"The corrupt foot-&-mouth inspector & the unscrupulous abattoir owner" Fig 77 Facing the other way March 9.00pm
The topicality of the subject matter dates this
drawing to circa the BSE outbreak in the UK. Then again, I'd argue that we are
ignorant of how the traditional names for the constellations came into being.
Who was this Orion? What was special about his belt? A group of his mates might
have named the constellation after him one day when he was drunk & hung-over.
Orion might have been getting up to drunken antics with his "belt". His mates
weren't to know the name would stick, they just did it as a joke! Alternatively, Orion might have been a minor celeb from an ancient Greek reality tragedy, given his 15 minutes of
fame/notoriety by winning a vote-them-out show. His prize? He had a constellation named after
him. There might even have
been a scandal which we don't know about today, surrounding his "belt".
Perhaps a toned-down handbaggy euphemism for his homosexuality, or an allusion
to alleged S&M tendencies. Yet we today think nothing of this Orion, nor how he
achieved his fame.
Likewise, even if future generations know nothing of recent British mad cow disease and DEFRA, this constellation of mine will still be out there, regardless, twinkling away in the sky