All posts by Tim Hardy

The Small Things We Leave Behind (Part 13)

Magnificent Gauntlet

Gauntlet Beer Pump cover

Many years ago, my brother gave me this old beer pump cover – heaven knows where he got it. Since then it has decorated shelves at various places and in the most recent house graced the top of the corner cabinet that used to belong to my Grandad. When we were packing up, it didn’t look like we’d be able to take the cabinet with us but would need to leave it as a fixture (or would it be a fitting?) and there would be very little space for random ornamentation, so the Gauntlet left our collection.

Two days later, I came back to get the house letting-ready and took the corner cabinet back south with me, where it now resides with no Gauntlet-topper, looking more impressive but less fun.

The Small Things We Leave Behind (Part 10)

The Fabled PurpleStation

An original Playstation that has been spray painted metallic purple

Many years ago, when I first owned a PlayStation, it was a dull grey, which was entirely unsuitable for a bringer of the fun. I took it apart and spray-painted all the parts in a metallic purple, waited for it to dry and put it back together again. It looked fabulous and served me well, but it has been somewhat superseded and won’t be coming with us.

Free to a good home, collection only.

The Small Things We Leave Behind (Part 9)

Three for the Price of One

pint glass, humorous desk sign and a coffee machine

The pint glass will be sorely missed – I found it in one of the Church House cupboards years ago – it swiftly became attached to my desk and helped keep me hydrated up until my final day at work when I washed it out and left it on my desk.

That is the third coffee machine to possess that spot in the office after two previous machines died in varieties of horribleness. It was bought by a colleague after the last one stopped working and my boss said “in the divorce, I keep the coffee machine.” So, I cleaned it out and left it behind.

The humorous sign was a gift from a colleague – the name can be re-written and there are a selection of ‘statuses’ for a successor to choose from…

The Small Things We Leave Behind (Part 8)

Empty Shells

The box for the Judas Priest Remasters Boxed Set

In the run up to the rapidly approaching move, there are several things that have become part of my life for the past few years that there’s no longer any call for and which must regretfully be got rid of or left behind. I thought it might be fun to share some of them.

Years ago, this boxed set was released gradually with the big case and the first four albums in the initial release and subsequent remasters released every couple of months. It felt like it took me ages of popping into the local record stores and asking “is the next batch in yet?” to complete the set – and for a while it looked awesome on the shelf with my other collections.

When I moved into lodgings a little later on, I transferred all my CDs and DVDs into slip cases in a flight case and put the boxes into storage, fully intending to put them all back out on display when I moved somewhere with enough wall space to cope with the shelving.

Today, I took a car load of CD cases and boxes to the tip.

Another, aptly-named, victim of the purge was the case below (which is going to a mate who might be able to do something charitable with it).

battered case for Metallica's 'Live Shit Binge & Purge'

The Small Things We Leave Behind (Part 7)

Some Iconic Photo Opportunities

Cullercoats, St George, taken from the other end of Tynemouth Longsands - on a DSLR view screen
In the run up to the rapidly approaching move, there are several things that have become part of my life for the past few years that there’s no longer any call for and which must regretfully be got rid of or left behind. I thought it might be fun to share some of them (this might be the last post).

Every time we go to Tynemouth, I take yet more pictures of the church (Cullercoats, St George) at the other end of the beach. It’s probably one of the most photographed views in the North East but I always enjoy it. I’m going to have to find replacement views, especially since the new place is about as far from the seaside as it’s possible to get in the UK.

The Small Things We Leave Behind (Part 6)

My Name on a List

A pile of rotas
In the run up to the rapidly approaching move, there are several things that have become part of my life for the past few years that there’s no longer any call for and which must regretfully be got rid of or left behind. I thought it might be fun to share some of them (this might be the last post).

It was time for the new rotas for intercessors, scripture readers, and chalice bearers at church this morning. For the first time in a long time, there wasn’t one waiting for me to collect…

The Small Things We Leave Behind (Part 5)

My Written Caution

the word caution written on a scrap of paper and blu-tacked to a wall
In the run up to the rapidly approaching move, there are several things that have become part of my life for the past few years that there’s no longer any call for and which must regretfully be got rid of or left behind. I thought it might be fun to share some of them (this might be the last post).

After a particularly funny bout of cussing each other out, my boss threatened to fire me (again). I suggestd that that was a little bit harsh and the above was promptly written on a scrap of paper. It’s taken pride of place on the office wall ever since.

The Small Things We Leave Behind (Part 4)

The Keys to the Kingdom

key with funny
In the run up to the rapidly approaching move, there are several things that have become part of my life for the past few years that there’s no longer any call for and which must regretfully be got rid of or left behind. I thought it might be fun to share some of them (this might be the last post).

Today, I handed in the key card for access to the building and left behind my office key. I kept the key-fob though, I don’t want to be subjecting anybody else to that kind of negativity.