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Relationship of interviewees: Norman and Alasdair Campbell are brothers, all four had grown up together in that same district
Where: South Dell, Isle of Lewis
Language of interview: Scottish Gaelic
Voice clip 1
The interviewees talk about truancy - how it was almost impossible for them in the smaller primary schools. The discussion then moves to truancy in general, and to those responsible for rounding up pupils who were trying to play truant.
Voice clip 2
The interviewees talk about pastimes - they remember a story about a home-made football that was so flat it turned into a something like a balaclava when someone tried to head it. The discussion turns to some of the other games and past-times the speakers had in their youth.
Duncan Gillies, Writer/gardener
Duncan talks about his well on his croft which never dries up and his amazement at seeing its name in a reference book.
Alasdair Campbell, Writer
Alasdair describes a relative's wonder after attending the concert, which he said was like going to a fairy's palace for the night.
Long description of interview: This interview was recorded with four writers originally from the Ness area of the Island of Lewis. The recording took place in the front lounge of one of the writer's homes. All four were equally vocal and enjoyed meeting and discussing various aspects of life in their own area and all were very willing to share humorous ancedotes.
Recorded by: Katie A MacKenzie, Radio Nan Gaidheal
Women talk 'posher': Across the world in almost every language studied, females use more 'prestige', 'standard' forms of language. The exception is extreme Arabic societies where women do not participate in public life.