Small car, big phone.

Small car, big phone.

Isn’t modern technology brilliant, phones that can do anything. Gone are the days when one can go out for a spin in the Austin and all you would be able to hear is the sound of the British car industry. Now there are phones everywhere and people answering them almost everywhere. The worst habit has to be ordering a sandwich from someone, whilst on the phone from someone else. Continuing the inane babble on the phone while pointing at the lunchtime item to the poor insulted sandwich maker.

Driving on the mobile…even worse. I’m sure we have all been tempted to answer a mobile phone whilst driving but it’s a temptation that has to be resisted. There are safer hands-free gizmos, but even they seem a little dangerous. Sitting at traffic lights and watching someone talking to themselves has to be at times an unnerving experience. Then there are those awful little ear gadgets that have thankfully not really caught on. Looking like an very old hearing aid they give the wearers an air of complete self importance and when they are used in public places the wearer appears to be just one stop away from the ‘hearing voices’ madness.

Then there’s the weak signal. Go into any of the vive valleys around Stroud in Gloucestershire and the chances of loosing signal on a mobile are multiplied. It’s getting better but still not perfect. The same can happen in London of course. It seems incredible to some people that we ever had phone boxes and that by just walking up to them and paying a small amount we could phone anywhere, and with the very clearest of ‘signal’, what’s more we could find out the time for free!

This week’s drawing was all about losing signal and the possible answer. It mixes the joy of pootling around in a car with the expectation of an important call. A drawing done some years ago for a communications company that was seeking to solve the problem.

I’m going through my archives and publishing these for the time being whilst working on a new theme and a new seam of ideas. Hope you like it!