Harry, welcome to La Mansión
del Inglés. You’re a retired man now, but you've had a very interesting
and varied 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.
I started 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 imported foreign fruits from all around
I left the market and joined a canned food company. They were, in fact,
the largest packers of canned fruit and vegetables 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
newspapers, cigarettes, sweet and chocolates.
From there, after five years, we opened up a sandwich bar which was
right in centre of London. We only had that for two years.
From there I decided 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 responsible for driving the
Which job did you most enjoy, Harry?
I think, possibly 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 drove
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 early 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 either.
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
And finally, looking back on your working life Harry, is there anything
that you would change?
The one thing I would change, and it’s a personal thing,
and that is that I wish I had studied more at school, I wish I had
improved my educational level, but there were reasons 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
Retired = jubilado
Varied = variado
Apprentice = aprendiz
Can = lata de conserva
Selling career = una carrera en márketing (ventas)