2004 Marie’s driving license and jobs

At the age of 16, like her sister, she got her provisional driving licence to learn to drive accompanied by another driver, which can be done 2 years before obtaining a driving licence and enables young people to gain experience of driving. So Marie passed her driving test at the age of 18, but hardly ever used it; she was not keen on cars. Later on, on a short break home from England she refused to take the car. The bike was her “thing”. Moreover, others thought it was quite funny that she could cycle in jeans and trainers or in a long skirt and high-heeled shoes!! None of her friends cycled as much as she did to get around; her bicycle was really part of her life.

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summer jobs from age 16


Marie went to England to work, to see something different, to discover the world including the world of work in another setting, as even as a secondary school student and from the age of 16 she had already had some summer jobs in France because she was keen to be autonomous and financially independent.
As parents we had already contributed financially to the education of our two older children and for Marie it was the same. However, all the extras were financed by their own casual jobs.

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2004. Frank coming to London

He didn’t really want to go to London. He preferred Barcelona, and applied there but it didn’t work. He then did interviews for two jobs: one in London and one in Uppsala, in Sweden.

Frank and another person were interviewed for these two positions, and the bosses/interviewers were friends and they decided between themselves which ones would go where.

The guy in Sweden “preferred” a German because he thinks they are square, well organised and serious, and the boss in London preferred Daniel.

In France, Frank was already involved with CNT. The main reason was that a lover and her friend were involved. The lover was/is Anarcha feminist and got Daniel interested in all that. She had a friend who was part of the CNT. Frank admired this friend and joined cnt.

In Frank’s town, there was a section in cnt, education and research, and 10, 15 of them, mostly high and secondary school.

While Frank was doing his phd, there was a big movement of researchers. (We) created a collective of young researchers, not just people of cnt, and this group was completely focused on issues of precariousness. Frank also was involved in a feminist collective and other local struggles, like around free public transport etc.
moving to london¶