Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Throw away your self-help books
Just a quick personal message to Rachel before I begin, because this is the only way I can communicate right now ('why fix what ain't broke?', I hear you ask!): When I get the mail returned, it says that your mailbox is full. This has happened to others I know of, and it seems to be something to do with a crap storage system from the server. My latest reply has just been returned. I think you need to reset your 'incoming' settings. UPDATE: It is a BT Internet problem. deffo.
Right. Comment Moderation - it is always the most sensitive of us who turn it on, but I say have courage. People are not as nasty as you think they may be, even if they do disagree with something you said. Only trolls go for the vulnerable. Don't be a victim.
The Viking Girl has just accused me of being unkind when I went against her somewhat strident command to clear my life of physical clutter by throwing away most of my worldly goods, for the sake of whoever has to clear up when I am gone. If I have the time, I will certainly try to dispose of the thousands of pornographic magazines that are mouldering under my bed, but this would be for my sake only, as I am embarrassed to imagine what others may think of me in my absence.
Ok, I joke about the pornography, but I do have some sacks of dirty laundry mouldering away which I would like to dispose of before I suddenly peg out with the innevitable heart-attack, so you get my meaning.
The trend for clearing your life of physical clutter is a cyclical one, and has absolutely nothing to do with trying to save your relatives work. The notion that you are being altruistic by making your own life simpler is just bollocks, otherwise why would so many people hanker for gushing obituaries or plaques and memorials all over the place after death?
My step-daughter and grand daughter are currently going through a short-lived phase of de-cluttering, and I know this is because someone (else) has just brought out a book saying that you MUST do this, if only to increase their sales. Nothing altruistic about that. Soon, this trend will be replaced with a book about how to enrich your life through the collection of antiques, or furniture, or 1960s kitchen equipment. I won't take any notice of that either.
My father died after my mother, and left instructions that he/they wanted no memorial whatsoever - they wanted to disappear without a trace, so now they are anonymously feeding the rose bushes in Godalming Crematorium. He left an envelope with a sum of money in it, marked 'for the undertaker', but the little house remained full of the detritus which made their lives bearable, or they simply did not want to throw away because it reminded them of former days.
My eldest sister got the job of clearing the place for sale, and I persuaded her to look a little closer into the stuff before handing it all over to a house-clearance merchant for disposal.
It is a good job she did - hidden in old, pre-war handbags etc. were bundles of bank-notes, salted away by my prudent father.
It is also a good job that Sir John Soane didn't have a de-cluttering policy at his home in Lincolns Inn Fields!