Monthly Archives: October 2014

Lost phone

Lost phone

First published in The Guardian, 23 July, 2014.   I bet you didn’t realise that Salvador Dali’s Lobster Telephone is a sexually charged object. The crustacean’s tail, where its sexual parts are located, is placed directly over the mouthpiece. Ooooo. Lobsters held erotic overtones for Dali. This seems very weird, but it is not as […]

Vanity of vanities! An exercise in banality.

Vanity of vanities! An exercise in banality.

First published in The Guardian, 9 July, 2014   It ends a bit gruesomely this one. Severed heads and limbs were just some of the studies Gericault painted in preparation for his masterpiece “The Raft of Medusa”. Andy Warhol made pictures of soup cans which also shocked people. I’m not squeamish though. I once opened […]

Alain again – de Botton 2

Alain again – de Botton 2

First published in The Guardian, 25 June 2014.   I know, I know – fart jokes are an incredibly subtle form of humour and this one will have wafted over the heads of less perceptive readers. I have learnt my lesson and will dumb it down in future. I don’t want to spend my life […]