Going walking without a dog

Going walking without a dog

This is a three minute cartoon, which explains why it looks a bit odd. The dogs look like crosses between sheep and rabbits, but that is just the angle. The man walking is stooped over owing to the burdensome cares of life which are weighing heavily upon his weary shoulders. The trees are just there…

Desks in church vestries

Desks in church vestries

I observed the above facility faculty notice during a wander around some churches in the City of London this week. (A facility faculty notice, for those who don’t know, is an application to The Powers That Be to make changes to a historic church. Well, more or less.) The notice reads: The grant of (three?)…

Top job in the Anglican Communion up for grabs

I notice from today’s Church Times that the job of gatekeeper at Lambeth Palace is being advertised. You will control access of personnel and vehicles entering and leaving Lambeth Palace’ playing a key role within the team responsible for the security and safety of the Palace. In addition, you will process telephone calls received outside…

Labels

Labels

A larger version of this cartoon is here along with information about how to use it in your own church publications and elsewhere. A version of this cartoon appears in the book. I was never very happy with the book version. It had three columns unlike the two in this version. The right hand column…

Vote: Putting up a Christmas tree

Vote: Putting up a Christmas tree

[Larger version of cartoon on last year’s Advent Calendar blog] There has been some debate within the household about the putting up of a domestic Christmas tree. By this I mean one inside a house as opposed to in a shopping precinct or outside a town hall. I have added a voting-type poll device to…

Constant barking

Constant barking

I surround myself with motivational posters as I find they spur me on in times of adversity. This is one of the ones that I am finding helpful at the moment.

Clubcard points

I am deeply against loyalty card schemes as they enable the big multinational supermarkets to spy on you and use your data for their evil purposes. It is quite clearly the sort of thing that is warned about in the book of Revelation. Having said that we collect Tesco clubcard points as it enables one…

Holiday photograph 4

Holiday photograph 4

It pleases me that it is possible for a driver to commit a parking infringement on three sides and therefore perhaps get three simultaneous parking tickets. I realise that this may not have pleased the driver and may be uninteresting for those reading. I am fully expecting a 2-3% drop in subscribers to this blog…

Men with fans

Men with fans

If you have ever been in a social situation where there is stifling heat, such as a cathedral or a concert you will notice that on the whole it is the women that fan themselves with their programmes or orders of service. The men just sit there with their programmes or orders of service grasped…

Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes

Today I am taking a break from my prolonged and detailed commentary on Anglican goings-on to return to the in-depth analysis which is the bread and butter of this internet column. The subject for today’s essay: toothbrushes. I am aware that many of you now use electric toothbrushes. I still use a manual model for…

Online anger

Online anger

How do we cope with online anger? That is the subject of today’s essay. We all get angry sometimes. We can be angry about things we read online, or angry at things we encounter offline (‘in real life’, as I like to call it) and then are tempted to express our anger online. The problem…

PIN number possibilities

From today onwards in the UK you are likely to need your PIN number when you pay for things by credit or debit card. But what if you have forgotten your PIN number? What a pickle you will be in. All I can really do to help is suggest some possibilities in the hope that…

Evangelism

Today I would like to ramble on about ‘Evangelism’ by drawing together various barely-connected links and trying to make it look like they are all interrelated and together make some sort of profound and grandiose statement. “Evangelist” isn’t simply a job title. It’s a way of life. It means that the evangelist totally loves the…

The top benches overlooking the sea

I have decided that I am going to make my Guide to the UK my life’s work, for the next day or two at least. It is now at number 634 in the rankings – if you were to link to it it might even get up into the mid 400s. I am currently needing…

My guide to the UK

I have been working very hard today as I have various deadlines and projects to be working on. I did however have time to take a little break and take part in my latest online distraction, building pages in Squidoo. I mentioned this the other day you may remember. At the moment the site is…