Strange Expressions and Costumes

Friday, 6th August 2004
Wild West Yorkshire nature diary

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Hey, that condensation patch in the double-glazed unit in the bathroom window, doesn't it remind you of something?

A gnome?

Hmmm: let me increase the contrast for you. Can you see what it is now?

A snowman?

I'm going to have to add some colour to this, aren't I?

SantaSo obvious now, isn't it?

Think I'll use it as a Christmas card.

Leonardo wrote:

Look at certain walls dirtied with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones. If you have to invent some scene you will be able to see in them a resemblance to various landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys and hills. You will also be able to see various battles and figures in quick movements, and strange expressions on faces, and costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate, well-conceived form. With such walls and mixtures of different stones the same thing happens as it does with the sound of bells, in whose pealing you may discover every name and word that you can imagine.

Treatrise on Painting

You'll have to accept my photographic evidence for this: within 20 minutes the shape of the condensation had changed. Barbara says that on Sunday he appeared again, but he was different; he looked more laid back. Well, it was Sunday. Next Page

Ho! Ho! Ho!

The Eye of the Beholder

dwarfSince I wrote this the image has been subject to rigorous independent analysis. My angling pal Pete Leicester (Barnton & Frodsham A.C.) writes:

'Sorry Richard, but it obviously isn't Santa. It's too early for him to be out and about and anyway and it's quite apparent that he is one of the seven dwarves about to undertake some paintings!

'See the optician urgently!'

He includes this evidence to support his theory that 'Santa' is really one of Snow White's dwarves.

Richard Bell,

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