RDP Sunday: Ball

Now here is a blast from the past, but when I entered the word ball into my photo album on the computer this picture arrived.

They are the ball heads (I really do not know the english name for them), that replaced the letter typers on the IBM typewriter. They came in all sorts of type faces and all you had to do was to replace the ball you had in the machine if you wanted another print. I remebered when they were new and now I found these examples in a local computer museum we have. Even these are now non-existent, but I quite liked them. I remember my nice red IBM typewriter in the office with this new development. And now they are also qualified as antiques, although so is the typewriter. We now have computers. I realise now how lucky I was to have seen all these developments that my grandchildren will never know.

RDP Sunday: Ball

RDP Saturday: Laundry

Here it is, the centre of the action, the washing machine. It does it all, almost. Just choose the programme you need and the water enters the machine and it begins to turn After an hour, according to the programme, it spins for 10 minutes and you can hang the washing to dry.

Today you can have a so-called tumbler, another machine. Just load the damp washing and in an hour approximately the tumbler dries it with hot air. However, I do not have a tumbler. It is all a question of cost. The washing machine uses electricity to turn the parts and to heat the water and electricity is not cheap. And the tumbler needs hot air. That is the reason why my washing is done from 9.00 in the evening as then electricity is half price. A tumbler would be useful but that would really be a little over the top in expense. I once had one, but stopped using it.

And I find that washing that dries normally in the fresh air is a natural process.

And you think that is all there is, not exactly.

The last part of the adventure is folding the laundered goods and putting them where they belong. I had a three man family, just imagine the sock wash and pairing the socks together. That was where I gave up and just made three piles of socks for the men to sort it themselves. Of course there seems to be washing machines that actually eat socks, meaning that the partner sock is often digested by some sort of washing demon. I am sure it sits in the machine and chews socks.

RDP Saturday: Laundry

RDP Friday: Pointy Shoes

Shoes in Marks and Spencers

Fashion always repeats itself, although to my time we squeezed our toes into the so-called “Winkelpickers” with stiletto heels. It was perhaps a little painful, but who cared, it was fashion and as a teenager in London I certainly did not want to be left out. I took this photo about 20 years ago in a London store, yes the fashion returned, but not exactly the same. The heels were just as high, but thicker However, the points had returned.

And today? We seem to live in training shoes, with laces. No more points at the front. Today you can even get married in such shoes, although in white of course, to fit the occasion.

Even if you are working on a building site, just relax your feet in your trainers.

And some just go one step further, just let your feet feel free.

RDP Friday: Pointy Shoes