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Project Ghibli #2: Panda! Go, Panda! and The Rainy-Day Circus

Original Release: 17th December 1972 (Panda! Go, Panda!) and 17th March 1973 (The Rainy-Day Circus) Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Shunzo Kato Screenwriter(s): Hayao Miyazaki Alternative Title(s): Panda Kopanda (Literally Panda, Baby Panda) / Panda Kopanda and The Rainy-Day Circus After Toei Animation, both Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki joined A Production in 1971 where they were reunited with their […]

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#SaturdayScribblers – Demise of Space Station V

Dean Kealy has upped the challenge this week with a coffee stain rather than a scribble! Here’s my interpretation: Space Station V from 2001: A Space Odyssey suffering a critical explosion! Original coffee stain:   My sketch/line art:

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Project Ghibli #1:The Little Norse Prince

Original Release: 21st July 1968 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Hiroshi Okawa Screenwriter(s): Kazuo Fukazawa Alternative Title(s): The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun / Little Norse Prince Valiant We start off Project Ghibli with a look, not at the first Studio Ghibli release, but at the directorial debut of one of the studio’s […]

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#SaturdayScribblers: Take A Bow

Something a little different today: I decided to finally have a go at Dean Kealy‘s weekly #SaturdayScribblers challenge to turn a scribble into a drawing. Here is my interpretation of this week’s prompt. I went for a deliberately rough style to hide the fact that my tablet and I don’t get on. Please give a […]

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Introducing: Project Ghibli

It will come as no surprise to those of you who know me to confess that I adore animation. From the 80s cartoons that I watched growing up – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Count Duckula – and many beloved Disney feature films – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the […]

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Music and the Deaf: The 4ORTE Ensemble

We’ve just returned from a wonderful evening at King’s Place, London, where we saw Music and the Deaf’s 4ORTE Ensemble perform a moving selection of solo, accompanied and ensemble musical pieces. Music and the Deaf are a UK-based charity promoting musical opportunities for deaf children worldwide through workshops, talks and training sessions. The 4ORTE Ensemble […]

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#SackNasty — rarasaur

  Sack Nasty is a compilation of poetry about prison. Unlike this blog, the stories told here don’t always fall sunny-side up. They are an outpouring of the uglier edges of prison life. They are about the illusion of dignity, the malleability of justice, and the fluidity (and fluids) of the human condition. These are […]

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Liebster Edition

If we were having coffee, i’d tell you i’ve been nominated for my first Liebster Award! Hooray! “What’s a Liebster Award?” you say? It’s an award given out by fellow bloggers to recognise and promote new or up and coming blogs. It’s been around since 2011 and essentially acts like a chain letter, paying the […]

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A Safety Net

I don’t often talk politics online. If you know me well enough, you will know where I stand. When the EU Referendum result was announced I instead posted the following simple message calling for civility and compassion whatever your point of view. I could already see that there was a lot of anger and anxiety […]

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Diabetic-Friendly Apple and Cinnamon Cake

My dad is Type II Diabetic so for this Father’s Day I attempted to make a diabetic-friendly apple and cinnamon cake using an existing recipe with some alterations. It was a partial success but as a first attempt i’ll record it here for posterity. What do you think? Any suggestions for how this recipe could be improved? […]

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Facebook Live Read Challenge

Ra from Rarasaur.com challenged me to do a Facebook live read of something i’d written, following the original call from Punk Rock Papa. This was a reading of some letters I wrote to my partner as part of my ‘scavenger hunt’ wedding proposal in New York. I’ll add subtitles as soon as I get a […]

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London2Brighton 100km Ultra Challenge

Unless you’ve been avoiding social media in the last week, it won’t have escaped your notice that i’ve been doing another challenge. I successfully completed the London2Brighton 100km Ultra Challenge last weekend, 28th – 29th May 2016, raising money in aid of Kith & Kids; a charity that supports and empowers people with a learning disability […]