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2016 Third Quarter

30 September 2016

The Laughing Stock

Graham Norton just mentioned Donald Trump and his audience laughed out loud.
There was no joke or punch line intended; just a mention of his name was enough to get a snigger.
"Trump" is quite literally a laughing stock joke.

#knob #trump #dallas #orlando #etc

Expect Mrs Monk to challenge my use of the word “literally.” She has a bee in her bonnet about that word.

28 September 2016



Pictures that deal with matters of taste and decorum, and as always that big question, “What is Art?”

#Photography #Kitsch #Art



26 September 2016

Page 51

Mrs. Monk purchased this battered second hand book, by E. B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web.

We can't  claim we saved the book from pulp fiction oblivion. However, Mrs. Monk baulked at  page 51, read  by some chance. Mr. Monk was subsequently taken aback.

26 September 2016

The Coup

All, or most, of what has been said about the failed Labour Coup on these pages


21 September 2016


Mrs Monk used her hand held phone to film this in the same week we found ourselves revisiting that money-laundering Car Wash scam sequence on Breaking Bad. This is potentially, a subliminal coincidence.
Find a metaphor if you please, but enjoy the random aesthetic pleasure of water doing what comes naturally. I would not have bothered to make the movie but for Mrs Monk's keen eye that provided the footage.

#Shoestringonline #BreakingBad #THEWASH

21 September 2016

The Coup that Begat a Purge

Whatever the outcome in the Labour Leadership Election, that will almost certainly not be the end of the matter.

11 July 2016

The Three Exemplars

Call that a Coup?

#poopycoup #ImWithCorbyn


28 June 2016

The beginning....

#BBCbias #ImWithCorbyn

What exactly is a Marxist?

20 September 2016

David Dimbleby knowingly referred to John McDonnell as a "Marxist" on last week’s BBC Question Time.

And just what exactly is a Marxist?

Dimbleby was of course using "Marxist" as a toxic shorthand signal to his audience, his panel and Daily Mail readers everywhere who have no clue about what a Marxist might amount to. The panel of cronies duly took DimbleDon's lead and abused McDonnell accordingly, as they simultaneously accused McDonnell of abusing others.

We know that Margaret Thatcher was not a Marxist, because she believed there is no such thing as "society".  That was of course the kind of nonsense that set us all on a course of Tory and Blairite ideological "privatisation."

At least we now all know what "privatisation" is and that handle is now so toxic that even Daily Mail readers are likely to bulk at the prospect of any more of it. The Tories are obliged to lie about their continuing plans for ever more privatisation and the Blairites continue to claim that they are free of blame.

Yes, even the dumb arse Daily Mail readers are a little bit Marxist without even knowing it.

Shame on DimbleDon for playing semantic games to help the Tories.

 #BBCBias #BBCQT #ImWithCorbyn #ToryLauraK

14 September 2016

The BBC headline clip from the Laura Kuenssberg interview with Owen Smith is notable for the question and not for the answer.

"Are you suggesting that he, (Jeremy Corbyn) is lying?"

Owen Smith, did not say, "No, of course I am not saying that, and by the way that is an outrageous question deigned to malign and undermine Jeremy Corbyn's reputation for honesty"

He did however equivocate and set about undermining Labour election prospects as if that were in the interest of the Labour Party.

 #BBCBias #ToryLauraK #ImWithCorbyn

Fifteen Years Ago


 11 September

Unhappy Anniversary

Postcard from Oblivion

#911 #shoestringonline #postcard

7 September 2016

Where can I get a pizza? Said Mrs. Monk around 45 years ago in Leicester Square, London, where we first met.

We've been together ever since, more or less, and today is our wedding anniversary.

I gave up my tennis today because I feared the consequences if I did not. This had no effect on Mrs. Monk and she adopted her routine plan; she took a swim in the place I would have played tennis, had I not cancelled it.

I wrote a song about My American Hot Pizza Girl. This is of course slightly embarrassing, but what can a man possibly do about that?

Take that Clive. ... Tennis pal Clive also had an anniversary this week and raised the bar with a gushing tribute to Margaret on Facebook. Thanks Clive.

A snippet of the song

5 September 2016

Apocalypse Brexitus


Mayday’s Plan for Brexit?

#Brexit #Mayday

5 September 2016

Far from providing that elusive £350M extra spending on the NHS, Brexit has meant that Carny has spent a lot more on bailing out Britain’s Economy.



6 July 2016

You couldn't make it up.

Carney Agrees With Corbyn

#Carny #Brexitcalamity #Sameoldpolitics

4 September 2016


Pauxillus Britanic US

As Boris, who likes a bit of faux Latin, would put it.

In the US, Brexit has become a shorthand for “Sorry your country failed”


More Little Britain

Brexit Blues


Five Years Ago

2 September 2011


The Thames estuary is where conflicting weather systems frequently meet and produce, foreboding, but also sublime cloud formations. These photographs were taken on one fifteen minute car journey from the supermarket to our home, along the sea front of  Southend upon Sea, where humanity also meets and clashes in other British day-tripping ways,

Pics by Sara Monk

“You used to teach me English, she said more accusingly than informational”.

#Education #Photography #SouthendOnSea

23 Aug 2016

Blairites & Trotskys

War & Peace

Shorthand for BS #ImWithCorbyn #ShiftySmithy

Sadiq Khan has written to me and says I should take advice from the polls.

Owen Smith has also written to me unconvincingly. Shifty.

I have to say that the Labour Leadership contest is becoming more interesting than the Olympics.

Because of The Mayor’s advice I am going to move on and assume Jeremy Corbyn will be elected leader of the Labour Party in due course as widely assumed and predicted by the polls. This does suggest that the leadership contest will be exposed as bizarrely unequal and unnecessary.

However, Sadiq Khan would have me and all other Labour Members change our preference of Labour leader, citing other "Polls". He was vague about that but this is his only reasoning and that buoys me up optimistically.


I say, “Sadiq Khan, do not interfere with my free will. Polls determine what others might want and not what I might want. If you are a Blairite then say so openly, otherwise please butt out.”

Sadiq Khan also tells me I should vote for Owen Smith because he has achieved very much. But then we all gaped and wondered how this much achievement occurred without being noticed by anyone at all.

I am going to assume that the Murdoch, Blairite Main Stream Media and the Westminster Bubble are affronted by the notion of an old man with impeccable integrity would dare sweep away the cozy status quo they all so covet and adore.

I am left with the fantasy that Andrew Neil is posing in his mirror resplendent in his underpants contemplating his best looking TV reaction shot when this news breaks. He thinks he is cool but when this happens, he will break wind.

Today, the man with the overcrowded train set funded by the tax payer, got involved.

If only all politicians would refuse to travel “Upper Class.”

16 Aug 2016

Very Little Britain Beckons

12 months Ago

#GordonBrown #OwenSmith #ImWithCorbyn

9 Aug 2016

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Untitled Love Love without equivocation

#lovechannel #allbeenthere

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 genuine Love Channel.

Love Channel was born, or was there already a Love Channel? Apparently not.


the only Channel of Love on VIMEO

The Love Bucket

This is where love is found wanting, tainted by insincerity and/or BS /foolishness. No claim is made that this is an exact science but these movies are found to be unlovely movies about love and a foil to


the only Channel of Love on VIMEO

27 July 2016

Owen Smith’s Lunchtime


Owen would see his task as adopting Jeremy Corbyn's policies; a no-brainer since he needs to appeal to the Labour Party membership who, let’s face it, support Jeremy Corbyn's policies.

He therefore is obliged to undermine, if not smear Jeremy at the same time, but on what grounds?

Perhaps the references to Jeremy Corbyn's age is a clue to his thinking? Jeremy’s lifetime commitment to these policies compared to Owen Smith's lunchtime conversion to the very same policies is noted.

Age discrimination is of course illegal, and repugnant, lest we forget.

The only way Owen Smith can pull that off is to say what he does not mean and hope that nobody might notice. But we have noticed Owen.

Jermy Corbyn may be the leader and yo may sharpen his pencils.

25 July 2016

Owen Smith more Blairite than Blair


The Blairite wing of old New Labour does not like the term “Blairite” and find it a bullying term of abuse.

Jeremy Corbyn does not use the term “Blairite” because he also regards it a term of abuse, and he doesn’t do abuse.

Owen Smith had no vote but says he “would have voted against the Iraq War”.

How soon has that porky unraveled?

How Blairite is that?


24 July 2016

Really! Is that what you think, Owen?

#Marr #BBCbias

In an open shirt surrounded by very concerned, very young women.

26 July 2016

If this is not a crime, then it should be.

 #academies #IanCleland #OrmistonTrust #AcademyTransformationTrust

23 July 2016

Enter, Owen Smith

In a slick suit that would please Y’Mama Cameron.


21 July 2016



#sameoldtories #ImWithLiniker


20 July 2016

The Gutter Media

#democracy #4Bias #ImWithCorbyn

Jess Phillips was fed opinion disguised as questions about Jeremy Corbyn by Cathy Newman on the Channel Four news. Not her best interview.

Jess Philips said that Jeremy Corbyn had “crossed some red lines so he has to go”.

Obvious question for Cathy Newman to ask "Jess Philips, what are the red lines of which you speak?

Did not happen. Obvious question not asked. We are simply fed empty anti-Corbyn platitudes.

As we are all saying, nobody, but nobody, can bring themselves to describe the differences of opinion they have with Jeremy Corbyn, because that would leave Jess Philips and the rest of the Blairites open to personal scrutiny.

18 July 2016

Yesterday’s Mother Theresa.

Today’s Doctor Strangelove.

#sameoldtories #ImWithCorbyn

Theresa May promised to give opportunities to poor children yesterday. 24 hours later, Mayday exposed herself politically as yet another opportunist  Hippo prepared to contradict herself at will.  In the Trident debate today she stated publicly that she is prepared to kill 100’s thousands of innocent children.

If you are offended by the NRA logic of the ostentatious baring of arms in order to defend yourself then just maybe we should take a hard look at these Westminster nutters with a new leader.



The bombs possessed by Nato are enough to destroy at least five earth planets. There is only one Planet Earth, and even if you were ever prepared to countenance the murder of innocent children on ideological grounds, Trident is not required as an disincentive.


This is not an “A” level political science lesson.

Will peace ever get a chance?


The Gutter Press

#democracy #Levenson #ImWithCorbyn

14 July 2016

Unmade Films

69 Blondes with Penis Envy

Adventures of a lifetime in gender politics

#penisenvy #Freud

14 July 2016

Liz Truss and the Mail Murder Plot

 #Levenson #ImWithCorbyn

I do hope a constable is knocking on the door of the Mail on Sunday, or is “incitement to murder” legal these days.

If not I will pass this on to the new Justice Secretary as soon as she finds her seat and her silly hat. What could possibly go wrong?

Liz Truss is passionate about cheese, that much we know, but what about this murder plot? Can she handle it?


What Laura K Knows

#torylaura #BBCbias #ImWithCorbyn

13 July 2016

The BBC does not feel it necessary to discuss the coup with these people.

Laura Kuenssberg has insight into these matters and can name the names.. Over to you Laura...

we are waiting Laura.

12 July 2016

Apocalypse Brexitus


Mayday’s Plan for Brexit?

#Brexit #Mayday

11 July 2016

The Three Exemplars

Call that a Coup?

#poopycoup #ImWithCorbyn


6 July 2016

You couldn't make it up.

Carney Agrees With Corbyn

#Carny #Brexitcalamity #Sameoldpolitics

9 July 2016

Two months ago...



This man was inciting violence in America in order to get nominated as President of The United States

Trump the Blonde with Penis Envy

The billionaire with "no problem with women" and gun-toting violence.

#knob #trump #dallas #orlando #etc


The Mystery of the Levitating Tooth Pick Pic

 #ephemera #photography


Items designed to be useful or important for only a short time and/or occasionally embedded with prescient significance.

Photos by Sara Monk.


They made the Bank of England independent but during the Brexit born economic crisis George Osborne and Mark Carney have been up all night altogether in the altogether wondering collectively what to do now that Brexit has all gone pear shaped.

As we all must now realise the British economy , and economies beyond Britain, now suck. Brexiteers are abandoning ship, unwilling to face the calamity they created and said would not happen.

You couldn't make it up.

The Governor of The Bank of England, the "expert" who was correct with his Brexit predictions, has a remedy which is profoundly based on "Corbynomics," or to put it succinctly, he has decided to "Invest in Britain" and adopt Jeremy Corbyn's fiscal policy. This is his wise decision and not George Osborne's.

You couldn't make it up.

Meanwhile Blairites are entrenched and determined to acquiesce to the political game of undermining the demand for Corbyn's New Politics, and of course contrary to the express will of the Labour Party membership.

You couldn't make it up.

3 July 2016

Art by Saramo

Mrs Monk has become active again and her new work will be found in this set of pictures.

#Saramo #art


2 July 2016

Michael Gove

The Silent Fart

#BBCbias #ImWithCorbyn #Gove

Barely perceptible to the sedentary teacher who sits in front of the class all day is the silent fart which is capable of destabilising an entire United Kingdom and thwarting the ambition of Boris, the man who would otherwise be king.

Michael Gove has now pledged not to keep the big bus promise to spend an extra £350 million per week on the NHS . That pledge, for what it is worth has now been devalued by Gove to £100 million per week and delayed until at least 2020 or when he finds an argument to justify reneging again.

The Silent Fart is of course married, perhaps literally so, to the unwholesome media which supports him at their pleasure. The media that maketh this man also plots to destroy Jeremy Corbyn at will.

Gove spends a lot of time dining with Murdoch.


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A fish called Colin

#PR #AV #SameOldTories

21 July 2015

The Hard Disc

GPs follow procedures informed by a computer programme #alzheimers #NeverForget #NHS


Yo’ mama
says the NHS is underfunded and you should do better.

Yo’ mama
says don’t be a petulant brat.

#answerthequestiondave #pmqs

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#Florida #Seashells

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NHS For Sale

The Special relationship and  where money is the object.

#Hunt #NHS #SameOldTories



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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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#sameoldtories #Fallon #Trump

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Jeremy Corbyn is uniquely able to oppose the Tories.#Corbyn  #ProcessedPeas #BrianEno

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

I could not sleep and I could not stay awake


Miss Putupon’s Last Lesson

21 December 2011 It was the last lesson of the afternoon before Christmas.

#Education #DHLawrence







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