Now then lad

I’m a reader. Even as a young lad, wherever we went, I normally had a book with me. We went to an airshow once and I don’t know whether it was boredom at the planes, or simply that it was a nice summers day and the current book was particularly rivetting, but I didn’t actually see much of the display. As my mum commented, I had my head stuck in a book as usual, which normally meant I was away on an adventure, somewhere far away.

My old man wasn’t much of a reader at the time. The bloke next door taught me to play chess and when we moved I needed a new sparring partner. Dad kept promising to learn the game, he didn’t though, so in my wisdom and youthful optimism, I bought him a “Teach yourself chess” book for his birthday. He never did read it, nor learn the game. Shame really.

In his old age, he has acquired a taste of a bit of reading though. Early this week, he brought down “Now then lad”, by PC Mike Pannett, something he thoroughly recommended. He wasn’t wrong. Over the last few days, I’ve started and finished it. Humurous and engaging, real life tales of a local bobby, told in a self depreceating manner about life as a PC in our very only North Yorkshire. 

If you get the chance, give it a whirl. I will be looking out for more tales from the author.


The sound of silence

I must confess, this is one of my favourite tracks. It is instantly and almost universally recognisable and perfect for chilling out to. In my wanderings with my camera, the lyrics prompted several images which I have included below. I’m not quite sure why the whole Simon and Garfunkel Greatest Hits album strikes such a chord with me, I only know that it touches something deep inside.

There is one of their tracks that is missing from the album though, which I have added to my Album playlist. Bright Eyes. Watership Down is the first “proper” book I remember reading and I suspect I’ve read it at least half a dozen times in my childhood. It is a great book which touches on many adult themes such as communism and fascism. The film came out shortly after my first (or possibly second) reading of the book, and the sound track always takes me back to my childhood. For those not familiar with it, or who just want a few moments of nostalgia, here it is on Youtube.