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Your Story Ep 28 : Colin. Eight Decades of European Life and Reflections Towards the Future.


Welcome To Episode 28 of Your Story.

Today we talk with Colin Kerr who is my sisters father in-law who generously shared some time with us about his early life in Britain, dealing with life as a teenager during the war years and the fascination that only a 15 year old can have in war time despite the dangers of the blitz. As a young man he spent time in compulsory military service in the early ’50 and shares the wonderful life that could be had in the military during peace time.Colin

Colin explains his experiences of understanding both the British and French cultures and how he feels to be primarily European rather than being specifically British. He shares his thoughts on the British attitude towards involvement in external affairs of other countries and the impact that has on life in the UK going back to the influx of migration from the fifties and the impact of the IRA through to the involvement in the affairs of Western Europe and the United States of America.

As is often the case when I record these episodes of Your Story the conversation that I have before and after I start recording is often interesting. In this case I turned the recorder back on and recorded a more casual conversation with Colin. At the time he didn’t realise that the recorder was on but when I mentioned it to him he was happy for me to use it in the show. I was originally going to edit it in but on reflection I feel that it is more valid as a postscript to the original conversation. I’ve simply added it onto the end of the episode as an Addendum to the main portion. I think the continuing chat we had has merit.

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  • Ian Saturday, 25 October, 2008, 4:57 pm

    Adam Daniel Mezei sent me this Audio Comment that I thought was worth publishing in the feedback of this episode.

    Thanks Adam 🙂

  • Mother Sunday, 16 November, 2008, 3:21 pm

    Thank you Ian for a very interesting interview with Colin Kerr and a nostalgic look at years gone by. As Colin said, you are a very good interviewer and I second that comment. Thank you.