Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Blind ballot

The lady I clean for is blind 👩‍🦯, and I thought I'd show you how we did her postal vote 🗳️, in case the info was useful to anyone else!
I put a paperclip between each box. Then I read out all the options, numbering them as I went: "Number 1 - Conservative. Number 2 - Labour" etc... 22 options for the list vote 😆

Then she counted down the paperclips, put her cross under the one she wanted, took off all the paperclips and put the ballot paper in the envelope. 
(The white paper is a test run we did to check the crosses would consistently land in the right place).


Sunday, 11 April 2021

The difference

"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - CS Lewis

"His name unfortunately was Eustace Scrubb, but he wasn't a bad sort."
The Silver Chair - CS Lewis

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5v17

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Same problem over 100 years later

"But exactly the whole difficulty in our public problems is that some men are aiming at cures which other men would regard as worse maladies; are offering ultimate conditions as states of health which others would uncompromisingly call states of disease."
~ GK Chesterton

Monday, 8 March 2021

Women's work

Google's doodle today is for International Women's Day.

It shows a series of women's arms doing various things: writing, science, being an artist, winning the Nobel prize*, voting, singing, typing, making a political speech, climbing a mountain, conducting an orchestra, getting a degree, making a film, being a judge, astronaut, pilot, animator, footballer, photographer, architect, etc...

I'm glad that women have so many opportunities today.

But I was disappointed that, in all the pictures, there was not a single domestic thing represented. No cooking. No cleaning. No childcare.

Are women not worth celebrating when they're doing stereotypically 'feminine' things? The things that no-one will particularly notice, or applaud them for?

"Honour her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."

Proverbs 31v31 (emphasis mine)

*At least, some medal like that

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Etymological Coincidence 🤔

I naturally assumed that the words emoticon :-) and emoji ☺️ came from the same roots.

BUT according to the Oxford English Dictionary, emoticon is a "blend of emotion and icon"

Emoji, on the other hand, is Japanese, "from e ‘picture’ + moji ‘letter, character’"

Some coincidence! :-o 😯

Friday, 12 February 2021


I thought I needed to do some art just for the sake of it - not for anything at all.
Came across a photo of a painting I did in school, so I thought I'd see if I could do it better now.😁

I've changed as little as possible, but I have made it a flat plain, because that's how it was meant to be. My teacher got me to add the hills to show distance, but now that I'm grown up I can do it how I want! ('Can' as in allowed to, but also as in am able to.)

It's not easy to do a picture with dark sky during daytime - presumably meaning there is very little atmosphere. I'm really not sure how that would affect the lighting, particularly the aerial perspective.

Done in Clip Studio. I think my settings may have been a bit wrong, because the paint never dried, which was interesting to work with...

Not going to get a job as a concept artist any time soon, but it was fun!