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April 29, 2006

Naked saxamaphone lady

Halidon is one of the main touristy shopping streets in Hania, and one of the stores specialises in selling original oil paintings. They go from between €25 to €80 each depending on the size, and mostly feature local views and typical Greek scenes done by local artists.

On one particular day though, we were gob-smacked to see the painting that had made it to the top of the display outside the shop. It was a depiction of the side-view of a well endowed lady, topless, wearing stockings and suspenders, playing the saxaphone. It seemed to take artistic inspiration from a mix of that painting of a naked woman with her back to the viewer and a huge swan in front of her, and the "tennis girl scratching her bum" photo. I don't think words can do justice to how jaw-droppingly tasteless it was.

In fact I was so astounded, that I even forgot to take a picture of it to post on here.

Well, next day, I was ready to take the photograph, purely in order to share this exquisite item with you all you understand, but found the painting was no longer on the top of the display. For two weeks I went by the shop every day, hoping to get a picture of what we had, by now, christened "Naked saxamaphone* lady"

So last week, armed with my camera, I browsed through every painting on display in that shop, ready to snatch a quick picture to post here. To my utter dismay, and then subsequent horror as I contemplated the thought of it on someone's wall, I realised that someone had bought it!

*named after the 'Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily' episode of The Simpsons when Homer tries to play Lisa's saxophone by singing Sax-a-ma-phone down it.

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