Aloof motionless bystanders…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special adjectives are: rumbling, enfouldered, uppish, wearish, myrmecoid, and nippy.

Let us pull out from bookshelf that strange junk shop book Looking at Faces and Remembering Them (1971) by Jacques Penry, facial topographer and inventor of the Penry Facial Identification Technique (Photo-Fit). By the way, that’s not Jacques on the front cover, at least I don’t think it is… Perhaps it is? Perhaps he could resist doing himself for the cover?…

DSCN3661What shall we choose today? How about page 83 which as you can see thoroughly explores the human ear.

DSCN3817Isn’t this everything you’ve ever wanted to know about ears dear reader? This is the ultimate ‘naming of parts’ for the ear enthusiast.
No more of saying, ‘Darling, I love that little sticking-out-bit on the edge of your ear, come over here and give me a quick snog…’
Now you can say, ‘Darling, you have a marvellously cute ‘know’ on your auricular tuba, come over here and give me a quick snog…’ and then you could add, ‘Gosh, what a lovely triangular fossa you have, may I poke my finger in it?…’

Perhaps a quote from Jacques might now be in order:
‘Ears are, in fact, the least noticed, most neglected features in the facial situation. Placed on the perimeter of the facial frame, they are observable in proper detail only in profile; and they are always totally expressionless…
None of the hazards, greeds, adventures and deprivations which affects the developing face can change the highly individual ear-shapes, which are aloof motionless bystanders on the edge of a lively arena. A man of sixty will have, recognisable in their every minute particular, the ears of his childhood…’

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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