Monday 5 December 2016

Working it out: She has her head in the clouds

Published 31/08/2015 | 02:30

A cloud music service means no longer having to store your music on an MP3 player. Photo: Thinkstock
A cloud music service means no longer having to store your music on an MP3 player. Photo: Thinkstock

I have often heard it said, "Books do furnish a room." I have often said it myself. I think of it as a clever observation and had totally forgotten that it was the title of a famous book written by Anthony Powell a long time ago. I suspect I am not alone in forgetting this.

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How we furnish a room says a lot about what we want others to think about us. What are the last things you do before a potential lover arrives at your living space for the first time? I don't believe anybody has the supreme confidence to leave things exactly as they are and just rely on their attractive personality.

Do you want to be seen as tidy or messy? Do you want to be seen as serious or fun-loving. Which magazines will you make visible? The ones in French or the ones with Harley Davidsons? There are many devices to use to give someone a shorthand as to what type of person you are. This is the substance of all those voyeuristic television programmes where you see the inside of someone's house and have to guess who they are.

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