My Mind’s Eye

Daily Prompt: Opposite Day

I hadn’t planned on posting again so soon after two posts in the past three days, as this is my 50th post and I wanted to mark it in some way. It is a bit of an event for me, as well as a surprise that I’ve kept going at this, so I’d like to thank you all for being part of my blogworld – especially those who have endured this since the early days! As you may have noticed I’ve rather taken to WordPress’ Daily Prompts in the past couple of months and today’s gave me an ideal opportunity. So here I am again! With its theme of doing the opposite of normal, the prompt reads:

If you normally write non-fiction, post a photo. If you normally post images, write fiction. If you normally write fiction, write a poem. If you normally write poetry, draw a picture.

I don’t think I’m capable of writing fiction or poetry so what I do must therefore be non-fiction. It is all true, certainly: I don’t believe in being creative with the truth (i.e. lying) or in jazzing things up for effect or to draw attention to myself. So that must mean my challenge is to post a photo. I wanted something with some meaning, something which was symbolic for me, and this is what I chose:

The London Eye
The London Eye

iPhone pics 029An odd choice? Not for me. I took this on a grey evening in May from the walkway at the Southbank Centre in London. I was there for one of my bucket list wishes: to see Steve Earle in concert. You may not have heard of him but he’s been one of my favourite artists since he started, which was c.1986 I think. But that’s not why this picture has meaning for me: the reason I am attached to this is that it symbolises my future.

That probably sounds strange if you don’t know the background. For all but two of the past thirty-eight years I’ve commuted into London to work. When I retire in September I plan to make London a place for leisure and enjoyment, rather than work. As I don’t have much of a head for heights, but have always liked aerial photo shots, I want to go up in the Eye to conquer my fear and to take my own aerial pictures. To me this symbolises my future: looking down over the city where I have spent so much time will, I’m sure, give me a feeling of taking control. And what is retirement if not an opportunity to take control of my life and ‘do it my way?’

The Southbank is one of my favourite concert venues. The architecture is hideous – Lasdun’s concrete period – but the two main halls are beautifully appointed with superb acoustics. As this would be the last time I was there before retiring and making my epic voyage on the big wheel, I took a few shots to remember the evening by. That is the one I like best, but I’m also quite fond of the view across the river:

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And of the cute little busker:

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And the view from my seat (I booked late!):

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These photos are a memory of a great evening and of some fabulous music, and a lead in to the rest of my life. I’m looking ahead with a great deal of optimism and marking this new stage in my life with a ‘flight’ or ‘rotation’ on the Eye is, for me, a perfect way to do it. I may even do this on my 60th birthday, to celebrate the occasion. And there are reduced rates for the over 60s 😉

16 thoughts on “My Mind’s Eye

  1. Claremary P. Sweeney July 15, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Clive, the last time I was in London I almost got up the courage to go up in the Eye, but I’m really afraid of heights. i didn’t make it to the top of St. Paul’s either. I think this is a great way to begin your retirement and a wonderful 60th birthday present. Make sure you take some photos from the top to share. Clare

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    • Clive July 15, 2016 / 10:10 am

      Thanks Clare. I got to fulfil my wish. My two lovely daughters gave me a very special day out in London to mark my 60th birthday, and a trip on the London Eye was part of that. It was a wonderful experience, highly recommended if you ever come back to London. I did take pictures, of course! But it was nearly three years ago and they’re filed away somewhere. I thought I’d blogged about the day but can’t find anything, so maybe I’ll do a post in September to mark 3 years of retirement. If I can find the pictures…..

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      • Claremary P. Sweeney July 16, 2016 / 10:47 pm

        Oh, yes, definitely write a post on that with the photos. And keep on enjoying your retirement doing lots of fun things. Have a peaceful weekend, Clive. Your friend, Clare

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      • Clive July 17, 2016 / 8:03 am

        Thanks Claire. I’ll see if I can find the photos! I really thought I had already written about it, and was surprised when I couldn’t find anything!

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      • Claremary P. Sweeney July 17, 2016 / 12:38 pm

        I love that you celebrated your 60th with your daughters in such a fun way! I’m going to stop by to visit your blog this morning. Have a lovely week. Clare

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      • Clive July 17, 2016 / 1:00 pm

        Thanks Clare! They gave me a wonderful day out. I’ve realised why I thought I had blogged about it – I put some photos on Instagram! Hopefully I can find the originals to blog 😊

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  2. gemini July 14, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    I’m good thanks Clive..a nice bit of sunshine is a good pick me up! 🙂 x


    • clivechip July 14, 2013 / 7:58 pm

      Glad to hear it 🙂 It certainly helps, doesn’t it! x


  3. Missy Molly Moll July 14, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    Good plan Clive. i lived and worked in London for some 20 years and never made the most of it!


    • clivechip July 14, 2013 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks Ruth, I think so too! We spend so much time there but see so little – it’s a fabulous city 🙂


  4. gemini July 14, 2013 / 5:22 pm

    I can feel your optimism here Clive 🙂 x


    • clivechip July 14, 2013 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks Gem, life feels good right now. Hope all’s well with you 🙂 x


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