Eccentrics, Those Very Peculiar People

Here’s another good one – a thoughtful essay generated by the British sport of extreme ironing.

Malcolm's Corner

Extreme Ironing

Extreme ironing is a peculiarly British activity involving ironing clothes in remote and strange locations. That this activity originated in Britain should be no surprise, as the British have a reputation for producing world class eccentrics such as Oscar Wilde, who was known for taking his pet lobster for a walk on a leash, and Sir George Sitwell, (father of the famous writer Dame Edith Sitwell) who invented a pistol for shooting wasps and painted his cows with a blue willow pattern to make them look better. Unfortunately we live in a world that no longer welcomes non-conformity. Instead we are told what to do, regulated, indoctrinated, sermonized, censored, counted, and under constant surveillance. Budding eccentrics have probably been diagnosed early on as having ADHD and medicated with Ritalin. Gone are the days when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors welcomed eccentrics such his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I

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1 thought on “Eccentrics, Those Very Peculiar People

  1. Very interesting and thoughtful essay, although it is ironic that he includes “under constant surveillance” in his list as, without that very thing, Boston might well still be on lock-down. I do love the idea of extreme ironing though.


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