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Nocturnale on Oxford StreetThis week's strip, strictly speaking, is actually last week's strip. I wrote it after visiting London for a pre-christmas presents exchage with my sister Elle. Now five months gone, she's still not really showing much, but the pregnancy comes through in her ability to sit down for hours and talk about food; we met in Top Shop Kitchen, an unashamedly kitschy caff (giant hands! line-drawings of doe-eyed ladies in pants!) in the sub-basement of the enormous Oxford Circus branch. I got there early, and spent a lot of time on absurd tasks; buying jewellery findings for mum, finding out where the cash points are in Covent Garden, that sort of thing. Why Nocturnale? The poem by John Donne, A Nocturnale on St Lucie's Day, a nonpareil expression of midwinter misery, darkness and despair. I was a day adrift, but, well ...

Pancevo strips 2Thanks to crazycrone for the reminder, the next two of my Pancevo strips are up. For those who find cyrillic a challenge, here's the english version. Nothing as weird as the geese this time, I'm afraid; but look out for a starring appearance by Serbian Cakes. Mmmm-mmm!

Finally, being the sort of person who always has to look, I went over to see what Flickr had seen of the Tsunami. Shaky eyewitness photos from helicopter, hotel balcony, beach and seafront (many stolen from other sources), sets from professional photographers who were in the area, as well as business, charity and news-site screen grabs, handsfor* and their ilk. Warning: there are over 350 photographs, many of them are very distressing.

Latest news and donation details from Oxfam.

*Aspirational-poster-style photographs of hands to demonstrate concern.


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31st Dec, 2004 08:49 (UTC)
starring appearance by Serbian Cakes
Arf, first thing I noticed. You really did a great capture on Muha, though (I always misspell his name as 'Mocha' or 'Mocca', doubtless because I associate him with cakes!) I particularly like the second panel! The other strip's sweet, too. S'nize. I'm trying to get my lot sorted out, now. It always really turns me on to be 'working for' PANCEVAC.
Sub-basement of TopShop Oxford street sounds an incredibly hellish location . I'd be curious to have a look at that cafe, but I might be too scared...
31st Dec, 2004 09:52 (UTC)
I had to ratchet up
my "piss off you stick-figure fashion clonette" vibes all the way to fight my way through all the "personal shoppers". But the caff itself had a certain tawdry charm. It was also doubling as the staff cafeteria, so the food was fine. Pizza and muffins the size of your head --- the toilets were a short dash across thriftstore/customised/retro for all your bulemic needs.
31st Dec, 2004 12:40 (UTC)
Your Laarndon strip does have a very dark air to it. You should have asked to meet up at Camden Market, the mushroom men had all sold out there by Wednesday before Xmas.
31st Dec, 2004 13:13 (UTC)
camden's too real for me
I like Oxford Street. It makes me feel like such a tourist.
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