One flew over the fairy’s nest

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As a child, I remember falling in love with Richard Dadd’sThe fairy fellers’ master stroke“‘ when I first saw it, in the Tate gallery. I went on to read about Richard’s exceptional and tragic life. When studying for my psychology degree I recognised some of his paintings on the covers of books about mental health

Richard Dadd stayed in the hospital that is now known as the Maudsley hospital. It’s probably the oldest (1247) psychiatric hospital in the world!

Tiger is now an ‘informal‘ patient here. Informal means that theoretically he consents to being there – he can leave. He believes that he would be sectioned if he tried to leave. I’d be scared if he didn”t have 24hr  professional care nearby

One flew over the fairy’s nest
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5 bits of lovely banter on “One flew over the fairy’s nest”

  1. Kay Guest writes:

    Perhaps Tiger could write a book about his experience at this hospital. It sounds like an amazing place. I am sorry if I am asking an obvious question, but is Tiger your son? I sincerely hope that all goes well for him and that this hospital is not too far away for you to visit.
    That painting that you have pictured above is incredible. It mentioned in the info on Richard Dadd that Charles Dickens must have known him since they think one of the characters in David Copperfield was named after him.

    By the way, I really enjoy the security words that I have to type in! [removed by wendy got violating ‘play nicely’ rule 7]!

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  2. wendy writes:

    Hi Kay, I met Tiger in 1975, and he’s been my best friend since then. Facebook thinks we’re brother and sister. You can find out more about our friendship by clicking on the ‘Tiger’ link in the tags under the heading of this post. The first few scribbles are when I lived in the USA (Tiger didn’t).

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  3. Scarlet writes:

    Tiger is exceptionally good at hair sculpture! I had my hair the exact same way in 1984.
    Sx

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    wendy writes

    tee hee – Scarlet you were a style leader! My hair is straight and lies flat – getting that ‘stand-up’ with a ‘curve’ effect took lots of product, time and fun. I quickly reverted to a bob soon after…. Tiger is the person who kept pushing for a bob when I grew hair. He was right.

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  4. Jenny writes:

    I like that painting too although it gets more peculiar the more I look at it. I do hope that Tiger stays where he is safe and that he is in a better state soon. The Maudsley must be one of the best places to be in that situation

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