The fashion these days seems to be for taking selfies on one's phone. My mobile is an ancient one - one of the first to come out I think - and has no sophisticated things like taking photographs. I leave that to my digital camera. But folk speak about selfies as though they are a modern invention.
But of course they are not. Artists have been doing self-portraits of themselves for generations. Those of Rembrandt and Van Gogh stand out as being particularly memorable. I always feel that Rembrandt tended to flatter himself (although he didn't do wonders for his skin tone) whereas Van Gogh either emphasised his haunted looks or really was at death's door.
But there is one in particular that I absolutely love. I found it on the internet a couple of weeks ago and I have searched and searched for it again but I can't find it. But what I have found is a poem about it by Billy Collins the American poet (born 1942 and twice Poet Laureate).
This afternoon is our monthly Poetry afternoon and I intend to read the poem 'Candle Hat' by Billy Collins.
Goya always wanted to keep painting well into the night but, of course, with such limited light in those days, he couldn't do it. So he invented a hat with candles round the brim. Collins's poem is so amusing - do try to read it.
So come on Tom (Tom Stephenson on my side bar), with your collection of candlesticks I am sure you could fashion something which would cut down greatly on electricity bills this coming winter!