The Professor & the statue
So we've got Lord Nelson on top of his column, but since the sculpture of artist Alison Lapper finished its spell atop the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square, we've been rather short of statues of renowned disabled people.
But now news has emerged that egghead physicist Professor Stephen Hawking is to have a 10ft tall bronze statue of himself created by artist Eve Shepherd, which will be erected near his office in the Cambridge University Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (whatever that is).
Hmm, I'm not sure about that. Would you want to see a huge statue of yourself every morning on your way to work? No, me neither.
The planned statue was all sounding like a great idea, until I read the artist's rather cringeworthy statement that the statue would show the:
"power of Professor Hawking's mind and the fragility of his body."
Oh no, not the "fragile body" line! Here at Ouch Towers, we think that it can be only be a matter of time before our very own Disability Bitch is immortalised in some prominent civic location, though we would advise any artist attempting that task to avoid describing her as "fragile". Not with her temper, anyway.