Friday, 19 August 2016

Inside Outside

While lazing on the beach with the grandkids, we were mildly surprised when a couple parked themselves nearby and turned on a transistor radio. Do people still do that? Although fairly loud, their music did not create much of a disturbance. From where we were it was barely audible over the roar of the surf.

To me it was an oddity in this digital age, but some people seem to be uncomfortable if they venture outside without indoor props. I was reminded of a comment made by my late aunt about fifty years ago. We were using a projector to show some slides of our family holiday in Ardnamurchan. The remote beauty of it came out well on the screen, but my aunt remarked that she found it scary. All that empty landscape with not a person in sight. I’ve never forgotten how spooked she was by our photos of all that lovely emptiness. 


James Higham said...

but some people seem to be uncomfortable if they venture outside without indoor props

Don't they and how. The mobile fixed to the hand or ear, whatever.

Demetrius said...

My first question in a locale of that kind is what is it like in winter when you need to get the shopping done?

Woodsy42 said...

People who deliberately impose like that really irritate me - the irony being that they probably felt they were doing you a favour by importing some civilisation.

wiggiatlarge said...

The worst example of the imposition on others of something unwanted has to be the knobheads who fit large amplifiers in their cars then having turned up the volume drive around with the windows open so that all and sundry have to endure their "music".
Perhaps someone can explain what that is all about, or is it simply the "look at me" generation in full flow.

A K Haart said...

James - if they could, I'm sure many would sit on the beach and watch the Olympics.

Demetrius - not good for winter shopping. Car needed.

Woodsy - it's odd how many people seem to think that their own taste in music should be the norm.

Wiggia - probably deaf knobheads in later life.

Graeme said...

It is getting increasingly difficult to find a beach where the bars and cafes are not pumping out young persons' music at high volume. You were lucky just to get a tranny

A K Haart said...

Graeme - we find that distance from the car park is a crucial factor. People thin out very rapidly beyond a hundred yards or so, but only certain beaches can offer that possibility.