Sign

Cartooning department

I made this sign today. Well, a machine did. But I watched.

I will put it in my office in case I forget what I do.

Note for readers from the design world: I was not responsible for kerning.

My only aim for this week was to make a spice rack. I told the man, but he said that I would not be capable, and that the attempt would lead to misery, gnashing of teeth, etc. He was almost certainly right. And on the plus side if I had made a spice rack I would not have a set of paraphernalia hooks or a sign reminding me what I do.

Please excuse a slight lack of update today. I am affected by the cold and also anxieties about what is to come. The pressure is most definitely on. But things will be OK.

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Craft / sport week

Pottery choices
I’m spending a few days doing things other than drawing all day or adding bold tags to web pages. One of the planned activities is pottery, and pictured above (and below) are a small number of the possible items. Any requests? If all else fails I will make a small statuette of a golfer. In addition, various non-bicycle-related sporting activities are planned. Yes – this is unusual.

If you’d like to follow progress you can do so on Twitter via the following hashtag: #craftsportweek

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Adaptors

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These are the travel adaptors I won in the Hymns Ancient and Modern staff Christmas raffle. As you can see there is one adaptor, and then another adaptor with another adaptor. Thereby making a total of three adaptors.

My life was very limited before I had these adaptors. I very rarely visited Europe, India or parts of Brazil because I had no idea whether I would be able to plug my electrical devices in when I got there. On the rare occasions that I did visit Europe, India or parts of Brazil I certainly didn’t dare take more than one electrical device with me. But now I will be able to visit Europe, India or parts of Brazil freely, knowing that I will be able to use electrical devices without fear of incompatibility. Thank you Hymns Ancient and Modern!

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New Year’s Day 2013

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I am determined to write on the blog today just in case my New Year’s resolution, the details of which are yet to be finalised, turns out to be that I plan to blog every day of the year. I haven’t decided yet, but if I do opt to do so it would be a shame to blow it on day one.

This picture above represents not being entirely well, by the way, which has been my status for the last couple of days. (Heavy cold, stomach problems as per usual, etc etc. No need for relatives reading to be concerned.) Some of the time I’ve been lying on my back with an error message, hence nothing whatsoever to report. Image credit: my Android mobile telephone.

I should say now that daily blogging, should it take place, will be virtually indistinguishable in content from the dullest blog in the world circa 2003. But I do really enjoy blogging, and it makes me happier than other forms of social media, so it seems like a good habit to get back into.

Anyway, Happy New Year once again.

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New Year's Day 2013

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I am determined to write on the blog today just in case my New Year’s resolution, the details of which are yet to be finalised, turns out to be that I plan to blog every day of the year. I haven’t decided yet, but if I do opt to do so it would be a shame to blow it on day one.

This picture above represents not being entirely well, by the way, which has been my status for the last couple of days. (Heavy cold, stomach problems as per usual, etc etc. No need for relatives reading to be concerned.) Some of the time I’ve been lying on my back with an error message, hence nothing whatsoever to report. Image credit: my Android mobile telephone.

I should say now that daily blogging, should it take place, will be virtually indistinguishable in content from the dullest blog in the world circa 2003. But I do really enjoy blogging, and it makes me happier than other forms of social media, so it seems like a good habit to get back into.

Anyway, Happy New Year once again.

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Back to work

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I’m back from being away on holiday. I can never really tell you about our holidays beforehand for security reasons, but it is now safe to say that we went to Holt in Norfolk, where we stayed in a cottage one minute and fourteen seconds from the Kings Head. Activities included bicycling, railways and pretending not to keep an eye on Twitter.

Being back means that I need to draw diagrams. Oh dear. I have no ideas whatsoever, and so if you have any please feel free to post them below or in an e-mail. Thank you in advance, though I will also try to say thank you in arrears.

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April 2011 (explanations for)

Once again April was a particularly poor blogging month for me. If you look back over my archives you will see that I am and have always been an inept blogger during each of the Aprils that seem to come around once a year. It is something to do with the pollen or the gravitational pull of Jupiter.

So, what have I been doing? Well, I was very busy trying to some difficult work, then my morale was low for a while, then I went on holiday (including camping), then I hit my head on an historic beam and was out of action. Those who follow on Twitter will have heard me going on about this latter occurrence – thank you for your kind messages. I am now recovered from all of these things and ready to resume my duties.

Over the next few days I have a number of cartoons to post on the CartoonChurch cartoon pages. This makes me look like I am busy making lots of new pictures, which is the impression I am trying to give. The illustrations below were me testing to see whether I still have a pen that works.

Lots of people will have given up on this blog I’m sure, but if you haven’t entirely – thank you.

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Scan from notebook, 11/01/11

It is the 11th of January and I haven’t blogged yet in 2011. This is a scan from my this year’s notebook.

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The left hand side is a cartoon, in case that needs to be said. I might draw it properly, we shall see. The words on the right hand side have been left in purely to provide a sense of mystery and intrigue. It seemed a shame to erase the words ‘PCC flower youth’.

I enjoy jotting things in a notebook. Unfortunately in this modern age it is all too easy to post one’s observations straight onto Twitter rather than draw them in a notebook. I have to resist doing this. The Twitter writing is a far easier course of action, but ultimately less fulfilling. What I am trying to say is whenever you see me on Twitter please ask me to be quiet and go and write in my notebook instead. Thank you.

It is also awkward to draw in a notebook in certain social settings. I tend not to draw whilst on the train, which is silly as it would be an ideal time. This is partly to do with not wanting to be overlooked and partly the intense pressure from society to look at an electronic device.

Happy mid-January to you all.

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Untitled blog post IV

This blog post does not merit being called anything.

I was out and about in the neighbourhood, scouring the empty shopping trolleys for completed cartoons that I could post on my blog or send to ecclesiastical newspapers. Once again I found nothing, so this will have to do:

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This note was discarded, one assumes, by a chef purchasing essentials for some of the local delicacies. Note ‘Sasuages’, which are a form of sausages, but posher.

Questions for study groups
1) What did the author intend to write for item 6, before deciding upon ‘drinks’?
2) That’s an awfully thick pen for a shopping list, don’t you think?
3) Spend some time wandering off the topic for a bit.

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Saturday letters page

Being as it’s Saturday and noone is reading I thought I’d publish some of the letters I get that, for one reason or another, don’t make it into the comments pages of this blog.

Althea:
Thankyou lots, I am obliged to announce that your blog is excellent!

Thank you Althea. I’m sure your blog is excellent too!

Hearst:
Hi There, I just spent a little time reading through your posts, which I found entirely by mistake whilst researching one of my projects. Please continue to write more because it’s unusual that someone has something interesting to say about this. Will be waiting for more!

Hearst – bless you! I’m glad that I was able to help you whilst you were looking for information for your archdeacon project. You’re right – the amount of really dull stuff out there on the subject of archdeacons is incredible. As soon as I write another interesting archdeacon post I’ll make sure you’re the first to hear about it.

Kerry:
The content on this publish is really a single of the very best material that We have ever are available across. I love your publish, I’ll occur back to verify for new posts.

Oh Kerry, you have quite a way with words. I’ll watch out for your reoccurrence the next time I make a publish.

Ezekiel Malinky:
Precisely saying thanks won’t just be enough, for your unparalleled lucidity in your own authoring.

Ezekiel – brilliant! I couldn’t have said it better.

Minerva:
When i was simply reasoning that there are a lot improperly stuff on that theme and yourself basically altered my personal attitude.

Minerva – I know! The improperly stuff on reversible knees irritates me too. But it is good to hear that my blogging has made such a difference in your life.

Toshiko:
Hello! Is it okay if I go a bit off topic? …

No.

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