Every now and then, I can still be shocked. And I thought those days were over?! Not! Obviously. I read on BBC that Britney Spears shaved off her hair at some arbitrary hair studio. This in itself is not really anything that could be considered world shattering. After all both my daughters did this at a much younger age than the Britney is now. Shows some arrested development perhaps?
According to the BBC report it said that the hair studio owned by an Esther Tognozzi, has now set up a website to auction off Ms Britney’s famous locks. And there’s more. You also get to carry away the further booty of the hair clippers which assisted in the dastardly deed, a blue lighter – wow can’t contain myself, but wait there’s even more. She also left a can of Red Bull, which she was drinking at the time of the denuding. That will all be part of the bounty, to go to the highest bidder of the hair. This is not Ms Spears’ favourite hair studio. In fact it doesn’t seem that she ever visited this place before. So Ms Esther, has in her sights a windfall of magnificent and highly unexpected proportion.
This is why I love the Americans so much. Ms Esther, being a good citizen of the land of vast opportunity, where everything and anything goes, is now expecting bidders for said locks. And she feels that she should be able to get $1m. Of course some of the proceeds will go to charity, according to Ms Esther! Really? A nickel or a dime?
No matter what the outcome is to the hair auction, hopefully Ms Tognozzi should at least be clever enough to benefit from the free publicity. Possibly, if all else fails she can build a little shrine for pilgrimage purposes? What about a suitably kitsch display cabinet if she doesn’t manage to sell the locks at a good price. That could always work as a point of attraction. In fact it might be an idea not to sell those bits of hair and rather enshrine them. One could make a lot more money in the long term, that way. Rather an investment than a short term benefit, I always say. On the other hand the picture I saw of the hair shows fairly non-descript locks. What is stopping Esther Tognozzi from replacing Britney’s hair with some other customer’s locks and making two windfalls? Others have done worse.
Anja Merret lives in Brighton, UK. She has recently started a blog and writes on issues that interest her from self-improvement to tech stuff for amateurs. Anja has had a varied and interesting career journey. She started as a high school teacher, changed professions to become an admin manager at her late husbands law firm because this allowed her the flexibility to look after her small children at the time. After many years she left this position to try her hand at an art gallery, moved across to public relations and finally found her niche in education again managing a computer training centre for many years. During this time she also involved herself in writing standards and qualifications in the new media field. 10 months ago she moved from South Africa to join her younger daughter. She now writes a blog and also looks after the business interests of her daughter who is a Flash and Accessibility expert. She has BA (Hons) MBA degrees and on rare occassions she feels like a frustrated wannabe academic. That passes quickly though. http://www.anjamerret.com