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Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Six weeks later and it’s all over, the holidays are finished, the summer’s gone and it’s back to school again. Today in Scotland probably the biggest shake-up in secondary education is about to take place as the planned ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ is introduced. Whether this will be the success the Government hope or not, time will tell, but the main question often asked will still be on the parents lips as depicted in this James H Dowd (1883-1956) cartoon.

Transcript below:

BOY: "Please, teacher, what did I learn today ?"
TEACHER: "That's a peculiar question."
BOY: "Well, they'll ask me when I get home."

Saturday, 14 August 2010


This weekend the professional football season gets underway once more, and the millions of pounds having been spent in transfers and wages will possibly determine the outcome of the various matches in the various leagues. Sometimes other factors play a part in the results, and like the many knock-about games played by youngsters, are more easily recognised than the feats of the modern day professional footballer. Frank Reynolds (1876-1953) cartoon typifies a moment in the glorious game.

Transcript below:


"Crescent United were unfortunate in losing to Paradise Alley
owing to the unavoidable absence of their custodian at a critical moment in the game."

Monday, 9 August 2010


Continuing the theme of summer holidays, the aftermath of a week or a fortnight in the sun is the showing of all the holiday photos. Nowadays with digital cameras, mobile phones and social network sites there are instant playbacks of those immortal moments within minutes. Back in the 1920’s and 1930’s the camera and the photograph was still a relatively new phenomenon. William L Ridgewell (1881-1937) cartoon illustrates some of the problems associated with this new technology.

Transcript below:

"It's no use, Cyril, I don't understand this camera. I can only see your feet."

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


When going on holiday the main thing is to be sure the tickets are all sorted and to remember to take them with you. Sometimes, as in this cartoon by Bertram Prance (1889-1958) not everybody is kept fully in the picture.

Transcript below:

WIFE: "What! You haven't got the tickets yet?"
HUSBAND: "No. The fact is I've never been told where we're going."
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