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Has anyone noticed the poster on the Underground for the Royal Ballet's Christmas production of The Sleeping Beauty? Beauty herself - the unhappy side of 30 or is it just the stage makeup? - recumbent in her tutu, coiffure propped on about 7 pillows, arms folded symmetrically accross her pelvis and feet tensely pointus to the south. We know it's not rigor mortis because she was after all only sleeping. I couldn't hold that position for 100 years. Behind her what appears to be an angry and histrionic transvestite rears out of the photoshopped gloom, an evil Queen indeed! A weeping maiden next to the bed casts an incongruous note of realism.

Has anyone noticed the poster on the Underground for the Royal Ballet's Christmas production of The Sleeping Beauty? Beauty herself - the unhappy side of 30 or is it just the stage makeup? - recumbent in her tutu, coiffure propped on about 7 pillows, arms folded symmetrically accross her pelvis and feet tensely pointus to the south. We know it's not rigor mortis because she was after all only sleeping. I couldn't hold that position for 100 years. Behind her what appears to be an angry and histrionic transvestite rears out of the photoshopped gloom, an evil Queen indeed! A weeping maiden next to the bed casts an incongruous note of realism.

I like classical ballet; I just think this image isn't doing it any favours, and this country is peopled with thousands of talented image-makers who need work.

Oh for a handsome prince to break this spell. Or a hacker (see our debate next week). Anyone see a way to make this image more fit for purpose?

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