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Harry, welcome to La Mansión del Inglés. You’re a retired man now,
but you've had a very interesting and
life. Tell us about some of the jobs
you've had over the years.
I left school when I was fourteen years old. That was in 1946. It was exactly
one year after the Second World War.
work as an electrician's apprentice, and
after that I went into a selling career. I started selling in the famous Covent
Garden fruit market in London. It was very different in those days. The market
foreign fruits from all around the world.
I left the market and joined a canned food company. They were, in fact, the
largest packers of canned fruit and
in the whole of Europe. They sold their
products to the large supermarkets in England. I was with them for seventeen
years. I then decided to leave and start up my own business. I bought a shop in
Ilford and we sold
, cigarettes, sweet and
. From there, after five years, we opened
up a sandwich bar which was right in centre of London. We only had that for two
From there I
to start up my own business in car hire,
and I was really…. it was really interesting. I drove many famous T.V.
personalities; and from there I went to the South African High Commission in
London, and was
for driving the High Commissioner.
Which job did you most enjoy, Harry?
the last one, driving the High
Commissioner, because it was very varied and it was different. The people I met
were so interesting. For example, I..I drove Nelson Mandela when he came over on
a state visit to England. I also
many other important politicians and
during the time at the High Commission I met some very interesting people.
And which job did you hate the most, Harry?
I think, possibly, the one in my
life, for instance, the electrician's
apprentice. I didn't enjoy that too much. When I first started selling, I didn't
enjoy the jobs very much
. It was at the end of my working life
when I was driving and came into contact with famous and interesting
personalities that I really enjoyed myself.
And finally, looking back on your working life Harry, is there anything that you
The one thing I would change, and it’s a
thing, and that is that I wish I had
studied more at school, I wish I had improved my educational level, but there
why I had to leave school at fourteen,
and at the end I suppose one must look back on their life and be thankful for
what they've done and what they've achieved.