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Knitting with Nellie

An organisation wants to setup a clothes manufacturing business in GB and chooses Peterborough because of the surplus of railwaymen’s wives. The business finds itself forever investing in machinery and processes to compensate for the skills the labour force lacks. It isn’t ‘being a woman’ that makes you adept with your fingers, rather it is skills you acquired and practised in childhood, like ‘girls knitting with Nellie’ in the Highlands, knitting ‘Ganzies’ for example.

In conversation with an 84 year old who had thirty+ years with Price Waterhouse in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

If they’re going to live forever we should gather their stories: he’s rather a good cook too.

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