Child of the fifties

I was born in the north of England during the mid-twentieth century industrial era. This was a time when most work and office administration were undertaken manually. Automation was not yet part of the managerial mindset … and neither was the technology available.

My working-class baby boomer generation had two choices on leaving school; we either became fodder for the dark satanic woollen mills or cogs in the crepuscular engineering workshops which were the two industries that dominated our town. Mills and workshops gave a job for life but mobility of any kind wasn’t an option, and yet technology and changes of location are the two major themes that run through my life.