Rude Olf

I’m used to taking direction and recently was shown a drawing by someone who I think might become one of the Big Life Fixers. The Big Life Fixers

That is someone who can see that he can make life better for people, and in this instance it’s for Rudolf. Poor chap has been used to delivering pressies for all these years and in the freezing cold to boot, it’s no wonder that his nose gets red, and probably very sore.


Original Concept drawing from Freddie Burgess

Young Freddie Burgess has done a brilliant concept, that is that the red nose should be used as a hazard warning light and in this super drawing he’s also put in a device for making sure that Old Rudolf does not get troubled by traffic coming from the rear. So he’s added a clever device to direct following traffic around the sledge. He’s also had the perception to make Rudolf less than cheerful, in fact he’s portrayed him as he probably is. A rather grumpy fellow, well you’d be if you’d been without these brilliant inventions for decades. So he’s called him Rude Olf. Which could be a Swedish name perhaps, so perhaps from now on he won’t want to be rude to anyone and can be simply called Olf.

Like a lot of brilliant concepts it’s sometimes helpful to get the original thoughts worked up a little and as this was something that I used to do a lot in my early days, that is visualise someone else’s idea. I’ve taken the liberty of doing just that right here and here’s my version of Freddie’s drawing. I’m hoping he will approve, but you know what designers are like.rude-olfcol

Can I take this opportunity to wish anyone who has visited my site in the last year a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year


“Aulde Bribery”, it’s the time of year…


This is from last year when I was commissioned to do a Christmas card for a very loyal client of mine, who’s company mends large trucks and is keen on motor racing in his limited spare time. It reflects the big story at the time which with today’s sort of news seems a little insignificant, that is the fixing of emissions that VW got involved in by tampering with software. He’s asked me to do another card for this year, which is kind of him and he must like them, but for me it seems an odd way to market yourself. Perhaps it’s just the cynic in me, but Christmas cards have a very short shelf life and are probably seem by the wrong people. ( He always sends me one of my own cards, and I don’t have any big trucks to mend, or to drive )

When I worked for the printing company locally there was always a big effort at Christmas to send out shedloads of paper with Season’s Greetings on them, or a calendar.Our best ever idea in that regard was Witty’s Little Red Book, which was a collection of overheard remarks made in the office heard by one of my colleagues, who happened to be called Witt. Some of the stuff in there was a little politically incorrect but almost all of it funny in some way, and it was fun to do.They let me loose on cartoons for it too.shedloads190

Shedloads, the word gives me the excuse to include this.


In the late seventies ( yes I really am that old! ) my then business partner and I used to go to some trouble to give out Christmas pressies to keep our clients sweet, and in the main it  did. Just the odd bottle of wine, nothing over the top, and we always did our own label. When I went on my own I gave out very small bottle of whisky ( I was doing well, it was tax deductible! ) and I did a personalised label for each of them. I called it Aulde Bribery and the sub heading and contents read: “99% proof that you gave me a job last year”.

It went down better than a Christmas card, in both senses of the phrase.

I shan’t be mentioning Christmas again,( Bah Humbug! ), I’ve used up all I can usefully say on it here, but I hope you have a good one.fatherx229


Make your own punchline or…

…perhaps it does n’t need it.

A very quick idea here where you can add your own punchline, but it may not even need it.

Perhaps Santa could be saying  “You can have it but the box is empty”

Feel free to suggest something better.

For all those who have followed me over the year, thanks. I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.fifasanta432