TipTop’s mantras

TipTop is in bed. He says he is going to try those mantras.  Whilst going to sleep he says: "I will get up for a run...I will get up for a run...I will get up for a run" When his alarm bell goes off at 5am, he looks startled nad repeats a mantra: "My bed is so comfy...my bed is so comfy...my bed is so comnfy."


TipTop’s worst fear

TipTop has some sprouting hairs coming from his eyebrows. Josie asks is she can pluck them out. TipTop says no because he "can't face the tweezers"

What doesn’t go around doesn’t go around

One of the NoNos  is applying for a Karmacard over the phone NN- hello. Yes, I'm just calling to apply for a KarmaCard please.   Phone- Certainly, sir. you just need some good deeds in the bank. NN - Er...O.K. I’ll call you back

TipTop goes shopping at Uncle Bob’s

Uncle Bob is shopping at Uncle Bob’s.   Uncle Bob: Welcome to Uncle Bob’s Yogic Emporium. How may I help you? TipTop: I’d like a year of blissful happiness and fulfilment please. Uncle Bob: How are you paying, sir? TipTop: KarmaCard. Uncle Bob: Always welcome here, Sir.

TipTop’s New Year’s resolution

TipTop talking to Josie cartoon character about New Year's resolution

Kitchenidiots.com logo design

Hi there. A friend asked me recently to draw a little character for the logo of their new blog, so I wanted to post it on the blog. The site is good fun and is called kitchenidiots.com, so do go and have a look, especially if you struggle in the kitchen department!


CAR vs BIKE comic: the controversial issue explored

car vs bikeCAPACITY an average family estate car can transport one sumo wrestler, the wind section from St Bart's primary school, a year's supply of nappies, 4 bikes,  and one kitchen sink. A bike can't. ( pic of bike balancing all this labelled with: this is impossible, it is just a drawing. POWER Cars have HORSE Power. Bikes rely on WILL power Picture of horse with labels: "really muscular legs", "very exciting steam coming out of nose",  "these beasts will do all the work for you". Picture of a cyclist on a bike with labels: "unexciting bogey streaming from nose", "2 underused, prone-to-injury legs", "you will need to do all the work yourself" HYGIENE When you fart in a car, the fart lingers and is trapped inside, producing a hideous noxious which affects even the most robust of passengers.  ( passenger struggling and drowning in a cloud of hideous gas) When you fart on a bike, the rancid aroma is instantly dispersed into the air. Zero fallout and guilt-free freedom. Guff at will sign.USAGE On average the car spends only 10% of its time actually being used. The rest of the time it is parked off the road. On average the bike spends 99.9% of its time gathering dust, neglected and pining for your company in the garage, tyres slowly deflating and chain going rusty, awaiting the day you will return so it can get its own back by refusing to function as it should.REPAIR & MAINTENANCE  Fixing your car is a just a phone call away. For bike repairs, you feel obliged to do it yourself. This generates a deep feeling of your shameful  inadequacy as you desperately try to prove your manhood and show off your non-existent problem solving skills. ( man in skuba outfit going into a barrel of water with a rubber tubing and some band aidsCOST   Family Car £15000. Four bikes £500. Pic of paradise island. Things you could buy with the savings of buying bikes, not cars: your own private Island off Panama. (Free parrots and toucans included-and you won't get that with a Volvo estate) HEALTH  Driving a car or vehicule for too long can do this to you: (insert arrow) Your driver's name is Roy fat driver Riding a bike for a long time can do this to you: tree trunks for legs, pristine lungs, dazzling skinSPEED In town, cars are slow, thirsty, and stress-inducing in traffic. The smug factor is high for cyclists who whizz past their stationary rivals. Despite G.T.I. capability on bikes (Guff Turbo Injection), for long journeys the car wins hands down. Flammable Methane and hydrogen enabling G.T.I to kick inSAFETY & PROTECTION Per billion miles, the ratio of deaths of motorists to cyclists is 1: 9 in the U.K.  Nuff said. Despite the apparent hardiness of resilient cyclists in rubbish weather, the elements never make cycling easier.   Someone in a car with ran outside: "sure feels comfy in here out of the rain" Someone going up a hill in the rain, grimacing: "god I hate cycling"  Source: DfT (2005-2011)THE ENVIRONMENT One litre of petrol produces 2.3kg of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), the main gas responsible for the greenhouse effect; but for each kilometre cycled instead of driven, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by up to one third of a kilogram. Cycling 10km each way to work saves 1.3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. On yer bikes, people...

The Motherer of all Hangovers (an illustrated poem)…


Happy Christmas from Mr Oh!



A humungous Happy Christmas to you and your families wherever you may be!

Mucho thanks / merci beaucoup / vielen dank … for all your support and encouragement these past few months with the blog. I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many wonderfully inspiring people.

I am looking forward massively to all the adventures 2013 will bring. Lots of ideas and projects in the pipeline.

I wish you a fruitful and exciting New Year.

Rob x

(And thanks to Katharina and her two children from Zazumove for her part in inspiring the idea for the card above.)


How to prepare for parenting

parenting course

TipTop Yoga


Yoga is The Juice. Can’t be TipTop without it!

What is the “go to activity” that gets you mentally and physically in the zone?

Next week: how to prepare for parenthood, TipTop style.



3 Steps to Feelin’ Groovy

This was inspired by a recent Radio 2 interview with none other than Art Garfunkel. In this rare interview, amazingly, even in this day and age, Garfunkel mentioned that he has never owned a mobile phone or computer. As such, he said he feels “untethered”.

He also talked of how much he enjoys walking. So much so, that he’s already walked round every State of America. Plus, he’s currently walking round Europe I believe.

I’m not suggesting we should all be like him and not own phones or computers. I love my i-Phone and besides, where would we be without computers? However, I am keen to promote a return to basics: Fresh Air is The Don at helping us feel good, and a balance has to be healthy. So let’s remember that the next time we are craning our necks or squinting our eyes at a screen, or feeling cabin feverish at our work desks.

And here’s to you, Mr Garfunkel… A reminder to us all to turn off our phones and machines, tread out and kick down some cobble stones, and breathe in the goodness of fresh air: 3 steps to feelin’ groovy.

TipTop urges you to spread this Health Message to CyberWorld!

Next week: more Health and Well-being, according to TipTop

Uncle Bob’s Hippy Wisdom


Good old Uncle Bob. More of him later.

Don’t miss next time: 3 Steps to Feelin’ Groovy

Thanks, peeps.






TipTop: The Circle of MisTrust


Is it just me or are we all rubbish at keeping secrets?

(Inspired by The Circle of Trust in the film, Meet the Fockers.)

Stay tuned this Thursday: Uncle Bob’s debut…
R x


TipTop Comic: How to get your toddler to wear a coat.

Any of these sound or look familiar? No doubt there are plenty more ideas, but I try all these on my two-year old daughter, Isla, with varying degrees of success. Parents need tons of sneaky strategies in their repertoire!

If you are a parent, which strategy works/worked for you?

If you’re not a parent, can you invent a bonkers way to get the job done?

Next week: Trust, According to TipTop.

(Sorry I’m a day early in publishing this week. Just got excited.)

Have a TipTop rest of the week,


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