At the bicycle show

Idiot at bicycle show

Yesterday we went to the London Bike Show at the Excel exhibition centre in London. Here are a couple of hastily-posted photographs – no time to dilly-dally today as I am full steam ahead on a freelance cartoon job.

Above: Idiot at bicycle show

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Designing a new ‘Dave Walker’

Design for a new 'Dave Walker'

Photo: My cartoon is due to reappear in the Church Times again next week. Yesterday I spent a few hours sitting in the CT / Hymns Ancient and Modern production department, mainly doing some drawing, but also discussing how the cartoon will appear in the paper. These are mock-ups of possible font positioning, colouring and size for the title. I’m thinking blue Gill Sans Light aligned right, but no final decision made. The plan is to drop the ‘Guide to the church’ label, thereby giving me a bit more scope to draw other things.

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Designing a new 'Dave Walker'

Design for a new 'Dave Walker'

Photo: My cartoon is due to reappear in the Church Times again next week. Yesterday I spent a few hours sitting in the CT / Hymns Ancient and Modern production department, mainly doing some drawing, but also discussing how the cartoon will appear in the paper. These are mock-ups of possible font positioning, colouring and size for the title. I’m thinking blue Gill Sans Light aligned right, but no final decision made. The plan is to drop the ‘Guide to the church’ label, thereby giving me a bit more scope to draw other things.

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Where I started cartooning

Moorlands door. This is where I started cartooning.

This is the door to my room at Moorlands College, at the edge of the New Forest, Dorset. The date is approximately 1996*. This is where I first started cartooning, and this door was the place I stuck the drawings as I did them. I had done quite a lot of art up until that point, but this was a new thing that I tried for my own amusement and for those walking along the corridor, who formed a ready-made audience. It was more fun than the things I should have been doing – studying towards a degree in applied theology, which I never attained. There’s a lot more I could say about my time at Moorlands, and perhaps I will in another post.

Yes, that is a sunflower.

I may well dig out more photos in an attempt to keep this daily blogging habit going. Day 15 – that is somewhere in the region of half a month.

*Could well be 1997, thinking about it.

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Cycling cartoons update

Cycling

The photo above shows a knee and huge glove out cycling this afternoon. I am drawing attention to the fact I went out in very cold conditions today so as to appear more intrepid than I am. Note to self: buy new, warmer overshoes.

So, cycling cartoons. The site and associated Facebook and Twitter feeds have been very quiet, I realise. I have been attempting to find a way of making part of my living from it and some progress has been made, but I still haven’t quite managed to find the right company/organisation to pay me to draw a weekly or biweekly cartoon. I haven’t kept posting new cartoons as I don’t want to use up all of my material, but be assured that there, will, in time, be more cycling cartoons on their way.

On the plus side I have been working with one well-known bicycle-related company on a cartoon-based project, and there will be something to show for it in a few weeks time.

A cycling-related aside: If anyone is thinking of going to the London Bike Show next Saturday then do let me know. (I think we are going on Saturday, but not 100% sure yet…)

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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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Liverpool photos

Royal Liver Building

Over the last few days we’ve been in the City of Liverpool. A ‘mini break’, one might call it. I know, the first you’ve heard of it, but events in 2012 mean that I have come to an even more definite conclusion that telling the internet about being away is not something one should do.

So, Liverpool. A lovely city, and one that has changed a huge amount since I was last there, 20 years ago. I’ll write more about one or two of the things we did, but in the meantime there are some my photographs on Flickr, here: Flickr set / Slide show.

Above: Dusk view of the Royal Liver Building from hotel room window.

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How I organise my money

Small change / proper money

There are two tins:

  1. Small change
  2. Proper money

Small change is anything that is not really worth carrying around. This means 1p, 2p, 5p, and yes, 10p pieces.

Proper money is anything larger than that. So 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. Sometimes a 10p will make it in, depending upon my mood. If it is a note I just carry it anyway. Proper money is called upon when I need to park in Basildon, cross the Dartford bridge or buy a 99p coffee in Pret.

It could be that there are more advanced ways to organise one’s money, I don’t know. I will perhaps ask Margaret, my accountant, whether I am in tune with current best practice.

Questions for study groups
How do you organise your money?

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Water polo at the Olympic park

On Saturday we went to the Olympic park to see the water polo test event. Here are some photographs. The full sized versions can be seen by clicking on each one twice, or in this Flickr set (slideshow version).

Water polo

Above: this is water polo (this one benefits from being seen at a larger size). In summary: you try to throw the ball into the opponents’ net whilst team mates hold the members of the other back, push them under the water, etc. Those may or may not be the rules, I’m not sure.

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