Monday, 18 February 2008

Here's a coincidence. Just after posting the previous (now attached to this post), I'm in the middle of scanning the art for the big Alec omnibus and the next page up is the one from Graffiti Kitchen that begins like this:

"talk about buncakes my girl's got 'em"
"A national dance craze in Ivory Coast has spawned a black market in treatments claiming to increase one's bottom size. (BBC News monday feb 18) In the sprawling Adjame market just north of the city centre in Abidjan, women sell "bottom enhancers". Bottom enhancing treatments sell for $2 "You need to inject this liquid into your bottom once a day," says a market trader, showing a vial of coloured liquid labelled "Vitamin B12". Most women I spoke to preferred to avoid the treatments.
"Me? I prefer to be natural so you can know your true value. It's best not to use these medicines. It's not good - it's actually very dangerous," one said.
Another woman was happy with what came naturally.
"I do the bobaraba because I already have a big bum. When I dance, everyone looks at me.""

For the incurably curious, Youtube demonstrations of the Bobaraba in which girls perform the dance in the privacy of their houses. I find myself fascinated by the television playing in the background, and by the revealing little details of daily life in another part of the world.

(photie pinched from here, BBC link via wee hayley campbell, whose email 'subject' bore the Spinal Tap line used above)

Researchers at a Scottish university are aiming to answer the question. Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design has launched what is believed to be the world's first study on how clothing affects the bum. Four female models with various sized bottoms will wear different types of clothing as part of the research. The study will examine how designs, colours, patterns and fabric types affect perception. The university believes the research could have major implications for retailers.
Female volunteers wearing hundreds of different types of clothing will have their rears photographed for the research. Dr Lisa Macintyre, who is leading the research, said four models had been chosen to provide as representative as possible a sample of female rears. One has a "standard" womanly backside while another has a much fuller "pre-Raphaelite" bum.

It's difficult to continue reading after that. Don't they know the 'pre-Rapahaelite ideal' had the tragic wasted look of the consumptive?

IN other news that has nothing to do with arses, my pal Bob Morales just informed me that Robbe-Grillet, pioneer of the 'new' novel, is dead at 85

PARIS (AFP) — Alain Robbe-Grillet, the French writer who pioneered the so-called "new novel" genre in the 1950s, died Monday at the age of 85, the Academie Francaise (French Academy) said.
He had been admitted to hospital in the Normandy city of Caen over the weekend after suffering a heart ailment.
In a series of essays published in 1963 Robbe-Grillet developed the theory of the "new novel" which sought to overturn conventional ideas on fiction-writing.



Blogger James Robert Smith said...

R. Crumb ghost-wrote this blog, didn't he?

18 February 2008 at 20:25:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Colman G said...

Re: preparations for the Alec omnibus

Just in case no one's caught this yet — some words seem to be missing on a few pages of Snooter. The "Dog Whisperer" chapter, pages 122 to 124.

Looking forward to both the Alec and the Bacchus collections!

18 February 2008 at 20:52:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Title from the immortal David st hubbins, whose name sake St hubbins was the patron saint of quality foot wear.

19 February 2008 at 06:41:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta admit, at first glimpse I thought the post was ABOUT wee Haley.

19 February 2008 at 16:29:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some uncharitable souls (like er, me) might suggest that Robby Grill-it (as I always uncharitably called him) was a bit of an arse for trying to replace conventional narrative with very dull prose.

19 February 2008 at 22:29:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

My arse ain't THAT big, Anonymous.

20 February 2008 at 04:26:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

I noticed he was too cowardly to sign his name.

20 February 2008 at 04:33:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm delighted to hear that Alec is to be collected and look forward to seeing it - will there be a stop in Brighton (UK)?

BUT - what will happen when (not if) it gets called a Graphic Novel? Will Eddie dump his scans, tear up his contract and burn down the local bookstore? Will reviewers referring to the book as such find themselves burned in effigy? (Or efigy?) I for one can't wait to find out.

20 February 2008 at 05:23:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Pre-Raphaelite bum? How lovely. Not sure what it's supposed to look like, but I'd like to have one just because of the cool name (just shows that names are important after all... darn.)

Actually I thought that Robbe-Grillet was already dead - along with Nouveau Roman - some years ago.

Nice picture of you. Cute.

20 February 2008 at 13:02:00 GMT-5  

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