FRAGMENTS:ALL THAT REMAINS.REMNANTS FROM MUM AND DADS’ HOUSE, MY HOME OF 20 YEARS.A TRIBUTE, AND AN ATTEMPT AT REDEMPTION OVER TIME.LOVE FROM STEVE.

I shall, mainly, let the captures (of lost time) speak for themselves; but my childhood home/mum and dads’ home for over 50 years is finally being sold on 8.8.16. These pictures show what remains, re-situated in my flat….

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Classical music was VERY important to dad, and he even wrote an (unpublished) book on British classical musicIMG_6258.JPG

His favourite composer, and his mission to rescue from obscurity, was Josef Holbrooke: the piano score for Holbrooke’s mammoth, Wagnerian opera “Bronwen”. I inherited an acute love of classical music from dad:)IMG_6260.JPG

childhood ikon; obvious imagery

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Dad loved trains-and Meccano!

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My great grandfather was first Labour Mayor of Bootle; Jeremy Corbyn link there 🙂

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Mum’s beautiful wild garden!

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Cover of dad’s (quite famous in its day!) chemistry textbook(one of, I think, three)

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Inside the Archive in rememberance of my dad:50s “Gramophone” mags, 70s BR timetable, 78s(and one speed 80!); by collection of objects do we,thus, try and fight against mortality

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Great grandfather with Mayoral chains!IMG_6274.JPG

Mum really enters the picture here, with two of her quirky, camp objects plus nana’s cuckoo, which, if you blew into it, made a cuckoo noise!

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A tenuous memento of perfect family Christmasses; again, very mum:)

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Mum and I in the echt “Greendays” café, c. 2006

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Myself, aged about 11; still had hair then! The quizzical look hides the pain to come (:

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:):) (me on bike, mum and brother), c.1965

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Our erstwhile cat, Dinky:)

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More quirky, variegated extravaganzas from mums collection of (knowingly) kitsch/camp objets d’art!

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Mum and dad, in their different ways, always wanted us to be happy:)IMG_6287.JPG

Mum certainly WAS quirky, with a penchant for rainbow colours(she was always openly proud of me, her gay son: she told everyone and wanted to go on Pride Marches: I regret I never took her along)

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Misty: mum, sister and I. Mum looks SO happy,c 2006 (she died in 2009)

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From mum’s garden:you are getting the picture of what she was like:)

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DadIMG_6294.JPG

IN MEMORIAM:Denis and Kathleen Benson, mum and dad. Forever. Rest in peace.xxx

 

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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5 Responses to FRAGMENTS:ALL THAT REMAINS.REMNANTS FROM MUM AND DADS’ HOUSE, MY HOME OF 20 YEARS.A TRIBUTE, AND AN ATTEMPT AT REDEMPTION OVER TIME.LOVE FROM STEVE.

  1. roughghosts says:

    This touching collection is especially heartbreaking to me at the moment. Both of my parents died within 11 days of each other (intersecting unrelated causes) last month. My mom, who was 82, was my strongest advocate when I came out as trans and transitioned to male 16 years ago. At the moment we are busy with all of the business that comes with death, and the house will not be put on the market until next year, but when I think of mementos I want, most are books.

    • decayetude says:

      Thx Roughghosts; yes it is a terrible time; glad u like the mementoes; the second post, on Decayetude, is distressing;your mum, like mine, sounds a fab advocate and support:)x

  2. A loving tribute Steve…hugs for you. ❤

  3. decayetude says:

    Thx to Dhairyasathvara and Gill too:) check Decayetude for a bleaker post on memories of mum and dad and their/our house

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