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2016 FOURTH Quarter

31 December 2016

Person of the Year

Jeremy Corbyn

“Principled, democratic, honest and fair minded. In politics, these values count as radical,”

This is what we thought at this time last year but now we can apply the adjectives, tenacious and accomplished.

Jeremy Corbyn has stoically faced down a remarkable degree of prejudiced personal abuse from the right wing gutter press, and the wider main stream media.

The parliamentary Labour Party, the BBC and even The Guardian failed to oppose the bilious  commentary on Jeremy Corbyn. In fact they knowingly accommodated the trash media, and gave them a disproportionate voice, knowing it would undermine Jeremy Corbyn.

Never do the MSM question the policies of Jeremy Corbyn. There is nothing in that for them or Theresa May who’s pantomime PMQS debates are weak and meaningless posturing. Jeremy has maintained his integrity and even admits to “learning on the job”, Nevertheless he has successfully rendered May intellectually redundant.

 

Donald Trump

The antithesis of Jeremy Corbyn is this man. The MSM would have us believe that Corbyn and Trump have something in common and that would of course be the so call “populism”, ie popularity.

That would only be a good point if you don’t want to discuss actual policy. The MSM including the BBC are failing and that became the story of 2016.

The MSM are charged with the corruption of the political process.

The Main Stream Media are the problem and not the enlightenment.

 #BBCbias  #Hippo  #PMQS #PMQT #ToryLauraK #Trump


29 December 2016

 

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.


26 December 2016

George Michael

singing...   Rufus Wainwright

 


26 December 2016

Mr Voller's Daughter

 

What was the point of that cowboy costume?

"I Love Lucy" introduced me to a notion of "love,"

 

#Unmadefilms

#Christmas

#Disability

 


Miss Putupon’s Last Lesson

It was the last lesson of the afternoon before #Christmas.


19 December 2016

Andy Murray

Another first as the world No 1 wins the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year for the third time, which is a record in itself since no athlete has achieved that until now.

But has he won a set of tennis with a broken arm? See below.

#Tennis #SPOTY


18 December 2016

 


16 December 2016

The Hee Bee Gee Bees

When the Democrats complained about Putin interfering in the US election that gave us the farce of a President-elect Trump, we were then bound to reflect on Murdoch’s part in that election of Trump through the weighted medium of Fox TV.

 And then we might consider the small matter of Murdoch’s interference in consecutive UK elections for his own commercial gain?

Media mogul man Rupert Murdoch is the foreign king-maker deciding who will be our next Prime Minister.

When James Murdoch faced questioning by the Leveson enquiry he claimed the BBC had unfair commercial advantage over SKY.

Then followed the Tory trimming of the BBC budget, a corruption and a compromise of BBC independence and indeed bias.

It is inconceivable that the Murdochs did not receive promises from Cameron in exchange for his support.

Murdoch is again trying it on with another  SKY take-over bid.

#BBCbias #Hippo #Murdoch


15 December 2016

 

The Lanyard

Mrs. Monk purchased this week a brand new “lanyard”  for her car keys.

What she didn’t know was that her brand new “lanyard” was also a neckless of Christmas lights.

Mrs. Monk accidentally ignited her personal Christmas illuminations today by leaning on the counter at the Pall Mall surgery and triggering the on switch for the first time.

She was there to complain as always but she  unwittingly lightened the mood by sparkling in the “lanyard” intermittent sparkling mode.

The prescribing of heavy duty drugs was never more Christmassy.

You learn something every day. I had to look it up. Go ahead. “Lanyard” ?!

#NHS #Christmas


12 December 2016

5 Christmases Ago


11 December 2016

 


09 December 2016

This is a painting on a stretched canvas called Big Sock Farm. This and other artworks by Monkles and Saramo are for sale in support of this non-profit website.

  #BigFeetBigSocks


5 Years Ago

This movie was first posted in 2010 on these pages and has somehow found an audience this last month.

 

 

Farmville Meat Is Murder

We Monks are not vegetarians but we are animal friendly, and we are so without discrimination of one specious over another.
All animals are equal with the possible exception of Tory homo sapiens, who are more equal than others.
These animals appeared on the kitchen table and were photographed by Mrs Monk and seemed to resonate with BSE and Farmville and Morrissey and of course Orwell.

This movie was the result.


06 December 2016

The Wakefield Brexiteers

#BBCbias #ToryLauraK #BBCQT #Brexit

The Wakefield audience of BBC Question Time were most concerned about Brexit voters being regarded as racist and stupid.


02 December 2016

Leigh On Sea

recent pictures

#Photography #LeighOnSea


30 November 2016

Elucidate

Andrew Neil and Tory Laura are the chosen arbiters..

#BBCbias #ToryLauraK #bbctw #PMQS

These pages are dedicated to exposing lies and hypocrites. This is extremely easy work that can be done with the fingers of one hand.


21 November 2016

the "undisputed" World

No 1

#Tennis #MurrayDjokovic

 

I'm falling out of love with falling.

#Tennis #MurrayDjokovic


20 November 2016

The one man responsible for Brexit is nowhere to be seen.

We cannot call upon Cameron to account for his pledge to deal with the Brexit outcome, and to “not resign, .. because... he resigned.

#Brexit #MayDay #Trump #Farage

 


 

18 November 2016

 

Who is the lamest of these

Two Lame Ducks?
Both are reckless anarchists prepared to deceive and ignite fires. Neither have a remedy or the means, nor indeed the will or capability to deal with the additional problems they have created.
The world certainly needs fixing but that is not on the agenda of the Two Lame Ducks.

#Brexit #MayDay #Trump #Farage

 


15 November 2016

 

The TATE Galleries are frequently photographed by Monks

WOW is the last movie to be posted and was filmed by Saramo from a wheelchair around and about the Ai Weiwei room at Tate Modern in London 6 November 2016. Thank you old Neil Young.
Tate Shadows was the first movie created and posted on Vimeo and features the homespun music of Monkles.

#Movies  #Art  #Tate


10 November 2016

This is an abstract of a painting called Bike Riding with Mom. This and other artworks by Saramo are for sale in support of this non-profit website.

  #BigFeetBigSocks


 

THE LOVE CHANNEL

subscribe, no charge...

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.

18 December 2016

 


16 December 2016

The Hee Bee Gee Bees

When the Democrats complained about Putin interfering in the US election that gave us the farce of a President-elect Trump, we were then bound to reflect on Murdoch’s part in that election of Trump through the weighted medium of Fox TV.

 And then we might consider the small matter of Murdoch’s interference in consecutive UK elections for his own commercial gain?

Media mogul man Rupert Murdoch is the foreign king-maker deciding who will be our next Prime Minister.

When James Murdoch faced questioning by the Leveson enquiry he claimed the BBC had unfair commercial advantage over SKY.

Then followed the Tory trimming of the BBC budget, a corruption and a compromise of BBC independence and indeed bias.

It is inconceivable that the Murdochs did not receive promises from Cameron in exchange for his support.

Murdoch is again trying it on with another  SKY take-over bid.

#BBCbias #Hippo #Murdoch


15 December 2016

 

The Lanyard

Mrs. Monk purchased this week a brand new “lanyard”  for her car keys.

What she didn’t know was that her brand new “lanyard” was also a neckless of Christmas lights.

Mrs. Monk accidentally ignited her personal Christmas illuminations today by leaning on the counter at the Pall Mall surgery and triggering the on switch for the first time.

She was there to complain as always but she  unwittingly lightened the mood by sparkling in the “lanyard” intermittent sparkling mode.

The prescribing of heavy duty drugs was never more Christmassy.

You learn something every day. I had to look it up. Go ahead. “Lanyard” ?!

#NHS #Christmas


12 December 2016

5 Christmases Ago


11 December 2016

 


09 December 2016

This is a painting on a stretched canvas called Big Sock Farm. This and other artworks by Monkles and Saramo are for sale in support of this non-profit website.

  #BigFeetBigSocks


5 Years Ago

This movie was first posted in 2010 on these pages and has somehow found an audience this last month.

 

 

Farmville Meat Is Murder

We Monks are not vegetarians but we are animal friendly, and we are so without discrimination of one specious over another.
All animals are equal with the possible exception of Tory homo sapiens, who are more equal than others.
These animals appeared on the kitchen table and were photographed by Mrs Monk and seemed to resonate with BSE and Farmville and Morrissey and of course Orwell.

This movie was the result.


06 December 2016

The Wakefield Brexiteers

#BBCbias #ToryLauraK #BBCQT #Brexit

The Wakefield audience of BBC Question Time were most concerned about Brexit voters being regarded as racist and stupid.

The audience were unrepresentative of the 48% Remain vote since they were overwhelmingly Brexit voters. The panel was also weighted with Brexiteers.

However the Brexiteers failed to belie the myth that Brexit voters are at all racist or stupid.

One audience member referred to the 2% margin that decided the referendum outcome as a "landslide"; this was either a failure of basic mathematics or the English language, or both.

A racist primary school teacher spoke of the parents of the children in his school, accusing them of being "divisive" because of their use of foreign languages. Pity the children who are educated by this extremely aggressive man who was determined to hammer home dogmatic racist slurs to somehow make the point that he was not a “racist” and he was not “stupid”.

Another young man complained about the "fascist" language of the debate and David Dimbleby had to ask him how he voted so he might understand who he was accusing of being fascist.  It turns out that he was referring to the minority of polite Remain voters in the audience who only spoke to complain about the tone of the debate.

A bad day for Wakefield and respect for the brave few the BBC invited to represent the 48%, the so called "metropolitan elite", much maligned by the right wing tabloids. The Mail and the Express stoke up and popularise racism on a daily basis.

David Dimbleby also allowed some unchallenged gratuitous abuse of Jeremy Corbyn who was not present and unrepresented. That seems to be the current ongoing BBC routine bias that is shaping British popular opinion through the platform of BBCQT and elsewhere.

#BBCbias #ToryLauraK #BBCQT #Brexit


02 December 2016

Leigh On Sea

recent pictures

#Photography #LeighOnSea


30 November 2016

Elucidate

Andrew Neil and Tory Laura are the chosen arbiters..

#BBCbias #ToryLauraK #bbctw #PMQS

These pages are dedicated to exposing lies and hypocrites. This is extremely easy work that can be done with the fingers of one hand.


21 November 2016

the "undisputed" World

No 1

#Tennis #MurrayDjokovic

 

I'm falling out of love with falling.

#Tennis #MurrayDjokovic


20 November 2016

The one man responsible for Brexit is nowhere to be seen.

We cannot call upon Cameron to account for his pledge to deal with the Brexit outcome, and to “not resign, .. because... he resigned.

#Brexit #MayDay #Trump #Farage

 


 

18 November 2016

 

Who is the lamest of these

Two Lame Ducks?
Both are reckless anarchists prepared to deceive and ignite fires. Neither have a remedy or the means, nor indeed the will or capability to deal with the additional problems they have created.
The world certainly needs fixing but that is not on the agenda of the Two Lame Ducks.

#Brexit #MayDay #Trump #Farage

 


15 November 2016

 

The TATE Galleries are frequently photographed by Monks

WOW is the last movie to be posted and was filmed by Saramo from a wheelchair around and about the Ai Weiwei room at Tate Modern in London 6 November 2016. Thank you old Neil Young.
Tate Shadows was the first movie created and posted on Vimeo and features the homespun music of Monkles.

#Movies  #Art  #Tate


10 November 2016

This is an abstract of a painting called Bike Riding with Mom. This and other artworks by Saramo are for sale in support of this non-profit website.

  #BigFeetBigSocks


10 November 2016

The Fool on the Hill

Donald Trump is the love child of Judge Judy and Oswald Mosley. He is the spoilt man child, prepared to say anything to get noticed and promise anything to get elected. He courted blue collar white men with promises he will not keep.

He will become the lamest of all lame duck presidents.

He called the system “rigged” when he was confronted by his sociopathic fault lines, but with staggering hypocrisy, as he formerly accepted the Presidency, he feigned love for all the Americans he had insulted in order to become president,

He borrowed the line from the late Hughie Green who, like Trump was also a misunderstood sociopath who failed to resist applying fake sincerity in thick layers.

“I mean this most sincerely folks” Trump said again and again and again.

#Trump #Politics


8 November 2016

 

No 42

The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Brexit

#MayDay #Hippo #sameoldtories #Brexit

If Brexit is Brexit, what is Brexit?


5 November 2016

BBC BIAS

Dear #ToryLauraK

 

They were for generations celebrated for their conspicuous fearless journalism challenging the government of the day, but are now increasingly regarded as the servant of this Government, tempered, if not cowed by Tory charter and license fee reform.

Stories here are intended to keep the BBC on their toes.

#BBCbias


2 November 2016

Unfunny Hilarity

#BBCbias #Hippo #MayDay

Today on PMQs Corbyn challenged May on the subject of New Tory welfare benefit sanctions, the issue and concern of  Ken Loach’s new movie, I Daniel Blake, awarded the Palme D'Or at Cannes.

The Guardian Online picked up on what Jeremy Corbyn had said and which I personally believe to be true.

He said "It’s time we ended this institutional barbarity against the most vulnerable people in the system."

Good point said the Guardian, but then they said that May's response was equally effective and a match for Corbyn.

She said "The Labour party is drifting away from the views of working-class people. It is this (Tory) party that knows how to support them."

This mind boggling claim is ever more remarkable given the endorsement of the Guardian, claiming that Theresa May’s response was somehow justified. The Guardian therefore continues to undermine Corbyn instinctively and without justification or reason.

How did the BBC Online report on PMQs?

The BBC had little to say about the matter just, 79 words more or less following the Guardian lead, but did however dedicate 383 words of unfunny "hilarity" describing Theresa May’s “hilarious” mistake regarding the birth of Corbyn’s Grandson. Its the way she says ‘em apparently.

This of course says a lot more about the sycophancy of the BBC coverage of May, that they had so little or no space to reflect on the "institutional barbarity" discussed by Ken Loach and Jeremy Corbyn.

#BBCbias #Hippo #MayDay


2 November 2016

Embarrassment

The occupants of this lift, are pretending not to see the person in a wheelchair three feet before them and the prominent sign that advises them that they should give priority to wheelchair users.

This is by no means unusual.

#Disability #People #Photography


31 October 2016

It becomes a lie

 #NHS #Hippo #MayDay #BBCQT

It seems that even Tory MPs know that Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May's continuously repeated assertion that they have added 10 billion to the NHS budget is a lie.

“Five MPs led by the Conservative Dr Sarah Wollaston, the chair of the Commons health select committee, have written to the  chancellor demanding the government abandon its incorrect claims of  putting 10bn into the NHS annual budget by the end of this parliament  and admit the severity of its financial shortage.” The Guardian.

Since then Jeremy Hunt has repeated the lie with some thinly disguised spin.

But it's much worse than that......

As that junior doctor on #BBCQT said when you repeat an assertion that has been repeatedly proven wrong, it becomes a big fat lie.

SEE ALSO

MayDay Healthscare


26 October 2016

Lord of the Flies

It was a quiet morning at the tennis club. Only one court was occupied by two ladies. Apart from the sound of a ball being whacked ladylike and the occasional lady squeal of disappointment when a ball missed the target, all was peaceful. I passed the time waiting for my opponent to arrive reading the Guardian on this tablet.

But the tranquility would not last for this was a school holiday.

The sound of children squealing was at first a distant din that became ever louder as they advanced; they were marching en masse toward my comfortable resting place.

This was an undisciplined rabble army of bickering yelling unruly 7 year olds led and supervised by a 16 year old who was out of his depth.

As they passed 5 feet from me, I looked up from my Guardian article. A small boy said directly to me without stopping, "What are you looking at?"

I smiled at his leader.  The jaw of the 16 year old Lord of the Flies had dropped; he would have expected me to take offence.

#Education #Tennis


25 October 2016

Lady MacD Twinkle

Pictures of People

#LeighOnSea #London #Photography #People


23 October 2016

This painting and other artworks are for sale.

Proceeds support this non-profit website.

#Hippo #MayDay  #BigFeetBigSocks

20 October 2016

How nice that Her Majesty’s opposition can at last have a go at Government Policy.

 

Would Jeremy Corbyn’s exchange with Theresa May on the critical state of the NHS underfunding make the headlines?

Not with this Main Stream Media.

#BBCbias   #NHS #ToryLauraK


19 October 2016

MayDay Healthscare

Theresa May’s dangerous Sophistry

#Brexit #NHS #Hippo #MayDay #PMQS


10 October 2016

The Cheese Grater

The Cheese Grater is the sobriquet of London's latest skyscraper. When I made this Screen Print in the Seventies, the City of London’s Leadenhall Building was an unthinkable prospect. Buy this unique original Screen Print in support of shoestringonline.co.uk

#Art CheeseGrater #BigFeetBigSocks #Leadenhall

 


Mr Shameless

10 October 2016

5 years ago

I speculated about whether the disgraced Liam Fox would be fired in the MOD “best man” security scandal. The NewStatesman speculated in February 2016 that, “In a less shameless world, Liam Fox’s career would have ended in 2011.”

Not a bit of it; he is now, “Mr Hard Brexit,” and a “Right Honourable Gentleman.” I cannot think of anything more oxymoronic.

What else from a 23.5% Tory government?

Tinker Tailor Liam Fox

9 October 2011 If you were sat upon the Duty Officer's toilet...and Kathy Burke complaining?

#LiamFox #Hippo #KathyBurke #Shameless #Brexit


 

THE LOVE CHANNEL

subscribe, no charge...

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.


6 October 2016

Bob

What would Theresa May do about Bob?

A cat in a sombrero might secure entry.

#MayDay #Unmadefilms #Trump #Brexit #Cats


6 October 2016

Machiavellian May

Theresa May's Tory conference speech was bound to unravel by the end of the day, if not as she spoke.

#BBCbias #ToryLauraK #MayDay #Hippo #sameoldtories #Brexit


ART

3 October 2016

Abstract Expressionism

Jackson Pollock

What is Abstract Expressionism?

#art #RA #Abstract

 


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