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My mother's contribution to the war


Carradale and growing food for the war effort
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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It was a large somewhat knocked about, not very well built house. It wasn't a proper Scottish castle, you know, with great stone battlements and all that kind of thing. It was just a large country, basically Victorian house, early Victorian house and it had lots of bedrooms which, mainly my mother I think, although my mother helping my father out- helped out by my father because he wanted to plan his political set there as well. And sometimes his lawyers- his legal friends. Not many of those, but a few legal friends. So, the main thing about Carradale was that there were just hosts of people there. Physically, it was gradually going downhill all the time we were there. Before the war, when it was owned by other people, it- beautiful gardens had been built and it was very well gardened with a staff of two or three or four gardeners, a head gardener and others. Then that all came to an end, there was- eventually there was one gardener but very important person in the life of a child, a very, very nice man, with his wife and family. As well as my- the difference between London and Scotland for me was that in Scotland my brothers and sisters started bringing their friends, just to- to Scotland, so there were always three or four or five or six interesting friends there. Who do I particularly remember? Robert Neald, the economist, later jointly with Tommy Balogh a great influence on the Labour Government of the 1960s and '70s. And many others. Some young women, some friends of my sister.

Avrion Mitchison, the British zoologist, is currently Professor Emeritus at University College London and is best known for his work demonstrating the role of lymphocytes in tumour rejection and for the separate and cooperative roles of T- and B-lymphocytes in this and other processes.

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Martin Raff is a Canadian-born neurologist and research biologist who has made important contributions to immunology and cell development. He has a special interest in apoptosis, the phenomenon of cell death.



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Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008