Making good use of the things that we find

I can’t help thinking of Elisabeth Beresford‘s Wombles and the Wombling Song when considering bricolage as a research methodology, in particular these two lyrics fragments : 

Making good use of the things that we find [1]

Pick up the pieces and make them into something new [2]

[1] Theme of creating, recycling, serendipity

[2] Theme of creating, repurposing, tinkering, assemblage

Lyrics for The Wombling Song (1973) by The Wombles 

Underground, overground, Wombling free
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we
Making good use of the things that we find
Things that the everyday folks leave behind

Uncle Bulgaria, he can remember the days
When he wasn’t behind the times
With his map of the world
Pick up the papers and take them to Tobermory

Wombles are organised, work as a team
Wombles are tidy and Wombles are clean
Underground, overground, Wombling free
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we

People don’t notice us, they never see
Under their noses a Womble may be
Womble by night and we Womble by day
Looking for litter to trundle away

We’re so incredibly utterly devious
Making the most of everything
Even bottles and tins
Pick up the pieces and make them into something new
Is what we do

Underground, overground, Wombling free
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we
Making good use of the things that we find
Things that the everyday folks leave behind

Written By – Mike Batt & Chris Spedding

A Literary Virus takes charge

I work up one morning earlier this week reciting the first few lines from Part II of John Keats’ poem Lamia. Some sort of literary virus seems to have taken charge of my mind. I haven’t read a Keats poem in years but it’s obviously still there, somewhere, in the darker recesses. In a box marked ‘do not disturb… please’.

Blog Update : Sculpture photos

I’ve added a few sculpture photos today…