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Pachydermous posturing

Absurd playwright Eugene Ionesco's best play was Rhinoceros. Plot? Everyone turns into rhinoceroses.

So I thought I would see if Walker and Martin's website was as Absurdist as it was last time we reviewed. Somewhere in the middle of the site is a note that that the script is by mannylan@uncontrol so you can't say you aren't warned.

As before the site starts off with two motorbycycling partners driving to the office where you are greeted by part-time Chippendale, 6'3” Cornelius. No this is a drawing with an animated welcoming arm and no, he doesn't get his kit off. You wander your mouse over the two purple rhinos and a message come out 'Try to find our friends. There are more just like us.' Against the back wall four possible locations fill the open doorway. You click on the poorly spelled 'Gallerys' and into a 3D gallery space you go. You click on a painting and up comes a collage of, say, Aram Studios. Click on an image and the thumbnail fragments and expands to a much larger image. A bit Flash but it does this fast.

OK what about those other rhinos? Disappointment. A black rhino silhouette with a Press label pops out of the cloakroom behind Cornelius. I'm a tad uncertain about the symbolism but at least it's not a reptile. Anyway that seems to be it for rhinos. Click on 'Clients' and you are transported to a spa room where silhouettes are swimming or drinking cocktails. Sheppey Heritage Trust and Swale Forward are represented by the silhouette of a recumbent young woman with big hair. I could go on. I'm not sure if this site gets Messrs Walker and Martin any work but, I'm pretty sure, Ionesco would have liked it.

Just remember to turn off the 'music'.

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