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Step into the irreverent world of disabled cartoonist Crippen aka Dave Lupton, who has been in the vanguard of disability arts movement for more years than he cares to mention. His work has appeared in mainstream press, on TV and film and is now probably the best Disabled cartoonist in the world!

Blog change

21 November 2007

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Had an email from Col’ our faithful editor this morning. He’s cracked the coding for putting each month of this blog onto a separate page (you can find the link for October over on the right now … no, up a bit … yes, there!). So you’ll only have to struggle with one month at a time on this presenting page. Are we kind to you or what?! Col' also added … “I like the fact that Jeff contacts you in bloody Spain to let you know about LDAF's Tate Modern...

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Friday 23rd November 07

23 November 2007

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Oops. Seem to have lost a day somewhere! Spent yesterday frantically finding space in the house for the giant mobiles I've constructed for the village fiesta. We get so used to having never ending blue sky and sunshine that when it rains, as it did yesterday for the first time in about 8 weeks, we get caught with our watsits down. Or in my case, caught with the mobile hanging from olive trees around the terraces! No harm done though, although it's weird eating breakfast with a giant red...

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Chainsaw massacre

23 November 2007

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Sox chainsaw massacre cartoon

Another event yesterday saw the invasion of our quiet little village by hi-vis jacket wearing hombres from the big city of Granada. The whole area is undergoing a tart -up due to it being designated one of the major tourist spots in Southern Spain (have to agree with them there). We've already had street lights installed (resulting in the loss of our amazing star lit nights) and they've now decided to widen the road. Nothing too major there, you probably think. Wrong! These city boys, with no...

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Blog wars

23 November 2007

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Oh dear, started something here. Now our faithful Editor Colin has restarted his own blog in these pages and has targeted me for some pay back. Well deserved, I have to admit. I'm going to have to mind my P's and Q's from now on eh? - although I wouldn't hold your breath! I don't think he realised, but his opening line "I understand that reprobate Crippen's missus has become a blog widow!" sort of implies that Jeni's the reprobate?! I think there's an email from Mrs Crippen winging it's way to...

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Saturday 24th November 07

24 November 2007

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Village Fiesta today so I’m up supervising the setting up of the hall for the knees up tonight. Have some sturdy volunteers to shin up and down ladders and hang the giant mobiles I’ve constructed in the week. Should get to bed about 3am If we’re lucky!

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Cartooning Part 3

24 November 2007

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Along with the personal computer (PC), the other major influence on my cartooning life has been the introduction of the Internet and the world-wide-web (www). The time that I’ve spent educating myself about this medium has been a worthwhile investment and it has more than compensated for itself over the recent years. I am now able to carry a virtual portfolio of my work around with me, anywhere there is a computer connected to the internet. I can send an image across the world in seconds...

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Stuck on you!

25 November 2007

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Crippen Velcro cartoon

Jeni’s worn a back brace for as long as I’ve known her. She recently changed from the heavy-duty leather type prescribed by the NHS, to a lightweight model which we’ve sourced in Spain. This new one is fastened by Velcro and doesn’t have the many straps and buckles that the NHS go in for. The reason I mention this is that I’ve now taken to wearing something similar (the discs in my back having finally given up the ghost and come out in sympathy with the rest of my ailing body!) and...

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Spanish disability

26 November 2007

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Whilst we’ve been in Spain we’ve tried to make contact with other Disabled people down here, preferably Spanish. We had some success communicating with a deaf guy a little while ago, mainly through his Spanish sign language and Jeni’s BSL, which had a lot of similarity. He belonged to a Deaf group in Granada which was mainly a social thing. He didn’t really have any concept of Deaf politics, nor about Disability politics generally. He sold raffle tickets for a living and had a licence...

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Two tribes

27 November 2007

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Crippen Chasm cartoon

I’ve had a look at an article being written in support of trying to bring the two 'camps' of carers and Disabled people together to campaign on the fundamental, underlying issue of adequate social care. I must admit to having a pretty knee jerk reaction whenever the subject of carers, linked to Disabled people, comes up! I can even remember upsetting a few carer support groups with cartoons I’ve done in the past! I think there were issues around the terminology itself and the very split...

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Cartoons

27 November 2007

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Incidentally, were not sure why some of the cartoons on this blog come out in different sizes when they are all uploaded at the same size. Nor is it understood why some of the speech bubbles have clearer text in some and not others. Once the techies have sorted this out we’ll redo the cartoons for you.

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Super Crips

29 November 2007

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Super Crip strikes again and this time it’s a Disabled person who’s supporting that urban myth that when we loose one of our senses, we develop our remaining senses to become super improved to compensate! The man in question is the latest recruit to the Brussels police, who, along with five other blind and visually impaired detectives have been enlisted to aid the fight against international terrorism and drug trafficking. The article, which appears in the Independent earlier this week,...

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Arty Farty?

25 October 2007

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Crippen cartoon

Reply from Colin – “What’s this crap Dave?! What’s happened to your usual style of writing?” (never been a one to mince words our Col!) “I was trying to be a bit more arty farty” I tell him. “Well stop it. It’s not big and it’s not clever!!” “O.K. How about this?” “Much better”.

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Jeni's birthday

27 October 2007

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Jeni’s birthday today. We’re having some of the Spanish neighbours in along with some English friends this evening (notice how I slipped in the reference to Spain? We’re currently down here in the warm Spanish autumn, looking after a friend’s Cortijo while they visit family in yUK. Thanks to the Internet I can still work though and do things like this). As I don’t drink, Jen’s put me in charge of the wine. Although, unlike the UK, drink is not a problem down here (at least not for...

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Foot and mouth

28 October 2007

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Crippen foot painter cartoon

Overdue visit to a new local arts centre. I got the owner, a young English woman, talking about disability art.

Might have known it; her only experience with us artistic crips has been with the foot and mouth painting brigade (no offence intended - each to their own I say). The idea of us expressing our experiences through our art hadn’t occurred to her, even though this is what she does with her photography.

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Legal History

6 February 2009

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In the first ruling of its kind, and securing an historic legal victory for Disabled people in the UK, a judge has ordered a major bank in Sheffield to install a lift so that people unable to access the bank due to a flight of steps at its entrance can have the same access as the rest of its customers. Although it’s unlawful for businesses like banks and other public bodies to treat us Crips less favourably, a judge has never before ordered an injunction to force an organisation to make...

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God Father

23 January 2009

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I was once asked to be god father to the baby of a couple I knew back in the UK. I agree with the principle, but being somewhat agnostic I didn’t feel that I could go through with the religious mumbo jumbo that would accompany the ceremony (oops, wait for the emails from outraged Vicars!). They had a non-religious blessing ceremony in the end, and I and a couple of other friends were named as … I forget what we were eventually called, but it meant that we’d always be there...

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Death by Indifference

30 January 2009

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The health secretary, Alan Johnson, is setting up a confidential inquiry which will look at why at least six learning disabled people have died while under NHS care. The move is part of an overhaul of how the NHS treats learning disabled people after a government-commissioned independent inquiry last July uncovered evidence of serious failings in care. Led by Sir Jonathan Michael, it followed the publication of a report in 2007 by the charity Mencap, called ‘Death by Indifference’....

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Who pulls the strings?

13 February 2009

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A little while ago, I was invited to supper with some friends and was introduced to a young couple who were employed by one of those charities that claim to represent us. Realising that my friend had arranged things so that I was seated next to them during the meal and was expecting some sparks to fly (I seem to have developed a reputation for livening up some of the social occasions that I get invited to – can’t think why?!) I was determined to behave myself. ‘Did you see those amazing...

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Happy 50th Jane!

11 May 2009

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100th cartoon

When her parents were told that Jane Campbell wasn't expected to live much beyond her teens, the world hadn't bargained on her being one of the most tenacious Crips that they were to ever meet! In true Jane style she has marked her passing years with 'Not dead yet!' birthday celebrations, and has blown a resounding raspberry at the various ailments and impairment related setbacks that have come her way, sometimes resulting in hospital stays. Typically a number of these resulted in her...

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Rumpy Pumpy

20 February 2009

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Suddenly disability and sex is everywhere on the web. A recent full length article in the Sunday Times covers everything from new legislation for sex workers, and how this will affect Disabled people, to tantric sex for someone who’s paralysed from the neck down. Interestingly we now appear to have both life and style, placed as this article was in the Life and Style section of the Sunday Times!  The BBC Ouch blog is also doing its bit with an article by Kate Ansell about dating as a...

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Large print building code option

20 February 2009

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An article advising about the new building standards code BS8300 that is ready for release later this month explains how the built environment can be designed to anticipate, and overcome, restrictions that prevent Disabled people making full use of premises and their surroundings. There's a option to request that the code is supplied in large print format if you're interested. The link for the article is:...

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Getting there

27 February 2009

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I caught the end of a radio show the other day where the presenter was trying to generate some controversial response from his listeners about the young Disabled TV presenter, Cerrie Burnell. Apparently, the fact that she has only one hand was frightening some of her younger viewers. "There's a time and place for showing kids all the 'differences' that people can have, but nine in the morning in front of two-year-olds is NOT the place!" ranted one parent on the CBeebies  message boards,...

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Safe and sound

4 March 2009

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A visually impaired Wandsworth man who’s has been away at a rehab centre for a while is due back home in a couple of day’s time. Great news eh?! Well, so you’d think until you read an email that’s been put out by the Direct Action Network (DAN) asking if any one’s free to act as an advocate for him when he does return home. The problem it appears is that his Social Services have decided to make life at home easier for him. They’ve come up with a way to stop him from bumping into...

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Ken Lumb

3 March 2009

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I've just received the sad news that Ken Lumb, a great mate and Editor of the Manchester Coalition magazine died recently in hospital. Ken was a tireless worker within the Disabled people's movement and will be missed by us all. A celebration of his life is being held at Manchester Coalition's HQ on Tuesday 10th March.

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Things in common

6 March 2009

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One of the things that really gets up my nose is when people assume that just because I’m Disabled, I must therefore enjoy being with other Disabled people and will get on with them like a house on fire.  I can remember one occasion when I’d been invited to a small gathering by some friends and I was introduced to a guy who had some form of muscular impairment. I was using a power wheelchair that evening and the assumption was that both being Disabled we’d have a lot to talk about....

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