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Record Number: 13715


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Arrived 8.45 am, left 5.45. Left early with Mac's permission, though Bailey said he wouldn't risk it. Did 10 minutes work all through the day. One lorry arrived four times. This meant that I gave the driver four tickets and one day-work ticket, and stated on a form that three loads of firewood and one of bricks had been taken to Hardington St and Hyde Park respectively. The rest of the time I lounged or sat about and chatted with the others, and had the usual snacks and cups of tea. I am checking for one site only. At one time I read a paper, but felt it met with disfavour. Apparently the firm doesn't mind you wasting time, but doesn't like you filling in such time in your own interests. After 4.45 the lorry had gone for the last time and there was nothing more I could possibly do, yet if I had gone then I would have lost 11/4 hours' pay. By staying to nearly six I will be paid full time, although I did nothing.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jun 1941 and 30 Jun 1941

Country:

England

Time

afternoon

Place:

city: London
other location: demolition site

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

unknown

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

construction worker

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

newspaper

Genre:

news

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

13715

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

File Report 768, Date July 1941, Title DEMOLITION IN LONDON, p. 131, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk ,

Citation:

File Report 768, Date July 1941, Title DEMOLITION IN LONDON, p. 131, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk , http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=13715, accessed: 04 July 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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