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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Ceci n'est pas une pipe

Outside Baker Street station is a statue of the mythical Sherlock Holmes, complete with pipe. There's not much point me banging on about the area because as ever, the Diamond Geezer got there before me, so follow the link if you want to read up.

The title is an allusion to the Magritte painting. I wonder how many non-french speakers are aware of the double entendre? (warning - link contains foul language and descriptions of base acts) Was it deliberate? I think so.

posted by Ham at 00:05 -- Comments here: 8

Comments on "Ceci n'est pas une pipe"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (00:20) : 

How many sex allusions are featured in this picture? Pipe does not count, of course ;)

Anonymous (you bet)


Blogger dutchie said ... (09:13) : 

I remember learning this sentence at school and when i lived in France discovering it could have a double meaning. Intentional? I am not sure.
Nice picture!


Blogger Kais said ... (11:09) : 

today, I see London Daily photo's widget in this link( That widget is very good. I just install and see. :)


Blogger julia said ... (17:20) : 

I think that of all the unconventional ideas spurred (or represented) by that painting, the sexual act is quite far down on that list.
But I was very dissappointed to see that Sherlock Holmes' house didn't exist on Baker Street.... much like it turns out there is no Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station... (Harry Potter reference).


Blogger Ham said ... (18:38) : 

I confess I was being deliberately contentious, but I still think there is more than a germ of truth to the idea.

We want and believe our artists (in all the arts) to be clean and beautiful as the work they produce. The truth is that they are {sweeping statement alert} mostly a lot more earthy than we care to imagine. We can cope with Tracey Emin, maybe, but what about Van Gogh cutting off his ear and giving it to a prostitute? Or the sexual high jinks of the turn of the century painters in Paris? Laurence Olivier's sexuality? Personally, I would have them no other way; it seems intrinsically linked to their creativity.

I'm not suggesting that is a main theme of the painting but - if the expression was in use at the time, which I don't know - it is probable that the meaning was not lost on magritte.


Blogger Peter said ... (00:38) : 

Which reminds me of a number of times on skiing holiday in the Alps when my mother-in-law, wanting a straw for the children to drink their cola, would insist in her ignorance and best Franglais on asking for "une pipe" - until the day when a waiter had the courage to tell her the truth.


Blogger Sam said ... (13:06) : 

LOL - my husband (French) got a laugh out of that title.
Love the photo.


Blogger Fiat voluntas tua said ... (00:24) : 

Of course, it was deliberate ! I'm french and i think you would say "double sens" instead of "double entendre".


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