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Nonek was born in Warsaw, Poland. Nonek was studying in Toulouse, France when World War Two broke out. He escaped France and fled to England where he lived in London before moving to Newcastle. He has lived here ever since.

Nonke was interviewed by Anita Wan on 28 June 2006. The interview took place in the participant's home and lasted for 1 hour 44 minutes.

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Coming to Newcastle

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Anyway then in the afternoon he took me to, it was Saturday afternoon, he took me to his place, his workshop it was in the centre of Newcastle I can't remember where. He said to me can you make machines like that he had two machines toilet rolls, making machines for toilet rolls, one was made in Germany one made in France. I said look I know how to make machines like it but in order to make machines like that I would need steel, which you can't get I would need machines, engineering machines like drilling, turnings and so on, he said Don't worry I will see to everything. He started bombarding me with coming, he started a new company and so and he offered me... I knew nothing of business I was a student you see. Anyway eventually I couldn't resist it any more; he was every day on the phone I came to Newcastle. Now the first three months I never did any work, he bought a big second hand van and I was going from scrap yard to scrap yard trying to buy some broken machinery in order to repair it. It took me three months and I engaged a fellow, a retired fitter from the shipyards, Mr. Patrick from South Shields, a nice fellow. The only thing is when build machinery you work to very fine limits, usually you work to three thousand part of an inch plus or minus. When you work on the ship yards you work to very large limits. So I had quite a battle with Mr. Patrick but eventually I won it and eventually I repaired with his help some of the machines. Adam was as good as his word he managed to get steel and all different things, don't ask me how.

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