An amusing spoof at theSpoof.com with a Birmingham angle:
Shoppers in Birmingham’s City Centre were confronted by the spectacular vision of the city’s Arts Czar this morning. As they feebly attempted to keep their minds on their Christmas shopping their imaginations were captured by the charismatic figure of Theodore Parker Bowles, Birmingham’s Arts Czar since 2000.
Wearing nothing but his specially commissioned pink latex body suit, accessorised with juxtaposing vivid blue codpiece and shimmering nipple tassels, Parker Bowles strutted his stuff along Corporation Street between 10 and 11 am, hoisting a placard demanding “Attention for THE ARTS”.
As I wrote on the 23rd November it seems like the recent official spin about a â€œriseâ€ in arts funding was actually a smokescreen for cuts. But I didnâ€™t realise how massive those cuts would be.