8 May 2022

Heads

Apart from travellers and hobos, we all live in spaces. And when we live in a space, we make decisions about it - about how it will appear. Many of these decisions emanate from the sub-conscious and some are evolutionary - taking years to manifest themselves.

I guess that in places like The Hollywood Hills or Monaco or Surrey in England, some wealthy homeowners bring in interior designers to professionally style their private residences. Maybe these "homes" end up rather like pages from a Sunday magazine - more akin to luxury hotels than places of habitation. Nonetheless, even in such spaces, as time passes, the human presence will generally  intrude and reveal itself .

I snapped the top picture in the main bathroom of the house where I stayed on Friday night. It belongs to My friends Pauline and Tony. She has lived there for thirty years. Every time I have been in that house over the past six years, those heads have been there, taking up bathroom floor-space.

I have never asked Pauline about them. Such a question might appear quite nosy. However, I appreciate their presence - gathered  there like  lost figures that could not secure admission to a museum - now trapped in an early Victorian house in Beverley - on a  road that leads up to The Westwood and the racecourse.

Perhaps they have conversations in the middle of the night - comparing notes about the challenges of living without  bodies... Talking Heads.

31 comments:

  1. Is the head of John the Baptist there?

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    1. Herodias buried John's head in a dung heap. I thought everybody knew that!

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    1. Happy to have given you a moment of entertainment Mr C.

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  3. I would say Pauline has had a number of questions about the heads, it's hardly the kind of thing people won't comment on.
    I rather like them and I feel as though they are somehow appropriate for you to be acquainted with, given your love for Easter Island

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    1. We English are very reserved you know Kylie.

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    2. Some of you, maybe

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  4. I rather like them, though I hope they aren't watching me.

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    1. They only watch when you are drying yourself after a shower.

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  5. a bathroom seems like an odd place to keep them.

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    1. I have never seen such a thing before River.

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  6. Thanks for the heads up about your friends bathroom residents.

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  7. Gosh, Pauline is not from Surrey ìs she?

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    1. Oh my giddy aunt! No she is not. She's from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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  8. They are obviously get ahead people.

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    1. Boom! Boom! - as Basil Brush used to say.

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  9. It's quite a striking collection, isn't it? Especially with that yellow one adding a dash of color. I couldn't imagine hiring a professional decorator. Seems like a good way to wind up with a characterless house.

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    1. That seems to be what some people want.

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  10. I don't think I'd fancy that lot watching me on the toilet or in the bath.

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    1. You could put little blindfolds on them.

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  11. Well, each to his, or her, own, as they say! The heads, though not particularly to my taste, do make a refreshing change from clothes basket and crocheted spare loo roll holder!

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    1. I like those crocheted loo roll cover that are effectively dolls in voluminous ballgowns. Very chic.

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  12. Or maybe they talk about the bathroom habits of those they watch. Who knows?

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    1. They could certainly learn a lot about good personal hygiene from me.

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  13. I have what is kindly called an eclectic decorating style so I find them interesting.

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    1. You would probably get on well with Pauline.

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  14. Perhaps either Tony or Pauline were once sailors. American sailors anyway, refer to the bathroom on their ships as the "head."

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  15. just the sort of thing that I'd be tripping over in the dark.

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    1. Good job they are slightly tucked away in that corner.

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    2. You seriously underestimate my ability to trip over things in the dark.

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