An afternoon of unkempt clothing, matted hair and directionless feelings channeled into a musical security blanket. As you do.
I was musing to myself that the return of vinyl records and turntables would be just the kind of thing that I’d expect Ikea to jump on. I imagined an Ikea made turntable that matched their minimalist furniture offerings, probably with an unpronounceable (unless you are Swedish) name and was placed strategically in that Ikea meets the Crystal Maze type showroom that you can never escape.
Then I realised that Ikea had already started making bluetooth speakers so maybe, I thought, my fanciful random thought wasn’t too far of the mark.
And then I searched a bit more…and…
For whatever reason I was looking at Rightmove’s annual happiness index related to where you live in the UK.
First off a huge “What the actual ***” moment for Luton, a down-at-heal town forever rubbished, scorned, derided and snubbed ,multi-time winner of Britain’s Crappiest town seems to score highly on overall happiness despite how many seem to portray it whilst St Albans, the affluent Hertfordshire city but 20 mins down the road from Luton is seemingly full of very unhappy bunnies. And yet a typical resident of St Albans would likely imagine that Luton on a Saturday night is akin to a Syrian war zone.
And lastly by comparison the highly desired London suburb of Kensington and Chelsea, with the joy London all around it is the most expensive shortcut to a life of misery.
Was watching a re-run of Top of the Pops from 1986 and a-ha’s The Sun Always Shines On TV was on and they played the video which made me curious as to where the church section was filmed.
Well it turns out it was The Church of St Alban, The Martyr in wonderful downtown Teddington (UK), haunt of the now deunct Tames TV Teddington Lock studios and long time home to the late comedian Benny Hill.
Location: 51.4281°N 0.3245°W
The Church fell out of use in 1977 and is now an Arts Centre.