There’s one evergreen Christmas custom in the Scott-Brennan household that gets rolled out every year – thumbing through the Radio Times for festive televisual treats. Liam likes nothing more than ringing his must-sees with a red felt-tip pen. It’s a quaintly old-fashioned ritual in today’s online, on-demand era. The magazine, first published in 1923, has a loyal but ageing following. I wonder how long it will be before both go the way of the dodo. The advertisers know this too, judging by the loose leaflets that drop from the magazine pages – funeral plans, will writing services, equity release schemes and special furniture for special needs. It’s enough to make me think I’ve already got one foot in the grave. On the other hand, those rise and recline chairs do look comfy.
- Radio Times
Jack Scott Imagine the absurdity of two openly gay, married, middle aged, middle class men escaping the liberal sanctuary of anonymous London to relocate to a Muslim country. I chronicled our exploits with the mad, the bad, the sad and the glad in a blog for the whole world to ignore. Then came the book which became a critically acclaimed best seller. Its success opened out a whole new career for me, firstly as an author, and now as a publisher. Who'd have thought it? Certainly not me. In June 2012, we ended our Anatolian affair and paddled back to Britain on the evening tide, washing up in Norwich, a surprising city in eastern England, then to the wilds of Norfolk as the only gays in the village. I’m sometimes nostalgic for our encounters with the hopeless, the hapless and, yes, the happy go lucky. They gave me an unexpected tale to tell and for this I thank them.
9 thoughts on “One Foot in the Grave”
You two, getting ols? Can I be the 99th person to say ‘I don’t believe it!’
getting short-sighted too!
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The bones don’t lie, or is that the runes?
A peak into your apartment? Didn’t you hear 60 is the new 20?
Yes, that’s the micro-loft. It’s so small, visitors have to queue to get in 😀
I’ve obviously recently crossed an age thresh hold as my inbox is full of adverts for Tena Lady incontinence pads – Ah the glamour!
They’ve brought out Tena Men now. You see them advertised in pub toilets!
Your micro loft is very neat. 🙂 I hope they don’t put the radio times in mothballs–gotta keep some traditions alive, eh?
Thank you. I tidied up before I took the pic. 😉 And long live the Radio Times!
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