Document 899

Correspondence from Canada: Letter 51 - 05.08.82

Author(s): 852

Copyright holder(s): Name withheld


The Maggie
5 Aug '82

Dear All,

How time flies! If I have my way of it, I'll be home in 4 weeks, hopefully less. The magnum opus is finito and I'm just doing corrections that my supervisors demand, now. These should be finished by the end of next week, when I'll get the thing typed: I've fixed up a good typist. I'll have a lot to do before I go, though.... It's really sad, in a way: I'm leaving behind a sizable chunk of my life.

It was Julian's 27th birthday, yesterday. Helen came down from Shediac today, so we had a party at Ann's, and then went to see "E.T." Helen and Ann had seen it once, and really liked it. Julian and I were unmoved. Oh, it's very clever and incredibly nice, and the under-14's will have long and lasting memories of it. "Mary Poppins" is still ten million times better, though. The movie's well-made intellectual candy floss. It's very American, too. It's worth seeing, though, Al. It's quite a bit better than "Close Encounters."

Dear Mum and Dad: I'm really sorry that I forgot your anniversary. I must try to do better next year for the Big Two-Five. I hope that you had a great day. My excuse is that I've been really busy with the Conclusion, etc., to the thesis, which I completed, at 1pm on Tues. morning, and then immediately swept out my room for the first time in ... months.

I've been trying to relax again after 4 weeks or so of doing a decent day's work, each day. I'll be hopeless when I get a real job, you know. I'll never stay awake.

I'm still trying to figure out how to exit from Fredericton → U.K. Helen says she could drive me to Halifax, and visit her daughter there. It would also let me see something more of that city; so I may well do that. If you haven't sent the $$$ yet, please do so anon. or I'll have to stop eating.

I was talking to Prof. [CENSORED: surname] - my 2nd reader - yesterday. He's a Scotsman, and was in Ayr about a month ago when he was in Europe. He's a nice man, and (even better) he thinks my thesis is good. That means two out of three will approve of it, and, I hope, rush it through the bureaucracy. It's going to be a mad whirl: I'll be glad to escape to PEI for a while, Aug 17. We're all going to see "Ann of Green Gables" - the ever-popular Charlottetown musical.


See you soon,

[CENSORED: forename]

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Correspondence from Canada: Letter 51 - 05.08.82


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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