Bright Eyes

I remember it so well, it was the first song that played on that old tube radio I got from a friend when I was 12 years old. You never forget these things, how can you ever forget something like that?

When I turned it on the lights behind the glass dial began to brighten up and slowly the sound came on and the ‘Cat Eye’ in the front turned bright green with a little grey stripe in the middle. It smelled like hot dust on the amber glowing tubes inside, I could see them through the holes in the back.

The Aerial was made from an old wire coat hanger that I soldered to a wire and I put in the hole in the back with the word Antenna above.

I spent a lot of time up in my room when I was twelve, I can’t tell you why but it was the only safe place where I could be without being harassed by my twin brother, my sisters or even my parents (when they were actually at home).

And then this song, Bright Eyes sung by Art Garfunkel. Even now when I listen to the wireless it still brings me back to that one single peaceful moment during my youth.


Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.

This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.

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