Earlier this month I received what looked like an invitation to an event in Amsterdam. As we were going to press and it was in Dutch, I put it aside to read later.
Last week I had time to look at properly, and, with the aid of Babel Fish, I sadly discovered it was an invitation to attend the cremation service of the cartoonist Frans de Boer, who had passed away on 10th June at the age of 77. (Several cartoonists from the Netherlands regularly send cartoons to Prospect. Interestingly, we have hardly any from other continental European countries.)
Frans’s work hasn’t featured in Prospect for some years, but he had a rather charming, whimsical style of drawing. Rather than cracking jokes about topical issues or committing dreadful puns, he created little vignettes which sought to illuminate the oddness of everyday life. I will miss receiving them.