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Barbara Borak

Barbara Borak

Maybe 60, maybe 70 people came here to see the theatre. Some people cried… [the play was in] Polish and English because it was immigrants before 2nd world war. Immigration – 1960s. Immigration – 1980s, after you know Walesa time. And last generation immigrants, young people who came here… because… of money. Some people come … Continued

Barbara Borak

Barbara Borak

Actually my son is very interested in Buddhism and he speak with me and I start reading the books. I start meditation. Interesting religion – it’s not religion it’s philosophy… I’m laughing because people ask me about [why I am interested in] it. I said, ‘because I want to prepare for my death!’

Charles Wood

Charles Wood

Being in the fairground industry and like I say we used to travel all round London, and then probably I think it was about …’50s we started coming down here… We had boxing shows. We had kiddies’ roundabouts, we had candyfloss machines, we had side shows, the magic mirrors, the Mickey Mouse show, all things … Continued

Habib Rehman

Habib Rehman

All through my life if one door has closed another one has opened, and if that’s closed then another one is opened. And that really, really is the essence of my life – is that doors are never closed. It might shut in your face for a little while [then] another one will open.

Ricky Smith

Ricky Smith

There was like an abandoned house and it was not far up the road, empty, completely, and we just got in the back and I used to just go there… I’m just quite good at hands-on sort of stuff… I’ve never built an office in my life but I managed to put a wall up, … Continued

Mary Stimson and Margaret Hurst

Mary Stimson and Margaret Hurst

We always have to know whether Posh have won. I hope they go up because they’ve had some very difficult times, and I’m thinking of the men who go and support them, and the ladies, and have continued through the bad times and it’s lovely for them that they’ve got something to cheer about.

Mary Stimson and Margaret Hurst

Mary Stimson and Margaret Hurst

We weighed a pound. I weighed a pound and my sister one pound three ounces, but we never ailed anything as children. We were very good, the usual things. But they used to have epidemics of diphtheria, scarlet fever. No, we didn’t get that. We were very, very fortunate, very healthy we were, and that’s … Continued

Mam Bandali

Mam Bandali

There’s a bigger story which I haven’t told you and I haven’t yet but I will tell you and I can’t consider myself English in England and British. I don’t belong here. I can’t go to Africa that belongs to them African brothers, I’m just like one of the colonial stateless persons who just… where … Continued