Stroud Wassail and the Mug of the Year.

Contrary to popular belief the Mug of the Year is not Teresa or Donald, it’s the Stroud Wassail Mug which has just been delivered to the fine Subcription Rooms in Stroud. Beautifully illustrated by Alison Merry and designed by my good self, they are there to celebrate the Stroud Wassail which is a medieval celebration taking place in January in Stroud.

Find out more about the goings on that will occur right here:

Unlike Teresa, Donald, and all that shower this lot will raise your spirits and we are likely to need that in January!

Where are we?

So here we are with not long to go before another year is on us. A big thank you for all those people who took the trouble to follow and like what I do here.

I decided to do some “proper drawings” as my dear Aunty Anne told me one time. Cartoons are proper drawings I muttered at the time and they gave me a living for many years. I’ve always been interested in more than cartoons. I’m keen on photography and other people’s work. Which is why I chose to start a small website a year ago

It’s intended to give more visibility to a number of artist friends whose work I like very much. Take a look sometime, there’s some rare talent there.

The drawing below is a close relative of the one above.

I wish everyone in the Blogosphere a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Ye Take Away.

This place is in Gloucester on the way to Kingsholm the home of Gloucester Rugby. Here one can purchase medieval fish and chips to warm the parts afore a game played by monsters of ye scrimmage and where on after a gentleman or maid may avail themselves of ale and porter at ye public house nearby. To make merrie if aforesaid monsters of rugbye have sallied forth victorious or to drown ye sorrows if, by mere happenstance, they are therein defeated.

Coming to a street near you…the male supermarket stare.

It only take one trip to a Supermarket for the viewer to notice: ‘Men who’s been let loose in a supermarket with a list’.

‘Don’t come home without those items on the list that we never buy at any other time of the year’ is the order ringing around the head. Sending them on days like these is a cruelty beyond reason. They are not used to supermarkets at the best of times rarely getting involved in the shopping during the rest of the year and getting it wrong on the odd occasions mid year when they are asked to get something, so sending them out at this vital time is just wicked.

Look out for the look.It’s eyes wide open, a gait that is a little stumbling then a determination to reach for anything that closely resembles the list. Same words but not necessarily in the right order. In various moments of madness they will go completely ‘off-piste’ buying stuff in funny shaped bottles containing liquids that will never be tasted and will be thrown away in early December next year when found at the back of a kitchen cupboard. Or they will buy ordinary items that have had ‘the Christmas treatment’, butter with brandy added, cream with booze added, marmalade that has whisky in it ( or so the label says ), all which taste quite disgusting or of nothing at all, in particular the marmalade.

They will spend like a person possessed racking up charges on the credit card like never at any other time of year, which also explains the panic stricken look…they know they will have to pay for this madness in January.


I’ve published this for the past few Decembers and it holds good today. It’s the start of that weekend when this sort of thing could happen. I think even the most popular on-line shopping will not dispense with this. Take pity on them.