Richard Clarke


March 1958, At Home In Cheltenham


Grew Up In Cheltenham, Now Lives In Ealing, London.

Date of Interview

10th August 2021

“Just wanted to let you know I’ve listened to it all the way through and I’m happy with it. Occasional sound glitches my end but seems ok.”

Richard Clarke (17th August 2021)

I have known Richard Clarke for the best part of 40 years. Considering that he was a biochemist working with one of our top universities and a senior investigator for the Inland Revenue, when ‘off duty’ we have had some crazy times together.
Richard truly came from humble beginnings – he admits his parents had very little money but did everything they could to ensure their boys received a good education.
Unbelievably, Richard was best man at his wife’s wedding! You’ll have to listen to find out why. 
He tackled the epic Wainwright Challenge in the Lake District – a task he completed over a few years.
Technology dictated that we had to try three times to complete this interview but in the end we made it. Richard is a nice chap and this interview was a pleasure to record. 

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Health – Spinal Injection00.35
Hill Walking – Wainwrights Challenge, Lake District02.00
Working Life – Biochemist – Animal Testing13.20
Inland Revenue18.30
Early Life – Irish Parents – Cheltenham23.40
Parents – Eric (Builder & Quarryman) – Ellen (Cleaner & Carer) 27.10
Brothers – Gerald, Business Man (Deceased) & Denis, School Teacher29.50
Married Life – Sarah31.20
Education – School In Cheltenham Then Bradford University32.25
Childhood Holidays – One holiday To The South Coast37.20
Childhood Christmases 38.15
Marriage & Honeymoon – Best Man Carlo Harrison40.15
Children – Michael (Civil Servant) – Georgina (Civil Servant) – Natalie (Sales)43.30
Working Life – Scientist – Inland Revenue Investigator 45.25
Crossword Compiler51.20
Global Warming53.50
Music – Films – Stream Or buy – Phones – Mobile Or Landline56.50
Message To The Future1.05.55


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