Our use of the word “month” to describe our “Pole of the Month” takes this chronological division of time to its loosest possible definition. You certainly couldn’t set your calendar by it. Perhaps I should re-title it “Pole of the length of time since I last remembered to put one up”. Not quite so prosaic.
Anyway, herewith a photo that was submitted to me as a possible contender for P.O.T.M. And while this is clearly an interesting piece of street furniture – insomuch as it’s a right old mess and it’s in Santiago Atltlan which is in Guatemala – it just doesn’t quite float my boat enough to warrant POTM status somehow. Perhaps it’s that the photo is just of the central gubbins? And that the top is missing, and the bottom; as too is any interesting background. You see, for the true poetry of a pole to come out we need to see it harmonising in its natural environment. So, Simon Shouler – who I think sells houses for a living – thank you very much for taking the trouble to send us your submission, but I’m afraid it won’t go down in history as a T.P.A.S. P.O.T.M.
On another note, Brian MacDermott wrote to us…
I seem to recall as a young lad (late 1950s, UK) that we called insulators ‘dolls’ or ‘dollies’. Is my memory correct??
Well, I have never actually heard them called dollies, but I like the idea so much that I’m going to perpetuate this idea. So Brian, the answer to your question is “Yes”. insulators are (from now on at least) called dollies.