What to publish for the millenary* post in Other Men's Flowers? How about some pointless statistics such as that every month for five and a half years around fifteen Omfposts (as aficionados call them) have been published, each month's batch containing on average 4,151 words, 14 links and 8 pictures, and eliciting 22 comments?
No, those figures are all quite accurate but not at bit interesting; better to list a few Omfposts which typify the style and content of the blog. Here are some:
•The Story of Ginger Biscuits;
•A frank account of an embarrassing experience I had in 1958;
•Twenty-five questions about obscure Victorian novels, with answers;
•Something scurrilous about a well-loved national figure;
•Some thoughts on people who profess enthusiasm for the Tory party or Jesus or homeopathy;
•A rude limerick in Portuguese;
•A selection of witticisms lifted without acknowledgement from the works of Frank Muir;
•A review of a play which I very nearly went to see last week;
•Key paragraphs from Schopenhauer's Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung;
•Some notes on ringworm from an article in the British Medical Journal, August 1925;
•A nice photo of a man in a funny hat;
These are imaginary, but all are typical, and redolent of the profound superficiality, the careful insouciance, the consistently erratic approach and the gentle Schrecklichkeit which have made Other Men's Flowers essential reading for top international Leichenbegleiteren ever since it started publication in January 2004. The list itself gives a good idea of the blog's flavour, so I will leave it at that: THIS IS OMFPOST 1000.
[*i.e. one-thousandth, not to be confused with posts about millinery (women's hats), of which there are many among these.]