The Gallery – Men – Son, Husband and Old Geezer

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This photo is such a favourite of mine. Taken in Toronto, 2008, here you see my lovely boy, Rory, accompanied by his dad, and my hubby, Dougie. But who’s the old bloke beside them?

This sculpture of an old chap taking a rest sits on the end of a normal bench in the city centre. It made me chuckle, the thought of an assortment of people taking a seat next to him each day, sharing their sandwiches, having a chinwag, collecting their thoughts. You’d never feel alone if you took your seat here, though perhaps you’d be inclined to ask him to budge up a bit!

This is my entry for Tara Cain’s Gallery, the theme of which this week is MEN!


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  1. MrsW

    May 11, 2010 11:04 am

    We have a similar statue in our town – she's a bit ghostly tho – and despite her having been perched on a bench in the High Street for absolutely years I still often mistake her for a real person when she's got someone beside her – despite being similarly monochrome!

  2. Trish @ Mum's Gone to...

    May 11, 2010 1:54 pm

    Mrs W – I've never seen this sort of statue before; maybe it's more common than I thought!

    The Mad House – well this was two years ago when he was 12. He is now probably about 5'9 or 10 and yes it seems to be all in his legs.

    Steve – trust you to lower the tone! I think you'll find his whole body is a bit stiff… actually 😉

  3. deer baby

    May 11, 2010 6:29 pm

    Yes, he's taking up a lot of room on that bench. And sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time is so not good for you. I remember my Dad sitting next to a waxwork of Marie Antoinette at Madam Tussauds and getting a fright. And being told off the security guard.

    My husband didn't want his photo on my blog. And I could only just persuade my son!

    Nice photo of your boys.

  4. B Shuh

    May 18, 2010 2:17 am

    The "old bloke" beside your husband is Glenn Gould, a Canadian pianist famous for his interpretation of Bach. The statue is place on the street in front of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) building where one of the performing spaces is the Glenn Gould Theatre. Although an excellent pianist, Gould had a reputation for being a bit eccentric – You probably noticed that the statue portrays him sitting on a bench wearing a hat, coat and gloves — items Gould was almost never seen without, even on a hot summer's day. He wasn't that old – he died at aged 50 in 1982.

  5. Trish @ Mum's Gone to...

    May 18, 2010 6:30 am

    @B Shuh – Thank you so much. That's fantastic to discover my old geezer was a real person (and not that old either). I feel rather embarrassed that I took no heed to the building behind the bench. I'm delighted you took the time to pass on the information. The photo has taken on an extra special meaning now.


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