Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 1 August 2016
Turn the paper upside-down for the answer
I came upon this image when researching the boot-pipe which has garnered me a record-breaking number of comments. I think it depicts the aftermath of an opium-fuelled party for debauched young people.
It just goes to show that - inexplicably - there are two things which get you lot going - dog-shit and drug-taking.
Even more inexplicably, I also found this image nestling incongruously amongst a load of drug paraphanalia:
It reminds me of a romanticised picture of the young H.I. embarking on her life-long career as a painter, although I cannot help thinking that there is an old man in a shabby raincoat just out of shot.
Maybe it is just that nobody can resist the challenge of identifying objects of mystery. I know I can't. There is a sort of excrutiating pleasure to be had from the experience, and once the puzzle has been solved we sink into an almost post-coital state of lethargy, then begin listlessly keeping a half-closed eye out for the next one - a bit like writing blog posts.
There is a woman who keeps a stall in our Flea Market, and she seems to make a speciality of such objects, though I have resisted buying any of them because I just know that the thing will be a proper let-down when its purpose has been identified.
That thing, for instance, which looks like an incense shaker, but could not be? The other thing which looks like a combination of a bit of jewelry and a watch fob?
I once found a glass sphere about four inches in diameter, and it was full of feathers. I wish I had bought it, because I later discovered that it was a very rare (for obvious reasons) and consequentially very valuable Victorian 'clay pigeon'. It was thrown into the air, and when hit with a shotgun it burst, producing a cloud of satifying feathers in the air.
Do you remember when many magazines and periodicals had a section where they photographed an everyday object from a strange angle, then asked you what it was? I wish they still did that.