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When Prince Harry met his match and lost his marbles.

Prince Harry was the most interesting Royal for me, but since he met and married Meghan Markle he seems to have lost his Royale Balles.

I’ve got nothing against either Meghan or Harry. Claims of a ”racist media’ and Harry’s sudden change of tack is odd. It raises the question about who is wearing the pants in that already intersectionally-sanctioned and overtly privileged household?

That’s life in Ye Olde Royale Bedde Miss Markle, but it seems a little pea or two is threatening to dislodge the Precious Princess…

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Ricky don’t lose that number.

Ricky Gervais just caused an outrage and a ruckus in Hollywood. People seem to forget that’s what he does for a living.

It’s laughable when people take a roast and assume it means anything in real life. The response to Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globe opening speech has been as divided as the political discourse. People have assumed Ricky Gervais has nailed his colours to the mast and either made a hero or a villain of him.

What it does show is that a small, very vocal group on the lunatic fringe of the left and the right want to control our thoughts and beliefs. That’s why I think we all need to seriously consider our commitments to Social Media and in particular – what people say on these platforms.

It’s all about the numbers. Ricky knows that controversy is good for his public profile. Standing up and accusing mega corporations, the entertainment elite and the wealthy of hypocrisy doesn’t in any way take away from the fact that he is also benefitting enormously by doing that gig.

However, Ricky does make some very good points and for that I applaud him. I would say keep up the great work Ricky. Don’t lose sight of your calling. Like it or hate it, we need social commentators like you to hold a mirror up to society so we can be more authentic and self-aware.

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Movember 28: Groucho Marx

Groucho was one of the Marx Brothers. They were a comedic trio that delighted audiences in the early days of cinema. What amazes me is how distinctive and enduring his persona was. I suspect he somehow tapped into an archetype that we all recognise. Or maybe it was just the eyes, or the hair, or the moustache. Yep, that moustache is unforgettable!


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Movember 27: Salvador Dali

My moustache Daily Doodle for Movember 27 is Salvador Dali. He remains one of my greatest early influences. He was a brilliant artist, original thinker and bohemian extraordinaire.

Salvador Dali

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Movember 26: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp struck a chord for countless people all over the world. The character still resonates with society today. The Little Tramp is poignant, quirky and sweet. He had a moustache too and no collection of moustaches would be complete with The Little Tramp.

The Little Tramp. An invention by Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin wrote a song that seems to complement the Little Tramp character. It is beautifully sad and yet; hopeful. Just like The Little Tramp.

“Smile
Tho’ your heart is aching

Smile
Even tho’ it’s breaking

When there are clouds in the sky

You’ll get by
If you
Smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining thru for you.

Light up your face with gladness

Hide ev’ry trace of sadness

Altho’ a tear maybe ever so near

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile
What’s the use of crying

You’ll find that life is still worth while”

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Caricature of Shane Tennant.

Check out my promotional cartoon for ST Woodworks.

I have just completed this cool caricature of Shane Tennent for ST Woodworks. Caricatures are mostly wacky, cynical affairs, but it’s preferable to have attractive, fit, healthy people to show in a positive light! 😉

Cartoon depictions of peoples faces are tricky because we’re so invested in our personal identities. Particularly if you make yourself a brand. A promotional caricature must therefore be more positive in nature.

I had a lot of fun doing this because my client was responsive and enthusiastic about my work. That always brings the best out in an artist. I hope it’s evident! 😀

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Movember 07: Shakespeare.

Shakespeare has always captivated me and inspired my cartoonist’s imagination. He was a witty and incisive writer who pulled no punches.

I’m sitting working at The Royal Shakespeare Company today, and I thought I’d give the old geezer a nod. Those old guys sure knew how to rock a ’stash. So here is Will in all his glory, I think his enormous forehead suggests he had quite brain on him. It comes as no surprise then that William Shakespeare defined English and literature for the eons to follow.

There is a lesson to be learned here: Shakespeare was crafting popular narrative for his day. He seemed unconcerned about the effect he would have on literature for the rest of history. Perhaps we all need to understand there is no such thing as a sense of greatness or historical impact. Rather that we simply keep plodding away and doing our best.

Let future generations decide who and what we are – we have no agency there. That is the best we can hope for in life.

It’s intriguing how differently Shakespeare appears in all the renditions of his face. In some respects it seems Steve Lukather of Toto might be his reincarnation!

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