'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Friday, 15 April 2011


"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."
- George Bernard Shaw.


  1. Fascinating. I looked at that and saw a crocodile looking at me. Then I saw what I would take to be the more obvious representation. It's fascinating. I could live with that which rather surprises me because I've always rather eschewed such ornamentation.

  2. A crocodile. Wonderful imagination Geeb! It's my front door :o)

  3. One of the disadvantages of not being able to hold images in my head is that I can't actually recall your front door because I didn't commit it to words.

  4. I have no idea what GB means by "the obvious representation"...I saw Daffy Duck (or at least a duck) looking straight at me.

    I presume GB has a dirty mind. :)

  5. Now I see a duck-billed platypus.

  6. I trust that rhymeswithplague will withdraw that comment. I see nothing 'dirty' in the female figure - quite the opposite. I thought it was so obvious that it just didn't need saying.

    And, for the record, my mind is as pure as the driven slush.

  7. Hm. I obviously didn't read GB's comment properly.

    For 17 years I've lived in this house. In that time I've had a lot of opportunity to gaze at this door and the other four matching ones. Most of the time I've seen them as a vaguely organic, plant, possibly floral form. Sometimes I saw a ballerina. But I had a SKYPE the other day with my tutor and he could see the lounge door behind me, and remarked upon the 'female form' he could see. We definitely could have anther post here on 'perception' from a different point of view. Or maybe that's what GBS was talking about.

    To kick it off, here's my take: Women need to gather the ripe berries and identify the leaf shapes so they don't poison the village by getting the wrong ones, so they are predisposed to see the plant forms. Men are predisposed to see the women shapes especially the ones with narrow waists and wide hips.

  8. Men also see ducks and crocodiles because they must hunt ducks for food, and protect their families from crocodile shapes.

  9. I guess you can eat platypusses (platypi?) too.