“…a picture paints a thousand words…” Telly Savalas, or was it Adolf Hitler?
Sorry, still needed to say something about this magnificent present.
It has taken so long to respond to the kindness, the brilliance, the fun, and the downright WACKiness of Rebecca’s, and your, “Hello Tony Project”; because I had been trying to think of a suitable picture to reply with, only after several days to realise that any picture would have to have the tagline “gobsmacked” (good old Celtic word to mean stunned, astonished, headlight-frozen, agape, stymied, double-took and floored – bet that got you running to your dictionaries…).
I go back to the pictures and signs so often; I casually mention the blog site at staff meetings, conferences, even the odd passing student, just to have the opportunity to go back in there and show it all to Johan Q. Publicsson and his dog. I look at the screen some days, and I think I remind myself of Amelie’s father in the film “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain”, whose garden gnome has run away to see the world, and this old man stands there in his kitchen holding the umpteenth postacrd from the gnome, and suddenly cries out to the ceiling: “Je ne comprend pas!”
This thing will be hanging around me for a long time: the love and ingenuity of this wonderful woman, my lovely Rebecca; and the happiness and cleverness of friends all over the world. Thank you so much, Rebecca, thank you so much, everyone. Now I’m going back to the pictures…