It’s day 2 of Insect Week here at id-iom and today it’s the turn of the UK’s largest beetle – the mighty stag beetle. It is now accepted that stag beetles, whilst of an interesting design, are harmless to humans – but it didn’t always be this way. According to British folklore they were capable of summoning thunder and lightning and even flew around with hot coals in their jaws setting fire to buildings! Now if that isn’t slander right there then I don’t know what is. It’s downright rude. In an effort to rectify this we’ve started legal proceedings against British folklore on behalf of all stag beetles. Until then all we’ve got to hold your attention is a picture of a very regal looking stag beetle called Gatsby.
If you need Gatsby adorning your wall then his critical dimensions are 21 x 29.5 cm (A4) and he’s been created using the magic of acrylic and paint pen. Just drop us a line and we can make it so…
Work/life balance is increasingly difficult to achieve these days. During a prolonged bout of procrastination – which is how I spend most of my time nowadays – I somehow managed to doodle this on an old railcard I found before me on my workspace. It’s the most I’ve done in days. Two things I should take from this: 1) Do more actual work and 2) tidy my workspace. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed soon enough. If anyone has any motivation to spare give us a shout…
Not sure what to do with himself now that he had missed the last train to Bristol, Martin had been sitting on the platform for a while when he came up with the idea to tweet Southwestern rail to see if there’s anything to be done in order to rectify his problem. He was a little angry so perhaps his tweet was not as cordial as it could have been.
To his absolute astonishment, they sent him a message almost immediately stating that another train would pull up in about a minute to pick him up. The trouble was Martin was staring at the departures board and there was nothing going to Bristol – or anywhere else for that matter – but before he could really think about it a train pulled in to the platform and he thought he’d better board before he was stuck for the night.
As he sat down he noticed the train had lavish curtains and a general air of sophistication that hadn’t been seen on this line for at least a century. Not sure what to do Martin was looking at the doors and thinking about getting off when they silently slid shut.
As the train pulled away from the station and around a curve Martin could see the rest of the train behind him. He saw a desperate ghostly face pressed up against each and every window he could see. Shaken, Martin sat down. He was thinking this must be the fate that awaits anyone who complains about Southwestern Rail. And do you know what? He was right.
Does anyone out there remember an 80’s cartoon called ‘The Freedom Force’? They were a group of superheroes that included one called ‘Super-Samurai’ who was the muscle bound alter ego of a little Japanese lad. Well, after searching my brain for the answer as to where this picture came from that is the best I can muster for an answer. It was either that or this:
“This picture came about after I had the luxury of spending two days looking around the British museum sketching anything and everything i wanted and what a treasure trove they have there. After walking around the Japanese section of the museum I had a load of sketches mainly of samurai as their outfits were just amazing but also of some of the words and alphabet. I didn’t add any of that in to any of my drawings though as i just didn’t have a clue what they said.”
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