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Conversation 22: Mother and son talking about living in Aberdeen

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F826 So, how was your journey here tonight, son?
M827 [laugh] We've done this bit already. //[laugh]//
F826 //[laugh]//
F606 //[laugh]//
F826 Yes, decent place to start, isn't it?
M827 No, misty thing.
F826 Dangerous?
M827 It always is when I'm driving. //[laugh]//
F826 //Mmhm that's true, yes [tut].//
M827 March; in like a lion, out like a lamb. It's the same every
F826 [tut] Oh right.
M827 It gets to the seventeenth and you get two hot days and, "[inhale], it's quite warm here, it's quite clement," and you think it's fantastic.
F826 In fact there was the hottest day since time began in Aberdeen the other day, wasn't it, the hottest night or something.
M827 Was it?
F826 Yeah, was the hottest March night since records began.
M827 Ah right, okay.
F826 I think it was last Wednesday.
M827 News to me, I've obviously stopped reading local press, people keep telling me things that have been happening and I know nothing about it.
F826 [laugh]
M827 So, so you're probably not meant to eat grapes, are you?
F606 No.
M827 No.
F606 Not meant to eat anything.
M827 Not allowed to eat anything at all?
F606 No! [laugh]
F826 //Not even fidget with//
M827 //Entire minutes!// //[laugh] [cough]//
F826 //[laugh]//
F606 //[laugh]//
F826 [tut] I was interested in what you were saying about coughs coming over very loudly,
M827 mmhm
F826 because at school the, one of the third year science classes has been going around measuring decibels all round the building,
M827 Aye.
F826 and there's one teacher who has a very loud strident laugh,
M827 [laugh]
F826 and her laugh came over as making more decibels than the bandsaw in the techie department.
M827 Ah?
F826 It was the loudest sound in the whole school.
M827 Mm, interesting. That'd be on account of decibels being a logarithmic scale, yeah.
F826 Would it?
M827 Aye.
F826 [tut] I see.
M827 [laugh]
F826 [tut] You know a lot about decibels, do you? //[laugh]//
M827 //Not really no, I just know the right things to say at the right moments.//
F826 Good. //[laugh]//
M827 //Sorry I'm all distracted by the fact I can't eat a grape for another nine minutes.//
F826 It was sitting there in front of you, //waiting to be eaten, yes.//
M827 //Aye.// That's what happens eh, you put constraints on people and that's what they wanna do.
F826 Yeah, you could hammer it with that screw you've got in your hand of course, couldn't you?
M827 Could do. //Aye, put the screw down.//
F826 //mmhm//
M827 [laugh]
F826 [tut] So anyway, this flat you're going, hoping to get, it's quite attractive, is it?
M827 Ehm, mm I suppose he's not here, is he? //[laugh]//
F826 //[laugh]//
F606 //[laugh]//
M827 It's alright it, [sigh] ach I mean [inaudible], they're all awful, they're all a rip-off, it's all a joke. None of it should be allowed mm, as I'm sure I've said before,
F826 Yeah.
M827 you know? //But//
F826 //You have to pay that vast amount// just for somewhere to live.
M827 Yeah, aye, there isn't, were you to wait to try and find somewhere that you'd actually like to live, I'd still be looking for a flat in about three hundred years' time.
F826 mm
M827 Cause it's just not gonna happen, the chances of getting the flat that you want coming on the market are just so slim.
F826 Especially at a price you can afford, yeah.
M827 Aye, well, since we started looking at them there's been sixty or seventy flats that have just sat there and nobody will buy cause they're all the dodgy ones and they're
F826 Yeah.
M827 waiting for someone to be desperate and buy it then there's five or six good ones come on every week, most of them sell long before they even get on their website, //so//
F826 //right//
M827 so it all goes to inside deals and solicitors being dodgy and, "Oh, that's a really good price, oh I'll get that for my mate's daughter",
F826 Yeah.
M827 you don't actually get a chance.
F826 No. //But there's also//
M827 //So it's not so much that// this flat is actually that great //cause it's//
F826 //No.//
M827 really not, it's just again the backst-, background of less great flats.
F826 Yes it's reasonable, it's acceptable it doesn't have anything that's too awful //about it.//
M827 //Yeah.// And obviously cause you guys want to be able to resell it when I inevitably do something stupid, mm.
F826 Like leaving the country,
M827 Aye, well, who knows?
F826 or who knows, yes.
M827 um then it makes sense to just buy one in an obvious place.
F826 Yes somewhere that's not got too bad //a reputation.//
M827 //Aye.// [CENSORED: streetname] Cresent being that, got trees on it and things so
F826 It's got trees, has it?
M827 Well, one end.
F826 mm! Doesn't have trees all the way along that you have to try and park between, does it?
M827 No it has wheelie bins instead.
F826 //Oh right [laugh]//
F606 //[laugh]//
M827 [CENSORED: streetname] Crescent was where the one guy nearly caused the entire of Aberdeen to not have any wheelie bins.
F826 What by refusing to have one?
M827 No, he took the council to court and said, "That's my parking space,
F826 Oh right.
M827 that's part of my council tax, I pay for that, you'd better reimburse me".
F826 And did they?
M827 No, I don't know what happened, cause he essentially won the case but they ultimately decided that his opinion wasn't enough to change everything, or something like that.
F826 Oh right, it was just his one case that didn't apply to, universally.
M827 Aye, so, but I mean it is true, filled up Aberdeen with wheelie bins and stopped seagulls coming round and eating everybody's detritus, but it does mean that there are, you know, probably ten thousand less parking spaces.
F826 They that big?
M827 Well they we-, aye they were, but the way they put these silly metal things in //that hold them//
F826 //Oh right.//
M827 so that you can't open them up too wide
F826 oh I see //it's not just those ones you, yeah.//
M827 //you know what I mean? Yeah, you only get them open// wide enough to put a bin bag through it, but it's not wide enough that you could put something obtrusive in it //or//
F826 //A body// //or something, yeah, or a three-piece suite or some- [laugh].//
M827 //aye or, or l-, or leave it open [inaudible]// well it's so you can't leave it open. //or anything, they've all got locks on them and stuff so, aye.//
F826 //Oh right, it snaps shut.// people lose their hands and //[inaudible]//
M827 //They've a habit of putting them// back-to-back and stuff,
F826 Oh right.
M827 put little lines round them, so inevitably you just steal a parking space on every street,
F826 Oh right, I didn't realise that.
M827 soon adds up to being a lot of parking //spaces.//
F826 //Yes,// mm, they're difficult to get, aren't they? If you got a flat there would you qualify for a parking space?
M827 Probably, I'm sure you have to pay for it. //It's the grape [laugh].//
F826 //Yes, that's true.// //[laugh]//
M827 //[laugh]//
F606 //[laugh] Go on,// //eat it!//
F826 //[laugh]//
M827 //[laugh] Keep// idly picking up this grape and putting it down.
F826 You can look at it.
M827 Aye.
F826 mm
M827 I don't know, I would have thought I would never get a parking space there anyway, when I've driven down that street before at sort of six, seven o'clock, once everybody's home and people now park beside the wheelie bins //and just kinda//
F826 //Oh right.//
M827 half block the street cause there is nowhere else to park.
F826 Right.
M827 So, I can't imagine I'll ever be parking anywhere near there //to tell you the truth.//
F826 //No, no// Oh so time you get home everybody's there already? //[laugh]//
M827 //Yeah, aye, the chances of there being a space at that time of night are non-existent.//
F826 You might arrive just as the early shift people leave, of course.
M827 Aye, maybe, aye.
F826 The possibility's there, yeah.
M827 Oh that's the worst part of getting a flat for me just have to attempt to have a life which I've been going out of my way to avoid //for a long time, so.//
F826 //[laugh]//
F606 //[laugh]//
M827 I suppose I'll have to get to know myself, be honest and admit to things.
F826 That sounds dangerous!
M827 Aye.
F826 Mm //you mean like//
M827 //Well the rest of you all seem to do it// without even thinking about it, so I can't imagine it's that difficult.
F826 You mean like what colour of walls you like and things like that?
M827 Stupid stuff like that.
F826 Yeah and having opinions about interior decoration.
M827 Aye.
F826 Ooh dear
M827 Being unhappy when things aren't the way you want them.
F826 [inhale] Expecting more from life than black plastic bags and a sleeping bag //to sleep in.//
M827 //mm// //Having standards.//
F826 //[tut]// //Yes, cleaning the bath.//
F606 //[laugh]//
M827 Aye, having a shower every day, keep thi-, I just keep reminding myself that I'm doing everybody a favour by only having a shower every three days,
F826 Well, it's certainly
M827 kinda balance it out, it's gotta have an effect, it would appear the fashionable thing now is to be having at least two showers a day.
F606 mmhm
M827 You've got to be having a shower before you go to work, you may well squeeze one in at lunchtime, you're definitely having one after you get home, even if you're not going out.
F826 Really?
M827 Aye.
F826 That's what young people do now, //do they?//
M827 //Aye,// //shower all the time.//
F826 //[laugh]// yeah //[?]Some[/?]//
M827 //So if I keep showering// once every three days I'm balancing it out for a wee while,
F826 You are, //you're helpful.//
M827 //delaying the effect.//
F826 Yeah, you think that all that water's purified too.
M827 Aye. //Is it?//
F826 //Cause it all,// well it all comes from the same source, doesn't it, nowadays?
M827 [laugh]. The toilet. //[laugh]//
F826 //[laugh] No, I mean there's not like in our young day when there used to be mains water and non-mains water//
F606 //[laugh]//
F826 //in the house.//
M827 //Aye, yeah.//
F826 The mains water was one tap you could use as //drinking water and all the rest wasn't,//
M827 //Aye, aye.//
F826 Nowadays because we know that people will drink their bath water and their shower water and things it all has to be //the same//
M827 //Aye.//
F826 standard, doesn't it? //[tut] Difficult business.//
M827 //Doesn't stop them saying,// "Don't drink the water", when you get there though, does it? [laugh] "Don't drink the water here [inhale]". [laugh]
F826 Really? Is that one of the things above the door, yeah?
M827 Aye. //[inaudible]//
F826 //"Don't drink your bath water."//
M827 Well they say it all over the place, don't they? Go down to London, "Don't drink the water", //and Oxford, "Don't drink the water here"//
F826 //Yeah, that's true,// yeah. //and if you go abroad [exhale]//
M827 //[inaudible] you're not allowed to drink the water.//
F826 yeah.
M827 An it amazes me that everybody in Aberdeen now drinks bottled water.
F826 Really?
M827 Aye.
F826 but don't they just fill it from the tap?
M827 There are some people that do that but predominantly people don't
F826 So they buy bottled water //all the time?//
M827 //Well even people who are// very poor
F826 Really?
M827 buy bottled water, which I find really really really odd an it just, it just, oh just snuck in and swept through society, //you know, it's just one of the//
F826 //Yeah.//
M827 funniest things ever, the amount of money that people spend on water now,
F826 Yeah.
M827 but //there you go.//
F826 //Especially when there's been// so many tales on television and the radio about how it's actually produced, the bottled water, [cough] you know stories about ehm restaurants where they ha- fill it from the tap
M827 //Yeah.//
F606 //mmhm//
F826 //[inaudible]//
M827 //How would you know,// //eh how are you ever gonna possibly be able to tell//
F606 //[cough]//
F826 //Yeah.//
M827 //so.//
F826 And of course then there's a hundred and one different varieties of bottled water, //and people//
M827 //Aye.//
F826 claim to like one rather than another as well.
M827 Aye.
F826 An then there's all the flavoured ones too which are becoming very popular.
M827 How awful!
F826 Yeah.
M827 In my meagre opinion.
F826 Yes.
M827 [inhale]
F826 They have quite a lot of after-taste, don't they?
M827 Ah I never drink them anyway, they're all carbonated nonsense!
F826 [laugh] Yes.

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Conversation 22: Mother and son talking about living in Aberdeen

Audio

Audio audience

Adults (18+)
For gender Mixed
Audience size 3-5

Audio awareness & spontaneity

Speaker awareness Aware
Degree of spontaneity Spontaneous
Special circumstances surrounding speech Participants were asked to chat about everyday things

Audio footage information

Year of recording 2005
Recording person id 606
Size (min) 10
Size (mb) 48

Audio setting

Private/personal
Other Family home
Recording venue Auchenblae

Audio relationship between recorder/interviewer and speakers

Family members or other close relationship
Speakers knew each other Yes

Audio speaker relationships

Family members or other close relationship

Audio transcription information

Transcriber id 631
Year of transcription 2005
Year material recorded 2005
Word count 2001

Audio type

Conversation
General description Conversation between mother and son.

Participant

Participant details

Participant id 606
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Academic
Place of birth Edinburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's place of birth Leith
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's place of birth Edinburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland

Languages

Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes All
Scots No Yes No Yes Work

Participant

Participant details

Participant id 826
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher
Place of birth Edinburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Auchenblae
Region of residence Kincardine
Residence CSD dialect area Kcdn
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Teacher
Father's place of birth Leith
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Edinburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland

Languages

Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes All the time
French Yes Yes Yes Yes On holiday
German Yes Yes Yes Yes On holiday
Scots No Yes No Yes At work

Participant

Participant details

Participant id 827
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1970
Educational attainment College
Age left school 16
Occupation Company director
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Aberdeen
Region of residence Aberdeen
Residence CSD dialect area Abd
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Lecturer
Father's place of birth London
Father's country of birth England
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Edinburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland

Languages

Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Work and home
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Work and home

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