Lessons

Sue Bush: Basket Weaving

Sue Bush was born in 1948 in London. At the age of three she was sent to Chailey Heritage, a residential special school in Sussex, where she stayed until she was sixteen, then going onto college in London.

Here Sue remembers her Basket Weaving lessons.

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Transcript

We used to do, this is so bizarre, basket weaving. I think that's a hang up from the old days when if you were disabled, you sat around weaving baskets for, for ever. It was impossible for me, I used to spend my whole time trying to see how good I got at pick pocketing my friend's pocket, to see if I could nick her comb without her knowing. She used to do one row a week for me, I mean, can you imagine me honestly, I mean I've got this hand that's not functioning very well, the other one I can't use at all, doing basket weaving? So I used to say, 'oh Chris, do us, just do us a row' and she used to do me one row and then I used to spend the whole lesson just sort of trying to eke her comb out of her pocket and she'd say 'I felt you'. I wouldn't have made a good pick pocket either.