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have ink, will travelBut I figured out a way to pack the new silver shorter dip pen, ink and a snapped-off paintbrush into a travelling box, and drew pictures on the train to my sisters, and then at night after everyone had gone to bed, so that can be this week's strip. Had to redo some unshrinkable lettering. The sketch pad is a pretty thing, too -- one of those ones you've had for ages, but not got around to using. It looks like this:

I put purple streaks in my sister's hair


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13th Jan, 2004 02:06 (UTC)
I had no idea there were so many approaches to scarf wearing.
13th Jan, 2004 02:51 (UTC)
I'm vaguely fascinated by the topic
... perhaps because (no matter how I seem to wear them) I suffer from scarf slippage.

Damian claims that actually the hobbit with the scarf (Pippin, I think) wears his scarf muffler-style, but I think he wears it like my picture. That's actually working for me, at the moment.

There was a girl at my school used to wear two scarfs, of contrasting colours, in an easy knot. I don't know what you'd call that. Easy style variant two, maybe.
13th Jan, 2004 02:53 (UTC)
Re: I'm vaguely fascinated by the topic
Perhaps there needs to be an entire book dedicated to the art of scarf wearing.
13th Jan, 2004 03:02 (UTC)
Re: I'm vaguely fascinated by the topic
it would certainly beat all those tedious "men and whatever" quasi humour books in the sales at the moment.

I've seen similar books done on wearing ties, after all, and scarfs are far more universal than ties.
13th Jan, 2004 06:28 (UTC)
Re: I'm vaguely fascinated by the topic
I must have missed the "men and whatever" books, but haven't been to the proper big shops lately.
13th Jan, 2004 06:58 (UTC)
Men and Birds, Men and Sheds, Men and Collections ... I was ranting about them to somebody (Damian probably) the other day about why the collectors/enthusiasts/whatever had to be men in oder to make them clever and bookworthy (women presumably supposed to be inside looking after the kids, doing the housework) wondering if there might be a follow-up called Women with a life of their own (women have sheds too, and collections often, and owning birds is practically a cliched activity for a women!) ... on the other hand they're very prominently on sale, so I guess it's not just me they're pissing off ...

13th Jan, 2004 07:02 (UTC)
Re: perhaps,
Maybe our interests are statistically less likely to be funny. Apparently men are more likely to have collections for their own sake. strawfellow told me that I think. He's doing a PhD about postcards.
13th Jan, 2004 08:06 (UTC)
.... as opposed to ?
... personally, I think it's statistically more likely that women say, "no, not really," when asked if they collect anything. My sister has 300+ thimbles, for example, but she wouldn't describe herself as a collector ....
13th Jan, 2004 08:14 (UTC)
Re: .... as opposed to ?
Well, I imagine that's more thimbles than one could ever expect to use for... umm.... thimbling?
13th Jan, 2004 09:20 (UTC)
we're not talking the simple steel ones here
that protect the thumb while sewing -- most of them are porcelain, but she also has silver, pewter, carved wood, and even some glass ones.

She's also a keen diarist -- if she gets her internet connection sorted, I'll probably introduce her to Livejournal.
13th Jan, 2004 04:28 (UTC)
Excellent strip - all the memories came flooding back:-)

13th Jan, 2004 06:04 (UTC)
oh dear,
I am sorry ...
13th Jan, 2004 04:47 (UTC)
A bottle of ink on a train? YIKES! you are brave! (and talented) :-)
13th Jan, 2004 05:47 (UTC)
.... I found this excellent small wooden box
just the depth of an ink bottle. I can leave the bottle in the corner of the box, held steady by all the pens and stuff. It was even more stable than I hoped .
13th Jan, 2004 06:16 (UTC)
Re: .... I found this excellent small wooden box
cool! still, didn't you have to balance it on your legs? or did you have a flat portfolio or something to serve as a desktop?
13th Jan, 2004 06:49 (UTC)
British trains
have tables in them. Like this:


Or folding down off the back of the chair in front.
13th Jan, 2004 07:02 (UTC)
Re: British trains
Such a civilized society! We only have them in the dining car and you're expected to EAT. I hate America.
13th Jan, 2004 11:21 (UTC)
Quite A Feat...
Table or no,I don't see how you managed to produce that gorgeous stuff on a train. 'Tain't natural, and wasn't it all packed with people gawking?
14th Jan, 2004 03:15 (UTC)
you're giving me too much credit
"drew pictures on the train to my sisters, and then at night after everyone had gone to bed" --- a lot of the inking was done in a steadier place, and even the first picture and the one in the message (the portrait of my sister in brush) I tidied up a little bit later (though I did most of the inking for both of those on the train).

The train, as well as being strikingly steady, was also peaceful and really quite empty.

Just as well, because I swore my head off whenever we started lurching over points.
14th Jan, 2004 06:19 (UTC)
Re: you're giving me too much credit
Geez, I didn't think they had emptyiish trains, nowadays...
14th Jan, 2004 06:27 (UTC)
it was a rather odd journey all round, really
--- characterised by that strange message on the ticker-board, "THIS TRAIN IS A RED DRAGON..."

When we pulled into Plymouth station, a forest of expensive cameras (including some antiques) on tripods greeted us, surrounded by excited (and rather stylish, if you can imagine such a thing) trainspotters (wow! and empty train? photograph!). Or maybe they were a local photography group out on a project? It didn't look like a special train to me, and I said so. "Aren't all trains special?" said another passenger.

But he was from the South West, and had therefore probably never tried to travel Connex.
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