Monday, 20 March 2023

Library

 I’m off to the library for the day 
Trendy Carol will be collecting the dogs.
I’m taking her dog Bengy to the groomer tomorrow 

I work better in the library and have always enjoyed sitting alongside people who are studying
I was once picked up by a floppy haired student in a hole filled green jumper in the reference library in Sheffield . 
His name was Alan 
He dropped a piece of paper with his telephone number onto my desk.


I also remember watching a Muslim woman support a distraught stranger in that same reference library.
A bit of kindness with someone going out of their way for another
It still sticks in my mind after thirty years 


And my biggest Library joy was this 


Anyhow back to today, I grabbed some clothes
Brushed my teeth 
Stuffed my notes in my very untrendy Sainsbury’s bag for life 
And hurried to the car with my flask of tea.
Only then did I realise I was wearing a green jumper with holes in the neck


38 comments:

  1. Your library sounds to me like another annexe to your home x ๐Ÿ—’๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ–ฅ

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  2. And, just in case, little piece of paper with a telephone number and a name to hand .........

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  3. I’ve enjoyed these back links. I never worked well in the library. I found myself always browsing the stacks for things that interested me at the moment rather than the thing I was supposed to be studying. University libraries are known as great cruising spots. No one with a holey green jumper ever gave me his number. You’ve got it.

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    1. It’s my one and only time being picked up…unfortunately

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  4. I think a green jumper with holes in the neck is pretty perfect attire for the library, you will look like an impoverished student who really means business. :-)

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    1. A troll just berated me for dressing down for today’s occasion ….little does she know I dress down every day lol

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  5. I have a green jumper with a couple of holes in it. I am wearing it now, sitting in Caffe Nero, working (well, apart from looking at you blog for a brief diversion). No notes with telephone numbers have been dropped on my table yet... Should I make the holes in the jumper bigger? (I'll ask my wife to do it, but she is always telling me not to wear damaged old jumpers... oh... maybe because she's worried I will attract interest?). Ah well, back to work. Hope you have a good day.

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    1. It’s funny what you remember about a person. Alan had holes in his jumper and was sexy as hell. He was confident in his own skin which i liked
      No pretensions

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  6. Wonderful library memories. The library of my childhood is full of positive memories. It gave me something to do in my small, sleepy, little town. When I recall the University libraries in my student years, I remember angst. I think of all the times I fell asleep over books I should have been studying.

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  7. "A green jumper with holes in the neck" -- ready for action, are you? I hope you get lucky!

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  8. I wonder whatever happened to Alan? If he did end up on an oil rig.....he could have had a field day out there!! LOL!
    Paranormal John

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  9. The meet cute with Alan put a smile on my face and belated congratulations on being an Immortal.

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    1. I was a lot younger then I could occasionally turn a head of a pretty young man

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  10. Barbara Anne2:32 pm

    Full circle, holey green jumpers! Enjoy the library and your tea.

    Hugs!

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    1. It’s been a full day , library, a quick jaunt to see half of a movie ( see tomorrow) then meeting with members of the TCA to finalise Saturdays launch

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  11. Anonymous3:09 pm

    Having looked a the two links, as well as read for years, --you blog really belongs in the National Library.

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    1. Lol not this one …? Crikey what would generations ahead make of my view on life

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  12. Anonymous4:13 pm

    Hopefully excluding the hole your head goes through.

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  13. LOL. Anon beat me to it. Jumpers usually do have a hole in the neck. It's where you put your head through...

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  14. Thank you for the third entry - it brought back memories. I visited the National Library of Wales many years ago and asked to see their collection of sketches and works by the painter-poet David Jones (Dai Greatcoat) and was surprised and thrilled when I was solemnly led into a room and had a private viewing of works tucked carefully away in drawers. I always visited Aberystwyth with women I was in(youthful) relationships with. I haven't been there for a very long time... but next time I go I might just enquire about a history of Trelawnyd blog site. x

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    1. It’s something I’m incredibly proud of P
      Much more than most things I’ve done
      It feels an honour to contribute to Welsh History in some little way x

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  15. Ha! Well written, John, with a good hook on the end.

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  16. I remember some really happy times studying in a quiet, warm library with others doing the same around me. Also there were some excellent reference books at hand if you needed them at the time.

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  17. Anonymous2:51 pm

    Isn't there a library nearer to where you live?

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  18. The library! How splendid! I should take up this activity; it used to be a major joy in my life.

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  19. Loved Loved Loved the University Of Arizona Library. I would sit and read. Heaven.

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