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 who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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