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Step into the irreverent world of disabled cartoonist Crippen aka Dave Lupton, who has been in the vanguard of disability arts movement for more years than he cares to mention. His work has appeared in mainstream press, on TV and film and is now probably the best Disabled cartoonist in the world!

Death by Indifference

30 January 2009


ward cartoon

The health secretary, Alan Johnson, is setting up a confidential inquiry which will look at why at least six learning disabled people have died while under NHS care. The move is part of an overhaul of how the NHS treats learning disabled people after a government-commissioned independent inquiry last July uncovered evidence of serious failings in care. Led by Sir Jonathan Michael, it followed the publication of a report in 2007 by the charity Mencap, called ‘Death by Indifference’....

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God Father

23 January 2009


screen-name cartoon

I was once asked to be god father to the baby of a couple I knew back in the UK. I agree with the principle, but being somewhat agnostic I didn’t feel that I could go through with the religious mumbo jumbo that would accompany the ceremony (oops, wait for the emails from outraged Vicars!). They had a non-religious blessing ceremony in the end, and I and a couple of other friends were named as … I forget what we were eventually called, but it meant that we’d always be there...

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Maureen Bruce: Obituary

16 January 2009


Crippen tribute to Maureen Bruce cartoon

As I mentioned earlier, friends and colleagues will be holding a special celebration of the life of Maureen Bruce, Disabled activist and one of the main pillars of the East Sussex Disability Association on her birthday, Sunday 18th January. It was Maureen, along with other Disabled people in Sussex who worked hard at getting the Association changed from being controlled by well meaning but politically naive non-disabled people to the present organisation run and controlled by Disabled people....

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Never give up?!

9 January 2009


Crippen language cartoon

Someone sent me a video clip the other day of an Australian motivational speaker called Nick Vujicic. Born without any arms or legs Nick has made it his life’s ambition to tell people to ‘Never give up’. language cartoon He’s pretty self assured and plays his audiences with a skill that borders on the manipulative. Close-ups of impressionable youngsters with tears running down their faces as he talks to them at their schools, and hardened business professionals giving their testimonials...

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Bread line

2 January 2009


Sox Darlek cartoon

OK. I know that my New Year resolution was to stop being a grumpy old man. But I did go down with a terrible case of man-flu on Boxing Day, which I’m only just recovering from - What, never heard of man-flu? Well it’s like what women get, but about a 100 times worse! (Oh oh, wait for the emails – Ed!) And then what happens? I brush the cobwebs off the computer, log onto my email account, and get another request to use my Darlek cartoon! Darlek cartoon For those of you who’ve followed my...

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