This week’s Westmorland Gazette provided a range of stories for cartoonist examination. Cumbria County Council are making cutbacks to rural bus services, street lights in Windermere have been lit continuously for several months due to an electrical fault, local school children have been consuming vast quantities of alcohol …
Oh, and Bownessie the lake monster has been popping up again. In fact, there were two stories about everyone’s favourite lake monster.
The first of these disputes that it is everyone’s favourite monster. The people at Loch Nessie are getting a tad techy and have issued a statement pointing out that they’ve been faking monsters far longer than we have. And Nessie contributes far more to the economy than Bownessie ever will. And he eats porridge, so there.
In response, the Gazette have compiled a Top Trumps game in which they point out that Bownessie swims faster than Nessie, has been seen more often in recent years, has its own Facebook page and has got four humps not three.
Which leads us to the second Bownessie story in which someone has found an old tyre which, when cut up and thrown in the lake, looks like a four-humped mythical lake creature.
It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait for the next instalment.
Meanwhile, cast your gaze downwards and you can see my sketches on these vital subjects. As usual, the editor’s final choice will appear in the Gazette and on my website on Thursday morning.