BNC Text H00

Oral history project: interview. Sample containing about 1007 words speech recorded in leisure context

3 speakers recorded by respondent number C268

PS2AB X f (No name, age unknown) unspecified
PS2AC X f (No name, age unknown, carpet factory worker) unspecified
PS2AD X m (Ken, age unknown) unspecified

1 recordings

  1. Tape 098402 recorded on unknown date. LocationStrathclyde: Kilmarnock () Activity: interview

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(PS2AB) [1] ... winding?
(PS2AC) [2] Aha.
(PS2AB) [3] And what do you do in winding?
(PS2AC) [4] It's hard to ex oh it's, it's winding [...] , it's hard to explain the machines, do you not get round and about
(PS2AB) [5] No.
(PS2AC) [6] to see them?
(PS2AB) [7] We haven't been round yet so
(PS2AC) [8] You'd really need to see them to ... I mean I couldn't explain it to you really.
(PS2AB) [9] Mhm.
Ken (PS2AD) [10] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [11] They're automatic now you know,
(PS2AB) [12] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [13] well we put the wool on and that but
(PS2AB) [14] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [15] it winds automatic.
(PS2AB) [16] Yeah.
(PS2AC) [17] And cuts off.
[18] You really need to see them to
(PS2AB) [19] Aye, so how long have you been in here?
(PS2AC) [20] Oh since this firm took over, well it was not B M K you know but it was taken over by the
(PS2AB) [21] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [22] the new man and that.
(PS2AB) [23] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [24] But I've been in there since the beginning.
(PS2AB) [25] Mhm, and has it changed a lot do you think?
(PS2AC) [26] No, not really, no.
(PS2AB) [27] Not really?
(PS2AC) [28] No.
(PS2AB) [29] The job changed, the machinery's changed?
(PS2AC) [30] No, just the same machine we had over on the other side, aye, it hasn't changed at all. [sniff]
(PS2AB) [31] Mhm.
[32] ... Erm [...] I was going to ask you?
[33] Er how did you get the job at first?
[34] [cough] Was it somebody that you knew that worked in here?
(PS2AC) [35] No, not really.
[36] ... That was a case, I worked in a hotel for years and years and it closed down with the new bypass and that, and just a girl beside me, she was coming for an interview, to the B M K and I came with her.
(PS2AB) [37] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [38] I'd have never been in.
(PS2AB) [39] Mhm, and when was that?
(PS2AC) [40] Oh [...]
(PS2AB) [laugh]
(PS2AC) [41] er ... sixteen year,
(PS2AB) [42] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [43] aye, it's about sixteen year.
(PS2AB) [44] You've been here all that time?
(PS2AC) [45] Mhm.
(PS2AB) [46] In the same job?
(PS2AC) [47] Mhm, mhm.
(PS2AB) [48] Do you enjoy it?
(PS2AC) [49] Oh yes, aha.
(PS2AB) [50] Do you have a lot of friends working in here?
(PS2AC) [51] Ah well, work friends, aye,
(PS2AB) [52] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [53] oh aye, they're all quite friendly [...] .
(PS2AB) [54] And do you keep up with them after your work?
(PS2AC) [55] No, not really, no.
(PS2AB) [56] Not really?
(PS2AC) [57] No.
(PS2AB) [58] No.
(PS2AC) [59] I'm not really [...] some of them do, the younger ones and that a bit.
(PS2AB) [60] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [61] Not really.
(PS2AB) [62] What's the kind of age of folk in your section?
(PS2AC) [63] Well I'm the oldest.
[64] [laugh] Er, fulltime, I mean the students here they don't count really.
[65] Who's the youngest?
[66] ... [sigh] ... Oh it must be thirtyish.
[67] ... I think Caroline's about the youngest.
(PS2AB) [68] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [69] Aye, she must be.
(PS2AB) [70] [cough] What else have I got here?
[71] Oh, do you have any nicknames for each other?
(PS2AC) [72] No, not re no.
(PS2AB) [73] No?
(PS2AC) [74] No we don't,
(PS2AB) [75] No.
(PS2AC) [76] honestly.
[77] No.
(PS2AB) [78] Not ones that you talk about anyway. [laugh]
(PS2AC) [79] No no, I'm being honest, no.
(PS2AB) [80] Aha.
(PS2AC) [81] No.
[82] I don't know about younger ones and that but no
(PS2AB) [83] Aha,
(PS2AC) [84] honest to God.
(PS2AB) [85] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [86] No nicknames.
(PS2AB) [87] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [88] I don't know what they say maybe behind your back or that but honestly I don't think, no
(PS2AB) [laugh]
(PS2AC) [89] there's nobody really got a nickname in here.
(PS2AB) [90] Aha.
(PS2AC) [...]
(PS2AB) [91] Mhm, have you any worked, worked in any other factories in town?
(PS2AC) [92] No never, no.
(PS2AB) [93] Just this one?
(PS2AC) [94] Mhm.
(PS2AB) [95] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [96] I'm not from the town.
(PS2AB) [97] Mhm.
[98] ... Where is it you're from?
(PS2AB) [99] Oh right so you have to travel in?
(PS2AC) [100] Mhm.
(PS2AB) [101] On the bus?
(PS2AC) [102] Aha.
(PS2AB) [103] Mhm ... er ... [...] there's something else I was going to ask you but [...] .
[104] [laugh] Oh aha, within the sections is there, is there some sections you think that feel they're better than other sections because they've got like maybe more pay or they feel they've [...] special?
(PS2AC) [105] Oh aye, oh aye, aye, we feel that. [laugh]
(PS2AB) [106] [laugh] And who's that do you think?
(PS2AC) [107] Any department.
(PS2AB) [108] Every department thinks they're better than the next one.
(PS2AC) [109] Oh better?
[110] No no, oh well aye but ... you'll find out for yourself.
[111] No wages and that I mean it does vary from section
(PS2AB) [112] Aha.
(PS2AC) [113] to section.
(PS2AB) [114] Aha.
(PS2AC) [115] And we feel we've the heaviest [...] , not the biggest wage, kind of thing, you ken.
(PS2AB) [116] Aha.
(PS2AC) [117] But I suppose there are other jobs have more responsible in that so
(PS2AB) [118] Aha.
(PS2AC) [119] this is what happens.
(PS2AB) [120] Mhm, do you wear like different, can you tell by what the person's wearing, like do you wear different pinnies for different jobs?
(PS2AC) [121] No no, wear your overalls, just wear your own.
(PS2AB) [122] You cannot tell, aha.
(PS2AC) [123] Mhm.
(PS2AB) [124] And is it quite regular hours or do you work all over the time?
(PS2AC) [125] We work shifts.
(PS2AB) [126] Shifts you work, aha.
(PS2AC) [127] Just the winding that works the shifts.
(PS2AB) [128] And what hours is that?
(PS2AC) [129] Two till se [...] , that's six to two, two to ten, and ten to six.
(PS2AB) [130] Mhm.
(PS2AC) [131] But that, we're the only one that do the shifts.
(PS2AB) [132] And how do you find that?
(PS2AC) [133] I like the [...] more. [laugh]
(PS2AB) [134] You'd rather have the [...]
(PS2AC) [135] You get used to them.
[136] ... Mhm.
(PS2AB) [137] time?
(PS2AC) [138] Oh the night shift's no bother.
[139] I don't like the back shifts.
(PS2AB) [140] Do you think the place has changed much since the takeover?
(PS2AC) [141] I don't think it's changed at all really.
(PS2AB) [...]
(PS2AC) [142] No.
Ken (PS2AD) [143] Mm.
(PS2AB) [144] No.
(PS2AC) [145] No.
(PS2AB) [146] Er are you in a union?
(PS2AC) [147] Aha.
(PS2AB) [148] Mhm but it's not
(PS2AC) [149] What for I don't know. [laugh]
(PS2AB) [laugh]
(PS2AC) [150] Just for more money that's all.
(PS2AB) [151] Aha.
(PS2AC) [152] It's not recognized anyway.
(PS2AB) [153] Mhm, what one is it?
(PS2AC) [154] Carpet Union.
(PS2AB) [155] Carpet Union.
(PS2AC) [156] Mhm.
(PS2AB) [157] And it's not, not everybody's in a union?
(PS2AC) [158] No not everybody's in it, no.
[159] ... I suppose the ones that came from the old factory, you know were kept on and that
(PS2AB) [160] Mhm, mhm.
(PS2AC) [161] but new [...] .
Ken (PS2AD) [162] So how many folk are working in your section?
(PS2AC) [163] Winders there's er five fourteen winders.
Ken (PS2AD) [164] Fourteen.
(PS2AC) [165] Aha.
Ken (PS2AD) [166] Was there any more er when you started working here?
(PS2AC) [167] There was only two when we started here.
Ken (PS2AD) [168] Only two?
(PS2AC) [169] Me and another girl.
[170] That was
Ken (PS2AD) [...]
(PS2AC) [171] all, you know when it was transferred there was only the two of us.
Ken (PS2AD) [172] Aha.
(PS2AC) [173] And then they sent back for the ... you know the, the ones that had been there before.
[174] But that worker she left, she got oh she wasn't married but she had a family.
(PS2AB) [175] Mhm.
[176] And do you get any perks, like cheaper carpets or anything? [laugh]
(PS2AC) [177] [laugh] You're joking.
[178] [laugh] We get them cheaper outside. [laugh]
(PS2AB) [179] [laugh] ... [...] anything?
[180] No?
[181] Right that's, that's all we wanted to know. [laugh]
(PS2AC) [182] [...] you got the name for