I picked up a charcoal set in Lidl, very cheap. I haven’t drawn with charcoal before and it’s years since I really drew anything remotely cartoonish at all. Evidently I need some practice. That’s supposed to be a hi-viz vest – crap, isn’t it? Since Santa and the Reaper both work outdoors they would be required by EU law to wear one.
Anyhow, I was inspired to attempt cartooning again by the annual cheery Christmas tale of death and terror that we have come to expect from the Daily Mail. Seems this time of year is when the death rate spikes and it’s not due to fighting over the last mince pie or throttling Auntie Ethel for producing yet another nightmare in wool and expecting you to wear it.
It’s due to health service staff having the temerity to think they can have a bit of a holiday too. Nobody can look after themselves any more, so those tasked with the looking-after must be on call at all times.
Hard to be too sympathetic, when it’s the health service that has been telling people they can’t look after themselves all along… although those doing the telling tend to be the ones buggering off on holiday and leaving the front-line to deal with all the crap.
Doesn’t bother me, I have a supply of whisky and smokes to see me through the chaos of the next few days. They cure everything.