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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 5 - This week Brad and Nan discuss equality in the Olympics

6 August 2012

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Frame 5 of Crippen's O'Crypes cartoon strip - Blog 5

One of Mum's old Premium Bonds came up! Most people do the Lottery these days but Mum won't have it. She says it's a voluntary tax for the poor. Gramps thinks she's beginning to get some sense ... Gramps got the Premium Bonds for her ages ago, before I was born, back when he got his redundancy. Not that we're rolling in it - Mum says if she has to rob Peter to pay Paul any more she might have to ask Mary for a loan. I haven't got a clue what she's on about - I think...

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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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