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My bathroom at the moment is the one place where I have been relatively unable to make my mark on my new home, there really is only so much you can do with white tiles, white fixtures and a mirror! So when the light pull broke the other day I was briefly concerned since I'm too short to reach the remainder of the old pull cord. So it was fortuitous when unpacking another box of stuff I planned to bin/sell/get rid of I came across this little guy. Harry is made of light blue rubber, and is surprisingly heavy, he is around 12cm tall, so fits in the hand nicely, and came packaged with a 2m white cord (this is somewhat sorter now from having cut him free of his last home) which handily was pre-tied in a hangmans noose around his neck. Harry appears to be nude (and suffering from the same disease as Barbie's poor Ken and even more unfortunately GI Joe and the recent HM Forces dolls) and since he is dead due to his unfortunate accident with the pull cord has no eyes just crosses where the eyes have been taped shut - after all we wouldnt want to terrorise his afterlife with seeing what I get up to in the bath or on the toilet now would we! I was a little concerned that my old light pull was a heavy metallic design and was starting to damage the paint on the wall beside it, happily Harry being rubbery is highly unlikely to accelerate this damage. Harry being rubber means that he would be easy to keep clean. My main issue was that being not too tall I had to sweet talk a tall person in to assisting me with the (re)hanging of Harry, their was response was somewhat along the lines of 'thats horrid' but for anyone with a sense of humour I would imagine Harry will be the source of amusement. Harry is part of a range designed by SuckUk, and available on several websites, currently his price ranges from £4.99 to £7.50 on amazon.
When I was a student Harry lived our bathroom, I'm not entirely sure where he came from, one of my housemates hung him one day and he may still be there. You can purchase Harry from www.suck.uk.com for £7.50. Harry is made from soft light blue silicon plastic and comes with a 2 metre rope cord that you attach to your bathroom light pull, he is quite a weird item to have I must say as he does not really have a face, he has two crosses for eyes and he is just a soft moulded man dangling around. Harry is very durable, being made of silicon, and went through a lot, especially when he first appeared in our bathroom as he was a bit of a talking point for visitors who would usually comment on the fact that we had a dead man hanging in the bathroom, people would repeatedly pull him, not sure why, must be the weird sense of the macabre in some people. Overall I am not entirely sure I would recommend Harry to others, he definitely was a talking point plus he was durable and very easy to use and wipe clean, given that he is bigger than the average light pulls I have used before, however, for those with a delicate constitution or those that are easily offended then coming across Hanging Harry may not be to your liking.
I've been a fan of horror for as long as I can remember, and after a recent spate of home decorating I decided that the one thing I really needed in my life was a "bloodbath" themed bathroom. You may be surprised to know that I am not the only one who thinks this is an amusing idea for a DIY project, and there are plenty of bloody bathroom accessories available from a number of different outlets. One of the first items that I bought for this project was the Hanging Harry Light Pull. He is available for the RRP of £7.50 and I bought mine from www.amazon.co.uk at the reduced price of £4.79, although I can see this has now risen to £5.23. Product description: "You can't help Harry to see the light, it's too late. Harry is already dead! But Harry can help you to switch on your lights. Hangman's noose and 2m of rope included so you don't have to know how to tie your own knots! Just replace the whole cord of your light. He's related to Dead Fred, Splat Stan, Stress Paul, and Book Mark so is no stranger to tragedy. " Hanging Harry is part of the Dead range by manufacturers Suck UK. I first came across this range when I saw my friend had a Dead Fred pen holder, and thought it was pretty cool. Hanging Harry is a rubbery light pull in the shape of a hanging man, attached to the light fitting by a long white cord which is looped around Harry's neck to form a noose. The cord is very long and fitted easily onto my bathroom light switch fitting with practically no effort involved, which is great for anyone like me who is not particularly skilled in the DIY department. I wanted him to hang at a level which would be easy to reach and adjusted the length so that it would fall from the ceiling to around my shoulder level. This meant that there was still a fair bit of excess cord, but I just cut this away and then knotted the top end to secure it firmly. The only slight negative for me is that the light pull is only available in one colour; a pale shade of sky blue. This doesn't fit at all with the colour scheme of my bathroom and I don't particularly like the colour, but I suppose it does fit with the dead theme as a corpse will turn blue in some places. Harry's design obviously gives a macabre touch to what would otherwise be a simply functional item. However, I think that the level of detail used here means that he has a stylised appearance and there are not any realistic touches. The body shape is quite generic and the only things that really accentuate his condition are the limp positioning of his hands, the slightly bent neck and the rather cute looking X's for his eyes. There are no other facial features depicted and the body is streamlined so it's not a grotesque life-like representation of a dead man. I find this more entertaining than scary and it hasn't shocked any of my guests, although I suppose they know what I'm like and don't find it so odd to see this sort of thing in my house. Harry's body is made of a silicone rubber material and feels quite strange as it is soft and smooth but also firm. This durable material is perfect for in my bathroom as it stays clean and any marks can be wiped away with no need for elbow grease. It is also resistant to any steam that builds up in the room as I'm taking a bath or shower. There is also the added bonus that the lightweight rubber material does not cause any damage when swinging around after use, so it does not scratch my towel rail or tiles like the previous light pull that I had used to do. The dimensions of this light pull are 45mm width x 135mm height x 30mm depth. This is quite a bit larger than most of the light switch pulls that I've seen, but I do like that it is quite large as it makes it a noticeable feature in my bathroom and people always comment on it once they've seen it! The size allows me to easily grip onto it and the shape fits nicely into the palm of my hand which means I get a good secure hold when I'm turning the light on or off. Hanging Harry is a quirky and fun home accessory that really suits the bloodbath theme that I've decided to go for. Perfect for anyone with a dark or morbid sense of humour, although I suspect some people may possibly find it to be in bad taste.
Hangin Harry is part of the range produced by SUCKUK. They are a querky company that specialises in unusually weird and wonderful items for the house and garden etc. Their website is www.suck.uk.com. It is worth a visit if you have someone who has everything or likes the unusual to buy for. I fall into the catagory of someone who likes the unusual, so when i saw this on play.com i just had to have it. Hanging Harry was on offer for about £5.99 and is worth every penny!! Hanging Harry is as the name suggests, a little play doh type man being hung by a hangmans noose that you attach to the light pull in the bathroom etc.To turn on the light you must hang Harry! Hanging Harry came in a hard plastic packet as pictured above and the only colour you can get him in is the blue so not ideal if you wanted to colour co-ordinate! However Harry looks good anywhere! He is made from a soft plastic/silicon mix enabling him to be easily cleaned and very soft on the hands. He doesnt feel plasticky like I expected! He is of extremely good quality and seems to last well. He is easily cleaned and is mould resistant, a great plus in the bathroom!! I absolutely love this light pull and it has become one of the favourite things in my house. I was that impressed i have bought other items from the same range. The kids found it very funny when they first saw him and the husband, well, he felt guilty about hanging him every time he went into the bathroom! After some reassurance and making up a story about Harry being a "bad man" he feels better now! I have had this in place in my bathroom for almost a year and he is still in as new condition and to my suprise my novelty with him hasnt worn off and i honestly think it never will. It always adds a smile to people who visit and is a great talking piece. A great accessory to any home!