It’s alright, it’s just some gnomes sitting on unicorns Dave…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Sir Laurence Olivier chatting and having tea and biscuits on the set of Wuthering Heights in 1938.

Is this daft enough for you dear reader?

Hm, I took this interesting and colourful photo just a couple of days ago in the big Tesco supermarket in the city centre.
At first I thought they were Santas on unicorns, what with the red hats and the full white beards – June is a little bit early for Christmas advertising I suppose, but later I realised that they were not Santas at all, but just ordinary gnomes. (Can gnomes be ordinary?) Do you think those things underneath are meant to be rainbows? Perhaps unicorns always come with an accompanying slimmed down three-colour rainbow? Could this be an oblique reference to The Wizard of Oz? Are there any gnomes in the Wiz of O? I must confess now that I have never seen the film, no, really, I haven’t! I keep meaning to catch up with it, but have never summoned enough enthusiasm to get round to the task.
So, there they were, sitting proudly in the gardening section of the store, lots of the buggers, a whole shelf full – I couldn’t get them all in shot, so I just picked out these three chaps at the end.
I expect people put them out on their lawns in between mowings, or slip them tastefully in between the alpines in their rockeries – to impress visitors when they drift out, cocktails in hand on a pleasant summer’s evening…
I suppose it would be difficult deciding how many to buy though, I mean, you wouldn’t want just one, and on the other hand, you wouldn’t want to overdo it would you? Just one would look silly, and possibly lonely. Three would be a good number, so long as you arranged them tastefully – perhaps, as we mentioned the festival of Christmas earlier, they could be The Three Wise Gnomes wandering about on the grass looking for a nativity scene to crash.
I’m sure you can see why I was attracted to these darling things dear reader – I wonder if Jeff Koons has been in town and slipped some of these aesthetic little gems into the local shops as a joke – they are a bit on the small side for Jeff though, aren’t they?… (JK)

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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2 Responses to It’s alright, it’s just some gnomes sitting on unicorns Dave…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    Good Morning Dave, this is a kooky threesome. No gnomes in the Wizard of Oz.

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