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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Day 853 - Mysterious Fifi and the Secret Code of Rank

On my blog entry of yesterday, I asked the 'Mysterious Fifi', if she knew why that particular photo of Alexandra Bastedo had been used on the cover of the Smiths LP, 'Rank'. Here is her(?) reply:


I do have a theory about the photo of "Rank" but as usual, it's only a theory which probably only makes sense in my own fantasy world.

I know the title "Rank" is quite a mystery in itself. It could be a reference to J. Arthur, a synonym of vulgar or the cockney rhyme. Nobody really knows.
The way I see it, Rank is a reference to cryptography (secret codes). Rank codes form a matrix that helps locating code errors. It's all very scientific and would take ages to explain but the only interesting thing here is that the word rank can be a reference to secret codes and it is one of the fundamental pieces of data associated with a matrix.
This is the first part of the theory and I'm sorry if it already sounds confusing.

Now, let's try to link this theory to a famous person.
We could choose Richard Barrett in the late 60's TV series 'The Champions' for example. Barrett was a cryptography specialist and even the best code breaker in the world.
So maybe William Gaunt (aka Barrett) could be the face of RANK?

And how about Gaunt's TV partner Alexandra Bastedo (aka Sharron Macready)? She is a vegetarian, animal activist and a popular 60's and 70's sex-symbol.
Alexandra sounds more Smiths-esque than Gaunt, let's be honest. She can be the face of RANK instead.

Plus, she played in the 1975 film 'The ghoul' produced by Rank Film Distrubutors Ltd so she seems to be the best choice.
And why that photo of Alexandra in particular? Well isn't it just beautiful? That's not a theory, just an opinion.

There, you have my RANK theory. I hope you enjoyed it but don't believe everything you read.

As ridiculous as it may sound, I must report a particular event that happened recently. On December 29th, Johnny Marr posted a photo on his twitter account taken at MONA in Tasmania and he wrote "Underground headquarters in Tasmania built in the side of a rock by the sea with code running down the wall".
I suggest you go see that photo. What you will not see, however, is the comment he wrote a few minutes after posting the photo and read "Now you know what inspired the RANK cover"
As a couple of his followers asked confused questions about the RANK reference, Johnny deleted his comment and never mentioned it again.

A matrix, a code…and RANK?
Does my theory still sound crazy?

And if I am right, then what is the secret code in Rank? I wonder.

Have a good night little charmers.
Fifi

Wow, there is a secret code in RANK! And could the white rose on the cover have any meaning? The rose is far more evident in the original picture:

THE ORIGINAL RANK COVER PHOTO OF ALEXANDRA BASTEDO (WITH A WHITE ROSE) - TAKEN FROM THE BOOK, 'BIRDS OF BRITAIN 1967', AN EARLY DAY FHM. (THANKS TO @LIZZYCATMOZ FOR THE LINK)

KATE MOSS LOOKING BASTEDOESQUE

According to Mozipedia, 'Rank' was originally set to be called 'The Smiths in Heat', and Mozipedia also confirms what Fifi has written, in that it is assumed that 'Rank' was either a reference to the film company Rank, or was Morrissey using the word as cockney rhyming slang for 'Wank'. Fifi's new theory about codes would seem quite far fetched, but if anybody knows, it's Fifi! 

Johnny Marr's tweet about his code covered photo at Mona, and his subsequent tweet, of "Now you know what inspired the RANK cover" add to the plausibility. Here is Marr's original tweet and photo:


Underground headquarters inTasmania built in the side of a rock by the sea with code running down the walls. MONA.




THE MARR'S - CODED



THE MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (MONA) TASMANIA - IT EVEN LOOKS LIKE A SECRET HQ FOR CODE BREAKERS


So, did anybody else see Johnny Marr's tweet about the code inspiring RANK? Please let me know. I certainly didn't see it, but then again, I wouldn't have, I am STILL blocked by Marr! And WHY did Marr delete the tweet?.... And HOW did Fifi remember the exact wording of the tweet, seeing as it has gone? Mystery upon mystery upon mystery.

One thing is for sure, every single comment that is left on this blog by Fifi is both important and relevant. There were a number of comments left by Fifi over the Christmas period that I haven't reported on, because I took Christmas off, but it is time to revisit them. Here is the first, which carries on from my blog entry on Day 831 of FTM, in which I asked if there were any more Jean Cocteau references in the works of The Smiths:


Clue of the day : 1984

And I am sure this one is not going to be a revelation. Surely it was discussed before!
How could I know these things? I can't be the only one.
I am not talking about "This charming man" which would be too easy.
I'll let you do your research...

This is a lot of fun, isn't it?
I am ecstatic.
Have a good day,

Fifi

Hi Fifi, one must presume you are referring to Cocteau's serpent tattoo on the shoulder of Fabrice Colette, from the Hatful of Hollow cover. This has indeed been discussed before, but any idea WHY Morrissey chose the photo?

I am glad to hear that you are ecstatic.... and overjoyed too?

Bermondsey Billy


HATFUL OF HOLLOW



Well done Billy, you win the Perry Capsule jacket! I am indeed overjoyed for you.
The drawing is called "Par Bruno" and is supposed to be a Cocteau self-portrait. I am not sure why you call it a serpent but it's not like I know everything!
The photo of Fabrice Colette taken by Gilles Decroix in 1983 was published in the French paper Liberation's special edition about Cocteau in the same year.
There is also a blue line next to the photo which is believed to be the same colour as the one used on Hatful of Hollow.
http://doaldaze.tumblr.com/post/28530497723/fabrice-colette-by-gilles-decroix

Fabrice Colette by Gilles Decroix

That's about all I have to say about this.

Today, I caught myself watching the video for "All you need is me" and I remembered why I used to like it when it came out. That nipple-revealing jumper and the wallpaper in Boorer's box are such a delight for the eye.
And is it me or Morrissey turns around to show his backside when he sings 'There's a naked man standing, laughing in your dreams' in a 'Hand in Glove' kind of way?
No that's probably just me...
Unless 'You know who it is but you don't like what it means'

Ha ha ha, am I moving too fast for you? Am I beginning to confuse you?

A miserable Christmas to you too "Morrissey"!
Fifi


PAR BRUNO

I personally can't see how 'Par Bruno' inspired the tattoo, but i found this line drawing on Solow, provided by somebody called 'Smiler'. Does anybody know where this drawing originates?

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Fifi is RIGHT about the jumper, the wallpaper, AND Moz turning in the 'All You Need Is Me' video. The BLUE jumper has little flowers on it...roses? The wallpaper is BLUE....and looks to be covered in roses too! Moz DOES turn in a 'Hand in Glove' way. Watch: http://vimeo.com/1299100


"ALL YOU NEED IS ME"


And there's more! Thanks to Comrade Harps perseverance, Fifi provided more information over Christmas about Jean Cocteau, and his influence on Morrissey. Here is Comrade Harps question, and Fifi's responses from Day 833 of FTM:


Getting back to Our Mozzer's mysteries, conspiracies and the significance of Jean Cocteau for a tick, consider these lines from To Give (The Reason I Live) (which, although not a lyric by Morrissey,is sung by him in concert, as realised in 25Live - indeed, I was a live and direct witness of this song in performance during the 2012 Melbourne Festival Hall concert):

I was born as a part of the plan...

And I believe
Everything on this earth
Having meaning and worth

Everything on this earth does have meaning and worth, comrade harps.

Just like on "La triple baie du transept Nord", by J. Cocteau : http://espacetrevisse.e-monsite.com/pages/expositions/les-vitraux-de-cocteau-de-l-eglise-st-maximin-de-metz.html

Fifi


LA TRIPLE BAIE DU TRANSEPT NORD

comrade harps29 December 2013 00:26
Fifi, what I meant is by quoting the "meaning and worth" is that Our Mozzer is perhaps seeing meaning and messages in Jean Cocteau's work that relate to Our Mozzer Himself, as being "part of the plan".

Being a "born again atheist" (a lyric phrase which, curiously enough, occurs in 2 Morrissey songs), I have trouble seeing "the plan" but I note that Morrissey's lyrics (and those of the covers he sings) are increasingly referring to religion and to God. It's something that I'm quite sensitive to. Cocteau and Morrissey both have a relationship (a mutual connection) with Catholicism, which is beyond me.

But what is important here is the observation that the trinity of Morrissey, Our Mozzer and Fifi are drawing connections between Our Mozzer's and Morrissey's understandings of the world (and their place in it) and Cocteau's art.

His writing is also served by a pure and nervous line in a chromatic dominated by the clear blue.

The furrows on the surface by the oscillatory movements of the line are like scars revealing strange inner worlds .

In the third lancet if the same vibrations always produce horizontal harmonic forms also help to highlight two beautiful roses.

This floral presence is also not trivial because the rose plays an essential role in the stories , particularly in Beauty and the Beast. According to Jean -Pascal Pillot , the rose has triggered a series of events that have affected the four elements (earth , water, air and fire) . It is the rose in particular has led to the transformation of the story and caused the irruption of the sacred . Of course it did not escape Jean Cocteau.
Hence a rose bears his name : http://www.roseraieduvaldemarne.fr/roseraie_internet_2010/spip.php?page=rosedumois&id_rubrique=183&id_article=1393&lang=en&annee=2013

Fifi

TEQUILA SUPREME  AKA THE JEAN COCTEAU ROSE

This is ALL so fascinating, and even the words earth, water and air immediately made me think of OUR story. The letters in the word 'earth' are all in the word heather (he earth), the letters in the word 'water' are all in the word rat (we rat), air, or AIRRAID is one of the main members of the Blue Rose Society. Does 'fire' mean anything to anybody?

 Astraea (who I also believe to be Fifi....and Moz) also added some quotes over Christmas:

On page 94 I was shy. I should have written: Works of art are alibis.

Jean Cocteau, Opéra 1927

All of my poetry is here. I trace that which is invisible.

Jean Cocteau, Opéra 1927

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses. J.C.

Fifi


This quote was left anonymously:

"Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what’s known as infinity." - Anubis in Act 2 of The Infernal Machine (1932).


And there's more from Fifi:


'Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else. And failing', said Cocteau in his acceptance speech to the Académie Française (October 1955), quoting Raymond Radiguet.

I really think you know
I think you know the truth Jeane

We tried and we failed.

Fifi


JEAN COCTEAU DURING HIS SPEECH AT THE ACADEMIC FRANCAISE - OCT 20TH 1955


Finally for today, I would like to post the latest pearls of wisdom and comedic wit from Our Mozzer's twitter account, but unfortunately I can't, because he has deleted it again! This happened last night, just after Broken had been suspended by the Twitter Police for posting too many semi-naked photos of Bieber. What can I say? Our Mozzer had been in a debating mood, and at one point seemed to join forces with one of his old twitter foes, Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch), as they tried to educate the homophobic '@adeola_ajibabi'. Our Mozzer also took the time to urge his followers NOT to follow '@troubledmozza', an account that somehow has 6,468 and tweets things like this:


Sixteen, clumsy and shy I went to London and I, I booked myself in at the Y.W.C.A. It's fun to stay at the Y.W.C.A.


TroubledMozza has 6,468 followers, and yet as of yesterday, '@MorrisseyParody' had just 631...It just doesn't make sense! It's like people choosing to watch this man instead of Morrissey:

PAUL SOMEBODY OR OTHER

I wonder if Joyce and Rourke have ever considered contacting Paul thingy to form 'From The Smiths', just as Bruce and Rick formed 'From The Jam'? Obviously Johnny would never stoop so low, but it MUST have crossed the mind of Joyce, although he has been in the press again lately, stating that he would like to reform the proper Smiths! I bet he would! Joyce has also announced that he hasn't read 'The Book'.... yeah right! Perhaps he's listened to the audio version instead.

And finally, a mysterious tweet has just been posted on twitter by the equally mysterious '@MorrisseysMum'. I should remind everybody that this particular twitter account first came to our attention right at the beginning of this whole MorrisseysWorld phenomenon, in 2011. The account was even advertised on the MW blogsite. 

When the '@MorrisseysWorld' twitter account first disappeared, the 'Mum' account took over, and talked of 'women with wood', before Log Lady then appeared on the MW blog. The owner of the mum account then got bored with it, and let the name go, at which point 'I' registered it. I then received a DM message from '@Banjaxer', saying that the original owner would like it back, so I handed it over to Banjaxer. The question is, does Banjaxer, ie Kevin Marinan still own it, or did he pass it on to the 'original' owner, and if so, WHO is that original owner, who advertised it on the MW blog? Hmm. Here is the mystery tweet :


Thirty years ago today a milestone was passed. A river was crossed. A decision was made. Tomorrow we might cross that river again.

The Smiths first LP was released in February 1984, so did something happen on Jan 14th 1984 relating to the album? Answers on a postcard please.

Goodnight.

TWITTERDILLY ARMS TOP 10 - AS BROADCAST BY @FLUFFRAT AT 4 PM TODAY IN THE TWITTERDILLY ARMS TO AN AUDIENCE THAT INCLUDED: @FadingGoldLeaf, @LoughtonLil, @Heathercat222 , @MarcusMarkou (sort of) and, er, nobody else! "It makes you wonder why the poor s*d bothers."

1. ANOTHER PLACE - FRANCOISE HARDY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjaxjh6pKLg

2. SATELLITE OF LOVE - MORRISSEY (DOWN 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLXS9So5SW0

3. TAKE MY HAND FOR A WHILE - FRANCOISE HARDY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBqKLJh34ww

4. IT'S GETTING LATE - FRANCOISE HARDY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiBIOxQJpK4

5. LA MAISON OU J'AI GRANDI - FRANCOISE HARDY (NEW ENTRY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8eD9Oreqes

6. RUN TO MY LOVIN' ARMS - APRIL YOUNG (NEW ENTRY) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjJpz5Uhvqc

7. ANGEL BABY - ROSIE AND THE ORIGINALS (NEW ENTRY) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KikHXfUanJk

8. I WILL BE SEVEN - NICO (NEW ENTRY) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLvX8xUo240

9. AND THAT REMINDS ME - TIMI YURO (NEW ENTRY) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohHLBWjvUpA

10. BOYS KEEP SWINGING - DAVID BOWIE (NEW ENTRY) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMhFyWEMlD4 

30 comments:

  1. I'm glad you loved all of my songs. But I still love them more than you do.

    As for Fifi, well... she's quite the little firecracker, isn't she?

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    1. If I am a firecracker, Astraea, then you are fireworks x
      Fifi

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    2. I do love a pretty girl who knows JUST how to turn my head. So, thank you.

      Now let's just hope that everyone else is ready for us both, Fifi. I'm fairly sure though that we might still have to buy them all some extra fire blankets.

      Oven mitts, at the very least.

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  2. Hi. Just want to confirm the 'mum' Twitter account was returned to the original owner who, inexperienced in such things, did not realise the name would be released and free for others to re-register once abandoned.
    The original and current owner is not Morrissey.

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    1. Thanks Walter. Keep your head down old son, or 'Not Morrissey' will 'ave yer, and you wouldn't want that now, would yer. How much a week was it again, £47.50? Must be due a pay rise by now.

      Claude

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  3. my, I can see why you get fed up with not many comments but honestly whiskers some of us are at work all day, I will send you a postcard from LA.. regards

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  4. Perhaps there has always been a code running
    through The Smiths and Morrissey's work ?

    Although there is a resemblance, Alexandra
    had far more class than Kate will ever convey.

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  5. The chart looked like a corker. I am loving Francoise Hardy, she is the voice of the broken hearted.
    As I said earlier I am intrigued by the code & what may lay beneath.

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  6. I thought you were never going to mention the blue roses video aka All you need is me!
    I am happy you keep enjoying my comments. I really am. So thank you.

    'Par Bruno' was probably a mistake on my part, that's what I had in mind but I will go look for the correct name of the drawing.

    As for Johnny's tweet, like I said, he wrote it and then deleted it only a few minutes later.
    If you go to the account of @Scarlet_Ibis and look for some comments she posted on Dec. 29th on Johnny's account, you will see there definitely was a 'Rank' conversation at some point.
    I do not know the person mentioned, I am only sending you there to prove Johnny did talk about Rank and codes. I am starting to know you Rat, you will start thinking I am that Scarlet but I am not, nor do I have any idea who she is. It's only the only person who commented on the Rank reference that's all.
    I am not on Twitter personally but I cruise on it sometimes and that's how I know these things.

    I would love to write more but as Ringo Starr once said 'I've got blisters on my fingers!'
    Too much writing... I must rest but i will return soon. "Je reste avec vous"

    And where shall I send my postcard regarding January 14th, 1984?

    Ps. Did you read the recent interview by the gorgeous Linder? http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2014/jan/12/linder-sterling-artist-punk-st-ives

    If you happen to go to TATE St Ives, you should check out this exhibition called 'Aquatopia' : http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-st-ives/exhibition/aquatopia

    The Wangeshi Mutu painting used on the home page is quite interesting, isn't it?
    It's everywhere, dear Rat. Don't lose the passion. Keep writing.

    Your code-breaking ally, Fifi.

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    1. Pps. Shizu Saldamando posted a photo on her personal Instagram account today.
      A blue rose.
      Has anyone else seen it?
      Ouch, ouch, blisters...I'm gone!
      Fifi

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    2. I seen it Fifi its a gorgeous tattoo

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    3. FifI, I'm so intrigued by the whole LA TRIPLE BAIE DU TRANSEPT by J.C thank u for sharing! Fascinating!

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  7. I quite agree Rat old son. My fans are just not up to scratch. Whatever I do, I'm just ignored. Admittedly your little blog thing is only fractionally as good as my mesmeric thing, but all the same - you do deserve better. As do I, naturally.

    I'm bored to bu**ery. So I've closed down my twitter whoreboard and I'll shut down my blog.

    You can keep the torch burning, old friend. After all, you have more time than me, and it's worth considerably less, at least money-wise.

    Good look with following me. I wish you all the best in dedicating your life to a more worthy cause, such as yours truly.

    Our Mozzer

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    1. Dear Our Mozzer,
      This makes me weep. Please know that we do care. If you feel ignored, it may be because some of us struggle with finding the right words or don't feel clever enough to say anything interesting, or we're distracted by responsibilities that demand much of our time. It saddens me to know that we have disappointed you while MW has meant so much to us. You will be missed greatly. All the best to you x

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    2. Yes! please Our Mozzer do listen to what HeatherCat saids, she's so right! It's exactly how I feel & I think many out there do as well. I hope you do come back soon, we miss you dearly.
      PS You are a worthy cause, because you are a part of my life xx

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    3. Of course we care. I am genuinely upset that you think we don't. I appreciate that you have devoted a lot of your time to this journey which has had a great impact on some of our lives, greater than you may think.

      I will miss you
      I hope you pop back from time to time.
      With love, thanks & affection xx




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    4. Very sorry that your fans have not come up to scratch.
      We come back to the same thing, most people struggle
      to believe that you are Morrissey.
      Not your loyal fans here and on Twitter,
      but the wider world.
      I cannot thank you enough for it was your MW blog
      that got me involved from the start.
      With love and affection xx

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    5. Good, now i can have my life back

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  8. Oh For Fucks Sake!!!

    Brother Michael

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  9. Oh great one--how about popping in the Hulmerist video or a CD of Viva Hate, Kill Uncle, or Bona Drag and consider how good you were back then. Now, try to get back to doing that.

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  10. Here we go again--shut it down already. How many times will this take for you to keep your word?

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  11. Whine, whine, whine. Instead of promising to do all of this every month or so (or whatever), just do it. Talk about attention-seeking, sorry behaviour?

    Maybe there is a secret sign? Close it down.

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  12. Quite an impressive blog entry, Rats. Thanks for compiling Fifi's fascinating insights for us - I have to agree, she is quite the firecracker! Thanks to Fifi for giving us so many interesting things to mull over, and it's great to see that she has joined us on twitter. Quite a coincidence that I represent the earth element because my astrological sign is an earth sign. Please carry on blogging, Rats, because you must.

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  13. Dear Rat, don't be sad and don't stop to writing! I'm sure a new tour is going to be announced and you'll got many things to write, new coincidences and new interesting comments by Fifì ! Did you see Fifì's new account? have you noticed how she's flirting with Astrea? Please give us a smile! About the mum I don't know the identity, but she never disappointed us with her informations so just wait! Ciao! P.S. Jean Cocteau is a never ending discovery!

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  14. Buggered if I know.

    Blinking well baffling.

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  15. I shall bring you back with the power of poetry!!!

    Oh dearest hairy Rat I do implore,
    You stop being an absent bore,
    The blog’s essential, as you know,
    Defeating trolls at So-Low

    Rat, Rat, come back and play,
    It’s wet and cloudy and terribly grey,
    Your insight, whiskers and your wit,
    Are like a candle (in the wind) when lit.

    Our online life is missing that zing,
    Tell me this wasn’t a digital fling,
    There is no underestimation,
    In your blog’s estimation.

    Brother Michael

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  16. Dear Mr Rat & Mr Mozzer,

    I am writing to inform you that I would be truly disappointed at the cessation of your fine blogs. Since I am a little latecomer to the aforementioned missives, I am also a wee bit miffed. Your timing is dreadful. Surely I am not the only newcomer to these blogs....words and whispers spread like wildfire. I shall now go forth and weep bitter tears into a nice cup of Assam.

    Yours sincerely

    Willow

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  17. I don’t follow JM, but have looked at his tweets and Scarlet’s as suggested by Fifi. Scarlet did make some reference to Rank and then something about ‘similar expressions’. On 7 Jan JM has posted a picture which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Alexandra Bastedo photo used on Rank. Maybe he posted this pic with his earlier tweet (which would explain the similar expression comment)?

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    1. I can explain. When JM posted a comment about the code being a reference to RANK, someone tried to understand what he meant by asking if it was because the facial expressions on JM's photo were the same as on Rank. That's why there was a comment about 'similar expressions', but it was just a wild guess. And a wrong one.
      I hope it clarifies it for you, Girlwithout.
      Fifi

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