Monday, 26 January 2015

COMIC CUT

Funny or what?

I went to a meeting this morning. Gill Maguire was there and shared a copy of the Metro free newspaper that she had picked up on the train. She did so because of a cartoon strip that she had found on page 48.

The cartoon, Pearls before Swine, is written in the United States by former lawyer Stephan Pastis, and is syndicated internationally.

The strip in the morning's Metro showed regular characters Rat and Goat sitting in a diner, or possibly bar. The following conversation occupies four frames –
RAT   I HAVE A LARGE BRAIN AND IT'S BEEN CONCLUSIVELY PROVEN THAT THOSE WITH LARGER BRAINS ARE SMARTER THAN THOSE WITH SMALLER BRAINS

GOAT  THAT'S NOT TRUE.

RAT   YES, IT IS
GOAT   HOW DO YOU KNOW?

RAT   BECAUSE SOMETHING IS TRUE WHENEVER YOU SAY IT'S BEEN CONCLUSIVELY PROVEN!

GOAT   THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS.
RAT   HEY, IN AN AGE WHERE NO ONE READS, IT'S HOW THAT WORKS.

Given the topic of the meeting this raised a bit of a laugh. Nicely spotted Gill, we needed a laugh. So I repeat it here.

Contrariwise

If you've got it flaunt it. Again, and again and again. This is hardly a new thought of course.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works...
King James Bible, 1611, Matthew, 5:15 and 5:16

The brain-believers, the dyslexia front, spectrophiles, and uncountable others with a cause to advance, they all appear to know this well and act accordingly. We were considering why conductors and the world of Conductive Education as a whole seem to favour the bushel approach to public awareness of their work. Yes, we needed a laugh.

Reference

Pastis, S. (2015 Pearls before swine, Metro, 26 January, p. 48


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