Who came fourth?


I’m not a runner, never have been much. Even when I did take up sports I tried not to exert myself too much. I’m fond of the quote by the late Tony Benn, veteran politician, who I believe once said :” I sometime feel like taking exercise but a sit down in a comfy armchair usually makes it go away”.

Don’t get the wrong impression, I’m almost all for it. I think we should all be taking more exercise and I do a bit of swimming and walking myself.The Olympics is a media festival for our British commentators, trying to say something meaningful in under ten seconds.You can’t get a proper brew of tea in the time it takes some runners to run  a race, and if the race is longer than that then they’ll edit out the boring middle bits where no one is falling or doing anything but the running.

The ones I feel sorry for, but probably shouldn’t do, are those who come in fourth. The last in the race probably just got into the team and has a probably got  a healthy attitude to coming last and may even use it in dinner party chat for years to come as an amusing anecdote. But the one who came fourth is likely to keep quiet about it for years to come. The “fourthers”  as we might call them, are damaged goods. They were contenders, they could have got a medal but didn’t.

If you ever meet one, and it’s unlikely, they won’t tell you. Don’t ask them about it, get them to the nearest armchair.


It’s a runner!


I’ve never been much of a runner myself and was once described as built for comfort not for speed.
I found this quite hurtful at the time, probably because it was unerringly accurate.That is not to say that I cannot appreciate the sight of a someone running and I love to see small children running around. This has come in useful this week as I do some drawings for a website for a school, and this is just one of them. As I completed it I was reminded me of my daughter when she was small and energetic, she’s not that big now and no less energetic, but this just reminded me of how she was back then.

For the techies amongst you this drawing has been put through illustrator and traced, which gives it that vectored look. I used to spend hours trying to get this smooth line and feel to my drawings some years ago and can now do it in seconds. To me it loses a little in the translation but gains something else in the process. 

I’m a bit of a techie myself, I like to try and find these new processes that are available from the latest software. I’m of the same age as some people who say: “I can’t be bothered with computers” and it irks me beyond the reasonable.I have no time for them. Some old dab was on the radio the other day proudly saying that she managed fine without, well “bully for you” I thought, you just don’t know what you are missing, so don’t knock it.In today’s society of runners and riders, you’re not even in the race….tenuous link with drawing.