Down at the Bits and Pieces Boutique…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s old snapshot is the one of me playing cards with HRH Prince Philip at a table outside Ye Olde White Harte pub in the summer of 1978.

A footnote:
Do you know where the word ‘ye’ comes from? The word is actually just ‘the’ – the letter ‘y’ used to be used by printers in the place of ‘th’ – as in the word ‘you’, which was of course originally ‘thou’.

EPSON scanner imageHere’s another picture of mine from the 1980s or 1990s, the days of old-style black and white film and darkroom photography.
Obviously the Bits and Pieces Boutique didn’t do very well, but I’m glad that they left that shiny display head in the window when they gave up and cleared off – this picture wouldn’t exist without her. Isn’t she great? Although quite small in the picture, she really dominates the scene. She’s like a staring whispering slithery writhing snake-girl from a sweaty 4 am nightmare… (Whoa! I shudder as I type!…)
If I was encouraged to get a bit arty about this picture, I’d say something about the serpentine curve of her neck being juxtaposed with the oddly curved brick doorway to the scruffy flats next door – but I won’t – you can see that for yourself dear reader… Yes, I’m glad I kept this negative…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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