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Monday, March 02, 2009

The Same Photo Everyone Has.


British Museum, originally uploaded by zombiecoterie.

The other morning, I had a dream that there was a mode you could unlock on Prince of Persia that turned it into Prince of Wales. Instead of running up walls and slaughtering gooey monsters, you wandered around tutting at architecture and occasionally talking to plants.

In light of this, I accepted the offer of a free ticket to the Shah 'Abbas exhibition at the British Museum. I have to say I was a bit disappointed that they chose to concentrate on his religious reforms, tyranny, paedophilia and the murder of his parents, rather than his legendary agility. Sometimes the ticket paying audience want to get what it says on the tin rather than an elaborate new re-interpretation. There's a few huge screens set up in the middle of the reading room, beneath the majestic domed roof. They display massive projections of Iran's beautiful architecture and leave it up to the viewers to insert what was clearly missing - the leaping, rolling and climbing figure of the Prince.

I think I played the British Museum in Prince of Wales mode, walking around tutting, smiling and asking, "Did you make this?" to anyone stood next to an exhibit.

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