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Post 1481

Bluebottle

It has been a strange day at work today as over nammet time I went to a leaving presentation for my former boss's boss, who was the Faculty Registrar back when I worked in a faculty and then head of Records of Compliance before we got restructured earlier this year. She's now been given the choice of jump or be pushed having worked at the college/institute/university since February 1980, so over 38½ years, making me one of the few in the office to be alive (just) when she started work here. Which she said was before the then-college had any computers and the first computers they had a few years later were only one per faculty, and if anything needed to be printed it had to be saved onto a floppy disc and taken to the central printer as individual PCs weren't attached to a printer. After 38 years here it was good to see that she had been given a formal presentation but those higher up were conspicuous by their absence.

There's lots of digging about at the moment – as well as Priory Road and Wide Lane, where there are several holes in random places for no apparent reason which means I have to cycle on the road as the cycle path is perforated – they're also digging up Cobden Bridge, possibly because of new retirement flats. But the whole bridge is being dug up which means it is very narrow along there, and though there are signs up saying 'Do not overtake cyclists – narrow lanes' guess what the motorists always try to do?smiley - winkeye
I tried to look up what is going on and found this website, which seems to cover the whole UK, not just Southampton: https://southampton.roadworks.org/

Glad you're still enjoying 'Bank Wars' despite my being a decade out of practice when it comes to drawing the new fangled version. I'll be having an interesting challenge later as I'm currently drawing page 657 but I've decided that tonight, in honour of the day, I'll draw page 666. I've no idea what I'll be drawing on page 665 later on, so hopefully it'll work out where I can end whatever scene I'm drawing on 665 naturally and doesn't end too abruptly, being interrupted with what I'm drawing on 666 tonight.

My children don't really do much for Halloween – they went to a light party on Saturday and that's about it. Usually the local schools emphasise don't go trick or treating except to the homes of people you know so we're not normally disturbed and it all seems over by the time I get home.

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Post 1482

SashaQ - happysad

That is good that you were able to go to the leaving presentation - amazing that someone had managed to survive in one place for 38½ years without being forced out sooner! Fascinating amount of change in that time... Typical that such long service wasn't seen as cause for celebration by those higher up, though...

"though there are signs up saying 'Do not overtake cyclists – narrow lanes' guess what the motorists always try to do?"

I can indeed guess that - strange that they can't just wait until the road widens to overtake the cyclists...

I like that website - not full coverage of the UK in terms of roadworks, but it is fascinating to learn things like that there is a Market in Leek - I wonder if the Market in Leek sells Leeks smiley - laughsmiley - ok

That is an interesting challenge for you to have drawn page 666 first before page 658 etc! I hope you enjoyed it - good luck with catching up on yourself! The next scene in my cartoon is potentially difficult to draw (not the easiest to show a rainbow with highlighters) but I think I've thought of a way to depict the scene OK so I'll see what I can do at the weekend smiley - biggrin

That's good that you and your children generally have a quiet enough Halloween. I wasn't disturbed last night, so it was all fine. smiley - pumpkin


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Post 1483

Bluebottle

When I got home I indeed counted out pages twice and then drew page 666 in the right place and one scene on the top of 667, and then after dinner I did the ironing. I then went back to drawing p658 and was starting the scene at the bottom around 11pm when my wife turned the main light off!smiley - eureka As I couldn't see well enough to draw I just wrote the dialogue in the bottom scene and then the dialogue in the top scene of p659, so will be drawing the pictures when I get home. So at the moment I've got 3 unfinished pages – 658, 659 and 667smiley - yikes I normally do the drawings first and then the dialogue around it, unless I'm trying to fit an unusually high amount of dialogue in one scene, such as 'The Big Bang Theory' song.

Usually when I cross Cobden Bridge I'm able to overtake all the motorists who are stationary by cycling up the cycle lane at a normal pace, so it is quite frustrating being stuck in traffic there anyway, made worse by the cars trying to overtake me when there's no room. I can't overtake the car in front so why do they think they can overtake me? But I'm counting down the days until the road's fixed – it is officially being closed for 15 weeks so there's only 13 to go…

Halloween was quiet for us too – at least it was when I got home. The kids have got a Halloween Disco smiley - disco tonight. Yesterday I did the mid-week ironing while watching 'House of Dracula' (1945), an old Universal Horror.

Najopomo is back again – I've no idea what I'll be writing about…

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Post 1484

SashaQ - happysad

Wow - that was a bit of a challenge with all the bits and pieces of cartoons etc, but it sounds like you had a good system of checking - I hope you managed to get it all sorted out without too much trouble.

I can imagine you're counting the days until the road's fixed - that is a long time for it to be officially closed... I hope it turns out to be much better for you once it is all finished. Very frustrating indeed when people take risks to overtake, only to get stuck behind the car in front anyway...
Most strange...

I hope everything was OK for you and your family over the bonfire night weekend. I had a bit of a miserable time on Saturday as the fireworks were very close, but in a direction I couldn't see from indoors, so that gave maximum smiley - yikes On Sunday the fireworks were slightly further away and visible from the window, so I still had some smiley - yikes but not half as bad because I was ready for the bang when I saw the flash. Luckily they didn't last very long so it wasn't too disturbing overall.

I'm enjoying your Najopomos so far smiley - biggrin


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Post 1485

Bluebottle

I've now caught up with myself and so can start again continuing page 667 later tonight. Hopefully it won't feel any more disjointed than the rest of 'Bank Wars' and it will finally include the last joke I'd written down on my post-it note ten year's ago.

Yes, the weekend wasn't too noisy, but we're in quite a quiet area so there weren't really any bangs nearby. smiley - cat hasn't been worried so far. But then today's the 5th so it might be noisier tonight. Might make cycling home interesting if fireworks are set off quite close…

I've not caught up with your Najopomos yet, I'm afraid, so that's a task for later. Do you know much about white-tailed eagles? There are currently proposals to re-establish them on the Island.

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Post 1486

SashaQ - happysad

Well done - I saw a new batch had been uploaded to smiley - facepalmsmiley - book yesterday so I plan to look at them in the correct order later today smiley - biggrin

I hope all was OK for you last night. I had hoped that it would be quiet near me as it was noisy at the weekend, but sadly not smiley - headhurts - another neighbour decided to have a display in their tiny garden, so the fireworks were so close to my window even the flashes made me jump, never mind the massive bangs smiley - yikes Thankfully all was safe and quiet by 9pm...

No problem about Najopomo - hard enough to do the writing challenge, never mind keep up with everyone else's progress at the same time... Provides amusement for December to catch up on subscribed conversations smiley - biggrin

I do know a tiny little bit about White Tailed Eagles, as I saw one at a falconry event this year. I know there are some in Scotland, but that is an interesting proposal to reintroduce them to the Island. Seems further away from Scandinavia than they might like to be these days, but then again they may like it better there!


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Post 1487

Bluebottle

I did indeed put some more 'Bank Wars' up yesterday, you'll have to let me know what you think. It includes some stuff that I thought chances are only I would find funny, such as the previously mentioned mansplaining.

We didn't really have any fireworks near us at all. Next fireworks we see may well be when they have the Christmas lights turn on, when we'll have some Lego glasses to wear again.

Apparently the last known breeding pair of white-tailed eagles in England were on Culver Cliff around 1780, so next door to my home town.smiley - ok
http://www.islandecho.co.uk/proposed-project-to-restore-white-railed-eagle-to-the-isle-of-wight

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Post 1488

SashaQ - happysad

Yes I enjoyed the Bank Wars batch very much! The mansplaining scene was thought provoking smiley - ok I like your Najopomo about mansplaining tissues too smiley - laugh

Lunchtime was a bit of an illusion today, but I managed to upload another little (Groundhog Day inspired) cartoon to smiley - facepalmsmiley - book and it was surprisingly well received! smiley - laugh

Ah, that is a good sign that the White Tailed Eagles should settle in well on the Island if they are reintroduced smiley - ok


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Post 1489

Bluebottle

Ah – but was it thought-provoking in a good way? And yes, Liz did once have a go at me for opening a door for her, saying I was being sexist when I thought I was being helpful. She said that I didn't open the door for men at the branch, which to be fair at that time was true – although no men worked at the branch anymore and the only regular male we would have in the branch was Paul, who'd spend one week in 3 working from the branch.

I had a look for the Groundhog Day scene and definitely enjoyed it – I'm glad you're getting into drawing too. smiley - biggrin Do you show the original drawings too?

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Post 1490

SashaQ - happysad

Yes - at first I found the flavour a bit strange, but then found it was a blend of different flavours illustrating sexism and reactions to sexism so that was cleverly done smiley - ok Door opening is a challenge - that was unfortunate that you had no men to open the door for even though you would have done... Hard to judge distances too - people wouldn't be impressed if you dropped the door on them, either (although one time that happened to me it was a language barrier, that I hadn't learned in German lessons that 'Danke' was often taken to mean 'No thank you' whereas I have the habit of saying 'Thank you' to mean 'Yes please' so a door was shut in my face and I learned from the experience smiley - laugh)

There is disablist door opening too... I sometimes feel obliged to go through a door because someone has opened it for me even though I didn't want to go that way, so that they feel good. Then there's the times when people open the door for me to feel good but stand in the doorway so I can't get through, then they drop the door and it bangs against my wheelchair... However, a proper door opening where a person confirms I am going that way and then stands out of the way so I can get through safely is much appreciated, and I say so smiley - ok

Glad you enjoyed the scene smiley - biggrin Yes, thank you for the inspiration - it is good to do some drawing as it makes a change from computer stuff smiley - biggrin I still haven't tackled my rainbows and unicorns scene yet, but that's next on the list smiley - ok I haven't shown the originals to anybody yet - I am still in touch with a few colleagues from those days, but to my surprise I discovered recently that they are still in touch with some of the (thinly disguised) characters so I suspect they wouldn't find it funny... As a generic cartoon, I'm glad it is appreciated by my little online audience, anyway smiley - biggrin

I had peanut butter on my sandwich for nammet today, but a 'healthy' version from a Graze Box rather than my usual Burro Arachides. Strangely even though it hadn't been sweetened it was very salty, so although it was a sort of liquid it tasted drier than a weetabix with no milk on!


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Post 1491

Bluebottle

Ah, I didn't know that about 'Danke' meaning 'No thank you' rather than 'Thanks' meaning yes.smiley - ta However I didn't do German at school – you weren't allowed to study German without also studying French and I would have had to have given up studying history. A very literal language barrier there!

The one thing I learnt with drawing 'Bank Wars' is that I could never tell how people react to things. Some people wanted to be shown as even dafter and sillier than I ever thought they'd want to, and as I've said before they were upset by their fictional characters' fictional doppelgangerssmiley - huh I've still not drawn Jupiter in 'Bank Wars' due to the lack of a red highlighter smiley - biro but I did have to use a red smiley - biro recently. So I don't think I'd be able to draw a convincing rainbow, although Emma does have a picture of a pink unicorn in her office. But I'm coming to the end of 'Bank Wars' now, I've only got 30 pages left in the notepad.
This week I've been trying to remember an obscure* song I planned to include in 'Bank Wars' somewhere, but I can't remember what song it was. I know it was about smiley - 2cents money, probably debt and/or struggling to survive, and it must have been release before 2008 and might well be older…

I remember you mentioning the door opening before. I've experienced something similar when pushing the children when we had the double perambulator and people were often kind enough to open doors but did not really understand that a double-pram has the flexibility and manoeuvrability of a concrete barrier.

Hope you have an enjoyable nammet today – how much peanut butter did you get, so are you having the same?

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* 'Obscure' being defined as 'Not by The Beatles, Meat Loaf or Queen'.


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Post 1492

SashaQ - happysad

School options are a law unto themselves indeed... For us at GCSE French was compulsory (Je parle un peu FrancaiScouse), as was either History or Geography (I chose History). However at A-Level it was impossible to study both Maths and German so I chose Maths and Classical History. That turned out for the best as it happened, as I did really want to study Classical History and was able to study a German qualification at uni along with Maths smiley - biggrin Did you have a difficult choice at A-Level, or was that more straightforward?

That is an added dimension to Bank Wars indeed that you had feedback as you were drawing - fascinating that some silliness was encouraged and yet the doppelgangers were not particularly well received...

"* 'Obscure' being defined as 'Not by The Beatles, Meat Loaf or Queen'."

smiley - ok Your description of the song reminds me of 'Bills' by Lunchmoney Lewis, but that was from 2015...

"people were often kind enough to open doors but did not really understand that a double-pram has the flexibility and manoeuvrability of a concrete barrier."

Yeah, that is a challenge that people sort of stand vaguely to one side and expect you to manoeuvre round them rather than them manoeuvring around you, and I'm a fairly compact width and length - double-pram interactions are an extra challenge indeed...

It was only a single-portion packet of peanut butter, so that was OK. Today's nammet was enjoyable - a cream cheese sandwich smiley - biggrin Did you have brencheese too?

Have you got plans for the weekend? There are some Remembrance Sunday activities going on so that will be good smiley - rose and I hope to be able to make some cartoons and/or videos too smiley - biggrin My neighbour had another loud firework display last night in celebration of Diwali (or something) - luckily I managed not to lose my omelette when I jumped while cooking but hopefully they've run out of fireworks now so the weekend will be quiet...


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Post 1493

Bluebottle

At Sandown High School GCSE involved compulsory French, English, Maths, Technology and Double Science, plus either History or Geography, and there were random rules to do with timetabling like you could also choose either Spanish or German, but not if you were doing History, and if you wanted to do Classics you had to do Drama, I did Business Studies because I pretty much had to, and a General Studies AS Level. Two years later for A Levels I did History, English and Sociology. Again they offered Classics but only if you did Drama. I eventually did a spot of classic Greek drama for my degree. I've no regrets about A-Level but I wish I could have done the subjects I wanted to do for GCSE and dropped Technology, which was a waste of time.

No, it isn't 'Bills', but I've got that in mind for a potential substitute, although it is still annoying me that I can't remember what it is…

We have some vague plans for the weekend. After parkrun tomorrow the inlaws are visiting to wish my smiley - love a happy birthday for next week, so we'll spend some time with them. They tend to disappear around 10am on Sunday, leaving the rest of the day free. It seems a long way to come down just for one day and to disappear instantly on Sunday, but that's what they do.

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Post 1494

SashaQ - happysad

Fascinating... Yes, Technology was rather a waste of time for me, too - I had to give it up before GCSE, as it was fun at first but then became annoying when the teacher decided I was a health and safety hazard so I wasn't allowed to even use the machines that were for using sitting down smiley - sadface I would have minded less if the teacher hadn't then bodged what I was in the middle of trying to do so my dad and I had to fix it during Half Term smiley - grr (I didn't get a great mark for it, but it is a useful box that I still have so the effort was just about worth it). What was it you had to do at GCSE Technology, just more of the same or more theory as well as practical?

I would have liked to do General Studies just for fun, but that didn't fit in with what I chose for A-Level as I did maths and further maths. The only regret I had about Classical History was that I was the only mathematician in the class, so I wasn't allowed to do coursework instead of exams for it because everyone else had too much coursework to do...

That is a shame your inlaws don't stay longer, but I hope you had a good time on Saturday. Sorry you picked up more insect bites at parkrun - unusual for November indeed... I hope they soon go down smiley - tea

Lunchtime was an illusion yesterday, but today I get a proper break, and the weather is quite good too after heavy rain showers yesterday that caught me out a couple of times.


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Post 1495

Bluebottle

'Technology' for us covered everything, from cooking, IT, needlework, woodwork and design. So a real hodgepodge. There probably was theory and practical, I just remember thinking how it was a complete waste of my time and wishing I could have done something else instead. I remember being told when I handed in one piece of coursework a week early that if I handed it in as it was, it wasn't colourful enough and I'd get an E, so I took it home, did some colouring over the weekend and got a B. The actual content was the same.smiley - blue I also got my only detention at school in GCSE Technology, and that was for doing my homework. We'd been set some homework and I wrote it smiley - biro on A4 lined paper as is the norm, but the smiley - prof teacher decided that A4 paper was evil and that from then on all work must be done on A3 plain paper. So everyone in the class was sent to detention for 'not doing their homework' when everyone had written it on A4 lined paper, because why on smiley - earth would you write an essay on A3 plain?

I did indeed have a good time on Saturday, it was good to have a catch-up and I know Sarah enjoyed it. Curiously we’ve been having a tidy-up recently and I rediscovered my 2004 notepad, from the job I had before Bank of Scotland. This dated from when I worked in Leeds for NatWest, in the International Banking Centre/Customer Service Centre/Cheque Centre Helpdesk. There are various doodles on the pad and even a few short stories, usually half a dozen panels long but one, 'The Children of the Cheque', is 38 pages long and could be considered a precursor to 'Bank Wars'. Though, believe it or not, the pictures are even cruder.

At choir today we were told we might have an opportunity to perform somewhere in a couple of weeks.

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Post 1496

SashaQ - happysad

Wow, that is an eclectic mix of things, and really subjective assessment criteria smiley - blue So irritating when teachers moved the goalposts, which happened probably more than it should have, but that is taking the goalposts and putting them in the middle of a tennis court! - nobody could have guessed that an essay on plain A3 was what was required...

Glad you all had a good weekend smiley - biggrin Wow, that is great that you found more doodles! I'm very impressed by your cartoon career. I see the new batch of new Bank Wars is up so I've bookmarked them to read later smiley - ok

Your choir does give you an impressive range of performance opportunities smiley - applausesmiley - biggrin I'm enjoying your Choir Quiz - I plan to have another go at the lyric matching, and then I have a plan for how to match lyrics with song titles (which could go horribly wrong as I suspect I don't know the lyrics of songs I know, never mind songs I don't know smiley - laugh but it is fun to try smiley - ok).

I didn't draw any rainbows at the weekend, but I did see someone with rainbow trousers - pink had been used instead of red so highlighters will work for what I need smiley - ok I did do another Discord video, though, so that will be coming up in smiley - thepost soonish smiley - evilgrin There were more fireworks, which was disappointing as I thought I lived in a quiet area, but they weren't as loud bangs so I was OK. I did enjoy the Remembrance Day event though - very well organised smiley - rosesmiley - peacedove


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Post 1497

Bluebottle

Ah yes, the latest 'Bank Wars' is indeed up, though I've almost caught up with myself now. Next week you'll see what I drew on Halloween as well as the surrounding pages, and you'll be delighted to know that it features colourful trousers.

I was surprised by how similar in some ways the pre-Bank Wars stuff is to 'Bank Wars'. I admit that in many cases, particularly in early 'Bank Wars', I deliberately re-used and adapted my earlier ideas, but not in every case. Sometimes I'd forgotten all about what I'd drawn earlier and had similar ideas later on.
After all this practice you'd think I'd be good at drawing by now…

We do indeed get a good range of performance opportunities, which is very good – but I do wonder why we're never asked back to where we've performed before… I don't know whether the potential performance at the end of the month is going ahead yet.

As for the quiz, the members of the choir are handing in their answers by 5pm today. I've had 5 in so far, so that's not bad. No-one's got them all right, not even Dan the choir master (mind you, it was the anagrams that stumped him).

It is surprisingly warm again today. I'm not supposed to be in shorts and t-shirt in November…

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