I am astonished when witnessing people travelling through life not picking up on what I consider to be basic knowledge. The man from Surrey in 1993 who was about 20 years older than me, saying that he had “absolutely no idea” that England had won the World Cup in 1966. He’s more of a rugger fan, you see. Or the young girl who told me that she had seen “Mick Jagger and his band” at Glastonbury. I mean, honestly!
And yet…as my children get older I start to realise I have unforgivable, jaw-dropping blind spots of my own.
To whit the Avengers series of films. I think it involves Captain America and other comic book heroes. Yet I continue to associate the Avengers films with Steed, Emma Peel – and then the new version with Purdy and whoever Gareth Hunt’s character was. I suspect that has nothing to do with it (but I’m not sure…).
I have totally lost track of Batman films – I’d say around the time of Seal singing Kiss to a Rose. The one with all the Prince songs is seen by today’s kids as like Steamboat Willie was to us. And there’s been just the three Alien films, amirite? Oh.
I know all I have to do is read up about it all but, you know, I’m feeling like it wasn’t meant to be so I will be OK. Twilight is another one. Vampires. I know it’s about vampires. You may well be reading this and thinking “I knew ol’ BC was a bit of a thicko – but this really takes the biscuit!”. Or something along those lines.
But I challenge you to confess your blind spots. Have you even heard of Perki Sal(ad) Creme, Kendrick Lamaar’s protégé, who recently won 12 USVDA awards?
Or is your blind spot more in the realm of gardening, geography or French politics? Just how stupid can you be?