Gary Day-Ellison is a Creative Director with a keen eye for style and beauty. He could even find something stylistic about an ant. Gary has worked for a number of clients including designing book covers for the BBC and Doug Adams,and a stunning Lord of the Rings calendar and diary. He shares a personal encounter here about the importance of pest control when there’s a ripe Stilton about the house.
I have been honoured by the invitation to contribute a guest post. Trouble is I am an innocent abroad when it comes to such matters.
That said, I could tell you why, from painful personal experience, you would be ill-advised to keep a Stilton in the cellar. Even for a few days. However cold it seems. Especially if you value your guests and friends. But I won’t since you may be eating your tea as you read this blog. And we don’t want to see it on the screen do we?
I considered an attempt to bluff my way through the topic of domestic pests. I would research a demonstration of my scholarship and in-depth investigations in this important aspect of cleanliness and disease prevention. My formula for faux-expertise was this. Google + a lot of earnest frowning in a white coat.
But something interesting did occur to me â€“ and it is this. We think of vermin as low-life, nasty little critters. Well, they are mostly. But they have always popped up in popular culture. As children we read about The Pied-Piper . . . Mickey Mouse?
And what about classic international literature? Try GÃ¼nter Grass’ The Rat. Or Albert Camus’ La Pest. Good game? How about Art? Try Damien Hirst’s Flies. And then, in the middle-ground Salvador Dali’s ants which frequently appear in his paintings?
But I don’t want to spoil the game. What examples of pests can you think of, in any of the Arts? (Excluding Christopher Biggins – Ed.)
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