Like blog posts from the olden days it starts off being about nothing. It meanders around a bit and has real photos of real things in real life. Then just as you finish it you realise it was actually quite profound in the way normal everyday life is.
But read it for the story about the "baffling “Buy Two, Get Two Free” promotion".
I was ironing. We must have been going out, no other reason I would be ironing, but then we were always going out so I've no idea why this night was different.
It was hard to find room to iron in that kitchen. It wasn't a small kitchen but it was messy, cluttered, full of stuff that shouldn't be in a kitchen like a basketball and broken glass (related).
We lived halfway up a very steep hill in a 2up, 2 down house with a second 2up floor. Four of us.
I found room in the kitchen, or most likely I made room, and I was ironing. I had Radio 1 on (probably this) and I heard Wonderwall for the first time. I remember being struck by the powerful starkness of the opening vocals compared to the rest of Oasis's songs. The kitchen was cold and the sound echoed off the hard surfaces. I loved it from the first few seconds.
Wonderwall was released on the 30th October 1995, 28 years ago yesterday.
Originally I thought this memory must have been from then. Except Wonderwall was on the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? which we all bought on the day it was released on the 2nd October 1995, so the dates must be slightly off. It was definitely the second year at Uni (1995) and it was definitely in the house on Arboretum Avenue (second and third years) so it must have been September or October. Maybe.
I went to Glasgow the other day and saw this piece of comms on the side of a bin. Down at the botoom, someone's written some feedback in the grime. Have a closer look.
They're right, it doesn't really work. You can see the thinking, river, boats, pirates, pirate jokes. Meh. It's not clear enough (or clever enough) to be worth the reader's effort. Nice to see this sort of thing called out in situ though. More people should do that. More efficient than blogging.
Also in Glasgow there are a lot of signs saying 'People Make Glasgow Greener' and I couldn't help thinking that it's the people who are the problem.
In issue one I've already learned about Now pages. I've also discovered he can't see images in his head. Apparently that is called aphantasia. I've been meaning to blog about this diagram below for ages.
It might not surprise you to learn that I can see pictures in my head. Presumably Neil is a 5? I'm a 1, or maybe a 1.5, on that scale. In fact, I sometimes struggle without a picture. If you were describing something to me without slides or visuals and you said there were 3 parts to it I would find myself doodling 3 shapes to help my brain "see" it.
Funny old world innit.
Anyway. Neil is the CDO of the BFI, a good writer, a South Londoner, a superb human and you should all read his personal blog.