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Friday, August 27, 2004

THE OTHER SIDE OF MARDI GRAS

Actually, I reckon Psychbloke's hit on something really interesting in the Wicker Man thread (below): one of the saddest things about summer in Somerset is the sight of abandoned out-of-season carnival-floats left to rot in the fields; put out to pasture like ageing metal animals...rusting vehicles and traction-engines; damp, rotting clown's heads, playing-cards and dice; grotesque Alice-in-Wonderland figurines; giant bees...left visible, naked and exposed to sunlight and the elements...cruelly removed from their natural environment: the fantastickal small-town Neo-Neon-Beltane that comes round every October in Somerset. To see these garish floats beached and helpless beside a barn in Western Zoyland in Late Spring is to feel the clammy hand of Lady Death upon your shoulder...

NB: Be warned! Strange forces are abroad during Carnival Night. Steve Spode once had a bad mushroom trip when a small child dressed as a pack of 20 John Player Blues looked at him strangely as he marched past.

2 Comments:

At 6:21 pm, Blogger Psychbloke said...

I reckon you could get a great poncey coffee table artbook out of photos of all those forlorn camels, unicorns and the like that adorn the fields and pub gardens of Somerset. "Remembrance of Carnivals Past" anyone?

As for carnival night weirdness - I think the week of the carnival show at the town hall in Bridgey is worse.
Astronauts getting beered up in one pub, whilst Vikings pass warily on the other side of the road and Zulu's take over KFC. Only those tunnels under Disneyworld could be weirder.

Weirder still - just think - practically every middle-aged woman in certain Somerset towns must have a Hawaiian dancing girls outfit somewhere in her wardrobe.....

 
At 6:32 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Heh. Now there's an image. Better keep it to ourselves or them Londoners'll be down 'ere after 'ar wimmin...

Re: Bridgewater...how can you tell if it IS Carnival. Your description sounds like a normal friday night to me. :-)

 

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