15 minutes of fame

That at least is what
we are all supposed to have in our lifetime
But what is it that is so fascinating about fame
the state of being wildly known or recognised
It can be catching the biggest conger eel
off Wicklow harbour
which gets your name in the book of records
It can be,
being the first local golfer to reach one handicap
which gets your name in the newspaper
It can be finding buried treasure
or surviving against the elements
which gets your face on the telly
but I think I know what it is
We all like to be praised
To be special, to be told “You done good”
(was it Tony in “Saturday night Fever” who said that?)
Perhaps the time has come to clap everyone,
who deserves it, on the back.
So hop in – have your allotted 15 minutes
and hopefully it will be good enough
to keep you in after dinner speaking for life!
Or at least supply the anecdote which begins
“… Have I told you about the time I……………….”
On the way to being famous in the drawing
I have tried to include a variety of reasons
for possible fame
my favourite is the lad on stilts and
the guy about to step on the priceless spider!
The one throwing up is not going to make it
Nor is the one being carried off by stretcher

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2002 
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Making it

17 little images – each with a story to tell
DO NOT GET OVER CONFIDENT
DO NOT GIVE UP
ALWAYS BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
REST WHEN YOU ARE TIRED
COMPROMISE
BALANCE YOUR LIFE
A NICE STEADY PACE
NOBODY SAID IT WAS EASY !
A LITTLE LUCK
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK
LISTEN TO ADVICE
SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS
LEARN YOUR STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES EARLY
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
PREPARE FOR THE JOURNEY

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2011
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Problem Solved

This is a drawing of a shop
where you buy answers and solutions
You enter at the top right
Follow the writing on the walls and
Exit with your answer bottom left!
There is an illustrated Guide Book – 17,848 words long!
Included with each print
complete with examples if you need it
“We hold all knowledge known to Mankind
in our Archives
Therefore we can provide you with:-
All solutions to all problems”
Try it

To read the full Words See
Problem solved Guide Book
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With Printed Guide Book (17,848 words)
1/500
2003
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The Optimist and the Pessimist

This is the story of one day
in the lives of Mr. Optimist and Mr. Pessimist
They both experience the same events,
have the same job and play the same sport
but their feelings and thoughts
make one an optimist and
the other a pessimist.
For example:- Mr. O. wakes up in the morning
and thinks “Another great day”.
Whereas Mr. P. pulls the covers over his head
and thinks “Just ten more minutes.”
In work Mr. O. feels lucky
to have a good job with prospects
while Mr. P. would rather be at home
“It’s a dead end job anyway.”
Mr. O. plays sport expecting to win
but Mr. P. expects a bad shot very time
Mr. P. greets his future wife with thoughts of
“Ball and chain”
Mr. O. thinks “Bed!”
Mr. O. sees a future full of idyllic summer days
barbecuing in the garden
Mr. P. sees coming home to
seven screaming children and
a wife worn out by housework
Mr. O. walks his fiancee to her flat thinking
“Tonight is my lucky night.”
Mr. P. is sure there is no chance
so he walks his fiancee to her bus stop.

Mr. O.’s last thought before sleep is
“Life really is great”
Mr. P.’s last thought is
“Life really is a bore”

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1996
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The Human Race

The Human Race!      .
This drawing represents the race in which
we are all entered the day we are born.
The race is to attain social status and
possessions – success
is measured in money.
Different people race at different speeds
with different goals.
It begins before we are born.
We can be and are examined and
measured even before we are born.
Our arrival is too late to discover our sex!
When we are born they weigh and
measure us and then the race is on……..
“My baby walked at 10 months”
“Mine did at 9 months”
From now on we are urged to be bigger,
better  and faster.
A babywalker, slide, swing,
roller skates and bike give us more speed.
Our clothes are bought two sizes too big
We are tested in school
points equal further education
Childhood is shortened if
we are good at sports
rewards are enormous
if we are successful
Houses and moneybags represent
status and possessions
Bigger house, faster car, more money
Dropouts are forced to take part
to survive
Sometimes come up against a brick wall.
The people spanning the gap
represent help – counselling –
further education or financial
The annual holiday, hospital
or external forces
represented here by rain and snow
can make us slow down
some slip or are stepped on by others
some break the law.
Though not all in prison are guilty
Some want to slow down aeging
appearing as “Mutton dressed as lamb”
Retirement, early or late,
is the official Finish.
Only then do we allow ourselves time
to do all the things
we always wanted to do
supported by our wealth,
our families or the state
We have time to talk, to read, to paint
or spend in the garden
time for everything
and anything – As we reach the last lap
we move quite slowly
hopefully with time to do all those things
and hopefully to move onto
whatever we expect to find
when our race is finally run………….

 

 

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1997
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If I can dream

As I stood in a long queue at the bus stop,
in the cold and the wind and the rain
I vowed always to remember what it felt like
as sometimes several full busses passed us by
I stood there and wondered
what everybody else was thinking?
What were they like?
What were their dreams?

Here we have 30 people
3 children and 20 dreams
try to match the dream with the person………………………………

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1/500
1998
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It takes all sorts

This drawing shows 40 images of man
Representing different personality types
All just a little different – No two the same
One sitting down reading a paper and the next eating a banana
The rest all standing
This is to illustrate that although we may not like all the people we meet
and have to deal with everyday
Life would not be as exciting if we were all the same
It takes all sorts to make life what it is!
If you were asked to select one to represent yourself…………….
( 9 out of 10 choose the man reading the paper
because he is the safest )

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1998
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Living on the edge

The stakes are much higher
But so are the rewards!

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2006
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Tara

The Tara Brooch dates from the 8th century
It is on display in the National Museum
In this drawing the fabric of people
into which the pin is set
represents the centuries of people
who have worn, owned or touched the brooch
One is inclined to imagine just
what this small piece of metal
has seen and experienced
and what tales of Ireland it could tell,
if it had a voice………


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2012
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Chain reaction


We all think of ourselves as independent
but in reality we depend on each other in millions
if not billions, of different ways each day
Each of us depend on other people to exist either by choice
or necessity – you may not think so
but already today
you have probably grabbed on to your milkman
the bus driver/Car/bicycle manufacturer or shoe maker
a newsagent and/or a baker
Everything we eat, wear or use has been made by someone
We are ourselves of course also part of the chain
in that we also contribute something which is needed
even if it is only company for others while they work!
For example since this drawing left my pen
it has been delivered to John in Ruon Print
he sent it via the delivery man, Shay,
to a repro house where Paul made a film,
which Colin plans up
from which John makes a plate
which Sean prints beautifully
and Colin then marks, cuts and wraps perfectly
ready for collection
Add to this chain, all those who made all the materials used
and the machinery employed
Think of how many people have contributed
to printing technology alone?
This illustrates perfectly just how infinite each chain really is
and how far back through history, it stretches
If everybody, who had even the smallest contribution
towards making this print, were included,
how many links would it have?…..
How long is a piece of string?

 

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1999
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Oh happy day

Probably the most momentous event in anyone’s life
is the birth of a child
This light-hearted look at the event begins as it has to
with a couple getting together
Joy as the doctor confirms the expected date of arrival
The “Father” receiving claps on the back for his effort
his job is done
The “Mother” however has to contend with Morning sickness regular visits to the doctor to be weighed and checked
growing to alarming proportions
and being told to be patient and breathe deeply!
The final dash to the hospital with the bag that never holds everything anyway and then …………….
A baby is born
Everything else fades into insignificance
“ Oh Happy day” when it is all over and someone says
“It is a perfect little baby
Congratulations”

 

 

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1998
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Against all odds

This is the one that goes……
After being struck by lightning,
the ground falling out from under you
while being stuck on a ledge
with a poisonous snake
having to swing out of a rope which is too short
over shark infested waters
and expected to swing tarzan style
onto an impossibly precarious platform
from which you are expected
to dive into a river
which immediately turns
into a roaring waterfall
inhabited by a large white hungry bear
with only a log to cling on to
as you traverse
the afore mentioned shark infested water
and then to be greeted on the beach
by a friendly native
AND a tiger……

The next chapter would then begin……..
After escaping all the perils our hero…………………..

But it is true that no matter how dire
the current catastrophy seems to be
Against all odds mankind
has a knack of surviving
Heros pluck drowning children
from swollen rivers
and Mothers lift impossible weights
to save thier children
A few days after you thought
there was no way out
You wonder why you worried at all
So if things look bad now…….
hold on

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2000
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