Nostalgia. It's Just So Predictable
And I grow weary of it ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 03/10/2017 @ 8:00AM
I live just outside Olney, and my office is in Olney. Many of my friends live in Olney too. Although I spent much time away from the town in my younger days, I was brought up here, came back and I like it ...
Oh, weren't things better back then? No. That's just the nostalgia talking.
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I suppose it's the same in every small town, but the only thing I get slightly weary of is the nostalgia that comes with such places.
I remember as a child, older people denouncing anything new, or anything that had to move aside for progress. New houses, new shops, new people and all that, and if there 's one thing that hasn't changed in Olney it's that consistent moaning about anything new by a few individuals.
A Subway is being moved into the post office. The post office is staying put, but it's just that the rest of the shop, or a part of it, is being put to another use.
"Now then, I've never been in a Subway."
I've walked past them in other towns, but it's not really my thing. Same with McDonald's. I don't use them but I'm not at all concerned that other people do, and I don't really 'get' why there is such a problem with them.
It's the same with everything. I don't especially like ABBA, but that's not to say they didn't make great music, it's just I don't enjoy it. I'm sure some people don't like the music that my band play, but many do, and that's who we're playing for. So the same should surely apply to everything?
Costa had the same initial problem in Olney. I remember people saying to me, "I hope you won't be using Costa" and I said, "Well, I shall do" and they were horrified and asked me why.
I said, "I quite like their coffee". I also use other coffee shops in town as I like certain aspects of all of them. All of the places employ local people. There's a new coffee/bar opening on the Market Place which will sell coffee and booze, and this has caused some alarm as some people are saying that the town will immediately turn into a bunch of alcoholics.
I can't see that myself. There are cheaper places to go and buy booze than a coffee shop or wine bar if all you are interested in is tipping the stuff down your throat.
Nothing has changed really. A few new shops, a few new people, a few new houses, and as far as I can see it's just more people enjoying Olney. Regarding Subway, I might have a coffee in there if the queues at the post office get longer, which they may well do as NatWest has closed and people can now bank at the Post Office.
"I was cross at NatWest closing, but not from a nostalgic point of view."
It's just I did some of my banking there, but sod 'em, I'll just move that bit to the Nationwide Building Society or Barclays. And if Subway - or anyone else - is really that dreadful, then they won't last anyway, so what's the problem?
Nostalgia hey? It's always the same.
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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