Like so many posts that start life as a light-hearted hiatus - a custard cream of a post, if you like - yesterdays' little excursion into the work of Hans Pillinger (1889-1955) raised a number of very important issues and may yet have brought about a major breakthrough in understanding the question that has been troubling so many people for the last decade : what on earth is the purpose of the Internet? I have been overwhelmed with the number of responses from people who believe that I have somehow - somewhat unintentionally but nevertheless serendipitously - focused the limelight of critical analysis on a problem that has so long tortured men's souls : what to do with orphaned socks.
|NNOSE No. 1 : Black with multi-coloured narrow stripes|
I have therefore established a new organisation which will be known as NNOSE (News From Nowhere Orphan Sock Exchange) and which henceforth will be dedicated to reuniting orphaned socks, wherever they may be. This truly global initiative requires nothing more than for you to post a weekly scan of any orphaned sock in your collection and agree to post it off to any other member of the NNOSE Network who has a similar available orphan. I urge all my friends and followers to post (digitally) a sock in the hope that soon they will be able to post (logistically) the same sock to a grieving partner. The movement could become viral within a matter of weeks. At long last a real reason for the Internet will have been discovered. Mankind will be a happier, more balanced, warmer, and smarter species. If you would like to lay a claim to my NNOSE No 1, all you need do is post a picture of a similar sock (for the sake of veracity, in a different pose please) along with your mailing address and my orphan will be winging its way to you. Twitter and Facebook campaigns are in the process of being designed along with a suitable logo which will enable you to proudly show all your friends that you are a member of the NNOSE Network. Watch this space (or should that be smell this space) for further updates.
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On a slightly different subject I was fascinated to notice that Hans Pallinger (1889 - 1955) had made an appearance on at least one listing of famous twentieth century artists within a couple of hours of my post going up yesterday.