Maintaining One’s Position


….I don’t know why you won’t make a cartoon about a cat. Do you remember we’d go to the pictures and Smutty would be waiting for us outside the cinema when we came out?

“I don’t remember … I think I was too young. I do remember him liking to sit on the white line in the middle of the road, though.”


“But Mum … I’m still not making  a cartoon about a cat.”

Declining Advice


“Mum … I don’t think I want to make a cartoon about a cat.” Why ever not?  I would.


“I didn’t think you were particularly fond of cats.”  I don’t know what you’re talking about. We used to have a cat. You remember Smutty, don’t you?


  “Of course I remember him. But that’s not the point, Mum…”


 He was a very good ratter. We used to lend him out.

The Limiting Nature Of Advice

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I don’t understand why you just can’t get on with it? Make a film, I mean. 

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It’s easy peasy. You could make one about a …

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… a CAT. See. There’s a good idea. Everyone likes cats. 

All you’ve got to do is think up the story  and make the film 

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