One billion entries

No, its ok, I haven’t reached a billion entries on the blog yet. I was searching for some words on Google and was surprised at the words which have over a billion entries on the search engine. For instance the word ‘specific‘ has over a billion entries, whereas the word ‘man‘ has only half that…

Historic Routemaster photograph

Historic Routemaster photograph

This is a shot of a routemaster bus on the route 159 in London on the last day but one day of service before they are all withdrawn except for some of them. Unfortunately I was on a pedestrian crossing and it was about to run me over, so it is not a very good…

Organising a blogroll

A blogroll is, for those unfamiliar with the term, a list of links that one puts in the sidebar of a blog so that readers can ignore them. As you will notice I do not have such a thing, but it is about time I did. The problem is that a great big long list…

Christmas newsletters

Steve Tilley has very kindly agreed to let me republish this totally objective method for grading the Christmas newsletters you recieve. The higher the score, the worse it is: Photograph too badly reproduced to add to our knowledge about you – 1 point. Photograph of which you shouldn’t have been proud – 1 point. Each…

Newspaper plant pots and their problems

Hippy Shopper (which also talks about things like fairtrade clothes and organic beer) is reporting that a device has been invented to turn newspapers into plant pots. More proof that you don’t have to be Charlie Dimmock to get your fingers muddy – a genius little widget that makes old newspapers into new plant pots….

How, in theory, resealing the bath could take all day

0900-1000 Planning the operation. Diagrams could be involved. 1000-1100 Find various scraping instuments from parts of the kitchen and toolbox. 1100-1120 Midmorning coffeebreak for all delegates. 1120-1200 Gouge the old sealant out of the gaps beween the bath and the tiles using scraping instruments. 1200-1300 Fill the bath up so that it is weighed down…

DIY cartoon

DIY cartoon

[Click on the image for the full sized version] Well, sort of a cartoon. More of a graph of the ‘in-depth analysis’ variety. I’d like to point out that this cartoon is not based on personal experience. No, I do not base any of my cartoons on personal experience. In fact I do not learn…

The Verger, his wife and their apostrophes

If the wife of the Verger has a favourite pew is it the ‘Verger’s wife’s favourite pew’? I think it is, but the double apostrophes make me nervous. Help in the comments would be much appreciated. For those wanting some more in depth reflection on this sunny (here at least) November afternoon (here at least)…

Diamond Geezer is analysing us

Diamond Geezer is doing some blog analysis (week starting 7th November 2005 in case you are reading this in the future). The Cartoon Blog is one of 50 blogs under the microscope, in my case under the ‘10 most recent blogs to link to me‘ category. So far he has picked up that I’m reasonable…

If females were given mitres

I found this quote whilst leafing through a copy of the Church of England Newspaper (bought only for research purposes): “Forward in Faith has repeatedly made it clear that the only safeguards it would accept as adequate would be the creation of a third province if females were given mitres.” I’ve been having a think…

The Mechanical Turk

Apparently it has been discovered that there are some jobs that a human can do better then a computer. Amazon.com, the internet bookseller, has made a website called the Mechanical Turk where you can sign up to do these tasks for a pittance. As a human that is. If you are a computer do not…

Dave Walker

Some might say I lead a sad life. But in fact trying to make a living doing drawings means that it is quite important to be able to find myself on Google. My theory is that if the person you are looking for doesn’t appear on the front page then most people will give up…

Concrete portaloo

Concrete portaloo

I’m back from my holidays and once again ready to resume high quality Cartoon Blog programming. [Click on the image for the full sized version] Today’s picture is a heavily fortified concrete portaloo, originally developed for use at music festivals back in the 1960s. It wasn’t long before the inventors realised that aerial bombardment was…

Queen Victoria (speaking and moving in her throne room)

Queen Victoria (speaking and moving in her throne room)

“See Queen Victoria speaking and moving in her throne room”. Hurrah! Yes, it’s got to the stage where old holiday snaps are being wheeled out as heavily disguised Cartoon Blog content. The shot is from earlier in the year at the entrance to Yesterday’s World in Battle, East Sussex. We didn’t actually go in, but…

How to be so-so creative

Hugh ‘Cartoons drawn on the back of business cards’ Macleod’s Gaping Void (Usual disclaimer about language etc etc) is another of my regular internet reads. I found this post, ‘How to be so-so creative‘ to be one I particularly related to: “I drew cartoons there quite obsessively for about a decade; but I’ve slowed down…

Dave Magazine

Dave Magazine

I picked up my copy of ‘Dave’ Magazine today. Information for Daves everywhere, with Dave news, Dave reviews, Dave pictures, Dave comment and of course the inevitable Dave adverts. I should really tell this Dave, as well as this one, this one, this one, this one and, well, all the other 174 million Daves out…

Church Games Get The Ball Rolling With Cross Run

I notice that the Church Games are about to start in the Bahamas (scroll down the page to No 471). The games officially got underway on Saturday with a Cross Run that is similar to the Commonwealth or the Olympic games torch run where a representative from each of denomination had the opportunity to run…