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Another country

By Ericsamson
With apologies to L P Hartley whose novel 'The Go Between' starts with the observation, 'The past is another country. They do things differently there.'

A Mobile Monday shot of a shop window in Shaftesbury. This in turn triggered a memory - along with a happily persistent 'ear worm' - of the late Sandy Denny with Fairport Convention singing 'Who knows where the time goes? In this case more of a lament for the rapidly rolling years than for the books! Nonetheless it is sometimes a strange comfort to slip on the threadbare jacket of nostalgia, even though it no longer fits. 🥴

Many thanks for the amusing and generous responses to the two pumpkin uploads. I'll keep the rest for next year!

All the best for the week ahead, G. 🙂

Tags: General Old books shop window display Mobile Monday Shaftesbury Dorset Who knows where the time goes The past is another country

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RonDM Plus
7 299 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2021 11:33AM
Well spotted

Ron
adagio Plus
3 4 2 England
1 Nov 2021 11:58AM
Great bit of nostalgia Graham, and I see you've included the corner of some book about a hussy......posh spelling perhaps🤣!!!!!

Angela😀
1 Nov 2021 12:27PM
I remember them well, good shot......Mal.
1 Nov 2021 12:38PM

Quote:I see you've included the corner of some book about a hussy......posh spelling perhaps🤣!!!!!

Yes, I confess I had noticed that and wondered whether to crop it out. I might then have concocted a tale in which I speculated that the preceding word was 'Brazen' and that, in turn, would have conjured notions of some vintage 'top shelf' literature: old editions of 'Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded' by Samuel Richardson or, merciful heavens, John Cleland's infamous 'Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure'.
Oh dear ... I appear to be having an attack of the vapours ... I'm off for a quick swoon ... Matron! Pass the smelling salts! ... 😲 😳 🤣
1 Nov 2021 12:42PM
Not a patch on Biggles flies undone Graham! Someone once said that Nostalgia a device that removes the ruts and potholes from memory lane.
Geoff
IamDora 1 6 Canada
1 Nov 2021 12:49PM
This makes a great still life. Our memory tends to weed out the not so great aspects of yesteryear so we can focus on the good parts.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
1 Nov 2021 1:12PM
It does bring back memories. I did have an old western cowboy and indian book of my dads. Now I wonder whatever happened to it. A great image Graham.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2021 1:47PM
Tom, **** and Harry had a secret life, unbeknown to the author here...

Polly Garter's song from Under Milk Wood...

I loved a man whose name was Tom
He was strong as a bear and two yards long
I loved a man whose name was ****
He was big as a barrel and three feet thick

And I loved a man whose name was Harry
Six feet tall and sweet as a cherry
But the one I loved best a wake or asleep
Was little Willy Wee and he's six feet deep

Oh Tom **** and Harry were three fine man
And I'll never have such loving again
But little Willy Wee who took me on his knee
Little Willy Wee was the man for me

Now men from every parish round
Run after me and roll me on the ground
But whenever I loved another man back
Johnnie from the Hill or Sailing Jack

I always think as they do what they please
of Tom **** and Harry who were tall as trees
And most I think when I'm by their side
Of Little Willy Wee who downed and died

Oh Tom **** and Harry were three fine man
And I'll never have such loving again
But little Willy Wee who took me on his knee
Little Willy Wee was the man for me
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2021 2:13PM
Lovely shot and a great write-up... So... an image with a great story hum?
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
1 Nov 2021 2:29PM
Excellent write up, Graham and a real memory jogger of an image.
And an excellent piece of Dylan Thomas from Moira.

John Smile
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
1 Nov 2021 2:34PM
I do not think they still write children's books like they did in my youth, Just William & Biggles. etc. They did not have mobiles, Internet and computers to contend with! Good capture, Graham, of books from the past!
Ian
saltireblue Plus
12 13.0k 82 Norway
1 Nov 2021 3:16PM
I find myself wondering which name applies to the tallest person in the illustration on the cover of Tom, **** & Harry...personally, I think s/he looks like a ****...Wink
Or perhaps, since another country is mentioned, s/he is Johnny Foreigner?
bluesandtwos 12 542 1 England
1 Nov 2021 4:19PM
'a strange comfort to slip on the threadbare jacket of nostalgia,'
What a lovely sentiment, although threadbare bespoke gentlemans undergarment of nostalgia has more of the risque to it.
Harry looks more like a Harriette in that outfit, and as for the lad in the caps ruddy face he has either been caught boring a hole through the wall of the girls showers or has overindulged in the headmasters secret stash of Port...going by his grin I suggest possibly both!Grin

Well spotted Sir G, and regards to Matron for the Pumpkin, brought a smile!

Bertie
mistere Plus
8 13 5 England
1 Nov 2021 6:11PM
A book about monsters and a slightly optimistic offering on the future of the Windsor's.
Was there a Big Blue police telephone box anywhere in the vicinity?? Smile
The Hussy has already been covered. I'll avoid any comment. Just in case.
1 Nov 2021 11:52PM
Oh, alright then, let's bring up the 30.

🙂
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
2 Nov 2021 11:42AM
I can remember when I were a lad having books like this! A very nostalgic image, Graham 😃👍🏻
Trev 😀

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