Bet you can't guess what management consultancy and medieval art could possibly have in common? More than you might think. Way back when I had a job with one of these outfits (not, I hasten to add, as a consultant) there were all sorts of buzz phrases flying around the four way matrices - stars, dogs, cows, upsizing, rightsizing and the like. One of the favourite acronyms was 'SIS' - 'Steal Ideas Shamelessly'. Everyone knows that up until modern times, composers did exactly that: they were all madly borrowing good tunes, even plagiarising themselves sometimes. And visual artists likewise. When and how the shame attached itself to creative expropriation, with artists supposed all to be flinging paint at canvas in a totally unique and original way, I don't know. Probably the management gurus have replaced 'SIS' with something trendier long since, but let us remain true to the principle. For reasons of my own I have been messing round with dragons quite a lot this year, and I don't mind admitting that I lifted some more or less wholesale from the line decorations of a manuscript in the library of my old College called The Psalter of Simon de Montacute. The librarian put me under a strict injunction not to put any photographs of the manuscript on line - perhaps that means there is a digital facsimile somewhere which you can pay large amounts to see. But they can't object to me publishing my 'homages', I'm sure. Gold and glair on vellum - just for fun and practice but I guess they'll come in handy for something one day.
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