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[Tidbits] Without Wax


There is a story going around that may or may not be true … but
fiction is far more fun than fact … and the world of misinformation
is far more exciting than the world of accuracy … and so–in
following that reasoning-- may I suggest we proceed … the devil
take reality.

Monsters and stuff make for the most beautiful pieces of sculpted
jewelry … probably because ugly is often more beautiful than
beauty. I have this mechanical bank of one ugly Bull Dog you see …
and if you’re wondering how a mechanical bank relates to jewelry …
well … you puts yer pennies in and pretty soon you’ll have enough
to buy a bauble … and that makes a lot of cents … no? No. Wait.
I didn’t say that. Don’t attack. Don’t … yaarrrrghhh.

But what–perish the thought–what if the person who sculpts the dog
who uses the hydrant that quenches the fire that burns the village
… what if that person makes a mistake? What does he do? Egads man
… this is serious. Well … he does what sculptors of days of old
did. He hides his errors with wax.

Here’s the way it goes. In times gone by … after a choice bit of
marble was taken from the quarries … sculptors of the day would
take hammer and chisel in hand and begin hacking and whacking away
till–from a formless blob–a thing of beauty would emerge. But then
… oops … El Sculptorissimo goofs. There’s a crack going down the
bull dog’s face. One of his teeth is split. Oh to fix to fix before
the emperor finds out and cuts some precious anatomical parts off …
causing enormous changes in vocal timber. Fill it all with wax (in
Latin Wax would be Cera) and hide the flaws. Ahhh … much better.
No one will now know the difference.

Yes … but the master sculptor … he whose creations are flawless
… he who works without wax (in Latin Without is: Sin) … his
talents will ensure he will remain a basso profundo for all his
years. He works “Sin Cera” (without wax) and it is from these two
words that "Sincere and Sincerely are derivative. Truth? … or
fiction? Takes yer picks ladies an’ gennulmen. There seems to be
disagreement on this issue.

I have a magnificent image of a Mechanical Bull Dog Bank which is a
sight for thems wot love ugly/beauty. It was designed in 1880 by
J.H. Bowen. Place a coin on the doggy’s nose … pull his tail …
and he opens his mouth and swallows the money. Don’t know the value
… but it’s worth a look see … it is truly a work of art.

And oh yeah … one more thing … before I forget. May you all have
a most wondrous Memorial Day. And I mean this quite “Without Wax”.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics … and then click on the link that says: Bull …
where you’ll see an image of a Bull Dog Bank.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark


Loved the Bull dog! really something! And I have to say your post was
very, “very entertaining” and informative. There`s nothing like a bit
of humour to lighten things up, and God knows this forum could do
with a little lightening up at the moment! Thank you Benjamin! you
have cheered me up “big time” Best wishes to you in all that you do

"Yours Without Wax"
Tina Ashmore
Dublin, Ireland