2015 Fourth Quarter
Person of the Year
Principled, democratic, honest and fair minded.
In politics, these values count as radical.
The antithesis of Jeremy Corbyn
unprincipled, undemocratic, dishonest (allegedly) and minded to be negative about others, to put it mildly, and to encourage David Cameron to be even more wicked than he would otherwise be.
Furthermore, as a benchmark for the UK system of awarding honours, the very reason so many more worthy good people turn down honours handed out by politicians for no damn good reason.
#SameOldTories #Crosby #Corbyn
30 December 2015
What Oliver Letwin said and wrote to Margaret Thatcher 30 years ago says something about Oliver Letwin today, but even more about Margaret Thatcher and the Tory Cabinet who knew about his racism and his other bigoted views and promoted him.
Furthermore, nobody referred him to the constabulary.
27 December 2015
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Madness and Meditation
“I could not sleep and I could not stay awake”
#NewAge #Mindfulness #Unmadefilms
one of many
Miss Putupon’s Last Lesson
It was the last lesson of the afternoon before #Christmas.
Christmas Hard Men and Naked Turkeys
21 December 2015
As we do our Christmas Shopping the government publish FOI Stats.
Jeremy Hunt said he found some waste in the NHS and eliminated that waste. Would this be it?
Cameron said he would, and in fact had increased NHS funding, but this graphic says otherwise. In fact Cameron has neither “increased” nor “ring fenced” NHS Funding as he frequently continues to claim, but he has reduced NHS funding. If you doubt this following graphic,.....
...... see just about every other table you might find if you google ... nhs+spending+per+capita
Why do they lie?
20 December 2015
Even Corbyn’s political critics
realise they have become, and they are, the Bad Guys.
13 December 2015
I have been encouraging Mrs. Monk to return to a communal Life Class.
She found a group she liked but then offered less than convincing excuses for not returning. It is possible that her mission to save the world on Twitter is far too demanding, and has held her back.
She surprised me by telling me that this was her first portrait of a naked man in a studio. Circa 1985.
7 December 2015
David Cameron sent me an Email today and we had a debate ....
#NHS #Cameron #Apprenticeships
Benn’s Flawed Call To Arms
3 December 2015
As night follows day collateral damage will ensue.
Hilary Benn's show-stopping speech in favour of bombing Syria humbled both party leaders; Cameron and Corbyn may well feel bruised in equal measure.
Benn was not inconvenienced by persistent heckling but Cameron and Corbyn were. Benn's arguments were laid down unequivocally, surgically, compellingly delivered in complete silence, without interruption, and with every word absorbed by both sides of the house.
Some might say Benn's call to arms was as skilfully nuanced as Tony Blair's.
I listened to most of the ten hours of debate and most of the participants in the debate cannot make that claim.
Every speaker in favour of the bombing spoke of and described vividly the atrocities of Diash as if that alone justified the bombing. Few addressed the question of collateral damage and those that did, did so obliquely, if not dismissively.
As night follows day collateral damage will ensue..
#Cameron #Corbyn #bombing
2 December 2015
Cameron fails to apologise after many suggestions, mocking and otherwise, that he should.
#Cameron #Corbyn #bombing
2 December 2015
Cameron’s Flawed Call To Arms
When is it right to kill non-terrorists to get at actual terrorists?
If you think it is not right then you are a "terrorist sympathiser" according to David Cameron.
This was not the first time Cameron has used this phrase to insult Jeremy Corbyn, but now a wider number of Cameron's anti bombing opponents, including Conservatives, are offended by his language.
There is now speculation that he has lost ground and will now apologise before the vote in order to regain lost sympathy for his position.
Not because he is sorry but so he can win the vote today and join the coalition of bombers who have killed many more non terrorists than actual terrorists in Syria.
#Cameron #Corbyn #bombing
29 Nov 2015
Davis Cup Year
The Final Point, the match point that won the Davis Cup for GB was classic Murray featuring ferocious crosscourt rallies astonishing "gets" and a winning defensive lob from the baseline.
David Goffin was a stubborn opponent on his favourite surface, and not the David Goffin overwhelmed by Murray in Paris just two weeks ago.
Murray had to work hard for the victory and his emotional release at the end was palpable as he collapsed and rolled tearfully in the clay.
Team-mates led by Leon Smith collapsed over him to celebrate his and their achievement.
Murray had the presence of mind to force himself away from his team-mates in order to shake the hand of Goffin and in turn each of the Belgian team.
This may be the most moving moment of Murray's career and one which epitomises the character of the man.
25 November 2015
Cameron's failure to reply to Corbyn's six questions about taxcredits, and his grilling on police numbers, suggests that his questions lead to a change of government policy, double U-turns , climb down x 2, but no apology.
Laura they-call-it-journalism Kuenssberg would not fail to put a Tory spin on a jam sandwich.
Her considered view is Labour is now disadvantaged because they now have nothing to complain about.
Bring back Nick Robinson
24 November 2015
Respect the humour of the Belgians and the pussy cat festival of defiance.
Je suis Cat Flap Charlie
Je suis Paris
Je suis Rene Magritte
22 November 2015
Kuenssberg’s Killer Question
When is it right to kill many good men in order to kill one bad man? LW111
#Sorrel #Lawson #Kuenssberg #Corbyn #Clark
21 November 2015
Leigh On Sea
#Leigh #Shoestringonline #Essex
18 November 2015
Whatever you might think about the exchange of personal insults between Ken Livingstone and Kevan Jones, the fact that the news and political news agenda was obsessed with this and not the political differences that divided them will frustrate anyone who voted for Corbyn. Trident is an issue that deserves a debate.
David Cameron was faced today with the PMQs regarding Tory police officer cuts, and simply replied that he had increased numbers of police officers by 500%. Did he misunderstand the question?
Twitter feeds are however full of rudeness about Cameron's lies.
Being rude to political opponents is not exactly foreign to David Cameron and now it seems Conservative Central Office is blind to far more serious bullying closer to home.
12 November 2015
My First Car
Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Princess Margaret, Potted Plants and Harold Macmillan’s Wind of Change.
#Austin #Beatles #Magistrates #Justice #1964
Five Year Ago
11 November 2010
Exotic topless girls in Tottenham Court Road.
#pubity #Gaugin #topless
9 November 2015
I learn today that a Burmah election requires a 67% mandate of the electorate and also the final approval of a military junta. Cameron claims that his 23.5 % of the May electorate is a clear mandate for him to do as he pleases until 2020.
The Junta in Burmah claims 25% of power without a single vote cast for them, more than Cameron achieved with all those porkies.
Today, Cameron was embarrassed by two protesters heckling him at the CBI like Tory back benchers at PMQs. Cameron suffered for a moment with even more Junta envy!
How did they get in, Cameron was thinking.
How did Cameron get in, I am thinking.
9 November 2015
The show that made us renew our subscription with the Royal Academy. They lost our patronage when they went crazy with the pricing and now they have seen the error of their ways. Our small protest is not exactly on the scale of sacrifice made by Ai Weiwei.
8 November 2015
The sculpture was found by chance in Wat Tyler Country Park, off the Thames estuary in Pitsea, Essex, UK. I can find no information on the artist but the towering group of figures seem to resonate with Rodin's The Burghers of Calais (Les Bourgeois de Calais).
The grim social housing towers on the mean streets of nearby Southend are known for some desperate poverty related suicides. Some politicians are blind to poverty and only have eyes for the sacred deficit created by elite bankers.
#Cameron #Poverty #Corbyn
Revenge of the Telephobic Revisited
This story found itself in the most read category this last month and this may be because Mrs. Monk has been pushing it on Twitter, or it may be to do with the government announcing new laws to deal with Cold Calling.
Not before time.
31 October 2015
Halloween Cat Revisited
“There, I hope you are satisfied,” she said, “No pumpkins.”
#Halloween #Cat #Dog
25 October 2015
Martin Amis has a wonderful sense of humour and likes dressing up clutching his degree from the Polytechnic of Pomposity.
#Amis #Corbyn #Snob #Arrogant
24 October 2015
How many of the 23.5% would have voted Tory had they known the truth?
#NHS #Cameron #Democracy #Corbyn
23 October 2015
This would be where you might find homespun "music" created by Monks, aka Cuckoo Spit.
These Videos refer to the Art World in some way or another.
Art is usually about Art.
Sad but true.
22 October 2015
In David Cameron's first term he was inconvenienced by the repeated reminders of his pledge not to interfere with the NHS. The "no top down reorganisation" promise was the big fat stand out lie amongst all the other lies that got him elected.
This second time around Dave will have to listen to frequent references to his pledge not to reduce tax credits and which is now exposed as yet another lie.
Corbyn's call for less abusive debate during PMQs and elsewhere is unravelling fast, because Dave just cannot help himself to do the right thing.
Grabbing power with lies and a 23.5 % mandate is pantomime democracy. Why would the 76.5 % majority of the electorate who did not ask for these policies in May, tolerate this shameful abuse of power?
And yes, how many of the 23.5 % would have voted Tory had they known the truth?
#NHS #Cameron #Democracy #Corbyn
Leigh On Sea
6 October 2015
Dear George Osborne
Thank you for your email today.
You begin with “could not be clearer”
If I can predict so clearly what you might say then it is pretty obvious that what you might say is not what you think but what a committee of conservatives have told you to think and that you are not the thinker you aspire to be.
Sorry to embarrass you in this way but what you say is a crock.
#gove #smug #tory #osborne
5 October 2015
Could not be clearer?
Why is the Tory audience in Manchester applauding a Chancellor who cannot do simple arithmetic.
The Tory conference speakers have all been told to lead with assertions that they have an “historic” mandate from the British Public to do as they please. Gove's triumphalism was laid on thick with layers of congealed BS. Osborne today likewise claimed the British public had made their wishes clear, and that much "could not be clearer".
I beg to differ. The 23.5% electoral mandate the Tories achieved is not a majority that any democrat would or should ever recognise.
If the Tories doubled their mandate it still would not be a majority of the electorate.
the little number that refuses to be a majority because it is too damn little
#gove #smug #tory
Goldfish named Colin should also take note.
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The Hard Disc
GPs follow procedures informed by a computer programme #alzheimers #NeverForget #NHS
11 Aug 2015
This new Vimeo Channel would be where you might find homespun "music" created by Monks. aka Cuckoo Spit. These music videos refer to the Art World in some way or another.
THE LOVE CHANNEL
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Love is a very splendid thing. A movie called "Love" was created by us Monks at Shoestringonline. We then discovered that there were 10,729 movies on vimeo with the same title. Most seem to be syrup, or church, or just bad, or all three. Surely there would be enough to start a Love Channel. Love Channel was born, or was there already a Love Channel. Apparently not.
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1 April 2015
This was recorded one April Fools' Day. I have no idea where it came from. It was just a bit of spontaneous foolishness. Music Recorded circa 2008.
CUCKOO SPIT CHANNEL
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1.derogatory ( Brit ) a musician, esp a pop musician, regarded as being overconcerned with technique rather than musical content or expression
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