Sunday, July 23, 2006


Berners' Folly

Speaking of follies, yesterday's Guardian reviews the latest issue of The Follies Journal, a yearly journal dedicated to architectural follies. It is published, naturally, by The Folly Fellowship -- an organization which I think I may have to join, if simply for the name.

Of one of the founding fathers, the Guardian writes:

They seem to have been inspired by... the artist, writer, composer and complete eccentric Lord Berners. Berners, who installed a clavichord in the back of his Rolls-Royce and was given to dyeing doves unnatural hues, had overcome fierce local opposition to have a tower with a "Gothic top-not" built at Farringdon, his Berkshire seat in 1935.

The Berners mansion is still very much around. And yes, they still dye their doves:

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