TOYAH WILLCOX'S CANDLES
'The house has an energy of its own,' Toyah Willcox
has declared of her Wiltshire manor, once owned by the photographer Sir
Cecil Beaton. It's difficult to disagree: the combined wattage of the various
standard lamps, chandeliers and candles suggests inhabitants of deep space
have a clear view into Toyah's place of an evening, nets or not.
The former high priestess of punk also claims
to have seen Beaton's ghost doing the rounds - and by the looks of her
drawing-room, you can't blame the old boy. One candle gives a nice glow:
47 looks like an invitation to anyone from the other side who happens to
be in the area. Nowadays, of course, candles are part of the essential
tool kit for the armchair spiritualist and can be found in any good Mind
Body Spirit section of a department store near you. Funnily enough, these
days Toyah herself is to be found on digital channels with names like Wellbeing
or Balance - either there or on her mantlepiece, anyway. Because, unless
that's an injection-moulded plastic Toyah candlestick or some sort of retro
1980s carriage clock (and you wouldn't bet against either in this room),
she's finally thrown off the shackles of convention and possibly even gravity.
But then, she always did Want To Be Free.
Sunday Telegraph Magazine
9th February 2003
Thanks to Paul Lomas