 8th, when she starts her job. It'll be highly unlikely that we'll see each other before Christmas, I doubt. Depending on "X" the unknown variable, I'll probably be home around mid-September, I hope no later. She's signed up for an MLitt at Glasgow, which means she'll spend another year (maybe two) between Cairo, Tübingen, and Scotland after her stint in Egypt as a teacher.

Sorry to hear that the weather's miserable. I'm hotter than ever - - the temperature's well up to the 90°'s and I'm itching from various insect bites: Canadian summer's big Catch 22 are the bugs!! I'm hoping to go to PEI (Prince Edward Island - - of Green Gables fame) tomorrow to stay with the family of Ann, the girl in the Eng. programme who was among the UNB Quebeckers a few weeks ago. We'll both we working like crazy there, as I hope to finish Ch. 3 and she wants to write some short stories, but the change of environment should help rather than hinder. I'll be back Friday.

I talked to my supervisor, Prof [CENSORED: surname], today and he gave me Ch 1 of my thesis back. My 2nd Reader, Prof. [CENSORED: surname], has now also read it, likes it, but has given me a list of 55 points which he questions. Ugh! So those will go to PEI too. But work is progressing, all right.

I'm sending you a photo of me at Shediac on Good Friday. And you thought British Easter Holidays had bad weather!! That's the sea stretching out behind me, way out to Skull Island, an Indian burial ground, and beyond to PEI. If you ever got to see "Reds" (yawn) that's what it reminded me of.

Well, I hope you're all well and that the results of the X-rays help in diagnosing Mum's problem. I sure could go some of your raspberry or strawberry jam!

Best wishes to all,
[CENSORED: forename]

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Correspondence from Canada: Letter 49 - 08.07.82


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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1982
Word count 466

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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