…… No it’s not an end of the financial year piece of advice – it is to remind me to save documents WITH PURPOSE.
I was asked by the Eastbourne Towner Gallery yesterday to write a short piece to accompany a painting they own by Joseph van Aken’s called The Music Party; a delightful ‘Conversation piece’ that is a throughly misleading image if you, as the viewer, only see a happy music party taking place in wonderful eighteenth century country house surroundings.
I was thrilled to have finished my ‘blurb’ by lunch time this morning and just started to think about a break when the phone rang, emails pinged into the inbox and I found myself clicking through the computer’s calendar when suddenly up popped a message to save – “What?” – I thought and managed not save my precious music party words. The awful thing is I do not remember not saving them as I wrote (I will leave you to sort out that bit of syntax).
In a fit of despair I tried to summon up the words again………… well I had a bash this afternoon but they seemed to have deserted me. So I left for dinner with a friend. What can I say is that I thought there was an automatic ‘save’ on my documents and usually I am neurotic about manually saving documents too.
“Onwards and Upwards” as my first school teacher in England, Mrs Page, would say. I came to England 50 years ago and loathed the country, its customs and people. Boarding school confused me, it was a record breaking cold winter that year too and I couldn’t write English then either. The elements and history are repeating themselves again I feel.
Copyright (C) Nicola Stevens 2013