Growing Up

Haq Ismail: Finding Girls

Haq was born in 1970 in Pakistan. His family moved to Luton, England when Haq was eight months old. Haq attended his local primary school until he acquired a visual impairment at the age of eleven. He was then sent to a residential special school in Worcester and from there went on to university.

Here Haq recalls the arrival of girls at his school.


I remember, you know, at that time then we found girls as well, because like there was Chorley Wood which is the girls’ equivalent which is near London but they closed that down and then they brought girls over to Worcester, so we were, you know, from being single sexed, all of a sudden we had girls and it was such an eye opener, it was like, wow, you know, there’s girls here. So yeah, so that was – you know, that was good times and we started going out and stuff and going clubbing and, you know, pubs and all that kind of stuff. And I got my first girlfriend who’d come over and stuff and – and she was beautiful, she was a blonde, I don’t know what she saw in me but, you know, that raised my kind of status as well and whatever, so those were good times.

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