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A short biased history of civilization -- via a Paisley-pattern tie.

Ties

Photoalbumsept2007_087by Richard Price25 Jun 2014

In wardrobes, ties hang like curing fish, patterns like smoke. (In restaurants, avoid kippers and sauce.) "She said she wasn't ready to be tied down. I was gutted."

It's the tries that bind. In class, at an interview, at weddings. All those boys getting hurt under their collars. Man, it's their funeral.

Ties are universal: presenters of International Poverty Specials receive faxes about their ties. Spokesmen, always getting themselves in knots.

Bosses have a million hang-ups, but they keep you in suspense. They say: "Don't get shirty with me!"

Fractal teardrops are called “Paisley pattern”, but they happen to be Indian. They’re diamonds, stretching a point – to the end of the Silk Road.

A moth started all this, a moth will finish it.