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the fat-feathered pigeon of despair

I'm still filling in old spaces in weeks and months gone by in the weekly strip, by the way. The latest is called Cold Pigeon Feet, there's a clip below, clicky for the full banana (mmm, bananas).

This tale of horror is dedicated to all my friends who have an aversion to flapping things.

detail from the fat-feathered pigeon of despair

In among the things that actually exist (bratz duvet cover, irritaing picnics, ugly toys) see above the dinosaur-shaped water feature. Should such a thing exist I would not hesitate to build me a pond. No amount of seething mosquito larvae would put me off. It's not clear from the picture, but those spots on his back are mini solar panels -- the power it supplies isn't great, so the flow from his mouth it more like a trickle. There's also a tortoise available, in the same range, which works rather better.

Hmmm. I wonder if I could buy a solar pump kit and make one from scratch? It's that or buy me a solar dove (you'll need to scroll down a bit) which at least has the whole vomiting water thing going on even if it is a bit um er ...

Now I must continue with my offlining. Oh, it's dull.


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18th Jul, 2006 12:27 (UTC)
Lovely detail in the pictures there. Panel eight has a great mood to it.
18th Jul, 2006 12:29 (UTC)
> dinosaur-shaped water feature

When I was very young my grandparents took me to a park with a lake which had stone dinosaurs in it!
18th Jul, 2006 13:07 (UTC)
Surely that's the grounds of Crystal Palace, my parents took me there several times, and yet when I tried to describe the place to (non-Laarndoner) chums here they looked at me as if I was a loon.
18th Jul, 2006 13:15 (UTC)
Yes - it probably was... They were south Londoners.
18th Jul, 2006 13:27 (UTC)
They're weird mutant Victorian fantasy dinosaurs too...
18th Jul, 2006 13:42 (UTC)
What? As well as being South Londoners? Scary mutant dino grandparents?

(Snork! I couldn't resist, tis a great image.)
18th Jul, 2006 16:23 (UTC)
Oh, I've yet to see them! I should! I must!
18th Jul, 2006 20:24 (UTC)
I've not been since I was a kid, but I remember it as well worth a visit, if somewhat a confusing place for my child brain. Thing is... the dinosaurs look nothing like modern reconstructions of dinodom, and as such confused the hell out of me as a child.
18th Jul, 2006 16:22 (UTC)
I visited a big dinosaur park in magical canada land
18th Jul, 2006 16:29 (UTC)
Re: I visited a big dinosaur park in magical canada land
Argh! It's so scary!

[insert ob joke here]
18th Jul, 2006 12:41 (UTC)
Oh, dinosaur water feature! Weeing and vomiting like cherubs!
18th Jul, 2006 13:11 (UTC)
Curses! I want a tacky solar water feature now. It's solar-powered, ergo; it must be a thing of coolness.

I was once accused of having a fear of pigeons, after dodging from a humongous clump of them flapping around my head... it's not the birds that I fear, it's getting shat on that I dislike.
18th Jul, 2006 16:24 (UTC)
Hmmm, I am thinkingthings like: "how big is it? & £39.99 isn't so much!"

Hoo boy.
18th Jul, 2006 20:34 (UTC)
There's a Solar frog too.
18th Jul, 2006 13:16 (UTC)
the most brilliant thing you've ever done-- EVUH!!
18th Jul, 2006 13:29 (UTC)
That is ever so excellent.
I'm *terrified* of moths; don't like anything flap-in-your-facey much, including pigeons.
18th Jul, 2006 16:30 (UTC)
I have two or three ENORMOUS pigeons that clap around in my garden at the moment. I prefer to see my nervousness at having my face flapped in by something as being entirely reasonable.
18th Jul, 2006 13:36 (UTC)
It reminded me of
Paul Berry's The Sandman just because of the horror /childhood / eyes thematic links.
18th Jul, 2006 16:26 (UTC)
oh, it is
the one I have on tape somewhere. That's a very creepy thing, I love the bit where he's dancing around the bed.
19th Jul, 2006 08:26 (UTC)
Re: oh, it is
I remember a talk given by a few of the MacKinnon and Saunders people at the Manchester University film soc and Paul Berry talking about making the film on left over scraps of film discarded by Cosgrove Hall and one of the sets he made been too big to get through the door.
It seems a long time ago when UK animation was going through a really impressive phase. There's a clip here<\a>
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