Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Ok, I admit it. I got a bit drunk last night and posted up Kid Creole and the Coconuts singing, 'Annie, I'm not your daddy'. I had forgotten that today is Father's day, so there was no message in it.
I turned on the Bose speakers and blasted it out a few times at full volume, which pissed-off H.I. so much that she shut me in the room with the doors closed. I have never met our transitory neighbours - any of them - but the last time I caught a glimpse, they were Chinese students, so unlikely to complain.
You can always tell when I have had one glass of wine too many, because I play loud music. If I have two too many, I post it up on the blog, imagining that you will all be singing along with me in the middle of the night, no matter where you live.
Today, I am hangover-free, which is getting away with it in my book, especially since I hardly ate anything for dinner.
On impulse, I bought the above Wedgwood bottle at the flea market. My mother loved Wedgwood jasper ware, and I can sort of understand that. I am just impressed with the detail and technique, but I would never consider having it permanently around the house, so it is on eBay and someone has already bid it up to 99p! I paid £15 for it. eBay is a little form of fun-sized gambling for me - another escape from reality.
As usual, I put it up for auction first and did the research afterwards. There is absolutely no point in placing the start-bid at what you think it is worth, then expecting someone to buy it. What attracts people who know more about an item than you do, is the chance of a bargain. It only takes two such people to bid it right up.
I knew this bottle was made for a distillery in London called Humphrey Taylor and Co. because it is stamped on the base, along with Wedgwood as the maker's name. I thought that it looked to date from about 1910, and this turned out to be right.
By far the most interesting bit of information I gleaned from the net this morning was this fact: The Taylor distillery in London was sold as a private house fairly recently - to Nigella Lawson and her erstwhile violent husband, Saatchi!