I did this cartoon, all to do with the people we tend to pray for the most in church, as a commission for the organisation After Sunday in 2008. It has surfaced on the internet (thanks Alan in Belfast), so I thought I’d post it here. I could even, if there was a mild demand from the public, put up the high resolution I suppose. I have no plans to rush into such an action though.
The Bog Village
An ideal place to rest and be thankful. Especially if you are a woman with a man’s head.
The beverage is a local favourite – made by straining liquid (any will do – whiskey is ideal) through peat.
Nearby is the Blog Village, which has a different sign (not illustrated).
Posted by Dave at 5:34 pm on September 11, 2010 and filed under Holiday photographs.
In these days of increased environmental awareness we must all do our bit, and none more so than purveyors of the traditional ‘harbour cruise’. This modern-day example consists of a rowing boat powered by a helium balloon, which is estimated to reduce emissions by up to 110%. “We limit trips to one person per boat per trip per time,” said a spokesperson, “and typically you’ll expect to cover about ten metres every hour. You can stay out there as long as you like – give us a call on the mobile when you’d like to be reeled in.”
Question for study groups
Do you ever feel like you are sitting in a quite literal rowing boat powered only by a quite literal helium balloon?
Note to THE TEAM (bloggers / commenters / readers, and, to a lesser extent, spammers. DO NOT READ if your job title includes the words ‘Award’ and / or ‘Judge’.)
Can we get away with posting holiday photographs with not particularly in-depth commentary and a study question? I wouldn’t like all of our increased efforts to be derailed by a lapse into trivial content.
In order to prepare ourselves for the expected onslaught of Christian Blog Award judges there are a few things that need to be sorted out. The first is the forward and back buttons on this website, which are currently in a state of disarray.
Take as an example this page and scroll down to the very bottom. The links say:
« Previous Page — « Previous Entries Next Entries » — Next Page »
This would be all very well, except that previous page leads you to the next entries, previous entries takes you to the next page, next entries takes you to the previous page, and next page takes you to the previous entries. It is a well known fact that 50% of all visitors are getting lost 50% of the times they click a link, and 50% of those have no idea whether they are the lost 50% or the other 50%. There are people who arrived on this site back in March who are still going backwards and forwards with little hope of respite.
The Judges (let’s capitalise, why not?) are going to be noting this kind of thing down in their noting-things-down books. Something needs to be done.
Worst of all, my arch-blogging-nemesis, the Church Mousse, has been taunting me.
If you are an expert in WordPress end-of-page links please scroll down to my technical plea. Everyone else: here are some proposals for replacement end-of-page links when this sorry saga can be sorted out.
Any advice from WordPress experts welcomed. I tried editing a page that contained one set of these end-of-page links, but doing so broke the blog. The duplication happened when I upgraded once. I use my own theme which is very outdated, but I like it. Anyone who can tell me which page I should edit would be profusely thanked.
In order to stand any chance I have decided that we need to ‘raise our game’ up to 110%, ie 10% greater than is possible. The graph above shows how we are going to do that.
This period of 110% effort applies to me, the blogger, but also to you, the readers and commenters. In fact I am going to ask the spammers to do their bit too. It is a team effort.
As they are the Christian Blog Awards we will need to focus our attention on two areas:
1) The Christian aspect
2) The Blog side of things
We must remember that from this point on the Judges will be watching us with quite literal eagle eyes. They won’t just be watching me, they will be watching you. If you see someone loitering by a lamppost it is likely to be a Judge from the Christian Blog Awards. Just carry on as normal, creating a good impression if doing so doesn’t inconvenience you too much.
Well, that’s about it for the motivational talk. Just do your best, plus 10%. Thank you.
Every year I am in the habit of sharing a couple of holiday photographs for the general interest of readers. This year we had the good fortune to go to Ireland, so here are some of my favourite pictures, complete with historical notes.
The golf course at the Old Head of Kinsale
Notes: There has been been a golf course here since the late eighth century. The gatehouse was built in the mid tenth century to guard against Viking invaders who used to sneak on to the course late at night for a quick 18 holes. The fortifications were finally breached by the Spanish Armada in 1588, who were fed up at having to pay 250 Euros for a round.
Posted by Dave at 9:25 am on September 6, 2010 and filed under Holiday photographs.
One final Greenbelt cartoon before I get back talking about other things.
This is my last-but-one Greenbelt post, I promise. One or two people have asked me how they can get hold of some of the cartoons that appeared in the Church Times cartoon exhibition at Greenbelt. Well, here is a reasonably accurate list, along with links to the book in which each diagram can be found (in most cases the new one). The cartoons that don’t have a book title next to them are too new to be in the latest volume, and all being well will appear in the next one at some future date.
I’ve subdivided them into the smaller cartoons and bigger ones, just in case you can’t remember what the cartoon was about but remember the size of paper it was on. Yes, unlikely I know.
Prints and other kinds of merchandise aren’t available but are currently being considered, so let me know where your interests lie.
At the moment I don’t think that any of these cartoons appear on this site, but they will begin to before too long. If you have any further questions put your hand up and an invigilator will be along shortly.
Larger cartoons (A3)
Leaving church (Church Times, My Pew – Things I have seen from it)
Making notes (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Tents (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Discernment process (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
The secularists (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Sunday school (Church Times)
The Christian conference (Church Times)
The ladders in the north transept (Church Times)
Conscientious objectors (Church Times)
The periodic table of churchgoers (Church Times)
Smaller cartoons (A4)
Information for visitors (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Volunteer transport (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Parish computer (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Health and safety (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Awkward pastoral visits (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Parish life (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Games (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Sound desk operator (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Beating the crowds (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Social committee (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Rotas (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
New year’s eve (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Differing heights (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Loyalty cards (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Routes taken (Church Times, The Exciting World of Churchgoing)
Press officers (Church Times)
The vicarage (Church Times)
People in cassocks (Church Times)
Long serving parishioners (Church Times)
The new PCC (Church Times)
School assemblies (Church Times)
The bell ringers (Church Times)
[Image above: Extract from 'Beating the crowds', taken from The Exciting World of Churchgoing.]
This cartoon will make little or so sense to anyone not at the Greenbelt festival last weekend, but I did promise that I’d make an attempt to post some of my new material.
A full list of the cartoons I presented at the late night Last Orders comedy show is here in case you haven’t seen it.