Boomerang revolutionary…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: barilla, barghest, barbastelle, barmbrack, barramunda, and gytrash.
Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor turn up wearing a false black beard and a sombrero you must not draw attention to, or remark on this.

I don’t have a large collection of books; I know people who have whole walls of bookshelves bulging with tomes, (‘bulging with tomes’ – that’s a nice phrase!) they can often be seen standing in front of their packed shelves perhaps glancing down at a slim volume in their hand, as if posing for a photograph to go in the Times Literary Supplement. No, I don’t have that many books, but some of the ones I do have are quite odd and perhaps rare, but not valuable…
Here’s one, Looking at Faces and Remembering Them (1971) by Jacques Penry that I once picked up in a junk shop for a few pence. Jacques is a ‘facial topographer’ and the inventor of the Penry Facial Identification Technique (Photo-Fit) popular with coppers and detectives the world over.

DSCN3661Today we shall look at page 95 – ‘Beards and Moustaches’?

WP F DSCN3821Oh, what a lovely page this is dear reader! I like the way these chaps all have their eyes closed as if they are pondering, trying to remember something, or perhaps they are just waiting for a sharp slap on the head from an exasperated police officer? Oh look, l, r, s, and t,’s beards are so fecund they are migrating downwards out of their allotted rectangles…
Shall we have a quote on facial hair from Jacques himself?
The moustache… can affect the true observation of the mouth’s shape. The style, whether ‘boomerang’ (Fig. 202e), ‘handlebar’ (Fig. 202i), ‘hairline’ (Fig. 202b), or ‘mandarin (Fig. 202h) may stimulate a certain kind of overall character-image, registered (perhaps quite falsely) as ‘military’ or ‘man-about-town’ or ‘foreign’ or ‘revolutionary’.

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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