Drive-by album scenes

Each morning as I drive the 10 miles or so to St Andrews I pass a scene that reminds me, every time without fail, of a Pink Floyd album cover. Can you guess which cover it is?

Pink Floyd cover for Animals shows Battersea Power Station

If you were thinking Animals, then I’m sorry to disappoint you. Battersea Power Station is in London, not on the B9131 between Anstruther and St Andrews. Maybe you were thinking of the Secret Bunker.

Pink Floyd cover for Dark Side of the Moon shows a prism

And it’s not Dark Side of the Moon, either. As lovely as it would be to live in the dark, vacuumous emptiness of space it would make my commute in the morning rather less practical. Not to mention the environmental hazard that that would cause with me blasting into space every evening. Round about tea time.

Do you give up? It is of course Atom Heart Mother.

Pink Floyd album cover for Atom Heart Mother showing a cow. In a field.

Pink Floyd’s weirdy-beardy album from 1970 — the year before I was born — Atom Heart Mother featuring a picture of a cow. In a field. Just like all the cows. In the fields. On the B9131 from Anstruther to St Andrews.

I love milk.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

5 thoughts on “Drive-by album scenes”

  1. Oddly enough, that very road (and many of the other country roads to the south and east of St. Andrews) reimind me of the Floyd album ‘The Division Bell’ – not because of the cover, but because it came out when I was working as a taxi driver in St. Andrews and I would listen to it as I taxied folk about from St. Andrews to Lathones, Dunino, Kingsbarns, Boarhills, etc.

    At least you’re not reminded of the cover to Meddle every day. That would be unpleasant.

  2. [Laugh out loud!] Indeed!

    By the way, did you know that there is no full-stop (dot) after “St” in “St Andrews”? Something else that I’ve learned in the last few months. I think there is a blog post in that somewhere…

  3. As I understand it — from one of the Professors at St Andrews, and according to the Penguin Guide to Punctuation — British usage favours the following:

    The dot is supposed to indicate that there are letters missing to the right of the dot. If the letters are chopped off the end of the word then you place a dot to indicate this; but if the letters are scooped out of the middle then you don’t add a dot to the end. So:

    Professor -> Prof.
    The Reverend -> The Rev.

    But:

    Doctor -> Dr
    Mister -> Mr
    Street -> St
    Saint -> St

    According to the Corporate Style Guide for the University of St Andrews the university’s name should always be written “University of St Andrews” — with no dot after the “St” and not “St Andrews University”. 🙂

    G

  4. Oh yes, the difference between ‘University of St Andrews’ and ‘St Andrews University’ is very important. Its the same at the University of Edinburgh (not Edinburgh University) where I work. I mean, any old Tom, Dick or Harry higher education institution can add the word ‘university’ to the end of their name – Liverpool John Moores University, Leicester De Montfort University, etc., etc., but it takes a special institution to be the University of somewhere…

    And thanks for the punctuation advice, I’ll try not to dot my Drs Mrs or Sts again…

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