Scope and Contents
Topics discussed include: Neighbourhood; housing; finance and employment; education of children.
Neighbourhood: The couple had hoped to go to Lochend instead of Granton, disliked Granton "neither town nor country". Granton got its bad name from neighbouring Wardieburn "terrible gangs are based in Wardieburn", although the Boswalls are fine. Neighbours described as "covetous".
Male INTVEE is originally from Leith and they both hope to go back there. Their street and the other Boswalls are fine but in general they think the area is rough, the language from youngsters is terrible and they see children raking in bins for bottles to sell.
Housing: Complaints about the Corporation as landlords - they wouldn't put in electric plugs and there are none in the house, no proper playgrounds for children. The INTVER describes the house as "clean enough but in a state of complete chaos, there was literally not a clean inch of space, the very window-sills were inches deep in objects. There was no chair which was not piled high with garments or papers and the bed settee was also littered. This had a rather unappetising look because of the dark brown rough blankets and flanelette sheets". INTVEES have always disliked Granton and would have preferred Lochend.They have not pursued an exchange as Granton has got such a bad name because of Wardieburn. The rent is 26/3 having gone up from 10/2 in the last 12 years. A son who works at Bruce Peebles pays £3 board but grumbles about it.
Finance and employment: The wife would like to work but husband won't let her, he is quoted as saying "No woman's going to keep me and my kids2. He works night shifts and earns 10/- a week, he also recieves a disability pension. He goes to Leith for his Friday night pint but assures INTVER that this doesn't touch his wife's money.
INTVEEs think the schools are too lenient and parents do not discipline their children. There children are always put to bed early. Female INTVEE thinks she was too strict with the older children, mainly because she had to be both mother and father when her husband was in the forces during the war. Their older children think the younger two are spoiled. Female INVEE was very sick during her latest pregnancy and the baby was premature which caused a lot of anxiety. She suffers from nerves and gets worked up when speaking to people. Male INTVEE wheezes and gasps which the INTVER finds painful to listen to. He says it was better when he was in Musselburgh for a while but finds his condition is exacerbated in Granton. He is worried about holding down his job and usually manages to get his GP to sign him off before he is really fit again.
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