Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Actual Red Bulb



We dropped in on the Aged Ps when we were down in Devon. They're OK. They're Aged. Mum's had a stair lift installed and the girls had a right fine time travelling up and down on it. Father's thrown out still more stuff, stripping the house down to its bare bones ' so we won't have to' when they're 'gone'. I went upstairs to the junk room to see if the little wooden desk my Uncle David made I used to do my homework on was still there, and it reassuringly was. I had a look in the drawers to see Dad had chucked all my 6th Form satirical-and-music-review notebooks, my pre-blogdays blogs. But a little red lightbulb rattled around on the wood on its own.

I knew it so well - it was the actual one I told you about here.

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Something I would've been playing in dark Westcountry night circa 1980; bin headphones on, red lightbulb burning...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - 'Statues' (1980)

[Bulb pictured not actual bulb; 'bulb signifying On Air' - courtesy BBC]

11 comments:

  1. Oh, my. Like (aging) minds, perhaps?

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  2. I had a red light bulb for for about 6 weeks when I was 10 or 11 -gave me nothing but nightmares for some reason . But went for multi coloured spots in the bedroom summer of 82, which fitted in perfectly with Human Leage 'Love and Dancing' and the Soft Cell remix album

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  3. Love it. And I do still see you as a multi-coloured spots kinda of a guy, funnily enough.

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  4. It's the other way round with my Ps. Dad has just had a stairlift installed and Mum seems to be on a mission to throw everyhing out (I have gradually moved all my stuff out in recent years - I think - better go and check again soon!). Looked for my NMEs a year or two back but they've gone, now not sure whether that was the Ps or me who threw them out.

    (Hey, the word verification approached "uvavu" remember that?)

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  5. Says (in Famous 5 hurriedly excited state), "Did it still work Davy, did it still work?"

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  6. Dick, I regarded it as a sacred relic - did not touch it, and certainly did not attempt to illuminate it. I regret this now.

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  7. Davy

    If you'll permit me to ignore the bulb for a moment.

    That's a lovely and moving few sentences you've just put together.

    Made me feel guilty about how long sice I've seen the folks - and they only live a few miles down the road.

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  8. Thank you JC. No, it really wasn't about the bulb. As you know.

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  9. Bulbs. I put a blue light bulb in my son's room once. He's still having therapy.

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