Sunday, 28 December 2008

DECIDEDLY DOGE-Y

My first thoughts about my bandaged face were, you will remember, Christmas Carol-related, but David, subsequently, said I looked like I was playing the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet - a part which, actually, I think I'd be rather good at!

Now, however (especially with my woolly hat on), I think I have a certain kinship with the Venetian Doges who were the chief magistrates and leaders of the Most Serene Republic of Venice for over a thousand years...



See what I mean...?

Images: Doge Mocenigo by Bellini, 1480; Doge Sibley by Weeks, 2008.

8 comments:

Eudora said...

Sorry for write this: but your blog today and your photograph, makes me laugh a lot.

Well, I think you need something else, perhaps a bit of damask, a curtain of the apartment for example, and you will be a splendid doge...

Best regards and good luck with the venetian doctors.

Brian Sibley said...

Yes, a bit of gold damask - that's exactly what I need... ;-)

Boll Weavil said...

You might beable to get into the Palace via the staff door !
PINGTAB : An board game often given as a Chritmas gift but which always seems to have the key piece missing.

LisaH said...

I think you'd pass for a character in Gormenghast, or a Terry Pratchett story.
I do hope Buttons is resisting the urge to mock!

polkadotsoph said...

That is a PARTICULARLY Eeyore expression you have there.... the hat's good though!

Brian Sibley said...

BOLL - "You might be able to get into the Palace via the staff door!" What as exactly? The Ghost of Doges Past...?

LISAH - Well, since you mention it, there are certain similarities between the Most Serene Republic, Gormenghast and the City of Ankh-Morpork...

POLKADOTS - Yes, well, I obviously tried for a Tigger look but - for some reason - it just wouldn't come...

Sheila said...

Brian, Hope everything has gone OK today at the Osp. Congratulations on keeping your sense of humour and style (I think the Doge look is definitely one to cultivate) in spite of what must an extremely trying experience.

DALOGS: conversations with persons who (for some unaccountable reason) can't speak English, resulting in much arm-waving and the use of interesting gestures.

Brian Sibley said...

Lots of Dalogs - the short version is the bandage has to stay on, continue with the medication and keep my mouth SHUT!