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Overheard

The place: 'Body Worlds' the 90% brilliantly-executed-popular- science, 10% uber-insensitive-freakshow exhibition of plastic-coated corpses at the Truman Gallery, Brick Lane.

13 August 2002

What we heard...


Mother (shouting): "Look Declan, a baby [inside a 'reclining' pregnant corpse], isn't it sweet?"

Declan: "Can we go see the horse now?"

Mother: "In a minute, I just need to phone auntie Sue and find out about dinner".

...

What we wish we'd heard...


Mother (shouting): "Look Declan, a baby, isn't it sweet?"

Declan: "No mum. It's a dead baby. A plastic-coated human being whose only experience of the world was to spend eight months inside the womb of a young woman who died before she could give birth. Frankly I find your enthusiasm - and your volume - distasteful. Now why don't you go and gawp at the dead horse and leave me to contemplate the fact that only the smallest quirk of fate prevented me from being that baby inside that woman rather than your living, breathing, healthy son.

Mother: I hate myself.



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