and watercolour dyes on board)
The phrase is one coined by Vivian Stanshall, poet, jazzist, artist and
film-maker. It's buried in the script for 'Sir Henry at Rawlinson End':
the fine film featuring Trevor Howard and Stanshall himself - although
first incarnation was on Radio 1 in the U.K. on the late-lamented John
BBC Radio 1 programme 'Top Gear' in the 1970s. The floating plum
pudding suitably obscures
the traditional Santa's face in the way of Rene Magritte's paintings.
another homage to this here.)
that the young Magritte's mother drowned and was found with her
over her face. This nightmarish image recurrs in many paintings
the men with the bowler hats and the couple embracing, both their faces
covered in cloth.
Here is another nod to the old boy. Clearly
inspired by Magritte's
painting of wedge of brie in a little gold frame, which he placed under
a real glass covered cheese dish. Originally this painting had a cel
overlay with a fifties wire fireguard enclosing the framed painting.
However, this made the image impossible to read (it just looked like a
fireplace), so it was removed.