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Against a grey sky
Five grey pigeons land
On a pigeon-coloured roof

On a similar theme, a new spambot:

she says, she

and marketing pitches
and lots of
"true toys"

I don't sign my son up

over and just play.
their own passions,
But so does living

Walking in the mornings is so calming. Unlike the HIDEOUS STENCH from the registry office. (I work over it; the stairwell's been acting like a chimney. A chimney of STENCH.) Apparently they're cleaning the stairs. With week-old kedgeree, by the smell of it. If you were planning on getting married in Oxford, don't.

So I was talking figure drawing for comics with damiancugley and mentioned Alison Bechdel's tribute to her Cat, which he hadn't seen, so I reproduce the link here for those that may have missed it. She uses photo reference of herself, posing, for her comics, and most of the pictures in this come from that. It's a fascinating peek into her working technique as well as the story of a cat, passing through. Watch as she practically metamorphoses into an irritated Stu or frustrated Raffi ... she's also posting short, loose autobio strips over in her blog (feed is dykestwofstrip) which I'm liking very much.

Remember my mutterings about Portillo trying to save the Hyacinth Macaw on morally suspect ITV show Extinct? I'm fairly sure the Tiger won, but never mind, because another project's got hold of the Macaw's Patanal habitat, a bird project called Guyra -- and you should love them because they post pictures like this one on the internet.

I tried to buy a Plush Chthulu and they've been banned! Recalled! Sent back to their home dimension! What can I give as a disturbing children's toy now?


( 14 worms — Feed the birds )
17th Jan, 2007 18:16 (UTC)
Alison Bechdel at Angouleme?
My decision to go is now...affirmed, somehow.
Maybe she'll realize I've attended every possible event of hers in the UK (and now in France), and bestow some friendliness on me!
Fangirl cap on....
17th Jan, 2007 18:28 (UTC)
Plush Cthulus
Give Becky at Eclectic Games in Reading a call. If anyone can source one in the UK, she can. You're welcome to namedrop BTW - she and her husband are friends.
17th Jan, 2007 18:37 (UTC)
You could get a beeblebear from ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, but I'm not sure they're CE rated.
When in doubt The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business is guaranteed to amuse and appall.

17th Jan, 2007 23:07 (UTC)
says it all
" Perfect Partner - Buy this book with The Gas We Pass: the Story of Farts"
17th Jan, 2007 19:42 (UTC)
Banned? Are they an ectoplasmic fire hazard?

Also, thanks for the vid.

It was fantastic.
17th Jan, 2007 23:06 (UTC)
Apparently there was a problem with its safety mark. Not safe for children after all.
18th Jan, 2007 00:17 (UTC)
mmmmm - kunstliche gesschmackstoffe
I really, really love the phrase "I tried to buy a plush chthulu"

it might just be the perfect thing to have translated for emergencies abroad as used by bewidered Brit

ploosh ku-thoo-loo sounds very froggish (gung!) in French

you lovely person
18th Jan, 2007 09:40 (UTC)
You can still find them in the wild.
18th Jan, 2007 10:15 (UTC)
I saw one sitting on a railing in Orc's Nest in London a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure if he was for sale or just there as part of the decor, but you could try asking them
19th Jan, 2007 14:15 (UTC)
Disturbing gifts for children? Have you considered giving them rabies?
20th Jan, 2007 10:39 (UTC)
Mmmm, I had actually. And may yet.
24th Jan, 2007 14:11 (UTC)
24th Jan, 2007 14:15 (UTC)
Also, if you can wait a month or two and are willing to order from the states, there's My Little Cthulhu forthcoming.
24th Jan, 2007 14:36 (UTC)
alas, the child is too small
I can think of a few adults that might find it appealing/appalling, though ...
( 14 worms — Feed the birds )