Heading back to the 80s

I'm looking forward to Rewind
I'm looking forward to Rewind

The older of the two Mellon nieces took pride of place at a family party at the weekend.

She was home briefly from a year-long stint as an au pair in Stockholm – having decided she was going to stay in the Swedish capital for at least another 12 months. All her family and friends at the party were delighted to see her, and the presence of another guest, who happened to be Swedish, made for some interesting chats about Northern Europe and the Arctic Circle. Niece and her sister both opted around the same time in 2014 to shelve their studies for a while and see a bit of the world – the younger sibling is due home next month after a year as a volunteer in Namibia with the Project Trust charity.

Am particularly keen to see Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, as well as Dave Edmunds – he was good long before the ’80s

Audio dynamite: I’ve recently been listening to music on a device that some readers might still remember – the audio cassette player. I chanced upon a collection of long-forgotten tapes in the attic, so brought them down, waited for them to reach room temperature, then tentatively inserted them into an equally antiquated tape player. LPs by Procol Harum, Robert Palmer and several offerings from Brian Eno’s Ambient series were relayed clearly, and are still intact.

In our eighties: Looking forward to heading to Scone Palace soon for the Rewind Scotland Festival, or T in the Park for Geriatrics. An interesting variety of performers is lined up, most of whom were fairly big around the early/mid-1980s. I’ve never been to an outdoor music festival before, so a new experience beckons – have already been advised on what to take in terms of suitable clothing and mobility aids. Am particularly keen to see Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, as well as Dave Edmunds – he was good long before the ’80s.