First off, merry Christmas, happy holidays, jouyeaux Noel to all of you. I hope this time of year is everything you want and need it to be. Be kind, have fun, and do whatever you need to make yourself happy.

As this time of year is a time of reflection, I’ve been thinking about the progress I’ve made, both personally and with MaadWeb, over the last year. And what a strange year it’s been.

Still in the Covid hole

I think everybody was hoping all this pandemic malarkey would be over with by now. The experts were saying it wouldn’t and they were right. But what is there if not hope? There’s been a sea change in feeling lately though, and a lot of people are like – ‘sod it, just let it rip’. Now this could be disastrous, but with all the double standards and hypocrisy that’s been going on behind the scenes, I can’t see another lockdown even working right now. I think it’s a case of get your jabs and cross your fingers.

For me, the most important thing is the effect this is having on everyone’s mental health. Nothing seems to make sense any more. Up is down. And people are really struggling. The endurance of the last two years is taking its toll but better days are coming. Be there for people. Try to understand that everyone is different. And reach out if you need help. This time of year can be horrible in even the best years.

2021 – A (Very) Brief Review

MaadWeb has been ticking along. I’ve designed 21 new prints over the last year (including an updated one this week) and I might list another one as a Christmas special. Although it has nothing to do with Christmas. Maybe that’s an idea for next year. In 2022 (2022? Really? Already??), I would love to release a new one every week. Like, a regular Friday thing. It’s Friday – it’s new design day! It’s a big ask though, so I’ll promise to do my best.

On a personal level, my new band is up and running and booking gigs well into next summer. Come and see us if you get the chance. It also looks like I’ll be designing our gig posters, so you can expect more on that front.


Finally, I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to all customers and friends, past, present and future, who have supported myself personally, or MaadWeb. Please like my social posts, share them, comment on them, interact with them, read my blogs, visit my site. Spread the word. People have blank walls that need a MaadWeb on them.

Again, Merry Christmas, I hope you have a really lovely one, and an even better 2022.


Today’s soundtrack – 100ft Wave. Program about surfing really big massive waves.

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