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Silly Tuesday (Andy Capp edition)

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 2 October 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Hartlepool is less than half an hour's drive from South Shields yet having worked there in the past I've never really had the time to explore its historic "headland". This was the older, original part of Hartlepool, where they "hung the monkey" having mistaken it for a Napoleonic spy!
The "headland" used to be a medieval walled town with two towers guarding the entrance to the port - something which I never knew.

During the First World War the first British soldiers to be killed in action died here after German ships shelled the Heugh Battery in an effort to lure the British fleet into a staged battle.

You can see the pattern of the long terraced streets, very much like South Shields, as they leaned down towards the port, ship yards, and the fish quay. The old Victorian red brick still very much remains although much post war development is evident (and looks out of place). The old Town Hall, now a library, is a magnificent building and the whole area smells of maritime history.

This statue immortalises Andy Capp, the cartoon character found in The Daily Mirror for many years. Andy Capp was created by Reg Smythe of Hartlepool.

"Andy Capp has been with us since 1957 and in that time he's become an outspoken icon for the British working class. Put simply, he's a flat-cap wearing layabout, chauvinistic, unemployable pub-dweller from Hartlepool who spends most of his days perched precariously on or between the local watering hole and his living room sofa at Number 37 Durham Street. Andy has a point of view on everyone and everything, it seems. And his wife Flo has had to put up with his philosophizing for nigh-on 50 years."

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Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

interesting story and nice image....

2 Oct 2012 5:12am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Sympa cette sculpture

Bonne journée

2 Oct 2012 5:22am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Wonderful picture. Andy Capp has always been one of my heroes. :)

2 Oct 2012 5:29am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

I like the style of it!

2 Oct 2012 5:35am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is a great take on a local character. Your editing fits the sculpture particularly well I think. :-)

2 Oct 2012 5:48am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb image and processing. He and the Perishers used to be the first thing I used to check out in my Dad's paper although I'm not sure I used to understand the social meaning then !

2 Oct 2012 6:06am

farNaaz from Iran, Iran

Yes . Great . Funny enough .

2 Oct 2012 6:17am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Did you know Andy Capp is hugely popular in Italy? Interesting stuff, Curly.

2 Oct 2012 6:26am

@Richard: So is Berlusconi, and he's a "bit of a lad" too.

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Very nicely done and great info

2 Oct 2012 6:41am

Nick from Issaquah, United States

Feels dreamy...I like it! Cool statue and nice shot!

2 Oct 2012 6:57am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

This is a memory that goes back to the paleolithic my memory! my granny used to read the newspaper with me to explain and make me understand the journalistic English.

2 Oct 2012 7:02am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Sounds like his ethos is rapidly spreading through out the UK. Nice PP on this one.

2 Oct 2012 7:29am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Even as a Yank I like Andy Capp good one

2 Oct 2012 8:07am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Wonderful capture ! I like the style of the compo.
Have a nice day.

2 Oct 2012 8:18am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

2 Oct 2012 8:21am

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Great funny picture!!!

2 Oct 2012 8:45am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot.. happy ST

2 Oct 2012 8:54am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful treatment and good to see Andy Capp immortalized in this statue - and silent at last!

2 Oct 2012 9:08am

franz from Baden, Austria

i never knew this about andy capp (or charlie kappl in the german version), though i've enjoyed his antics for many years ... a very fitting tribute to this misfit, and a terrific image !!!

2 Oct 2012 9:15am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A wonderful photo !! I didn't know Andy Capp .

2 Oct 2012 9:31am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

... a smurf drunk ...? A good sculpture ...!

2 Oct 2012 9:45am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

... Sorry ... thank you very much by the ... very interesting as always ... I like the story! maybe a drunk Smurf was not the most appropriate.
Today I read after comment. Was influenced by your comment that I talk about fairy tales ... sorry again!

2 Oct 2012 9:49am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excelent Curly, takes me back a few years....about 55 :)

2 Oct 2012 10:00am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Nicely composed with great backgrounds! Andy Capp has always provided a laugh on Sundays. Happy ST!

2 Oct 2012 12:10pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

I remember Andy Capp.... he was quite the character, used to read the comic strip occasionally. I like the photo and the sculpture, nice processing also.

2 Oct 2012 12:16pm

Surendra from Mumbai, India

Lovely story teller

2 Oct 2012 12:20pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

What a strange character. A nice ST shot

2 Oct 2012 12:28pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Ha ha - what a character - never knew he was from Hartlepool!

2 Oct 2012 1:10pm

@Jules: Flo would have rather hung him (or Jeff Stelling) than the monkey!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

How inventive yet perfectly effective is your treatment! Great compo and beautiful capture of details too! Classic yet so full of life! Brilliant Curly!

2 Oct 2012 1:50pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A nice treatment that showcases the sculpture of this strange character. This is excellent.

2 Oct 2012 2:07pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Is he still being published? I don't remember seeing him for a very long time

2 Oct 2012 2:35pm

@CElliottUK: Oh yes, you can catch his antics online here.

Matthew from Toronto, Canada

Interesting treatment. Nice shot. good story. Thanks!

2 Oct 2012 3:05pm

Gary from Southwest Deserts, United States

I'm a sucker for the vintage vignette look. Nice work!

2 Oct 2012 3:21pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Looks good Curly, good processing

2 Oct 2012 4:38pm

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

The b&w and vignetting works so well here. I just love AK 's crossed feet. Thanks for the story Curly!

2 Oct 2012 4:39pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Your PP is great for this colorful character!

2 Oct 2012 4:43pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Il a passé une belle vie ce bonhomme :)) Excellente cette image. Happy ST.

2 Oct 2012 4:49pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

He was the original "Lad"

2 Oct 2012 4:57pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOnderful treatment - gives a real ANdy Capp atmosphere.

2 Oct 2012 6:27pm

Florence from Paris, France

Ahhaha! Love his face and attitude. :-)

2 Oct 2012 6:39pm

David from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I like what you did with this photo Curly, very apt and the story is good too.

2 Oct 2012 7:15pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

nice bit of history Curly.

2 Oct 2012 7:38pm

Lluís from Canet de Mar, Spain

great edition

2 Oct 2012 9:09pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

This is great! I've always loved the Andy Capp comic strips.

2 Oct 2012 9:35pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Thanks for posting this, I immediately recognised old Andy Capp before I read your description. Lovely processing too.

2 Oct 2012 10:07pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great to see him again, not seen him for a long time

2 Oct 2012 10:41pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great shot! I remember my dad always reading Andy Capp!

3 Oct 2012 12:58am

Hiro from Japan

Happy ST !

3 Oct 2012 11:47am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

He looks heappy.:-)

3 Oct 2012 8:41pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

As others are saying here, I'd half-forgotten Andy Capp and his wife Flo . . We had a working class back then. Now we have class but no work.

4 Oct 2012 7:36am

John Downey from Geneva, United States

I liked the clouds of ? during fights, with the occasional head sticking out, always preceeded by some stupid comment on either of their parts. Nicely done with the B/W, and the fading edges is a nice touch.

4 Oct 2012 4:15pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Andy Cappp..almost forgot about him...use to read his comic strip a long time ago...lovely effect...

7 Oct 2012 4:30pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Lovely little sculpture of Andy Capp in typical pose. If only more people aspired to be working class these days...

8 Oct 2012 7:00am

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