Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Brief Rest In The Fresh Air Of Nostalgia

In the good old days I could sit in the sun, cassette player to the left, Imperial typewriter to the right, trusty pipe and matches easily to hand and write long-forgotten lectures on Labour Law. A generation of students would half-listen to those lectures whilst thinking about what they would have for tea or where they would head for at the weekend. And over time the details of the Taff Vale dispute or Devonald v Rosser faded and so did the Cyclostyled handouts that listed case after boring case. The students grew up and went on to live their lives, the lecturer grew old and went on to walk the dog, and the hand-outs ...... well they accumulated in his back passage.

Yes, in case you are wondering where I have been, the answer is a simple but distressing one : I have been spending a long time clearing out the accumulated mess of a lifetime of paper. Isobel says that unless progress is made she is going to submit my name to one of those television production companies that make documentaries with titles like "House Hoarders Exposed". A greater threat is provided by the imminent arrival of the decorator which necessitates a rolling programme of de-cluttering. Amongst those boxes of old lecture notes and hand-outs an occasional gem is to be found, such as an old strip of negatives with a picture taken in an Oxford garden in the mid 1980s (I was simply visiting I must add, the lecturing took place amongst the less cloistered quadrangles of South Yorkshire). 

I am allowed a few minutes respite in the fresh air of nostalgia before the Lady Wife calls my name and I have to crawl back into the eaves and fill another rubbish bag with my memories. Take pity on me, dear reader, it is so unfair. You would think there would be a law against it.

13 comments:

  1. It is a cathartic experience, and you will no doubt ultimately feel unburdened and cleansed. At the very least, your GLW will.

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  2. Horror of horrors - you leave your clothes pegs on the line! What would the neighbours say?

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  3. The floral chairs just don't seem to fit with the image I have of you.
    And tell every one the clothes pegs are to hold your writings.

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  4. If you haven't used it in a year you don't need it. I see things probably in the hidey hole for many years.

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  5. Love this image! I think those beach chairs are holdovers from the early seventies and must have been either yellow and orange or blue and green. Not one electric cord in sight. Good luck with the winnowing...

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  6. Some people find it easy to part with their treasures. Moving helps people dispose of treasures. When they look at the expense and work to move something it soon goes in the trash. So the moral of my story...move!

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  7. I don't have any problems throwing stuff out, it's just that I put it off too long. My husband's attachment to our old stuff when we moved last year nearly did him in -- and me, if he would have just let me get my hands on it!

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  8. Typewriter, typewriter... The word seems familiar. Ah, well...

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  10. This garden isn't Jane & Barbara's is it? And who owns the giants cuddly dog?
    Previous comment deleted due to disastrous spelling error.

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  11. At least the exercise ball is handy.

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  12. Oh the days of wine (or ale) and roses (or cigars) depending if you were a woman or male and long, bushy hair and tremendous hours of pounding on one's typewriter! Those were the days.....

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  13. Oh I enjoyed your 1985 photo...you were one handsome dude! Uffda...that back passage of yours needs some work, that will keep you busy for months...better get a move on! :)

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