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SAUSAGE LIFE 164

Bird Guano

The column which thinks taxidermy is the new tattoo

 

READER: I’m having a tattoo as it happens

MYSELF: Where?

READER: Where else? At Sailor B Wear, the coolest tattoo parlour in town.

MYSELF: No, I meant where on your body?

READER: Oh, erm…….I haven’t decided yet. Somewhere discreet, somewhere no-one would normally look.

MYSELF: Your face?

READER: Very funny. I’ll pretend I never heard that.

MYSELF: I’ll pretend I never wrote it.

 

ON THE TOWN

THE INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING EXHIBITION OF SCISSORS

Hastings Kitchen Museum 27th Jan - 3rd March


From cruel Victorian chicken-pruning scissors to the mighty shears employed in the topiary of the labyrinthine hedges of Henry VIII's Hampton Court maze,  Hastings Kitchen Museum presents a fascinating look at the history of a little-explored subject. In this international travelling exhibit, majestic Ming Dynasty nail scissors made for the empress of China and inlaid with ivory cut from the tusks of the imperial elephant, rub shoulders with the US army-issue electric clippers which dispatched Elvis Presley’s famous quiff in 1958. I urge all scissor fans to attend this compulsively interesting show, if only to gargle with helpless laughter at the tiny ornate eyebrow scissors of Marie Antoinette, or gasp in amazement at the eormous Proboscis Monkey nasal hair trimmers carried by Georgian explorer Sir Eric Rumsfeld-Barbican's footman during his early explorations of the Mongolian interior. All in all, to anyone fascinated by the world of scissors, The Hastings Kitchen Museum would be an essential destination, were it not for the current restrictions. Hastings Kitchen Museum is closed until further notice.

 

BOOK REVIEW

The Cunning Mandolin by Rob Dulle.

*****

Rob Dulle, much-published novelist and poet in residence at Sunderland University’s Mackam College, has a lofty reputation to live up to. This, his latest opus, will be warmly welcomed by his fans as a masterful return to form, following his detour into magical realism and Arthurian fantasy in the 2017 deckchair blockbuster Pearls on a Random Brooch.

The Cunning Mandolin is however, a novel with Dulle written all over it. All the familiar tropes are here, from the curious stammer-afflicted cocktail waitress with a grudge against Jehovah’s Witnesses to the Mexican pool cleaner suspected of money laundering and poultry bleaching. Chapter one begins with all guns blazing; an unidentified body is found gagged, bound and concealed in a septic tank at the residence of high court judge Justice Cyril Hyphen-Hyphen who had recently convicted popular TV ventriloquist Charlie Chutney on charges of putting libellous words into other people’s mouths. Unconventional private investigator Melton Mowbray (who also appeared in Dulle's DIY novelette The Lady Varnishes) has a hunch, and the next three chapters take us on a wild goose chase involving herring forgery, a plot to invade Albania by post and a pair of Scandinavian pub quiz cheats. Recommended.

 

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MUSIC GOSSIP

Don’t say I told you, but my music business spies tell me the rumours are flying and Hastings is to be blessed by a visit from The New Original Senior Moments, featuring members of the original Senior Moments’ road crew’s families, many of whom are dead. Watch this space.

 

NEW LOOK WARRIORS

According to Hastings & St.Leonards Warriors FC's recently appointed director of football Sir Leonard Pastry (QC, AA, RAC, INIT), the Covid-stricken club will be looking forward to the rest of the 2020/21 football season under the dynamic stewardship of his Pink Panther Entertainment Group, an internationally established company with its finger firmly inserted in many pies. “Unlike most other football clubs, the current pandemic restrictions have made little difference to the Warriors' average match attendance," Sir Leonard explained over socially distanced gourmet pan fried fish finger and oven-baked beans in the newly decorated Covid ‘n Coffee players lounge, "and going forward, we have ambitious plans for the club's post-pandemic future.” Through a hole in our table's six-inch Virus-proof glass panel, the pink-masked entrepreneur outlined his plans: “For example", he told me, "my wife, Lady Cruella Pastry, who is a keen self-publicist, will be marketing Talonne her range of upmarket nail polish, in several shades of pink. Its unique pyramid-shaped bottle, with the distinctive staring-eye cap will be embossed with the club’s new logo, a pink panther with three legs”.

There have been reports however of unrest amongst the playing staff concerning the Warriors' new flourescent pink strip which claims to combat floodlight failure. Welsh wizard Craig Cattermole told us: “Where I come from, men are men and have well-modulated baritone voices. Since I moved to The Warriors from crack South Wales club Caerphilly Sentimentalists, I have naturally become more urbane and sophisticated, and will occasionally eat quiche, but I draw the line at wearing pink.” Goalkeeper Tim Smegma was more pragmatic, adding: “As a goalie, I get to wear a different coloured shirt from the others, so I’m not really all that bothered. However, I do refuse to eat quiche as a matter of principle.”

Critics have pointed to another sports-related endeavour undertaken by Sir Leonard's Pink Panther multinational conglomerate which attracted some notoriety. His much-trumpeted event The Pink Panther  Charity Celebrity Crazy Golf Tournament fell flat on its face when the only “celebrities” to turn up turned out to be none other Sir Leonard himself and his chauffeur Frank “Lardy” Goosefat, a former gangland enforcer and Olympic Crazy Golf medallist.

 

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