MARIE-LOUISE PLUM

By Marie-Louise Plum, Feb 14 2018 03:25PM

You heard it here first - the unofficial shrine to George Michael, opposite his home in Highgate, is a 'clootie well' down south.*


Clootie wells, found in areas with Celtic history, are places of pilgrimage. They are spring wells in woodland areas. Offerings, 'clooties' (strips of fabric, rags) are brough to the well, hung on a tree, in an action of both well-wishing and to pray from relief from ailments.


I absolutely adore the GM shrine. Trinkets hang from every available branch and railing, the small enclosed green area, now a churned-up mud pie, smothered with continually disintegrating photographs, flags and fixtures.


More than the physical shrine itself, I love this unofficial, impromptu wishing well for its enabling of modern-day occultism, ritual and occupation. It's a place where the wider-reaching hopes and fears of all kinds of visitors are placed, subconsciously, indirectly.


There's always someone tending to something there. Mad fan they may be, but in there they are turning in ritual, spinning, spinning on a wheel, throwing out, bringing in.


- MLP


*I think, although I haven't actually checked whether anyone else has made this comparison.

The shrine to George Michael, outside his home in Highgate.
The shrine to George Michael, outside his home in Highgate.
The clootie tree at Munlochy. I have visited, but this is not my photo.
The clootie tree at Munlochy. I have visited, but this is not my photo.

By Marie-Louise Plum, Feb 14 2018 03:21PM

I'm not ashamed to say that I've discovered the joys of a phone app called You Doodle. I probably love it because it's a way to be narcisstic, post selfies with bits chopped out and call it collage, as it's no longer a selfie. Anyway, I digress (and offer too much truth), the app is pretty good if you miss the way that, in more lo-fi times, you'd carry around a economically sized sketchbook and draw little cartoons and write down witty turns of phrase that would just pop into your mind.


It's also a handy way of swerving social media, as you spend most time making the collage, and, by the time you've posted it (for instant gratification, another plus to this process) you're too tired to snoop on whatever it is that people are flinging out into the online realm.


The only problem with these digital collages is, I now want to look like the version of me I am creating in digital form. Is there a reasonable way to make this happen?


-MLP

By Marie-Louise Plum, Jan 3 2018 03:06PM

Facebook won't allow me to sell this piece of art. Apparently it doesn't meet their approval, as they tend not to "allow the sale of adult items or services (e.g. sexual enhancement items or adult videos)."


Here is the glorious message in full...


Rejected: There are issues with your product

If you've read our commerce policies and think that your item should be approved, fill in this form.

It looks like we didn't approve your item because we don't allow the sale of adult items or services (e.g. sexual enhancement items or adult videos).


It's the second best rejection letter I've had.


-MLP

By guest, Jan 3 2018 02:00PM


It may be a hiding to nothing but keeping sound sanity, however, I'm making a valiant effort to reject the internet of new and retreat into the creaking cupboard of 1999 - the Internet Glory Days.

The usual socials may still have me in their greasy palms, but I'm bucking off as much as I can.

Welcome to my new website, dear friends. Clunky as it might be, aged in design and functionality, I'm enjoying it and hope you will too.


-MLP