Heralding Another Moodle


Another Friday, another ‘Artist’s Corner’. Once again the inspiration for this week’s masterpiece comes from the marvellous Moodle Army Challenge from Haylee’s Aloada Bobbins.

This week the challenge was to ‘Blow your own trumpet’.

I don’t have a musical bone in my body. I own a five-stringed electric guitar. I’ve modified it from the usual six-stringed instrument through a dedicated lack of maintenance and care, which has taken me several years to perfect.

I sometimes still like to strum it but aside from muscle memory enabling me to remember how to play the first few chords of Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’, a perennial favourite from my teenage years, I can’t remember how to play very much at all.

I sometimes think I would like to learn to play again, but to what end I’m not sure. I’m unlikely to be headlining Glastonbury anytime soon.

Or ever.

And if I can’t play the guitar, I certainly can’t play the trumpet.

But I can blow my own ‘metaphorical’ trumpet rather well.

I know what I’m good at.

Which is no small amount of things.

For example I can differentiate between the various remote controls which form part of my TV viewing experience these days.

I can usually put together flat-pack furniture on my own, even when the instructions advise that two people should be involved.

I can cook a mean boil-in-the-bag rice.

However, one of the things in this world that I’m less good at is drawing.

But I’d never let something like a total lack of talent and ability stop me from doing anything.

And so here is a picture of me blowing my own trumpet:


And here is Green Day with the aforementioned ‘Basket Case’:



  15 comments for “Heralding Another Moodle

  1. March 10, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    A little more lip pursing required there James! If you’re missing a G string for the guitar I have a couple of spares in my knicker drawer.

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    • March 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Sadly it’s not, and I think the guitar missed an comedic opportunity there…

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  2. March 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    You look great in that doodle. You can barely tell you’re cross-eyed!

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    • March 10, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Which is a shame because being cross-eyes was meant to be a ‘comedic’ feature of the drawing. Unlike the different sized feet, which is actually because I can’t draw…

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      • March 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm

        Hahaha this made me laugh out loud!

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  3. March 11, 2017 at 12:44 am

    At least you can draw. Even good enough to do a bit of cartooning. You can create a little cartoon series.

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  4. March 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

    A tremendous trumpeter! And if the musical creations aren’t up to scratch, I feel you could always switch ends and use it as a jousting stick 😉 Thanks for joining in again.

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  5. sportsattitudes
    March 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I’m much better at boil-in-the bag rice than I ever could be at drawing. Due to a complete lack of talent and ability in that area I will live vicariously through your doodles if that’s acceptable. I thought the trumpet was well-constructed and the facial expressions captured a robust combination of passion and panic. Well done.

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    • March 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Very much the passion and panic that was in my actual face as I attempted to draw this particular effort…
      But thanks 🙂

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