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About alex

British cartoonist and writer, living in the Basque Country, but based in New Zealand.

Walking From Paignton to Brixham in Devon

Since we are in a place that has a train station, during our month in Totnes, I thought I’d make the most of good old British Rail (now Network Rail) and visit Paignton, down the tracks. Paignton isn’t that pretty. I wonder whether, like much of the south coast, it had the  bejeesus bombed out of it in the war. So I walked the fabulous footpath to Brixham, a couple of hours down the coast. It was a chance to recharge the creative batteries and come up with a few ideas for Arctic Circle.
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An Inconvenient Sequel – Much More Positive Than I Expected

I had my first opportunity to see An Inconvenient Sequel this week and it left me feeling more positive about the future.

We are in the process of moving from Spain to New Zealand and taking a couple of months in the UK to sort out stuff (including sending our dog and Duncan’s Land Rover). This month, we are in Totnes, which is near-ish a good mechanic for the Land Rover, has great walks for the dog, is surrounded by trout rivers for Duncan and is a short drive from super beaches for me. Totnes was one of the first Transition Towns and has many environmentally-minded residents. So it was no surprise that An Inconvenient Sequel would have a well-attending showing in nearby Dartington. I walked there, via the river and through the massive Dartington estate.
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The Punchline of This Cartoon Came From The Alternative Reality We Seem to Be Living In

I wrote this cartoon when Trump started threatening Korea, as Kim Jong-un showed off his new military toys and boasted about his intercontinental nuclear missile capability. The truth is, that even New Zealand probably won’t be safe if they start firing nuclear warheads at each other.

Let’s hope we never find out for sure.

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