This is my original DC logo, dating from 1978 and my first art lesson at secondary school – we had to design a logo for our folders, and as I was only 8 and had no idea about anything, my art teacher (Mr Robinson) had to design it for me. In those days, of course, it was records. Then much later in life when I got into music & computers, it became CDs. Fascinating(!)
The heiroglyph logo is (I hope) a representation of my name. If you're a proper Egyptologist, please feel free to correct me... Years ago I got bought a copy of a book of heiroglyphs, complete with rubber stamps to make your own cartouche. Anyway according to the book the heiroglyphs are phonetic, the hand represents 'D', the vulture a long vowel sound, wavy water line thing 'N', reed leaf is a short vowel or 'Y' sound, and apparently the open mouth is kind of like an 'R', as there's no 'L' sound. God this is dull. Like I said if you really do know about this stuff, let me know. I hope it's right, cos I have it tattooed on my arm...!
My fascination with Ancient Egyptian stuff came about when I found an almost-mint copy of E.A. Wallis Budge's Book of the Dead, left lying in a puddle near the post box on my way to school. I don't begin to understand most of it, but I love the pictures!
Samson is mentioned (ok, not directly, but it is him – paragraph 7) here:
Key: (1) Daisy. (2) Ellie. (3) Rosie. (4) Samson. (5) Mum. (6) Dad.
Considering that 6 days ago he hated everyone and attacked the dog it's pretty good progress. Mind you, as I write this Daisy has frightened herself and r‑u‑n‑n‑o‑f‑t. My legs ache.Here's another one, courtesy of a cameraphone and a bit of panorama stitching
We have adopted Samson the cat - for his background read The Little Cat Diaries. Here are some pictures of him, having quickly settled into his new home...
Thoughtful pose. The author apologises for hasty red-eye removal.
Bed and brush. I don't need one other thing. Except maybe some chicken.
It would help to imagine a Harry Hill voice at this point: "Brushy. Brushy brush. Brush brushy brush-brush."
Things We Have Mostly Been Talking About:
A pet rabbit called Bunnica, leading nicely into a discussion about show-jumping rabbits in Denmark
Mauritius, its notable dates, people and history. Why would Mauritius Day be on the 8th December rather than 12 March, which everyone knows is their independence day?
I woke up this morning (dah der dah dah dum)... sorry, the blues is upon me.
It occurred to me that during the course of a working day in my office we spout an incredible amount of random garbage, and occasionally some of it can be quite funny. "Why not", I reasoned, "start a blog. The internet is awash with them, surely my collection of nonsense will stand out like a shiny thing in a dark place". And so here we are.
My vision is as follows: a list entitled "Things we have mostly been talking about", and rants pertaining to things that make me want to rant. I'll probably get bored within the week, but hey, maybe some kindly publisher will happen upon my writings and give me a six-figure book deal. Mmm-hmm.