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Opposite my house lives in summer a woman who is 88, I like to get her talking about long ago in Salento, years ago this area was known  for tobacco growing, and she tells me how the women sat around sorting the leaves into different grades I think it was based on colour ,according to her it was a good job as they all chatted and laughed all day long,she was part of a big family and tells me about her sisters one who was flighty and sang and danced , she told me about how when she was in school and Mussolini was in power they all got nice shorts and white blouses and exercised in unison, she told me of how the Germans in Lecce lined up to rape a girl who lived next door and her mother got a rifle but for complaining , the point in all this I tell her family to video her for future generations , he granddaughter has just had a baby in years to come will watch it. everybody should make a film of their parents talking about the past and their lives, we are forgetting history, my grandmother had amazing stories wish we had written them down, how hard is it to make a video, if your parents are alive do it!    

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You are absolutely right Peter. We have a treasured video of my father being interviewed by the Daily Mail for a feature they were doing on vintage handbags as he ran a very high end handbag firm in competition with the likes of Gucci. What stories came out, like the protection money he had to pay when visiting customers in Milan, Florence and Rome. 

 

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I had some video of my mum and dad but it was near the end and my dad looked terrible, he was 93, he saw the first cars, first planes ,radio arriving, TV the internet,  it was on a big backup hard drive with loads of software and stuff I tried to use and it was dead, got the drive out and put in a hard drive reader still no good, I do not care too much because he looked so ill 

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