Skipper, there’s an alien on board…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s heraldic term is ‘tabard’ – a short tunic emblazoned with the coats of arms and worn by heralds.
I see that tabards are still quite popular; school teachers and people escorting groups of small children, and officials keeping sports crowds in order wear them. What a pity they don’t emblazon them with coats of arms any more. (Tabard)

DW697Here is a scanned 35mm negative from my days of old-style black and white film and darkroom photography, back in the last century – ‘back in the last century’ – doesn’t that sound strange dear reader?
I seem to recall that this picture was taken at one of the old town centre docks, probably Railway Dock. There were three docks in Dulltown city centre: Railway Dock, Prince’s Dock and Humber Dock. They were always interesting, even after they went out of use. They are still there of course, but they are tidied up and renamed ‘Princes Quay’ shopping centre and the ‘Hull Marina’. The marina is now full of rich people’s boring white yachts and nasty plastic wedge-shaped cabin cruisers.
I recall that Railway Dock used to often have a few old ships moored there waiting to be towed off to be scrapped; this photograph is of part of the deck of one of them.
The main reason it caught my eye was of course the nice piece of figure painting on the left – is this an alien? I do like his antennae! Also I notice that, judging by his feet, he is facing away from us. That snake-like hose and the other heavy-duty mechanical things help the composition too don’t they? Yes, as a picture… it’s strangely dramatic…
Wouldn’t it be great if the young scallywag who painted that graffito all those years ago, now an old man fiddling on his laptop, just happened to stumble across this picture here? That would be good!…

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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