Dit weekeinde kreeg ik na ruim een jaar mijn platenspeler terug. Vorig jaar in september bracht ik die naar de reparateur omdat ze gerestaureerd moest worden, er was geen plaat meer op te draaien.
From the time when the heating went out in winter and we got snowed in and hills were hard to take with a pushbike.
When we had to choose between Home and Away and Coronation Street, and we were absolutely sure we had seen The Grey Lady and Castle Hill wasn’t hollowed out yet.
When we found time to go out together and drink a pint or two or more, when we lived high above the ground in a castle and had parties every weekend. And life was never dull.
We have something that others don’t have and it is friendship.
I am beginning to think I should now be going to use her as a trade in, get something else to play my records on but I can’t really.
She (I actually think it’s a ‘she’) is a stubborn old lady, this Garrard ZERO100SB record player I’ve had for years now. And she’s been driving me crazy for a long time!
I was very much into music when I was going to college, as all young people were in those days. There were these weekly leaflets in the record shop with the latest Top 40 and we bought our 45’s there using that list.
I can remember them oh so well, printed in black and red with an old-fashioned font they were also handed down during break time at school with the best hits encircled with a biro or a felt pen.
The Old Grand Dame will be returning downstairs claiming her rightful space in the living room today. Good, wholesome, old-fashioned, trustworthy British made quality. Not just a record player but a work of art.
Yesterday was my regular infusion day. Normally the nurse arrives around nine but this time I got a telephone call saying she had to fly off to an emergency and that another nurse would be doing my infusion later that day.
She arrived eventually at half past one and then she couldn’t find a vein to work with so she applied the infusion to the back of my hand, in “the spare vein” so to speak. Spare nurse, spare vein, just my luck. So I finished my infusion later than usual at eight in the evening, I had a beer and went straight to bed.