Went for an eye test. For me this is nothing new as I started wearing (bad pink plastic NHS) glasses at the age of 3 (this probably would have been earlier if I could have explained that I couldn’t see earlier!) so imagine my surprise when Boots pulled out two brand new tests on me.
One involves them puffing air into each eye to test for glaucoma and the other….which I am most excited about….. taking an image of the back of your eyes (a Fundus photograph). If you take in a usb stick, they let you have your pictures! And I am building up quite a scrap book now of various images of my insides (That’s a whole other blog right there!) A most Fun addition.
Haven’t got mine yet but this gives you an idea….. It looks like another planet (with maps of the polar region and underwater canals beneath the surface and maybe the signs of life we have been looking for in out of space)
This was also the first time in my life that I have been tested by a woman. We had good banter and I pointed out that her name badge was on upside down. Although, I actually think this was part of my eye test.
I have such strong memories of my first eye guy as a child, back when it was all about the little independent practitioners in their stuffy little examination rooms. Mr Bowan Brooks….in my fuzzy memory - an eccentric, tweed wearing, proper Englishman who reminded me of Basil Brush (bar the inappropriate rudeness) would spout in his well spoken deadpan way….”just stare at the red light behind me, and if I get in the way, just pretend I’m not there and stare through me”
There is still something awkwardly intimate about having someone you don’t know being in such close proximity to your face, so that you can observe their smell, their breathing, their skin. In the semi darkness, half of the time, there was no red light, just the outline of his wild white mop of hair and the sound of him snuffling in my ears.
I have ordered three new pairs of specs (not from Boots I add, but from a great independent vintage supplier) which I will show you, because they are ace. Also, hopefully by then I will have the images of my own little ‘red planets’ to add to my ‘Inside JK’ photo collection.
Well, with each Golden Rabbit song comes a specially designed greeting card to be won in a competition….. and here is a little video of the one for “I Saw Red”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smVHjKiswMU
If you read my previous blog (it’s not too late!) you’ll know that the song is about abusive and destructive relationships and how, even if we escape from one situation, we can easily find ourselves drawn to similar people again, or even going back because at least it is ‘familiar’ or live in hope that it will be different this time.
This is why I chose to do my spinning wheel design because whichever way you go, you always wind up at the same place. Ultimately though, you are in control of this wheel and can stop it or get off it at anytime!
I love the red sparkly background of the card, it reminds me of the first electric guitar I owned many years ago:0) In true musician styley, in desperate times, I sold it to pay my rent. And of course, regretted it!
The wheel is held in place with a button from my childhood button jar
(full of vintage buttons that belonged to my Grandma and Mom) and pipe cleaner. There is a golden cord to pull the rabbit wheel with.
To be in with a chance to win this card, and the card to go with my Radiohead cover, check for the competition details here on facebook…
'I Saw Red' is about being trapped in abusive circumstances/relationships. Be it with partners, family members or people in your peer group, if you have been there, you will know how hard it is to escape and break the cycle.
Anyone who relates to this piece, please be strong and never feel so alone that you cannot seek help.
Everyone else, just enjoy my music and feel free to share! xxx