Top of the Pops re-runs on TV, 1979 to be precise. a very surreal Legs & Co dance accompaniment as Pierrots to "Tragedy" by the Beegees, and wondering if I actually recognise some of the moves as being the same as the ones Steps used. and thinking it would be quite good to be able to play the drums, if only to be able to play them covered in heavy glitter ("Dreaming", Blondie).
I've always had trouble with cardigans. They seem like a useful kind of garment, but they haven't liked me. Other than a chunky rib knit men's one that i used to wear over another big jumper on cold school uniform days, they've never been part of my wardrobe, even though i sometimes dress up (particularly if I'm wearing a dress, maybe to a wedding or other posh do) and think "something other than a hoody, an office jacket or a scarf would really be useful here".
But then they just feel too Woman. Not me.
A couple of years i bought one at fair expense. Nice soft wool, beautiful pattern knitted in of little leaves in shades of green. I put it in my freezer and every so often tried it on with things and put it back in the freezer. Big sister came to stay and forgot her posh clothes for a meeting, so i lent it to her, and it looked right. So she got it for Christmas.
One of the things i got from my mum's room is a well-worn brown cotton cardigan. Suspect it was originally Big sister's. I've been wearing it with a few things and it's... fine.
Now i just bought two cardigans from Gap - thin ribbed mostly cotton things. They also look fine, from first trying them on at least. I don't look like I'm wearing someone else's clothes. In my new-found ability to casually carry off a skinny cardigan, I feel that i have finally attained womanhood.
Although, having overcome the "fix pedal" hurdle, the bits promptly fell out again and are now lost in the road somewhere, including the original bolt which at least i managed to retain last time. Stupid thing. I have now resorted to wrapping it in electrical tape...
Listening to Pieces of a Man for the first time in years - yet another one I'm rediscovering via Google Play. What an awesome album.
And the lyrics to it's opening, most famous, track aren't half leaping out today - There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers on the instant replay. There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers on the instant replay.
I could quote half the song, really. Everything is televised. We still care more about whether it tastes better with Coke... Welcome to 2015. The future, the same.
Eels - Manchild
Thelma Houston - You Used To Hold Me So Tight
Hope Sandoval - Feeling of Gaze
Mos Def - Ms Fat Booty
Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonaise