No post yesterday as we were up with the sparrows crack to embark on a mammoth, severely caffeinated and on occasion seriously deranged buying mission. Did come away with copious amounts of weird and wonderful treasures though, so keep your eyes peeled over the next few days and prepare to be amazed!! !
Antiques fairs often have strange organic trends, some weeks everyone has mounted butterflies, the next you can't find them for love nor money. This time there seemed to be a badly stuffed tabby on every stall, and I don't mean bad in a good way! Happily I managed to resist their Pet Cemetery charms and focus on less disturbing things - like dead people.
My very favourite purchase of the day was an Adam Rouilly anatomical skeleton model. For those of you who don't know, this company supplied articulated skeletons to all the London Teaching Hospitals and Medical Schools from 1920's and still does some of the best anatomical models in the world.
My recent skeletal purchase
Looking him (and the strange looks from passers by) all the way home got me wondering about death. As one of my favourite quotes from Casino Royale goes, " being dead doesn't mean one can't still be helpful." I like this idea. I liked it so much in fact, I think I put my name down to be plastinated by Gunter von Hagens on a very drunken visit to the Body Worlds exhibition! (serious James Bond theme going on today!). But if this doesn't work out maybe the Body Farm in Tennessee will take me, or if beetle & WILDE is still going then I could be dissarticuated, mounted and sold - I think my skull would look very fetching on a well designed mantle. A truly deadly designer!!
With the rising cost of dying leading to 'funeral poverty', leaving your body to science or other useful pursuits may soon be a much more attractive proposition! How useful will you be when you're dead?
Body Farm - http://fac.utk.edu/
Body Worlds - www.bodyworlds.com
Amanda's Autopsies - www.amandasautopsies.com
Funeral Poverty -http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/sep/04/rise-cost-dying-funeral-poverty