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Photograph: abandoned crazy golf course, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. This is why Spain are not a force to be reckoned with on the international crazy golf scene.
I have been uploading some holiday photographs. Scroll down/click ‘read the rest of this entry’ below if you’d like to see a few of them. I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t. There are some more on the set on Flickr, or they can be seen in large slideshow format, here.
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Posted by Dave at 11:40 am on April 19, 2013 and filed under Photographs.
Image: ‘Camel’, taken last weekend whilst on holiday. Lanzarote seems 1700 miles away to me now.
First of all: belated apologies that this site entirely died for a few days whilst I was away. I’m hoping that it won’t happen again, but one never really knows.
I’m hoping to be back on the blog a bit more from now on as it is good for me and I enjoy it. Perhaps even on a daily basis, though I think taking weekends off might be wise. Be warned that I am aiming to let quality standards dip a bit. I know, I say this every time I come crawling back, but this time I really mean it. For instance I may post one holiday photograph a day – I think I took about 340 so that is a year taken care of.
Anyway, thanks for tuning in once again.
Posted by Dave at 12:07 pm on April 15, 2013 and filed under Photographs.
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.
Posted by Dave at 5:34 pm on February 21, 2013 and filed under Mundane, Photographs.
This is my row of hooks on a piece of wood, made this afternoon in woodwork. It is, on the face of it, a key holder, but I am planning to use it more for paraphernalia and that kind of thing. Stop and think about it for a minute – if a burglar breaks into your house and they see a key-shaped row of hooks, they will immediately know that it is a holder for keys. And if they steal all of your keys you are in all sorts of trouble. Whereas if it is used for paraphernalia they will be momentarily baffled and quite possibly forget what they broke in for.
I haven’t decided exactly what kinds of paraphernalia yet. Possibly hats, gloves and rulers. Or nine different categories of paperclip. Something that can be hung up, anyway. Please feel free to make suggestions.
Tomorrow I will be doing sports all day. My tracksuit bottoms will have their annual airing. You can of course follow all of this and more via the Twitter hashtag #craftsportweek.
Posted by Dave at 3:59 pm on February 19, 2013 and filed under Photographs.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays I work in London as the web editor of the Church Times newspaper. In today’s 150th anniversary issue (see yesterday’s post) there is, amongst lots of other things, a selection of pictures showing us doing what we do. To be honest it is mainly people sitting and looking at computers, as in most offices. That said there is the odd tea break and passing of pieces of paper from one person to another, as you will see if you look at the online slideshow, which includes some extra photos not included in the paper. Amongst these additional pictures is one of the web editor looking terribly apprehensive (image 15 of 18). Oh dear.
Cartooning update (minor): I think it is true to say that I have never been busier in terms of freelance cartoon jobs, which is a good thing, but the pressure will be on for the next seven days. Hopefully over the next week or so I will be able to tell you a bit more about one or two of the projects that I have been / will be working on. Hopefully I can continue daily blogging too, but if it does stop one day that may be why.
Posted by Dave at 5:29 pm on February 8, 2013 and filed under Photographs.
Picture: I had a choice of two guidebooks. This photograph shows the cover recommendations on the two volumes side by side. I will be writing to Michael Palin for further advice.
[Aside: I asked CW whether this was blog-worthy. "You're blogging every day - *everything* is blog-worthy." She is right.]
Posted by Dave at 9:56 pm on January 28, 2013 and filed under Photographs.
Free items picked up at the bicycle show, and how they will be useful:
- Waterproofing liquid (soak then agitate thoroughly)
- Aromatic massage gel for joints (and indeed muscles)
- Sensitive face care hydro gel for men (no greasy residue)
- Putty to repair things (finish with wetted spatula)
- Firming body oil (firms within 2 weeks)
- High protein recovery milk drink (shake well)
- A Kit Kat
Having been out in the rain to fill in a hole I will be able to restore my weary joints and muscles, soften and nourish my skin (and improve my natural beauty), before sitting down for a chunky bar of chocolate and a milky drink.
Posted by Dave at 10:14 pm on January 22, 2013 and filed under In-depth analysis, Photographs.
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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Posted by Dave at 3:32 pm on January 20, 2013 and filed under Cycling, Photographs.
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.
Posted by Dave at 10:31 am on January 19, 2013 and filed under CartoonChurch progress, Cartooning, Photographs.
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.
Posted by Dave at 10:16 pm on January 15, 2013 and filed under Cartooning, Photographs.
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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Posted by Dave at 6:20 pm on January 13, 2013 and filed under Cycling, Photographs.
The church in Whitby has been in the news today because the graveyard has had a landslide. I thought I’d post a couple of photos taken there this summer – in particular the three-decker pulpit with associated ear trumpets. The photos below explain all.
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Posted by Dave at 11:09 pm on January 10, 2013 and filed under Church, Photographs.