I have had lots of feedback now to my comic strip and I have learnt a good lesson about the power of communication. The storyline is much more ambiguous than I realised! Naturally, I knew what I meant.
It's my own fault but I was slightly mortified to realise that many people thought the Ambassador had his hands under the table for a reason.. blimey! The real reason is this: I didn't have the energy to draw that many pairs of hands on the table! (Lesson No. 1 to myself: no shortcuts)
My meaning (clearly oblique) was that the scenario is a metaphor for the difficulty of making conversation to a gentleman who is hopelessly uncommunicative but nevertheless has a strong sense of entitlement that you will do the business in entertaining him. It doesn't happen often but I did once feel completely shredded after an encounter with an ambassador who shall remain anonymous. No, he didn't come up with the punch-line but I was bloody furious with him!
That swan! Nobody understood that reference but there were plenty of interesting interpretations. It was meant to represent the fact that I looked serene on the surface and was paddling like mad under the waterline. Well, there you go Rosie.. You'll have to try a little harder next time!
Watch this space.