As followers of this blog may realise, the Eye is a bit of a nerd. We navigate by looking at satellite dishes (forgive a little geometrical inexactitude, but, as the ‘Sky’ satellite is at twenty eight degrees east, a quick glance at domestic satellite dishes gives a good idea of where south lies. It’s so much easier than relying on the fact that moss grows on the north side of tree trunks. Which isn’t true anyway).
Anyway, we digress. We have a similar obsession with TV aerials. As a young nerd, living moderately close to the Alexandra Palace transmitter, we knew was that a knitting needle stuck in the TV set’s aerial socket worked well enough. As an older nerd, living in Swansea, we discovered that English-speaking households pointed quite elaborate TV aerials across the Bristol Channel to pick up English broadcasts from Devon. Welsh-speaking households pointed their aerials in a totally different direction, picking up the signal from a local transmitter.
As an even older nerd, we look at tired aerial masts dropping off chimneys, with aerials pointing towards Australia, and we wonder what the reception is like. Which was our initial reaction when we spotted this mast behind Camberley’s High Street recently. It certainly is far from vertical. But the odd thing is that the aerials mounted on it are roughly horizontal, so the mast is presumably meant to be at that unusual angle. That’s a new one on us.
But we’re not awarding a prize to the first person to notice that this photo shows two aerials pointing one way, and three pointing in the opposite direction. (None picking up Welsh TV, we suspect.) It’s a little factoid that adds to our daily excitement……
Actually, we’re tempted to post a series of photos of town centre aerials. A surprising number are obviously no longer in use. Stay tuned!