United fan and friend of Bifurcated Pauline was (@juliefa2) outside watching Harvey, her cat, stalking a cheeky little sparrow, when what felt like the rumbling of thunder startled them both. There was no storm heading her way though, no … That noise was the Bifurcated Train!
The conductor jumped form the carriage and crawled on his hands and knees (? *Cuckoo*) towards Pauline and handed her a £1 coin, before pointing her in the direction of the platform.
There was only one train waiting to depart, there was only one destination…
(Again, for any new visitors to the site … We don’t know why either.)
At the other end she was politely shoved towards the old car park and the now familiar car-boot sale with the stall, run this time by someone who looked suspiciously like ex-Manchester United and Cobh Rambler’s player Roy Keane! (Flown in especially from his ITV wicker chair)
As is the now the accepted format with this nonsensical post, the character has a message: “Welcome to Canvey Island cds, tapes and vinyl. I’ve got to shift all these for a friend of a friend’s friend after a miscommunication over some flooring, anyhow, won’t bore you with the detail, it’s not that important in the grander scheme of things … We have every single ever pressed or recorded in stock, and at 5 for £1, you can enjoy picking your 5 favourites?!”
“So difficult to choose just one of his songs, I absolutely adore his voice. I was lucky enough to see him in concert (along with Nils Lofgren) many moons ago in Munich & he remains the best artist I have seen live.”
“Dizzy with choice where the Stones are concerned, but this is my favourite. The way Merry Clayton’s voice cracks with sheer effort during the duet with Mick never fails to affect me. I’m also a huge Martin Scorsese fan & he’s featured this track a few times in his films. If it’s good enough for Mart….”
“David Byrne is such an interesting man, probably slightly bonkers, but I love his voice. The Brian Eno production remains a revelation, the different rhythm patterns – outstanding.”
“I’m a big fan of Len’s music. Music to slit your wrists to, some people might say, but I actually find his melancholic style rather uplifting, perversely. This is the first Cohen song I ever heard, and remains my favourite.”
“Am a fairly recent convert to this band, and have derived much pleasure from catching up with the rest of the world! I like the rawer earlier stuff, but this particular track makes me want to dance – as I’m to be marooned (on Canvey Island), I ‘ll be able to leap about with no witnesses. The perfect track!”
Just before Pauline headed back to the platform the Roy “look-a-like” stallholder pointed her in the direction of the old abandoned book stall and asked her to pick out a book, for free, for the journey home.
“This was written in 1940, and is the first in the ‘Helena’ trilogy. Set in Bruges, London and Paris, it tells the story of Claud, from childhood through to adulthood, including his relationship with his eccentric and dramatic step-mother Helena, his infatuation with a girl (Cecil), plus his failed marriage. It is simply beautifully written, and her description of post-WW1 Bruges is just a delight. I’ve read my copy so many times that it’s falling apart!”
…and then we dropped Pauline off, back where she was, just as Harvey was ready to head back in for a feed.
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