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As one of DAO's Diverse Perspectives commissions, we've asked John O'Donoghue and Crippen to produce The O’Crypes - a cartoon blog about a family based in Westsea, a seaside town in the south of England.

Episode 6 - This week Nabs is reminded of home

13 August 2012

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A frame from the O'Crypes cartoon strip - 6

Mum told me about this programme she’d heard on the radio: Poetry 2012 - The Power of the Poem. A Jamaican poet, Kei Miller, and the Director of the Scottish Poetry Library, Robyn Marsack, discussed a project the library has set up for 2012. Every nation taking part in the Olympics, all 204, are represented by a poem. I thought of my own nation. Syria. How I miss you! How afraid I am for you! How afraid I am for myself! I cannot say how I came here. That would be to betray too many...

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Episode 4 - This week we hear from Gramps who watches the Olympic opening ceremony with the family

29 July 2012

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A frame from Crippen's O'Crypes strip cartoon - Episode 4

Some things never change.  I can still remember when the Olympics were staged here last.  In the midst of Austerity Britain 1948.  Now what have we got?  Austerity Britain 2012. It didn't look like that on Friday night though. I started cringing when the Opening Ceremony kicked off.  Elgar, Jerusalem, maypoles, farm animals, plump rural peasants - it looked like a Country Fair from a bygone age. I was all for switching the telly off then and there. But then it...

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Episode 3 - This week we hear from Nan who takes them all to the pictures

22 July 2012

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A frame taken from Episode 3 - O'Crypes cartoon strip

We’ve all been a bit down since Jood’s had her benefits stopped. Brad’s been telling me about all of these cases he’s found where ATOS have stopped other disabled people’s benefits. So they’ve stopped taking their medication  in protest, had heart attacks, committed suicide. I don’t think it’s going to come to that in Jood’s case, but you never know with young people. She’s definitely got a lot quieter lately. And she was so...

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Episode 1 - This week Mrs O’Crype introduces her family

9 July 2012

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Crippen's O'Crypes strip cartoon - frame 1 of episode 1

Brad’s been really getting on my nerves. He knows we can’t afford tickets for the Paralympics. He says he wants to see Oscar Pistorius – calls him the Usain Bolt of disabled athletics. Only he doesn’t use the word ‘disabled’. He doesn’t even use the word ‘Paralympics’ – he calls them the ‘Cripalympics’. I do hate that word – ‘Crip’. Even if Brad does use it. I reckon it’s a phase he’s going...

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