Plenty of red here…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from N F Simpson’s last play If So, Then Yes (2010):
Reg: In the foreseeable future it will be possible for machines not only to compose, recite and listen to poetry, but appreciate it as well, on a scale and with a degree of intensity simply unattainable by human agency. The ultimate objective is to eliminate the human element altogether, thereby freeing people in the universities and other cultural milieux from what has hitherto been a shockingly time-consuming chore.

Look out! There’s a lot of red coming!…

It almost looks like art, doesn’t it?
I was at first tempted to slip this photograph into my This is Not Art category, with which you may be familiar dear reader, but after careful consideration I decided that it didn’t quite fit – mind you, that lurking traffic cone with appendage fastened on its top looks a lot more interesting and striking than some sculpture I’ve seen in galleries recently. I wonder if the rectangle on the top is a sign and the cone can be placed in the middle of the doorway – perhaps on the other side it says ‘Please Go Away’? (I have just realised that after copying out that N F Simpson quote above – I can now feel myself trying to write like him – whoa! Fat chance! Don’t worry though, you won’t be seeing words like ‘milieux’ popping up here!)
Anyway back to the photo:
This was taken back in March, down the old road (the name of which escapes me) which winds hand in hand with the bendy river which cuts Dulltown in two. This picture shows a gateway to a warehouse or some other industrial place – note the way the road slopes upwards into the building – that’s a bit odd…
I suppose what caught my eye was not just the bright colour, but also the lovely curve of that thick steel plate protecting the corner of the building. I’ll bet that has been there since the ‘olden days’ when stuff was moved around the area using carts drawn by horses (horse and rulley) – you can just imagine the horse pulling a loaded cart up into the opening, misjudging the turn, and in the absence of the plate, the corner of the cart slamming into the naked brickwork – resulting in plenty of effing and blinding, shouting, and people being sacked…
I do like this photo – it is suitably serendipitous and mysterious…


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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11 Responses to Plenty of red here…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Ooh, if not a milieux then a positive epiphany of red!

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    The pop of orange on the cone pulls me in, I do love the subtle brick tones…another MOMA exhibit!

  3. Dana Doran says:

    Yes, all that red is nice. Now, as to the elimination of man by machines – it seems that man is headed to extinction anyway . Here in the colonies, your highness, the rise of womanhood in ON! Males are toxic, you know? Especially the “old, white” ones. So they will be shunned, pushed to the back of the bus, forced to stand, and yes, become second class citizens before the demise of humanity….

    • Dave Whatt says:

      And quite bloody right Baroness!
      And as for the sperm count – excellent news! There are far too many of us kicking around on this poor vulnerable planet!

      • Dana Doran says:

        It must be terribly frustrating for you, your highness, trying to keep track of all your subjects with so many kicking around! I do suppose that subjects are far more vulnerable than a planet the size of earth!

      • Dave Whatt says:

        You see, the idea of monarchy Lady D, is that one doesn’t give a toss for one’s subjects, one has plenty of them, more than one really needs, and they all adore one, and that’s how it’s always been – and that’s how it should be!…

      • Dana Doran says:

        Oh! to be adored… how does that feel? (If I might be so bold…) I suppose it means that if you went around all day with a huge chunk of spinach in your teeth that your subjects would just love you more?

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Of course… One can do no wrong…

  4. Dana Doran says:

    Oh, Dave, you are so witty!

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