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I see that the body of Hugo Chavez is to be preserved, embalmed and exhibited in a museum. Who would BLFP readers like to see treated in such a way?


Ferdinand Marcos. It was a toss up between this and an aquarium for Imelda



What a pathetic way to make a living………..

Creators Syndicate, an international newspaper syndicate, handles all reprint permissions requests for use of Gary Larson’s The Far Side® cartoons following guidelines long established by Mr. Larson and his company FarWorks, Inc. (copyright owner to all Far Side images). In short, we approve or disapprove requests to reproduce Mr. Larson’s cartoons, and carefully monitor the ways in which they appear.

We are writing on behalf of FarWorks, Inc. and Gary Larson about the The Far Side cartoon that appears on your website, https://bigrab.wordpress.com/

The cartoon we are referencing can be found here:




FarWorks has a serious problem with unauthorized uses of The Far Side worldwide. As a result, it does not allow online publication of works from The Far Side. No matter how insignificant a few uses may seem, it still amounts to making versions of the cartoons available in digital form for anyone to download, which makes it virtually impossible for Mr. Larson to control future uses, something that is very important to him.

Mr. Larson has tried to express his feelings about the digitization and reproduction of his cartoons online and why he asks that people not post his work on the Internet in an “open letter” he wrote some time ago. This letter is posted on our website (http://www.creators.com/a-note-from-gary-larson.html) and I have also included a copy of it here.

We ask that you please read the letter from Mr. Larson below, and respect his wishes by removing the cartoon from your website. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.


Simone Slykhous

Permissions Department

Creators Syndicate

737 3rd Street

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

(310) 337-7003


A Note From Gary Larson

RE: Online Use of The Far Side® Cartoons


I’m walking a fine line here.

On the one hand, I confess to finding it quite flattering that some of my fans have created web sites displaying and / or distributing my work on the Internet. And, on the other, I’m struggling to find the words that convincingly but sensitively persuade these Far Side enthusiasts to “cease and desist” before they have to read these words from some lawyer.

What impact this unauthorized use has had (and is having) in tangible terms is, naturally, of great concern to my publishers and therefore to me — but it’s not the focus of this letter. My effort here is to try and speak to the intangible impact, the emotional cost to me, personally, of seeing my work collected, digitized, and offered up in cyberspace beyond my control.

Years ago I was having lunch one day with the cartoonist Richard Guindon, and the subject came up how neither one of us ever solicited or accepted ideas from others. But, until Richard summed it up quite neatly, I never really understood my own aversions to doing this: “It’s like having someone else write in your diary,” he said. And how true that statement rang with me. In effect, we drew cartoons that we hoped would be entertaining or, at the very least, not boring; but regardless, they would always come from an intensely personal, and therefore original perspective.

To attempt to be “funny” is a very scary, risk-laden proposition. (Ask any stand-up comic who has ever “bombed “on stage.) But if there was ever an axiom to follow in this business, it would be this: be honest to yourself and — most important — respect your audience.

So, in a nutshell (probably an unfortunate choice of words for me), I only ask that this respect be returned, and the way for anyone to do that is to please, please refrain from putting The Far Side out on the Internet. These cartoons are my “children,” of sorts, and like a parent, I’m concerned about where they go at night without telling me. And, seeing them at someone’s web site is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, “Uh, Dad, you’re not going to like this much, but guess where I am.”

I hope my explanation helps you to understand the importance this has for me, personally, and why I’m making this request.

Please send my “kids” home. I’ll be eternally grateful.

Most respectfully,

Gary Larson

Get the picture?

I attended the Raith Rovers v Dumbarton SFL division one game yesterday.

Starks Park Kirkcaldy is one of several monuments to the frankly barmy SPL. A 10,000 seater stadium which has never, and will never hold a capacity crowd.

Dunfermline, Livingston, Airdrie and Partick Thistle all have similar follies.

Yesterday’s attendance at Raith was just over 1,300.


“Spread out and make it look busy”

Quite how this level of support is deemed sufficient to maintain a full time playing staff I just don’t know

And yet the administrators (sic) of the game in Scotland are running around like headless chickens precisely to try to keep clubs like the ones mentioned, full time.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who were second in the SPL at the time, attracted only 2,529 to their game against Kilmarnock in midweek.

Stark Choice

When business is tough, the first thing any sensible owner does is to try to maximise his income. Once every avenue and possibility for that has been explored, then he must look at his costs and try to modify them so that the business, by living within its means, can continue.

But We are All Crazy Turnbull Hutton….

However the path that Scottish football is on is to try to find a way for clubs like Raith to continue chasing a crazy, unattainable dream, and to continue living beyond their means doing it. The starting and finishing point of the proposed reconstruction in the game is apparently to keep the middle ranking clubs full time.

It won’t work.

It’s the economy stupid.

HM the Tween

Spotted by Glade Rover:


Burnt Oot!

Can there be many more beautiful or evocative verses of poetry than this?

But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You sieze the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white–then melts for ever;
Or like the borealis race,
That flit ere you can point their place;
Or like the rainbow’s lovely form
Evanishing amid the storm.–
Nae man can tether time or tide;
The hour approaches Tam maun ride;
That hour, o’ night’s black arch the key-stane,
That dreary hour he mounts his beast in;
And sic a night he taks the road in
As ne’er poor sinner was abroad in.

Robert Burns – Tam O Shanter.

I was fortunate enough to attend the Howff Club Burns Supper at the Globe Inn in Dumfries with my friend Colin the piper on Thursday night. We had to pick up a fellow attendee at Ellisland Farm. Ellisland was where Burns lived during his time at Dumfries and was where he wrote Tam O Shanter.


Ellisland – by taxi light!


The Globe was the howff (pub) that Burns frequented when he lived in Dumfries. He also lived there for a while before settling at Ellisland. His room is much as it was in those days. He etched some poetry on the window glass (allegedly with a diamond ring). The originals have now been taken away because of their delicate state but these facsimiles are identical, albeit a bit stronger.


The night itself was sensational. Nearly a hundred folk crammed into the old pub – a long, narrow room. There was an Immortal Memory from well known folk singer and hillwalker Jimmie McGregor. Jimmie is in his eighties now but looks as if he’s having a wee go at the immortality himself as he appears much younger than that physically and mentally. Former BBC broadcaster and MEP Alasdair Hutton delivered the Toast to the Lassies entirely in rhyme. There was a fantastic rendition of Tam O Shanter from one of the club members Donald Shamash
and several ‘sangs’ from well known folk singer Ian Bruce.


Jimmie McGregor delivers his Immortal Memory speech at The Globe Inn

The chairman set the tone for the evening by declaring the beginning of the sacred religious festival “Ramadram”.

Twenty four hours later I was at the Dumbarton Burns Club supper where I was performing a few sangs with some freens. The Toast to the Lassies there by retired Bonhill minister Ian Miller was one of the best and funniest I’ve heard. Really though, everyone was great at that supper too. I thoroughly enjoy the whole thing. The friendship, the food, the entertainment….not to mention the single malt whisky!

That’s two down and several more to go, at one of which I’ll be doing the Immortal Memory speech.

Those Scottish Football Reconstruction Proposals Explained….



All perfectly simple.

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