On a morning like this, when we pop fans all over the globe are reeling at the very sad news that the Thin White Duke has suddenly left the building, I find some comfort in the dull trivia of everyday life. There’s a pile of washing to be done and I need some milk for my morning cuppa.
Dairy products brings me to a small but interesting discovery that I made yesterday, thanks to ip33. There are still milkmen doing their rounds in the UK.
I was convinced that Ernie and his kind had gone the way of the handloom weavers. I went to a Xmas Tree Plundering in the afternoon (as one does here) and chatted to a fellow Englishman who confirmed this fact. The local milk round where his sister lives had died the death but has now been revived and is thriving. A little more expensive but more environmentally friendly.
I wasn’t expecting that.
Which got me thinking about all of those things that one was convinced were bound for extinction and yet are now doing at least modestly well.
Milkmen, Keith Richards, vinyl records, Dr Who, tattoo parlours, gigs by the Stones, postmen, Battlestar Galactica, trams, condoms….
And of course those things that I thought would last and are now no more or on their way out.
Record shops, The Word, paper newspapers, TOTP, Blockbuster video, Woolworths, London black cabs ….
Please feel free to add to these lists.
And there I was thinking that Billy Bragg’s Milkman of Human Kindness was describing something as out-of-date in 2016 as a hansom cab.
Next thing I know, one of you will be telling me that Lieutenant Pigeon are thriving and selling out the O2 arena.