Every so often I become acutely aware of the words of Oscar Wilde, who, in his 1889 essay ‘The Decay of Lying’ reminded us that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”.
We are constantly surrounded by ordinary things, people and events which are scarcely noticed until an artist or a performer breathes new life into them.
Their unique interpretation of the behaviour of certain types of people for example, creates an image that almost always remains with us, often bringing a smile as the artists portrayal has indelibly lent itself to our view of a similar person or situation.
Today is one of those days.
I have a vivid image of Roy Kinnear’s character Dad and his harmless but incredibly thick ‘Bovver Boy’ son Gaylord, played by Dick Emery, speaking those immortal words which inevitably followed yet another spectacular failure….
“Dad, I Fink I got it wrong again”