Arleen Collette Petrochemicals

If you wonder what artists do all day let me shine a little light into the opaque and mysterious operation that I run.

Being a normal day, I was chatting with a close friend of mine in London. His name is Julian Cornish-Trestrail and his trade is nearly identical to mine.

If you know Julian, you won’t be surprised that today’s conversation touched on the brilliant use of anagrams in a famous BBC show from the 1970s. I’m talking about Fawlty Towers.

Long after our conversation ended I was reminded of a mysterious placard that I photographed last month at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. Imagine my curiosity at seeing a locked door with the name “alarm electric telephone closet.”

If you’re like me, you have a bit of skepticism about what things in church say with respect to what things in church really mean. This one was quite a mystery which fit the settings of the cathedral perfectly.

Naturally, I ran that mismatched jumble of words through an anagram generator to see if there was something encoded.

Arleen Collette Petrochemicals jumped out at me immediately. If that’s not a proper MI6 front company set up by someone with a mind like John Le Carré I’ll be buggered.

Then again, the Allan Thermoelectric Telescope paints a completely different anagram picture.

But that’s a conversation that I’ll need to have with a different UK friend.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.