Spider baby

Spider baby

Another one of your "Father Ted series" - Love them. I always enjoy the narrative as much as the painting, Michael.

I'm pleased you enjoy them Adele.

Knew him straight away Michael! Thanks for the narrative gave me a giggle this morning.

Thanks very much Carole. I'm pleased you had a smile at the start of the day.

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Watercolour. Father Dougal: ‘Oh, did I tell you, Ted, Fun Land’s coming to the Island! It’ll be here of Saturday.’ Father Ted: ‘Oh, yes, that’s the fairground thing, I wouldn’t have that much interest in that type of thing myself to be honest.’ Dougal: ‘Oh, come on Ted, they’ve got a spider-baby!’ Ted: ‘A what?’ Dougal: ‘A spider-baby, you know it’s kind of a Freak Show thing, you know, the body of a spider, but it’s actually a baby?’ Ted: ‘How is it a baby, does it a have a nappy on or something? Dougal: ‘No.’ Ted: ‘Well, does it have the head of a baby?’ Dougal: ‘Aehm, no.’ Ted: ‘Well, if it looks like a spider, and it doesn’t actually gurgle or anything, how do you know it’s actually a baby?’ Dougal: ‘They keep it in a pram.’ Ted: ‘Are you absolutely sure about this? You’re not confusing this with a dream you had or anything?’ Dougal: ‘No, honestly, I saw it on the news, honestly, oh, wait now, actually, now that you say it, it was a dream.’

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Michael McManus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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