File under very strange but oh so true: Google has launched a bunch of new themes for the iGoogle personalised homepage by artists as diverse as Rolf Harris and Ronnie Wood. These iGoogle skins can be used freely to decorate and personalise your iGoogle homepage, apparently.
I am not sure I would want the Rolling Stones to take over Google, but am absolutely certain I don't want Rolf Harris, he of the 'can you tell what it is yet' catch-phrase, anywhere near my search results.
Rolf, once voted the most popular artist in the world by people who one has to assume did not take appreciation of art lessons in school, has stated that "Most of us use the internet daily and to have painted a theme which anyone, on the internet anywhere in the world, can access is an amazing thought. My iGoogle theme evolves according to the time of day and the painting takes on different colours and tones so that the screen reflects the time whether you are in Brighton or Bangalore."
Cool, but does it involve having to listen to cover versions of rock classics with 'wobble-board' added?
Seriously though, it seems that Google is teaming up with these celebrities from around the planet in order "to provide a creative way for users to experience the web in a richer, more colourful and more customizable way." You can check it out for yourself here.
Or alternatively you can ask yourself whatever happened to the Google which built a billion dollar business on the back of keeping search, and just as importantly the search page, uncluttered and simple.