Fig. 125: Wide rounded tip and nostril flanges…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘Livery Collar’ – a chain of office indicating allegiance. (L.C.) I eventually stopped wearing my livery collar – I didn’t like the way it clanked.

‘So what did this man look like Mr Whatt?’
‘Well Constable, er… I’ll tell you what, let’s get out that old junk shop book, Looking at Faces and Remembering Them (1971) by Jacques Penry, inventor of the Penry Facial Identification Technique (PhotoFit). That should help us…’

Yes, dear reader, what a strange and fascinating book it is. Which page shall we look at today? How about a nice selection of noses?

DSCN3815Gosh! What a scary page! I think it would have been a bit less upsetting if Jacques hadn’t included a glimpse of the eyes of these perps. They do look a bit mad don’t they? It’s the cropping of the photos that makes them all seem to be cross-eyed. The whole page has the look of a piece of cardboard with these chaps sticking their noses through holes at us – doesn’t it make you want to just reach out and tweak one or two of them between thumb and forefinger?…
I wonder what Jacques has to tell us on the subject of ‘Mixed Type’ noses:
‘Balkan proverb: “There is not a room in the same house for two people who have a tip on the end of the nose.” This comment sums up the essential quality: a contrariness which typifies not only the nasal shape but the personality which cannot be made to fit into any easily summed-up category. The character-adjective ‘inquisitive’ does, however, suggest itself because the Mixed Type nose contains such an admixture of  ‘push’ and social vivacity. One of history’s largest, most famous noses, that of Cyrano de Bergerac, has exactly this mixed-type quality…’
Well Jacques, thank you for that… ‘Inquisitive’…  ‘an admixture of “push” and social vivacity’… eh?…

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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