I think I told you about owning an industrial strength sewing machine as a youngster a few weeks ago, didn’t I? I used to make leather wallets, bible covers and other things with it. I made a brown leather pencil case once, a big one with a big zipper.

In those days , Radio Veronica, Radio Caroline and Radio Luxembourg were huge, we would listen to them on every occasion we could. Unfortunately our parents believed those radio stations broadcasting from ships in the North Sea were of the devil and we were not allowed to listen to them.

Back to that pencil case. In a way to pass on the information about the frequencies they were broadcasting from I drew the names of the radio station in bold blue biro on that pencil case followed by their respective frequencies. On the rear side I had a picture drawn of a make shift AM aerial so I could show them how many windings of copper wire it needed and how it was done so my class mates could draw it too from the example in their notebooks as well as the frequencies. And at the end of that day at school I could polish it all off with a wet cloth, it was that simple, wasn’t it?

Of course I often had to pass my pencil case to class mates in secret without the teacher noticing it or I would be in trouble but as I was bad in keeping quiet in class in those days (ADHD) I got caught of course. The teacher confiscated my pencil case and called my parents on the phone and I knew I was in trouble when I got home and my dad stood angry in the doorway and he took my wireless radio from my room.

Lucky for me I had this little portable transistor AM/FM radio hidden under my mattress.

And just to prove my old man wrong: Radio Caroline founder a visionary pirate who paved the way for radio today.


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.