A Snoring Machine


'A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing'.

Okay folks, we do realise that is charming item postdates Keats by nearly a couple of centuries, but it seems to us (and we hope you agree) that there is a kind of ethereal kinship between the two.

Yes! On a par with Keats, this is fine art at its finest.  The glorious frame with its slightly baroque wibble is crafted from glorious milk-chocolate-coloured plastic and it surrounds a scene of such outstanding beauty it will make your friends drool and gasp.  Against a photographic back-drop of ruminating cows and dinky alpine chalets is a three dimensional model:  a man (with the head of a hedgehog), having drunk from the bottle marked Austria at his side (never tried this beverage ourselves but it seems to have done the trick) sleeps away the afternoon – his right hand pointing to …..no……no….. we won’t go there!

“What beauty to behold!” we hear you cry – as we see you rummaging in your trouser pockets for the necessary wherewithal “We must buy this stunning artwork without delay!”

But stay your hand gentle reader – we have not finished.  Beneath Mr Hedgehog’s tussock we fine a small string – one deft tug and Mr Hedgehog comes to life – his abdomen heaves up and down, and he snores. We jest not…. This is flat art, three dimensional art and kinetic art all rolled into one – with free alluring sound effect thrown in.

Don’t even think of giving this to someone who snores ……

About 8 x 5½ inches

The back reads:

Original PETER


Copyright 1968

* ‘Inzing is a town in the Austrian Tyrol. The industry, which is locadet at the east of the village, is affected by wood-working’.  (Wikipedia)

Well this thing certainly wasn’t.



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