A quick word about the new top bit. For a while now I’ve wanted to have a bit more harmony with this blog, the main Flip Flop Flyin’ site, and the Atlas, Schmatlas page (which, if I can get my arse into gear, will evolve over the next months into a going concern rather than just an ineffective advert for my book).
Hope you like the drawing, and, should you be wondering who/what all the people and things are all about, maybe I should explicate a little. Everything up there kinda represents an element of what I’ve been blogging about for the past few years, and particularly this year.
From left to right: Hot dog vendor: here representing the glorious world of processed meat in buns. Kraftwerk: German pop group; here to represent the world of music. Mickey Mantle: a not-very-good likeness of a New York Yankees legend; representing baseball. Tube dancer: also called an air dancer; here representing silly things. Dolly birds holding a graph: representing the (hopefully not mutually exclusive) worlds of information graphics and hot chicks. Subcomandante Marcos: spokesman of the revolutionary Mexican organisation, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, and subsequently, the coolest man on the planet; representing trying. Jamie Carragher: Liverpool FC’s central defender; representing football. Diego Maradona: best footballer ever; representing Latin America. Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs: Metro-Dade Police detectives; representing the worlds of fighting drug trafficking and alligator ownership. Billy: a lovely cocker spaniel; representing dogs and other animals. Me: representing myself. Tessa: the dog I had when I was a teenager; representing mawkish sentimentality. Rio de Janeiro: most beautiful city I’ve ever been to; representing a desire to go back there soon…
Thanks, Grandad; you did me proud.