Sunday, 28 March 2010

Set design for the school play

4.5 x 2.8 metres - yikes!

Update: With a cast as good as this, who cares about the set?

Saturday, 20 March 2010

While I’m away for a few days . . .

 . . . Bob has things to read, watch and listen to.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Norouz in London

Persian New Year at the British Museum, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March, 11.00–16.30, in the Great Court.

Iranian New Year with Iran Solidarity UK, Saturday 20 March, from 12.00, Trafalgar Square.

(I’m travelling tomorrow, so can’t be at either event.)

Added: also on Saturday, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Allows the IR Embassy Dinner to Go Ahead in Kensington Town Hall. Azarmehr writes:
Despite a huge volume of protests against the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran holding its dinner party tomorrow at Kensington Town Hall, the Tory controlled council today refused to heed to all the protest emails and phone calls and has allowed the pro-Ahmadinejad organised event to go ahead. In the beginning the booking officer Matthew Brown ( expressed his astonishment that the event was organised by the embassy. Matthew Brown claimed the council was told a non-political ‘cultural group’ had booked the Town Hall for the event and asked for evidence contrary to this understanding.
Read the rest.

More Norouz posts, from The Lede (NY Times): First Couple of Iran’s Opposition post Video Messages for Persian New Year. From Pedestrian:  The Scent of my Norouz Magazines, Zahra Rahnavard’s Norouz Message, and Pedestrian’s own Norouz Message. From Neo-Resistance: Exiled reflections, and Updated list of prisoners and those temporarily released (on hefty bails). More on prisoners at

George Galloway seen rushing towards cliff edge

but will he jump?

Added: comment from Richard Bartholomew and Pickled Politics.

Even more: Shuggy on the linguistically-confused Mr G.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Please tick one

Are you:

  other other,
  in a spot of bother,
  either, neither, nor, or,
  none of the above.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Wish you were here

Today Bo and Peggy were sent a holiday snap by their Grandma and Grandpa, somewhere in the desert.

(Image copyright © Grandma & Grandpa.)

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Wave goodbye

A detail from the final sailor painting, finished at last, and sent overseas. Next, a counting book, and it will not be painted like this.

Friday, 5 March 2010

. . . and little fishes

In the last week or so:

Sietske helped her daughter learn Arabic.

Michael Barrier came closer to the Ur-Dumbo. See also Barrier on Dumbo and race, Michael Sporn on Dumbo and socialism, and arguments about pink elephants, but Dumbo on Broadway I can do without.

Potkin Azarmehr and Peyvand Khorsandi challenged Galloway and his strange associates in the Palace of Westminster. Video here.

Eric Lee decided to save Amnesty from itself. Here’s one reason why, for those who missed it. More on Eric Lee here.

Oliver Kamm added another to the list of useful John Pilger links.

Related to that, Bob considered a night out in the neighborhood.

Ronald Searle turned 90. More here.

And Stephen Kroninger posted some great pictures by and of George Grosz in America.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Here! I wrote everything you wanted!

Pedestrian has a post today on recent work by the great Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani.

See also my earlier post: As a cartoonist, you must be nuts to work in Iran.

Cartoon copyright © Mana Neyestani.

Monday, 1 March 2010

If I were an atom

This book came up in an e-mail exchange with a friend, but I couldn’t find anything online to explain what it was I was talking about, so here I am hauling out the scanner, no longer at its best after my attempt to repair it with Super Glue.

This introduction to atoms for the very young was published in 1970 by Hutchinson of Australia, and was one of a series of picture books on physics written by Noel Wilson and illustrated by Raymond Smith. Others titles were If I met a molecule, If I were an electron, If I were radioactive, and If I were energy.

Below, a selection of spreads from If I were an atom. Click to enlarge.

Some more atomic art: Hans Bacher posts some illustrations from the book of Disney’s Our friend the atom, and The Poor Mouth has some 17th Century atomic poetry by Margaret Cavendish, of which there is much more here.

Extra: atomistic reductionism, by way of Jeff Weintraub.

If I were an atom, copyright Raymond F. Smith & Noel L. Wilson, published by Hutchinson of Australia 1970, S.B.N. 09/100620/1.