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By Peter Worsley

Peter Worsley's experiences at Cambridge have been interrupted through conflict provider as a communist officer within the colonial forces in Africa and India, and it was once right here that he constructed a willing curiosity in anthropology. He paintings in mass schooling in Tanganyika after which studied with Max Gluckman at Manchester college. Banned from re-entering Africa, Worsley went to Australia the place he used to be banned once again, this time from New Guinea, but he did reach finishing field-research for his Ph.D. on an Australian Aboriginal tribe.

His next ebook on 'Cargo' cults in Melanesia is now considered as a vintage, yet his left-wing politics ensured that he couldn't get a role in anthropology, so he switched to sociology, on his go back to Manchester.

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Cambridge was fairly cosmopolitan. C. Ma, the nephew of Chiang Kai-Shek. He was the worst soldier I ever met, but a lovely person. He introduced me to his friend Kenneth Lo, who became a diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in London, and later a top restaurateur. I could never forgive Ma, though, for inviting me to play tennis with Ken Lo without informing me that the latter had represented his country at that sport. It was a humiliating game; occasionally, I saw the ball. When Ma joined the exodus from the mainland to Taiwan, where he held a very high office in the National Bank, I cut off connections with him.

One place did welcome us – Neyland, on the opposite shore from Milford Haven – an important port which had never had any ‘brutal and licentious soldiery’, as the phrase had it, at all. We were billeted next door to a pub in the main street; the landlord immediately sent in a hogshead of beer for us, which we kept between our campbeds. Across the harbour was a castle full of WAAFs. My girlfriend and I went for walks overlooking the beautiful estuary. She had been in concert parties as an amateur, but didn’t like it because the men stared up her skirt.

E. ’). Less amusing was the experience of one of the Czechs with whom I became friendly, Ernst Sternschuss, whose forebears, he said, had been given that daft name (‘shooting star’) in Austro-Hungarian days. I met him again in London after the war, and heard his horrific story of how, when he was eventually wounded, he had to make his way back to Moscow by foot or in peasant carts. Another large contingent on board – hundreds of WAAFs – however, brought us a fortnight of sheer joy. I took up with a Scottish PE Sergeant-Instructor, and together we won the mixed deck-quoits competition.

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