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Olins, Wally. (3 of 19). The Oral History of Wolff-Olins
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Olins, Wally, 1930-2014 (speaker, male)
Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)
Part 3: Wally Olins [WO] recalls his early childhood and briefly describes memories of a nanny and motor cars and trips to Clacton and Paris pre war. Talks about man management problems in the transport industry. More on childhood and memories of mother's approach to economy and extravagance, leading to talk about hierarchies within the family and in relation to family rituals as well as discomfort with family rows. Describes his mother's irrational response to her brother's death and the difference to that of her sister's death at much the same time. Goes on to talk about the impact of war on young perceptions of death. WO describes the family's interest in culture, particularly in the theatre and film. WO talks of cycling to car factories to see what they were doing.