Explore the sheer exuberance of animation in our two-part interview with filmmaker and cartoonist Sally Cruikshank.

Sally Cruikshank: A Career Retrospective, Part 1 on Art of the Title

Sally Cruikshank: A Career Retrospective, Part 2 on Art of the Title

Short Films:
Quasi at the Quackadero (1976)
Make Me Psychic (1978)
Quasi’s Cabaret Trailer (1980)

Connie Shoes (1972)
Candilicious (1987)

Sesame Street:
Your Feets Too Big
Above It All
From Your Head

Animated Sequences:
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

Film Titles:
Ruthless People (1986)
Mannequin (1987)
Loverboy (1989)
Madhouse (1990)
Smiley Face (2007)

Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa) Root Nodules

Alder is particularly noted for its important symbiotic relationship with Frankia alni, an actinomycete, filamentous, nitrogen-fixing bacterium. This bacterium is found in root nodules, which may be as large as a human fist, with many small lobes, and light brown in colour. The bacterium absorbs nitrogen from the air and makes it available to the tree. Alder, in turn, provides the bacterium with sugars, which it produces through photosynthesis. As a result of this mutually beneficial relationship, alder improves the fertility of the soil where it grows, and as a pioneer species, it helps provide additional nitrogen for the successional species which follow.

For anyone looking for non-leguminous nitrogen-fixing plants, Alder is a good option, and a keystone species! They should make excellent nurse trees.

I recently transplanted one from the local area to the forest garden, so I have been reading about their botanical properties and ethnobotanical uses. They have a long and storied history as a medicinal plant, and yield excellent timber.

Die Kröpcke-Uhr in Hannover, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) in Northern Germany is a popular meeting point. For a date in this city, there are 2 possible meeting points: “Am Kröpcke (the clock pictured above) or “Unter’m Schwanz” (under the tail, by the Ernst August statue in front of the main railway station). The clock is at the very center of Hannover in the pedestrian zone, a central point to walk to all the shops and restaurants. All subway lines meet here. It’s the 3rd clock on site over time - a 1977 replica of the original one from 1885, which was damaged in WW2, then repaired, and in 1954 replaced by a new one in standard off-the-shelf design. But it never was the same and citizens lamented the loss of the old-fashioned, ornate clock. So in 1977, a somewhat simplified replica was produced and put up on the original site. The shape is that of a little tower with round faces and Roman numerals. The framework features a rich ornamental design, including the symbols of the zodiac.