When I got redundant from the Lloyd’s experience it was not difficult to get a new position in the City! My new address was Dunster House on Mark Lane, very near the Tower Hill tube station. The business at hand was Reinsurance and its international market. My new employer was Leslie & Godwin- brokers at Lloyd’s- and starting date 10th October 1969.
The work consisted mainly on writing letters to our customers- big insurance companies- all over the world. Like this I got in touch with Japan, Argentine, France and even Portugal. I would write these letters by hand and leave them on a tray where the typing pool would type them and returned them for confirmation by me and signing by my superior Mr. Johnson.
Mr. Brown and Mr. Johnson sat in a special glassed room so they could see what was going on. I could not help years later to see parallels with what was going on and that brilliant British sitcom, “The office”.
My arrival at the office was not welcoming by all. I came to understand, later on, that some of the younger office workers saw me as a threat because of the international character of the business and my knowledge of languages. Still, I did my work and most of my life at that time was revolving outside the office.
I was already combining the City life with an ever increasing night life and as the Portuguese connection grew deeper changes were occurring up to the day that I left in my notice and moved on and away from the world of Reinsurance.
Curiously it was a temp girl called Judy, who I was going out with, that prompted my resignation.
The picture shows me in a three-piece suited with colleagues Tony Cooper and Joe enjoying a lunch break with half a pint.