Illustration Friday ‘Burning’ – Aspire Cross Channel Swim – Finished!
The topic for Illustration Friday this week is ‘Burning’, I could not make up my mind what to illustrate, perhaps ‘burning a candle at both ends’, Tyger, Tyger burning bright, Matilda, Ladybird, ladybird or London’s Burning.
In the end I thought of the works of the great poet Anon. I like to think of him sitting staring at the fire, watching the sparks make pictures on the chimney breast, as he sups ale or cider and creates his poems. I decided to Illustrate this one:
I saw a Peacock, with a fiery tail,
I saw a Blazing Comet, drop down hail,
I saw a Cloud, with Ivy circled round,
I saw a sturdy Oak, creep on the ground,
I saw a Pismire, swallow up a Whale,
I saw a raging Sea, brim full of Ale,
I saw a Venice Glass, Sixteen foot deep,
I saw a well, full of mens tears that weep,
I saw their eyes, all in a flame of fire,
I saw a House, as big as the Moon and higher,
I saw the Sun, even in the midst of night,
I saw the man, that saw this wondrous sight.
In the meantime, for some reason the soundtrack to my drawing is this:
It’s been an interesting week. Yesterday I finished the Aspire challenge of swimming the distance of the English Channel between the 13th September and 5th December. Taking part in the challenge has certainly kept me going to the pool, on days when I might otherwise have backed out. I am pleased to report that the swim was done in crawl! If you were following me back in January when I first started this swimming malarkey you will remember at that stage I could not swim crawl at all and could not put my face in the water for breast-stroke. When it came to doing the Alton Water, Great East Swim I had to complete it in breast stroke as I couldn’t manage it in crawl. We’ll see if I can manage open water crawl next year. If you are interested the Channel 4 programme on the Great East Swim is available for the next 28 days HERE. You can sign up for next year’s Great East Swim on their site they now offer half mile, one mile and two mile swims.
Earlier in the week, on a thoroughly wet and miserable morning, I had a flat tyre outside the pool and wasted my swim time trying to sort it, giving up and then waiting for Green Flag. But every cloud has a silver lining. Green Flag were great, turned up promptly and sorted things out. Whilst I was waiting I was tweeting my minor trauma and ended with ‘send coffee’. A sachet of Paddy and Scott’s arrived the next day. By the time I was home from work I also had an offer of a half day at Ufford Park Spa; so by now I was feeling really spoilt. So in my personal bubble, even the bad things were turning out well.
Out in the real world we have had the annual act of Remembrance, the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and Paul & Rachel Chandler, and student riots to remind us of the values and risks associated with freedom, rights and what people believe in.
It’s a crazy world eh Arthur Brown.