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Growing grass heads

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 20 Sep 2011 at 01:44 PM


It was my 20 year college reunion this month. This was a sobering occasion (only metaphorically of course - in reality it was anything but - as evidenced by the fact I had to be tethered to a chair at 2am with the words "it's for your own safety Dawn"). No the sobriety in question was a result of my realising I had the immense good fortune to study history at one of the world's leading universities and yet the week before my mind had mostly been exercised with the question of grass heads.

Yes, that's right, grass heads* Here I was surrounded by impressive people doing impressive things (indeed, I was tethered by an award-winning playwright - always nice to have something to share with the grandkids) - and yet my recent CV mostly revolves around talking vegetables and alternative uses for toilet roll inners.

You see I had been tasked with making a grass head that wasn't too "Christmassy" - which obviously ruled out my go-to elf (it is wrong that I have a 'go-to elf''?  Actually, on second thoughts, don't answer that).

No, what I needed was alternative green-headed characters.  In the end, as you will see, I settled on a clown and a punk, or as I may have mumbled to my fellow alumni - "a misunderstood comic character with a history stretching back to the fifth dynasty of Egypt and a representative of the 1970s musical subculture which embraced anti-Establishment ideologies."

And if anyone has any other green-haired suggestions, do let me know (and, no, leprechauns are red-heads - I've already been caught out with that one...).


*For instructions, follow the general advice here, substituting grass seeds for the cress. Also, a word of advice: if you are tempted to cut up a Sylvanian Family picnic blanket to use as tartan trousers, remember children generally frown - a lot - at such blatant vandalism.



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