BNC Text H04

Oral history project: interview. Sample containing about 811 words speech recorded in leisure context

3 speakers recorded by respondent number C272

PS2AP X f (No name, age unknown) unspecified
PS2AR X f (No name, age unknown, office worker in carpet factory) unspecified
PS2AS X m (Ken, age unknown) unspecified

1 recordings

  1. Tape 098406 recorded on unknown date. LocationStrathclyde: Kilmarnock () Activity: interview

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(PS2AP) [1] ... do you find the, I mean do you find the management alright, do you get on okay with them and everything?
(PS2AR) [2] Mm, aye. [laugh]
(PS2AP) [3] Nobody really crabby?
(PS2AR) [4] [laugh] No, there isn't really.
[5] Cos in my office there's quite a lot of bosses in my office,
(PS2AP) [6] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [7] cos it's the production control so [...]
(PS2AP) [8] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [9] just talk to them like anybody else does [...] .
(PS2AP) [10] What do, what do you actually do in your office, is it like telephone duties or typing or what?
(PS2AR) [11] A bit of everything. [...]
(PS2AP) [...]
(PS2AR) [12] Just do everything really.
(PS2AP) [13] Mhm.
[14] Do you get to know all the different people that ph ring up, all the different clients and that?
(PS2AR) [15] Well we don't speak to clients, it's just salesmen and [...]
(PS2AP) [16] Aha.
(PS2AR) [17] people I [...] speak to.
(PS2AP) [18] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [19] Talking to quite a lot of different people.
(PS2AP) [20] Mhm ... do you get to know basically everything [...] work. [...]
(PS2AR) [...]
(PS2AP) [21] So how did you get erm the job in the office?
[22] [...] Was it just a, within the factory, [...] out about it?
(PS2AR) [23] No it was [...] been here for six weeks and I was just expecting to leave
(PS2AP) [24] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [25] and I was gonna go and apply for [...] but then Neil he sent for me and just asked me, just told me there was a job come up in the office and if I wanted it
(PS2AP) [26] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [27] I was to go.
(PS2AP) [28] So it was just luck really?
(PS2AR) [...]
(PS2AP) [29] Were you relieved?
(PS2AR) [30] [laugh] I don't know, I didn't really want to work in an office.
(PS2AP) [31] No.
(PS2AR) [32] I'd prefer to work in a factory.
(PS2AP) [33] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [34] That's right, if I didn't work in the office I didn't work in the factory. [laugh]
(PS2AP) [35] Oh I see, aha.
(PS2AR) [laugh]
(PS2AP) [36] So you didn't have a great deal of choice?
(PS2AR) [laugh]
(PS2AP) [37] Oh well ... [...] Anything else?
[38] [laugh] ... I don't think most of these questions apply to you actually because they're mostly like for the kind of older women, I was gonna ask them about how they er coped with the, you know, running a house and
Ken (PS2AS) [...]
(PS2AP) [laugh]
(PS2AR) [laugh]
(PS2AP) [39] I'm not gonna insult you by asking are you really that old. [laugh]
(PS2AR) [...]
(PS2AP) [40] You're not planning to get married in the future then? [laugh]
(PS2AR) [41] Yes [laugh]
Ken (PS2AS) [42] Would you recommend this job to er other folk your age or
(PS2AR) [43] I didn't have very good qualifications
Ken (PS2AS) [44] Aha.
(PS2AR) [45] here, good qualifications
(PS2AP) [46] [cough] Excuse me.
(PS2AR) [...]
(PS2AP) [47] Aha.
[48] Have you ever thought about like maybe going to college or [...] ?
(PS2AR) [49] No.
(PS2AP) [50] No?
(PS2AR) [51] I'm just not, I'm not interested in it, no.
(PS2AP) [52] You're not academic, you don't like it?
(PS2AR) [53] No.
(PS2AP) [54] So what kind of hobbies have you got?
[55] Do you do anything like, do you have any friends from work that you see outside of work? [...]
(PS2AR) [56] [...] 's boyfriend, he works here.
(PS2AP) [57] Oh well, you met him, did you meet him here, aha?
[58] ... Well it hasn't been a complete loss. [laugh]
(PS2AR) [59] [laugh] Well I don't know. [laugh]
(PS2AP) [60] Do you do anything, I mean do they do, do any trips, like to the lights of Blackpool or anything now?
(PS2AR) [61] Well occasionally somebody runs something but not very often.
(PS2AP) [62] Aha.
[63] Do they have a football team now?
(PS2AR) [64] They used to, but [...] don't think, they haven't got one now.
(PS2AP) [65] No, cos [...]
(PS2AR) [66] They've just got a snooker team and a golf club and
(PS2AP) [67] Aha.
(PS2AR) [68] things like that.
(PS2AP) [69] Aye, and are a lot of people involved in that that work in the factory?
(PS2AR) [70] Just the men.
(PS2AP) [71] Mhm, the women don't have any clubs then?
(PS2AR) [laugh]
(PS2AP) [72] Och no, we can't have that, you'll
(PS2AR) [laugh]
(PS2AP) [73] have to start some. [laugh]
(PS2AR) [74] No just the men.
(PS2AP) [75] Just the men, what's the kind of proportion of women to men in the factory?
(PS2AR) [76] I'd say it was about half and half in the factory but higher up it's all men.
(PS2AP) [77] All men aha.
Ken (PS2AS) [78] Does that bug you?
(PS2AR) [79] Not really, it doesn't annoy me but I know there are some ... like women older than me in ... in my office that know they're not gonna get anywhere because it's all men.
Ken (PS2AS) [80] Mhm.
(PS2AP) [81] Mhm.
[82] [...] a wee bit of resentment?
(PS2AR) [83] Aye, cos about six month ago there was a job come up in our office for like a trainee assistant manager type, well an assistant to an assistant manager [laughing] kind of thing [] so I applied for it and another woman in the office applied for it cos she's been here for like sixteen years or whatever.
(PS2AP) [84] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [85] So, and she knew about the office, and I knew about the office and knew everything they were wanting me to know but a man got it from outside so
(PS2AP) [86] Oh right.
(PS2AR) [87] It was a bit
(PS2AP) [88] Aha.
Ken (PS2AS) [89] Do you ever feel like changing at all?
(PS2AR) [90] No, not really, [...] [laugh]
(PS2AP) [91] [laugh] No it's all men.
[92] Do they ever send you on training courses or anything like that?
(PS2AR) [93] No. [...]
(PS2AP) [94] Do you feel your job's secure?
(PS2AR) [95] As long as the factory's here I'll be here I would [...] .
(PS2AP) [96] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [97] It's a job that they need somebody to do, they couldn't just
(PS2AP) [98] Mhm.
(PS2AR) [99] pay you off and things
(PS2AP) [100] Aha.
(PS2AR) [101] would just pile up and [...] , you'd always need somebody.
(PS2AP) [102] Aha, so
(PS2AR) [103] [...] somebody. [laugh]
(PS2AP) [104] Okay?
Ken (PS2AS) [105] Mhm.
(PS2AP) [106] Smashing.