Friday 6 January 2012

Live, Let Live, and Draw Weird Stuff

Just left a conversation (which I was mostly spectating) between Mum and Granddad about politics, colonialism, terrorism, news bias, and a lot of other cheerful stuff.  Was getting a bit down.  Thing is, there's all this miserable stuff in history where people decided to go and smite and conquer each other and set up empires and dominate the known world and all that, and the discussion inevitably turns to all the bloodshed involved in the colonial process, and every time the topic is raised it leaves me with two main feelings: "That's grim," and "But why?"

Seriously, what's the point in conquering other people and building an empire?  You'll only make people hate you.

I have no interest in conquering other bits of planet earth, really.  Okay, so it's fun to hypothesize about the weird and wonderful reforms I might wreak if I found myself in charge of the universe, but back in the real world, in all honesty I don't want to be bothering my head about the politics of other countries.  I'm perfectly happy to leave [insert name of country here] to do whatever [insert name of country here] wants to do, and get on with my own life.  I've seen a bit of India, for example, and I can't for the life of me see why my misguided ancestors made such a big deal out of being in charge of the blasted place.  You know what?  I don't want India.  I really, truly don't want it.  Umpteen miles away, far too hot, and full of virulent diseases and sacred beef.  As far as I'm concerned, the Indians can keep India.  I just want a little corner of this understated, soggy, weatherbeaten grey-green rock we call England, where I can keep myself to myself and write strange webcomics.  That's all I ask.  No empires here, ta.

Sorry if that was a bit depressing.  Wanted the catharsis after the chirpy conversation.  Will try to be more entertaining next time.

Stats from the Back of the Field:
  • First 12 for '12 status: 5 down, 7 to go - the gap has split wide open again, and I don't stand a chance of anything better than 3rd place, but oh well 8p
  • Latest book read: still A Brit Different
  • Latest film/TV watched: still Sherlock
  • Latest music listened to: can't remember
  • Latest edible item eaten: chilli con carne, then coffee
  • Predominant colour of clothes: blues and greys, blues and greys...
  • Programs and web pages currently running: Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Firefox (tabs: Blogspot Dashboard; Blogspot Create Post; MatNav 6.1)
  • Webcomics posted today: n/a

- The Colclough


  1. Invasion is actually very good for a nation every now and then. Take Britain for example; we wouldn't be half as well off as we are if the Romans hadn't come and invaded.

  2. There was an interesting piece in a recent edition of Private Eye where it had a cartoon of some rebels who joined the other side - Libya-Dems.