Welcome to this weeks Musings!
The Ageing Process
Last week I attended a family funeral. It has been a while since I attended one but, unsurprisingly, they always result in periods of personal reflection. I’m sure I will share more of my inner most thoughts with you in future posts but for now I find myself considering the ageing process.
When I was a young man I fantasized about being seduced by an older women (those of you familiar with Mrs Robinson in the film The Graduate will be able to relate to this), considered the idea of sleeping with a women in her 60’s repulsive (that would be like having sex with your granny, err!), thought a super model was Raquel Welch and, if I ever got lucky, would panic if I couldn’t find a condom in the drawer of my bedside table!
Then the ageing process kicked in.
Now if I look at a much younger woman I’m considered a dirty old man, I am now sleeping with (a soon to be) 60 year old woman, think a super model is something one of you guys has posted on your blog and panic if I can’t find my reading glasses in the drawer of my bedside table!
It’s a funny old world.
The Devil is in the Detail
I enjoy modelling and making vignettes and dioramas but I’m a long way short of being any sort of expert so I was flattered to be asked recently what I considered made a good diorama. An interesting question and one where the answer varies I suspect depending upon who you ask.
Somethings are in my opinion a given. Ideally the paint work and the setting will look good and everything is in scale. Hopefully it will also tell a story or more likely appear to capture a moment in time, the equivalent of a still photograph if you like. The nature of the piece, be it historical, present day or futuristic is largely a matter for the modeller and what they were inspired to create. However, despite the importance of all of these things it is the detail, or lack of, which makes or breaks a diorama in my opinion. Allow me to provide an example.
The other day I saw a diorama which had been put together of a tank centred on a nice base the landscape of which was mainly mud. The tank was excellent, far better than anything I could do and the mud looked very realistic. The only problem was how had the tank got to the centre of the base, driving across a muddy terrain having left no tracks?
The devil is in the detail.
Is it good to have a routine?
Last week, not for the first time, I received an email from WordPress offering some tips on how to grow my blog. I didn’t take too much notice of it but one tip did catch my eye, mainly because unintentionally I was actually doing it already. The tip was to post regularly.
Now the only reason I post regularly is because I have the time to do so and because I enjoy it, it’s not by design and intent to establish a blog empire. Some people will argue that it’s good to have a routine, others prefer to be more impulsive. Personally I confess to being a creature of habit and liking an element of routine and order but am not governed by it. If the opportunity arises to do something in the heat of the moment or off the cuff then that works for me. However, some routines are far from desirable.
I once heard of a chap whose bodily functions ran like clockwork. Every morning at six thirty he would have a wee. He was so geared to this routine apparently that you could set your watch by it. The only problem was he never woke until seven!
Like I say, not all routines are good. You’ve been warned.
Until next time.