I’ve wondered who this guy is a lot.
Turns out he’s Everyman. He’s Joe Public, apparently, the work of German artist Stephan Balkenhol.
There are more women than men in Edinburgh (and Scotland). How about a sculpture of the city’s Everywoman, instead? Or perhaps alongside?
According to population data, she’d be between 16 and 29, living in a flat with a council-tax banding between A and C and as likely to be single as she would to be married. Her life expectancy would be longer than Joe’s, too.
So where is she?
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I sang a solo in assembly at primary school. I was not to sing with my accent. I was to smooth it out, press it, make it like the ones on telly. Stop it from being harsh, hard, common, comical and broad. To make it more beautiful, for the song.
My Mum taught me to use a posh voice if you needed to be taken seriously; at work, returning something to a shop, parent’s night, church and politicians.
The song was called All Alone. Nowadays I have one voice for everything.
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