Along with another carer, I've had to take several of our residents on holiday to Butlins in Skegness, this week. Never in my life would I have one day thought I'd be spending a week at Butlins. Curious, isn't it, what life can present you with? Butlins turned out to be a photo opportunity heaven and therefore a great gift to me.
There was something of Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner about Butlins' camp. Plenty of happy smiling faces, amongst pretty buildings and an architectural layout that had the unreality of a film set. Pristine, litter-free green areas that couldn't exist in the real world. A germ-free, utopian working class village, complete with cinemas, restaurants, arcades, family friendly entertainment zones, and of course, a Ladbrokes.
Easy to get out of, but you had to have a key-card to show to the security people, to get back through the gates. A prison in reverse.
British Artist Darryl Cunningham is a prolific cartoonist. His book Psychiatric Tales is out now from Blank Slate in the UK, and from Bloomsbury in the US. He's currently working on Uncle Bob Adventures, also for Blank Slate. Science Tales is out now from Myriad Editions . Read all about me in this interview.