Things I lent out and never got back (that I wish I had back)

  • A video single by Bomb the Bass
  • The book 45 by Bill Drummond
  • Battle for the Trees by Merrick
  • My heart, too many times when I was young (although I got to give it properly in the end)
  • A Mega City Four cassette
  • 3ft High and Rising by De La Soul

I’m slowly getting these things again, bar the heart and the Mega City Four, that can stay lent. I’ve finally found a copy of Battle for the Trees, which is a great book about the Newbury Bypass Protests, by someone who was there until the bitter end.

I had a vague idea once to write a dark tv comedy in the GBH/Boys from the Blackstuff mould about the road protests. I had a few great scenes played out in my mind, a dark finale as the heavily injured hero is driven around the bypass, head slumped against the car window, barely noticing the surroundings that were once his home flashing past. And the eviction scene. Swarming policemen and security guards attacking and removing the protestors, played out to Ride of the Valkyries. And then I read Battle for the Trees. As he was up in his treehouse, watching the security men coming to evict him, Merrick had his portable stereo on. Guess what track he was listening to?

I didn’t write another word after that, no way could I compete.

Anyways, what have you lent and not had back?

4 responses to “Things I lent out and never got back (that I wish I had back)”

  1. Money
    single of Out Of Space – I now have 4 copies as the orignal had a version on it that I love so I kept buying it to find the right version. Curb Your Enthusiasm (seasons 1&2) – problem is I don’t know who I’ve lent them to.gold ring to Lisa when I was 6, my mum was furious and we had to go round and get it except Lisa denied me giving it to her so I got grounded too.

  2. £900 to my ex
    Shock of the New to Mike, which he left at his old work and I loved that art book
    about a million earrings to my sister
    Life of Pi – no idea who has that book
    Life is Beautiful DVD which I love

  3. My sister had the first edition of the Face that came out – the FIRST copy of the magazine – she has no concept of the value of such things and gave it to me. A friend asked to borrow it for a college project, so I lent it to her on the strict understanding, of course, that she could photocopy any of it, but not harm it in any way. I went to visit her (we weren’t at the same University) and saw no 1 of The Face cut up into little pieces and stuck to her Media Studies essay.
    So I slept with her boyfriend.

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