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Icon meme [Dec. 28th, 2010|05:02 pm]
[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |busybusy]

I've been pinged for this one again, thanks to alryssa.

Icon meme:
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of Icon Squee!

Kitten Kong from The Goodies. The tower the eponymous freakishly huge kitten is busy collapsing is the British Post Office Tower in London. Reading through its Wikipedia article, it seems the Tower was an "Official Secret" until 1993, when its existence was "revealed" in Parliament. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to let the Post Office itself know of the tower's "secret" status, and it appeared on British stamps upon its opening in 1965.

Some years ago the City Council did a bit of landscaping - streetscaping - whatever, on the westernmost block of Don Street, one of the city's main business streets. Part of this was a large sculpture of an umbrella. This is generally considered a swipe at Invercargill's weather. Some years later, when some bright spark came up with the idea of giving Invercargill its own set of stamps, that umbrella statue managed to get onto the set, alongside pictures of the Town Hall, the art gallery and the city's village idiot Mayor.

Most people reading this will have figured out by now that I watch a television series called Doctor Who. One of the most memorable co-stars on the show has been a supercilious robotic dog called K-9. The icon in question is one of a lot of Doctor Who icons made by Red Scharlach, and the quote on it is a rather memorable quote from his most recent appearance on the main series, in which the Villain of the Day instructed his henchmen to "get the shooty dog thing!"

This is a still from the television series of The Dresden Files, showing Bob; professional ghost and Harry Dresden's involuntary assistant. The caption is one of the first phrases that I think of when the subject of ghosts gets a mention, and is from this song:

People who have actually visited this place may notice a large number of books in the shelves in the hallway. I do not yet have enough and am still looking for more. This photograph was taken of me (without my knowledge) some years ago in the Winton Memorial Hall, while a second hand book sale was going on. It ended up getting put in the work newsletter (again, without my knowledge).

[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2010-12-28 04:12 am (UTC)
It's lovely to finally catch a glimpse of you!
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2010-12-28 08:32 am (UTC)
This one's a photo of me as well (about ten years earlier than the other one). No, I don't photograph well.

Oh, and
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[User Picture]From: alryssa
2010-12-28 05:21 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, nobody bothered to let the Post Office itself know of the tower's "secret" status, and it appeared on British stamps upon its opening in 1965.

Oh, so it was Torchwood's predecessor? ;)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2010-12-29 10:44 am (UTC)
I'd say it's the "hiding something in plain sight" technique. And in Torchwood's case, with added essence of "you can not be serious, this bunch of incompetents?"

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[User Picture]From: alryssa
2010-12-30 08:14 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2011-01-01 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oooh, nice.
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