Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Sunday, 28 December 2008
If you're someone whose address I have then you're soon in for a treat - Postcards! Yep, to keep the ailing post industry hard at work and to brighten up your New Year I'm sending out Too Close For Comfort postcards, each one with a brand new, never-before-seen cartoon on them (and maybe a few words from me on the back - depends if I can think of anything at the time). There are going to be a series of 5 so its luck of the draw which one you'll get. Oh, and if you want one and I don't have your address then let me know what it is and you too can enjoy cartoons through your letterbox!
Posted by Rob Smedley at 18:19
Saturday, 27 December 2008
Hello again! Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and are enjoying that weird bit in between Christmas and New Years - you know, those weird listless days that get filled with bargain shopping, Christmas leftovers, tv movies, new computer games and that box of weird chocolates your granny gave you.
Anyway, just to let you know of a few changes to the old blog - It's back to the pre-Christmasness look and has had a couple of extra features added: for a start there's a new Poll feature that'll be changed every week. It's your chance to voice your opinion on the weird questions that pass through my head. Also do feel free to Follow my blog using the craftily named 'Follow' tool in the sidebar. It's called Cartoonatics and lets me know who's enjoying the blog.
And coming soon will be my New Year's message/Cocktail recipe - and you're not going to want to miss that, trust me... :)
All the best!
Posted by Rob Smedley at 19:00
Thursday, 18 December 2008
There are some traditions that you can't and shouldn't avoid at Christmas because it just wouldn't be Christmas without them. So here's my list of things you should do before the big day to make it that extra bit Christmassy. If you're not feeling particularly festive yet and want to be then this list might also help. And if you can think of anything else to add then leave a comment!
-Listen to Slade's 'Merry Christmas' at least twice (let Noddy's dulcet tones pound into your skull!)
-Read a Christmas ghost story (Dickens is good -plenty to choose from there, the best being A Christmas Carol and The Signal-Man)
-Sing at least one classic/church Christmas Carol with gusto
-Send a Christmas card to someone you haven't seen/spoken to in years
-Wear tinsel as a scarf (only for a few minutes otherwise your neck gets itchy)
-Decorate a Christmas tree
-Watch at least one festive comedy special from the 70s (Morecambe and Wise, Porridge, Dad's Army etc)
-Watch at least one crappy Christmas movie (Santa Claus: The Movie, starring Dudley Moore is the perfect example of this. Also see any festive afternoon movie on Channel 5)
-Watch at least one good Christmas movie (A Muppet Christmas Carol is the perfect example of this - I almost made this a bullet point on its own)
-Watch Raymond Brigg's 'The Snowman' (THE MOST BRILLIANT PIECE OF ANIMATION EVER)
-Have a sherry with an elderly relative
-Wrap some presents (even if you're not giving them - do it for other people)
-Pull a cracker (interpret this as you might)
-Wear some Christmas socks
-Do something nice for someone unexpectedly/Give to charity
-Go see a choir singing Christmas carols
-Eat one more mince pie that you think you should
-Read through the Christmas TV Guide and highlight all the shows/movies you want to watch
-Sit under the Christmas tree and shake the gifts and try to guess what they are (even if they're not yours)
-Eat, drink and be merry with your friends/family
-Make up your own Christmas joke (here's mine: What's the deadliest plant at Christmas? Missile-toe!)
-Wear a stupid Christmas hat
Friday, 12 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
Two posts today because I've been so behind on the Advent fun.
One of the 'treats' that comes on Christmas Day is pulling a cracker, finding a crappy paper hat, a crappier toy, and a joke so bad that it nearly puts you off your turkey. So in the spirit of it all, here are a few of my favourite awful cracker jokes. Highlight under the question to see the punchline and prepare to groan...
'What is the definition of minimum?'
A really small mother
Who is never hungry at Christmas?
The turkey - he's always stuffed
What's the best thing to put in a Christmas cake?
What do Vampires have on their Christmas dinner?
What beats his chest and swings from Christmas cake to Christmas cake?