Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Just Enough Tie to Hang a Man

Fans of PG Wodehouse will be aware of how Jeeves, gentleman's gentleman to man about town Bertram Wilberforce Wooster, used to react when Bertie declared that he was going to wear something particularly outré at a social event - spats, perhaps, or a white dinner jacket, or, on one still terrifying occasion, a moustache.

Jeeves would just lift his eyebrow a micron or so in disapproval. If the outrage was particularly serious, the eyebrow might go up by about a quarter of a inch. But, though PG is long gone to that Great Country House in the Sky, he would have had old Jeeves' eyebrow shooting right up his head, across the pate and half-way down his dragon-tattooed back if Bertie strolled into the room wearing one of these yokes. Oh my God almighty.

They've even got ones patterned on the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls - to show that the wearer is what, exactly? The biggest buck-eejit in the history of humanity?