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The Daily Sketch: Milkmaid Norm

Norm Cow

Now you see admittedly there’s a problem with this title. To call this Norm a Milkmaid is a little misleading, because he’s not a maid at all. But call him a Milkman, and you’d expect this little Norm to be driving around in an electric-powered milk van making his early morning deliveries around the towns and suburbs of Britain. He may go on to do that later of course (farms are generally short of staff these days – you know, what with all the reduced EU farming subsidies and all) but that’s hardly the point. I suppose as an alternative, I could call him a MilkNorm, but that just gives all the wrong ideas. Norms are white enough as they are, let alone being confused for a globule of milk (and it’s not as if they haven’t tried to tan, but it tends to turn them a kind of unattractive vertiginous purple rather than a butterscotch brown).

Milk(maid) Norm (2012 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen on paper)

So there we have it. It’s a dilemma which may serve to overshadow this otherwise bucolic scene of pastures green and an attractive friesian cow being milked by her proud milkmai…man…Norm… Here we go again. I give up. Enjoy the sketch while remembering an apparently important lesson in life – not everyone can be labelled. Some Norms just want to be themselves.

© Nicholas de Lacy-Brown and The Daily Norm, 2001-2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of the material, whether written work, photography or artwork, included within The Daily Norm without express and written permission from The Daily Norm’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicholas de Lacy-Brown and The Daily Norm with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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  1. Val #

    Oh dear… this makes me smile! (And also wonder how barking you really are! ;)) I’m gonna tweet this.

    September 21, 2012
    • Thanks! Oh undoubtedly a little “eccentric”, but then all the best people are ;)

      September 23, 2012

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