OMD sang Electricity
OMD quickly earned a favoured position in my teenage heart when I first heard Electricity. This song reminds me of home, of warmth and comfort. Most of all reminds me of Dad getting excited about Pylons, happily ethusing. His excitement is contagious.
Dad started work for an electricity supply company in the early 1950’s. Exciting times for an Engineer specialising in supplying electricity to the UK. Building infrastructure, planning routes to lay cables and overhead lines. Dad is still passionate about the details of the tools of his trade. He has photograph albums dedicated to Pylons.
He’s recently returned from a trip to China. He treated us to the holiday photo’s on the family TV. Amongst the photographs of temples, rivers, mountains, village streets were numerous photographs of pylons.
Whenever I see a Pylon, transformer, dam, or insulator I think fondly of Dad. How his face lights up and he starts talking about what’s interesting about this particular thing, its age, its construction process, its location or ability to withstand high winds.
Not only is his excitment contagious,
I now find myself taking photographs of Pylons whenever I go on holiday.