Sunday, July 09, 2006

Dead Bird, Gonna Put It On You

Camberwell Market was fairly uninspiring this morning. Maybe the threat of rain kept all the interesting stall-holders at home (people with interesting things to sell are renowned for disliking inclement weather), or maybe it was my mood. Sometimes I enjoy sifting through table after table of yellowing paperbacks and assorted bits and bobs; today, I felt like buying a pair of fourth-hand flippers ("Only $5!") and gouging somebody's eye out with them. Next Sunday I'm staying in bed. Except I have to work, so I guess I won't.

It was almost worth going, however, to see this:


It is, or anyway was, some kind of bird that has been stuffed - in more than one sense of the word - and mounted - also possibly in more than one sense of the word. Somebody was actually attempting to sell this hideous ex-bird, although there didn't seem to be a price tag attached. Maybe it fell off along with most of the feathers.

Still, there's nothing like a grotesque objet de taxidermy to pull the well-heeled punters at Camby Market. I estimate that while I snapped away with my spiffy new phone-camera-doomsday device, no less than a dozen passers-by pointed, shrieked, laughed, or fainted at the sight of my patchy friend. Unfortunately for the stall-holder, not a single person was game enough to actually get close enough to the bird to examine any of the other stock on offer. I wonder why.

2 comments:

Madame Hooch of the Heath said...

*crouches behind bird and waits*

Incognita said...

I don't know how I missed this last time I was here ...actually it was probably because I was paralysed with laughter after first reading your very reasonable response to the piece of pornography that was private school children sucking up to John Howard (yuuuchhhh I feel dirtied even remembering it -- the horror -- the humanity), and then the even funnier comments. Anyways, I had never considered Camberwell market as a source of exhibits for Museum of Dust, but I'll be sure to check it out this saturday being as how it's surprisingly close to Terra Incognita. Obviously it holds some treasures for the discerning.

Thanks hugely for the link btw!