Zimbabwe 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 45

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/12/1973

PLACE OF BIRTH: Harare, Zimbabwe

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Zimbabwean

OCCUPATION: casino dealer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

EDUCATION: A Levels in accounting

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

The subject lived in Harare, Zimbabwe, until age 23. Then he lived in London, England, for eight years. After that, he worked on Royal Caribbean ships for 15 years, sailing around the world.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Though the subject spent all of his formative years in Zimbabwe and knows the basics of the local language, he attended an English primary and secondary school, and his parents never spoke the language at home. He is also married to a woman from Scotland.

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RECORDED BY: Sarah Maria Nichols

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/01/2018

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

When I was, what, 15, 16? — yes, still in school? — I was really, really small and short. And I became a jockey [lip smack], well, a horse rider — and was brilliant. I enjoyed it. I, I’m very passionate about horses — well, about horses, put it that way. I love horses – miss it. I do miss it, I mean, it’s something completely different in my world. People don’t know that about m- — a lot of people don’t know that about me. Susan [his wife] didn’t know about it, at all. I mean, she-sh-she couldn’t believe it. I showed pictures and showed her this; she was like, “Never, ever, that’s not you.” I said, “Yeah, it is.” I mean I was the height of that [points to the middle of a bunk bed in the room, about 5 feet tall]. I’m short now — I know that; but I mean I was shorter then. And s- — I suppose that was, that’s been my passion. Oh, like, all my life — was horse racing. Something that — I don’t know; it’s just a passion of mine.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Sarah Maria Nichols

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/01/2018

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