Tuesday, 25 March 2014


Ever watched a speedboat cut through the sea, or a 'plane soar
across the skies above?  What do they have in common?  Both leave
a wake of sorts behind them, the disturbed water in the case of a
boat, and a vapour or exhaust trail in the case of a 'plane.

It strikes me that memory is a bit like that, especially when you
move house.  One's trail of memories belongs to the previous home
and area you lived in, so all your established points of reference still
exist in the past.  It's not until you've lived for a time in that new habitat
and the 'wake' has moved on that your recollections and perceptions
pertain to your new surroundings and become 'synchronised'.

In a recent post, I was speculating as to why the 'flavour' of the
old house and neighbourhood we had moved from in 1972, carried
over to our new place of residence.  Part of it was down to the fact that
even 'though we'd relocated, much of my daily life still took place in my
former locale, but it was more than that.  I simply hadn't yet clocked up
enough of a store of fresh experiences and associations to draw upon
in place of the older ones.  I therefore yet viewed the present
through the fixed filter of past perceptions.

When a 'plane has passed out of sight, its trail lingers for a bit
before eventually evaporating.  Which is not to say that new memories
and perceptions replace older ones, or that the older ones disappear
(we shouldn't push the analogy too far);  only that newer memories and
impressions then move to the front of the queue of our recollections,
 becoming the lens through which we view our present environs.

I have high hopes of one day saying something
profound.  This wasn't it.


Colin Jones said...

There are some memories I have which could be real or imagined. One of my earliest memories is of watching Dr.Who where the Doctor chooses his next identity - I was born in 1966 so that would be Troughton choosing Pertwee. Did this happen and can you even remember something from aged three and a half? For many years I thought I'd imagined a Scots Military band visiting our school when I was about six but in fact this really happened and even now I have no memory of comic covers that I know for definite that I owned - I see them online and I just don't remember them even though I know I had them !

Kid said...

I don't think I ever saw the regeneration between Troughton and Pertwee, CJ. However, if I were to see it now, I'd know whether I'd seen it before or not - sometimes I just need to be reminded of things.

Steve W. said...

Colin, I can confirm that there's a scene at the end of "The War Games" where Patrick Troughton's Doctor is shown a succession faces, by the Time Lords, and is obliged to choose one.

We never see the actual regeneration itself.

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