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Olins, Wally. (8 of 19). The Oral History of Wolff-Olins

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  • Recording date

    2001-11-05, 2001-12-14

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Oral History of Wolff Olins

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Reading

  • Interviewees

    Olins, Wally, 1930-2014 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 8: Wally Olins [WO] explains why he felt National Service was a waste of time adding those things that were learnt. Talks about working in Paris for three months in an advertising agency and liking the idea of it more than the reality. Describes loving his time at Oxford describing his college St. Peter's as low church, low achieving but great, and doing PPE for two terms and then history. Expands on his interest in ISIS and revues and joining OUDS (the dramatic society), mentioning the various now eminent people he performed with. Talks about his disappointment with his own educational performance but the ways in which he has subsequently valued the tutorial experience at Oxford. WO describes meeting his first wife Renata Steiner at Oxford. Gives her background as pre-war wealthy Berliners. Describes this long marriage as unsuccessful although based on love.

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