Wednesday, 18 May 2011

My New Flame

The big news arrived today before I’d even sat down to look at the Westmorland Gazette’s front page stories. The Olympic Torch is coming to Cumbria. Hurrah!
Well, I suppose hurrah. I’m not entirely sure why someone has to carry it around the country in a bizarre route from Lands End to London. Looking at the path the Torch is taking, it isn’t a very good advertisement for British navigational skills. It’s travelling a total of 8,000 miles. Even I can navigate from Cornwall to London in rather less than that.
But no matter. It’s visiting the Lake District and we will, I am sure, dig out the bunting, cross off the names William and Kate and scrawl Welcome to the Torch over the top.
In other news, a monster pike was caught in Windermere (the lake, not the village) and a farmer is taking a lamb to Slovenia, for reasons which escape me. Possibly they don’t have Tesco in Slovenia.
So here are the four ideas I pitched to the newsroom. As usual, they are fast scribbles in all their blue-pencil-and-felt-pen glory. To see the full majesty of the final artwork, buy Thursday’s Gazette or pop along to my website. I’ll keep a torch burning for you.