Fooled you. Not talking about the telly here. No, in the ongoing massacre of free London newspapers, one thing has remained constant: the This Life cartoon is the least comprehensible, unfunny cartoon still providing its creator with a living. (And I include political cartoonists in this.) Well lets hope part of a living – I like to think the artist is a stinking rich merchant banker who does this as cathartic exercise to keep him sane.

What is needed for all the people pleading for explanations of This Life is a blog something like this: Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke. Not a daily strip in the UK (that I know of), but while more competently drawn than This Life, it does suffer the same disconnection with the reader, which Joe valiantly tries to restore here.