Jack Hargreaves ~ Out of Town the TV Show
I’m well and truly on a Nostalgic Trip and these last couple of days I’ve been thinking about good old Jack Hargreaves.
So much so I’ve re-instated my little ‘workshop’ and been making things and pondering . . .
Jack Hargreaves feels, to me at least, like a man that summed up much of what was good about this country, he’s now gone, as have most people like him and his ‘replacements’ sum up much of what is lost.
I’m sure nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, when we look back our retrospective glasses are surely rose-tinted, a lot of things are better now, no doubt but, a lot of things aren’t - we’ve lost a lot we could and should have retained.
Like Jack Hargreaves in his workshop for instance, well these last couple of days I’ve felt a little of that old magic.
It started with making Bee Houses whilst kneeling in the garden, went on to Bat Houses and culminated yesterday into a glorious few hours lost in my newly reinstated workshop and in myself making a . . .
I’ve found myself revisiting more and more things from boyhood, is it nostalgia or is it a sign of age?
Were it my age I’d expect to buy an unsuitable car and go chasing after young women in order to try and recapture my youth but for some reason it’s the things of my formative years which resonate most strongly.
It must say a lot about your upbringing when you want to do so many of the things you once did all over again - I wonder how many of today’s kids will feel like that ?!
Cold logic and common sense told me Old Jack and his shed was nothing like as evocative as my mind was telling me - these thing never are.
Using a tool of the age I went online and was able to see some clips and interviews and I’m right . . . Jack wasn’t the man I remembered . . .
He was even better!
For as old-fashioned as he may have seemed sat there with his white hair and pipe he was saying things decades ahead of their time.
I worry when I realise that television characters and marginal people in my life have had an effect on me which has resonated over the years, helping shape me and even directly influence the things I do many years later.
Perhaps that’s something to think of when we look at what kids look at today . . .
Tonight I’ll raise a glass to great parents and men like Jack