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The Headmaster
Posted on: 18 November 2005, 7:20pm

Straight in to the top of the charts goes 'Dalek'.

What, you may ask, has 'Dalek' got to do with political incorrectness? Let me tell you a story...

One day every summer the London cabbies take a group of underpriviledged and handicapped kids from the drabber parts of London to the seaside, or to Southend at least. It's traditional to decorate their black cabs - either just with balloons or rather more adventurously, and there is a competition to reward the best decorated taxi. 1981 was 'International Year of Disabled Persons' and the organisers of the children's day out therefore decided that this was to be the theme for the taxi decorations. I was the graphic designer for a newspaper which had sponsored a cab, and was handed the job of dressing it. I thought I would celebrate the disabled and so turned the taxi into a rocket powered wheelchair: twin boosters, big wheels at the back and a heroic larger than life pilot in a cockpit on the top, wearing flying goggles and sheepskin jacket. Come the day there was a taxi with shop dummy child on crutches stuck to the roof, taxis drawing attention to charities for the blind and the deaf and what were then called spastics, all sorts of approaches to the set theme, including mine which, it's fair to say, drew more attention than most. Even that well known friend of little children Jimmy Saville arranged to have his photo taken beside it (he looked at me, I looked at him, neither of us smiled). And so to the judging, and the winner was a taxi sporting on its front a picture of the soon to be wed Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

The Headmaster
Posted on: 27 June 2006, 9:01am

Did you know that Daleks always have their sink plunger on their right? Neither did I. See the work of someone else with time to waste: 'A Spotting Guide to The Common Dalek'.

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