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2017 FIRST Quarter


Rupert Murdoch’s Orwellian Model for Sky TV

#GuardianBias #BBCbias #Sky

Taking over Sky TV would increase the influence of the Murdoch empire over politics. Murdoch already gets more meetings with powerful politicians than any other media baron.

Even the BBC is moving in this direction and that is a tragedy. No longer are the opinions of BBC News presenters opaque.

#GuardianBias #BBCbias #Sky



26 March 2017


Lol Coxhill

I Am The Walrus

#muso #sax

25 March 2017

Ten Years Ago

there was a

Chocolate Moon

25 March 2017


Five Years Ago

there was

Running and Ruining


Mobile Spy Parking Cams were on the agenda

25 March 2017


BBC Newsnight Embarrassed

Again I find myself agreeing with Simon Jenkins. See below.

#BBCbias #msm #c4News

23 March 2017

The Police did it Right, however... the MSM?

#BBCbias #msm #c4News

I found myself watching unedifying 24 Hour News on many platforms and some politicians failing to cope with yesterday's “terrorist” attack. First came the novice reporters on the ground struggling to describe without a script what was going on when they had no idea of what was going on.

Then came a wave of heavyweight reporters, Nick Robinson and others gave their perspective of their "no idea" of what was going on, but more eloquently laced with a knowing gravitas.

The media desire to hold the attention of their audience was desperate as it often is in such moments of crisis, and they should have taken the lead from the Police. The  constabulary put the media in their place, literally so beyond the cordon. Politicians were locked in for hours where they could do no harm.

I decided to ignore the 24 Hour News and wait for Channel Four News by which time clear heads might prevail.

The Police handled the situation with a clear understanding of what might be said and what might not be said about the matter.

Pointedly they refused to identify or speculate about the identity of the perpetrator or the victims and asked the media not to do so.

Simon Israel of Channel Four news ignored that request, and incorrectly identified the criminal by name.

This day at least they failed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.


22 March 2017

Favoured Artist on Flickr

Ann Garcia

fred on grama's couch with art surrounding.



20 March 2017

Acrimony or Harmony?

News without #BBCbias undermining Jeremy Corbyn is hard to find.

Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn issued a harmonious joint statement today saying they "recognised the right of groups across the spectrum of Labour's broad church to discuss their views and try to influence the party so long as they operate within the rules".

And "No one speaks for the leadership except the leadership themselves and their spokespeople,"

However, The BBC felt obliged to suggest acrimony with the headline.

Tom Watson attacks Momentum-Unite Labour 'plot'

Acrimony or Harmony?

George Osborne attacks May’s Vanity Portrait

George Osborne got to mention out loud and promote his new employer, “The Evening Standard,” today in the House of Commons without mentioning or complimenting Theresa May’s Voque Vanity portrait by Annie Leibovitz.

Acrimony or Harmony?

News without #BBCbias undermining Jeremy Corbyn is hard to find.

20 March 2017



2015 & 2016


2014 and Before

The Cameroons


The Hippo pages have had a Spring Clean

 #Politics #Hippo #PoliticsandConflict


19 March 2017

The Resting Girl

#Art #Sculpture #Maquette

This girl, or rather the model that posed, held this pose for 15 hours. Circa 1990.

She was rotated 90 degrees every 15 minutes so each artist in our group got to say hello to her once an hour.

I have since acted as a model and I know that she would not have felt that she was “resting”.

This was my first attempt at a clay maquette  circa 1990.

17 March 2017

Dear Theressa, #sameoldtories

Esteemed Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party, thank you for your email.

I doubt that you are are grammatically illiterate, but after the meaningless "Brexit means Brexit," mantle what am I supposed to make of your email, that claims that the EU referendum was about "changing the people for whom it works, forever".....  "and that applies to everyone." Excuse me?! Gobbledegook.

Theressa, you did not put that on the side of the bus. I double checked that. I found nothing about “changing people” . More about saving and increasing funding for the NHS.

I suggest you sack the illiterate person who wrote your meaningless e-mail assuming it wasn’t yourself.

I rule nothing out but it was clearly not intended for anyone interested in saving and increasing funding for the NHS.

15 March 2017


The Rats Gathered

#BBCbias #ElectoralFraud

#electoralreform #PMQT

Tory Laura cannot resist blaming Jeremy Corbyn for the Hammond / May Election Promise betrayal and U-turn fiasco.

The main stream media are symbiotically obsessed with undermining Jeremy Corbyn even when he is on the side of the angels.

During last week’s PMQT the MSM applauded Hammond’s prepared jokes as if that justified the abject failure of his budget.

It took a while for the rats to gather and gnaw on their own; blue on blue Tory flesh.

This week the MSM blamed Jeremy Corbyn for not being rude enough about Hammond and May. I am not at all convinced that sinking that low was necessary and makes me feel good and proud to be a Corbyn supporter.

JC may well be a saint. I would have told May and Hammond and Kuensburg to fuck off.


#BBCbias #ElectoralFraud

#electoralreform #PMQS

15 March 2017

How to Buy A General Election

ToryDNA #Hippo #ElectoralFraud

 According to BBC Newsnight, Conservative Central Office have admitted that they broke the rules designed to prevent political parties buying votes in the last general election.

The abuse is a criminal offence and the Tories are now blaming each other and wondering who is going to gaol. However Tory Central Office are content because they expect to receive a fine which they are happy to pay because money is no object when it comes to buying an election.

14 March 2017

Most read stories, last 30 Days



Dear Channel 4

Thatcher’s Asset Stripping Irreversible.

A Nuclear Solution?

13 April 2013

13 March 2017

The Jokers

When Tory DNA Kicked In

and the care masks slipped

#Politics  #Budget #Education #Hippo


12 March 2017


Spring Clean

Hosing down of crazy paving.

#Art #Abstract

Art history tells us that there is always an element of representation in the "abstract." This moving image connects two Spring tasks, the hosing down of crazy paving and the sorting of the Vinyl LP collection, for sale. That's another story.

9 March 2017

Social Care

May Guffaws

#PMQS  #Politics  #Budget

Chancellor Hammond increased National Insurance Contributions for the Self Employed in this Spring budget, contrary to an unequivocal election promise not to do so.

It is one thing to break that contract with the electorate and the self employed, but to then justify doing so with yet more weasel sophistry is beyond the pale.

Apparently the self employed alone are to make this sacrifice explicitly to pay for the under funded social care budget.

Theresa May feigned theatrical guffawing when Jeremy Corbyn challenged her on the "acute social care crisis" in the PMQs that preceded Hammond’s Budget. Trump would not have sunk that low, and even Tories are now worried about May's care-mask slipping.

Many self employed workers would have voted Tory in the last election and not all of them would be high earning self employed barristers.

If I were a self employed Uber driver working for the minimum wage or one of the Amazon drivers delivering packages with no employment rights, I would be thanking Jeremy Corbyn who has to face this awful woman every Wednesday including Women’s Day.

4 March 2017

Art Stream of Mr and Mrs Monk

#Art #BigFeetBigSocks

4 March 2017

Jeremy Hunt can’t fix the NHS.

BBCbias #NHS #Hippo #OurNHS

The “Our NHS” demonstrations do not appear on today’s BBC News


27 February 2017

And The Winner Is.. #BBCbias

Jeremy Hunt who is accused of covering up the scale of the NHS data loss scandal because that story did not even make the BBC headlines today.

They did however find space to use the word “unhinged” to describe Shadow chancellor John McDonnell defence of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

This is not a joke on La La Land.


 #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #NHS

26 February 2017

Issue Free Zone

 #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #byelection #marr

The BBC and all main stream media discuss Jeremy Corbyn's leadership in every news bulletin, panel discussion from Loose Women to Newsnight, and never do they discuss his policy or his values.

On Marr this morning Baroness Chakrabarti was not asked about Policy and had to persist against the predictable assault on the Labour leader.

The BBC is an issue free zone when it comes to Corbyn. The relentless leadership question is rhetorical and banal and wilfully undermining of the Labour leader. 

When the BBC covered the byelection results they explained that all canvassers were confronted on the door step by would-be voters questioning Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

I wonder where they got that idea?

 #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #byelection #marr


24 February 2017

The Media  claims victory in the #byelection ?

 #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #byelection


Jeremy Corbyn found responsible for the end of the world by #GuardianBias  and #BBCbias and anything else that pisses you off.

23 February 2017

Who will be the first to blame Jeremy Corbyn whatever the outcome of today’s #byelection ?

  #GuardianBias  #BBCbias #byelection

23 February 2017

Photograph of This Day.

Stranger No. 25


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21 February 2017

Five Years Ago

5 November 2011 page Revisited


Richter or Monkfry?



Smudge and Real Smear Tryptych

#Art #Richter

19 February 2017

According to Tony Blair

 #GuardianBias #Brexit #BBCbias

Apparently I am, or might be, with the electoral majority for the first time in my long life.


If there were another EU referendum today there would be a different outcome. I am surprised that this ITV online poll confirms the credibility of Tony Blair’s post Brexit point of view.


Agree with me?


However, why would Tony Blair bring this up at this time immediately before a double by-election when it might affect the outcomes. Whatever happens next Thursday Tony Blair can be assured that the main stream media will explain that outcome in terms that will not flatter Jeremy Corbyn? We don’t need an ITV poll to forecast that certainty.

 #GuardianBias #Brexit #BBCbias

19 February 2017


19 February 2017

Who Speaks of Betrayal?

#Brexit #GuardianBias #edvulliamy

Ed Vulliamy today in The Guardian regards the votes in favour of igniting Article 50 as an act of betrayal and a race to "the bottom of the xenophobic sewer."

Who inhabits this "xenophobic sewer"?

Well, Vulliamy might have started by indicting the 52% who voted for Brexit, and then moved on to all Tories including those that took a principled vote to Remain, Theresa May for example who nevertheless keeps her nose clean throughout. He might have included the majority of Labour MPs who found it incumbent on themselves to respect the referendum outcome.

Ed Vulliamy has not however accused the whole of this grouping who share this view, he only accuses Jeremy Corbyn in his article, of "betrayal" and of occupying the “xenophobic sewer”.

This is surely an actionable libel.

But worse than that, Vulliamy has just made Labour’s imminent by-election chances a little tougher. Paul Nuttal now has a Guardian stick to wield and he will use it this coming Thursday.

Who speaks of Betrayal?

16 February 2017

Jeremy Corbyn was found responsible by Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian today for Theresa May’s breaking of the conservative pledge "to give shelter to 3,000 of the most desperate people on Earth, children fleeing war and devastation?"

Not at all sure how he, Freedland felt justified in tainting Corbyn with that charge. As a journalist, Freedland seems to suck.

Apparently Corbyn is held responsible for every Tory misdemeanour in opposition.

The Guardian allowed no right of reply/comments on that article.


16 February 2017

How might we reconcile lower unemployment with increasing poverty and expose the poverty deniers? It’s easy.

 #ZeroHoursIsn’tWorking #Hippo



15 February 2017

Who said “Ken Loach’s Bafta diatribe shows he is stuck in the past”?

The Poverty Deniers


peddling pet food for hyenas

#TimLoughton #Hippo #KenLoach

Thank you Ed, how-did-you-get-that -job, West of the Spectator


14 February 2017


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


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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.

#Love    #Lovecontrary

11 February 2017



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11 February 2017

The Bleeding Obvious





09 February 2017

Frozen Butts

#classwar #Waitrose

Waiting in Waitrose cafe, as I frequently do, I read today Frankie Boyle's article on Trump and tried and failed to not laugh out loud. I also tried to not notice the couple next to me suppressing a mocking snigger because I was wearing a wonky pair of reading glasses and that hat that people, including Mrs Monk, find so worthy of dissent.

I am compensated by the view of the Waitrose toilet which is being remodelled and therefore "out of service". Every thirty seconds I witness a customer pushing the door that will not open, then the step back to read the notice, then that look of panic because they would have already been in that anticipated pre pee stage, primed to relieve themselves, and then the horror of the message directing them to a temporary Portaloo in the car park where the temperature is currently 34 degrees Fahrenheit. All those middle class frozen butts. Such joy.

Frankie Boyle has better jokes and an easy target.

09 February 2017


Jeremy Corbyn has asked Mayday to publish all papers, e-mails and texts on the Government’s sweetheart deal with Surrey County Council who have now canceled their big referendum on increasing Council Tax by 15% to balance their books.

Meanwhile, at     #PMQS

08 February 2017

Photograph of This Day.

Tretyakov State Gallery


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by  Monkles  06 February 2017


Disproportionate Representation

Democracy, what Democracy?

#electoralreform #Hippo #ElectoralFraud

04 February 2017

Leigh On Sea

recent pictures

#Photography #LeighOnSea

31 January 2017

First published Eleven Years Ago

My First Car


Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Princess Margaret, Potted Plants and Harold Macmillan’s Wind of Change.

#Austin #Beatles #Magistrates #Justice #1964


25 January 2017

The Pantomime President

Follow the money. #Trump #Farage

Patronage and nepotism created Donald Trump and now they are his tools with which to feed his narcissism.

What is it about the billionaire Donald Trump that attracted Melania to him? As Mrs Merton would have put it.

Trump has not exactly been forthcoming with his accounts and he is the first American president not to publish his tax returns.


We do know the following by his own admission but what is he hiding?

Was Donald trump a self made man or was his fortune handed to him by his daddy? The latter it seems.

Did Donald Trump add value to his inheritance in real terms? Not a penny.

Is he therefore a successful businessman? No, by his own admission.

What and where is the cosy financial trail between Donald Trump and Nigel Farage and all his other appointees and nominees to high office?

Follow the money. #Trump #Farage


24 January 2017

Murray Hits The Wall


22 January 2017

To Get Elected

what they said.......

31 MARCH 2014

Tory DNA

So clever of the Chancellor to bribe pensioners with their own money.

#Hippo #sameoldtories #ElectoralFraud

13 Years Ago

19 January 2004

Seamus Is Sick Part 1

The very first story published on these pages.


19 January 2017

Cat Flap Charlie is Unwell


With some awful coincidence Cat Flap Charlie is also sick precisely 13 Years later to the day. Contrary to Charlie’s wishes he is now housebound for his own good.

Charlie replaced Seamus in circumstances described in full at that time and compiled as follows....

Seamus is Sick 


Part 1

Part 2 Cat's Pee

Part 3 Honeyed Cat

Part 4,5,6 Siamese Head Butt, Cat Heaven, Cat Hell.

Part 7 Seamus  Has Left The Building

Part 8 Cat and Mouse with Charlie



13 January 2017

Authentic Trousers

#BBCbias #Hippo


Dear Conservative Campaign Headquarters, thank you for your email.

You said , "On Tuesday, the Labour leader U-turned, saying that Labour will not take control over immigration"

Not at all sure that Jeremy Corbyn said that but he, like Theresa May, voted to REMAIN and as such they both endorsed the notion of Free Movement within the EU whilst wanting to reform the EU albeit for different reasons.

If you wish to undermine Jeremy Corbyn on these terms, it would also be incumbent on you to undermine your very own Theresa May, since she voted for REMAIN and is therefore in favour of Free Movement. She kept it quiet, but that is what she did with her binary choice.

Obviously you and The Guardian and the BBC and the right wing press are out to trap and undermine Jeremy Corbyn on this subject and have given May a free rein to have a free reign.

However, Corbyn is the only authentic voice for social justice. Theresa May has authentic but inconsequential leather trousers. Very brown they are.

#BBCbias #Hippo

12 January 2017
I’m So Vain

#BBCbias  #GuardianBias  #Hippo

Well done Jeremy Corbyn for disappointing the BBC and the Guardian and for not falling into their "free movement" traps.

Both have failed to avoid reporting what Jeremy actually said on the subject because that did not provide them with an opportunity to undermine him.

So then came the snide smears.

Suzanne Moore's arrogant bile in the Guardian says more about Suzanne Moore's vanity, than the views of Jeremy Corbyn and what he has said on the subject of "free movement". Had she contradicted his views that would be to expose herself as a bigot.

Where Suzanne Moore provides no evidence or context, The Canary did otherwise. The Guardian and the BBC continue to fail to impress.

The BBC has taken it way too far.

10 January 2017

Happy Birthday Saramo

#Art #Birthday

Ivory and Ebony

Swim Suited by Saramo

Deadly Bull Shit

#NHS #SaveTheNHS #Hippo

09 January 2017

When the Conservatives promised adequate future NHS funding in order to get elected, it was not acceptable; they now repeat that promise today as if we were not now in that "future". Mayday restated her long term Tory plans for the NHS yesterday and Jeremy Hunt made the same feeble unconvincing promise today, as if that made complete sense.

We are now in the inevitable "future" predicted by NHS professionals. Patients have died on trolleys in NHS corridors this week. This deadly crisis was created by this government.

06 January 2017

Fake News


Laura Kuenssberg is the political editor of the BBC, who was recently feted by the Main Stream Media, who in turn have a questionable interest in this false story by Laura Kuenssberg, which undermined Jeremy Corbyn.

The BBC Trust has now upheld their earlier decision that Laura Kuenssberg, who represents BBC News, had misrepresented and undermined Jeremy Corbyn with Fake News.

Other examples of Laura’s misdemeanors are available on these pages.

Laura Kuenssberg is not accused of being wrong because she is a “woman” and such desperate peddled nonsense by the MSM is patronising to “women” and fails to obfuscate this story. Tory Laura Kuenssberg is at fault because she faked the news and damaged Jeremy Corbyn’s reputation; it is not the other way around.

The BBC is more important than Laura Kuenssberg’s received perception of Jeremy Corbyn. Let her go.

The Guardian and BBC News claim to be objective, but both have ignored this humiliating story.

Let them speak.

We we are waiting.

Apology, long overdue.

If you can’t Google the apology it does not exist or is not meant to be found.

To ignore this story, the BBC and the Guardian confirm palpable evident and discreditable ..



05 January 2017


Since I witnessed this exchange between Laura #Kuenssberg and Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 and wrote the article below, Tory Laura has not changed her ways. That is not the end of the story.... BBC Trust to review own decision

#ToryLauraK #BBCbias


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

4 January 2017

69 Blondes with Penis Envy

Adventures of a lifetime in gender politics

#penisenvy #Freud

2 January 2017

Cuckoo Art

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.


1 January 2017

Subliminal Messages

Pics taken by Monks this ...

New Year’s Day


New Year’s Day




3 Most Read Stories   last Two Month. as follows...



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.

#Tennis #SPOTY

12 March 2013

The Filthy Rich


make the "market economy",  look extremely foolish.




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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.

Other Popular Stories  last 12 Months..  as follows...  


17 March  2015

Goldfish AV and Amnesia

A fish called Colin

#PR #AV #SameOldTories


9 July 2016

Trump the Blonde with Penis Envy

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

#knob #trump #dallas #orlando #etc

 22 March  2015

NHS For Sale

The Special relationship and  where money is the object.

#Hunt #NHS #SameOldTories

29 January 2016

Osborne's Lesser Britain

The catalyst for the Great Britain sell off

#sameoldtories #Britainforsale #Osborne

10 January 2016

Machiavellian Kuenssberg News

Laura Kuenssberg’s spurious “news” about Jeremy Corbyn.

#Kuenssberg #Corbyn #BBC


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

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

#answerthequestiondave #pmqs

16 Aug 2016


Very Little Britain Beckons

12 months Ago

#GordonBrown #OwenSmith #ImWithCorbyn

21 July 2015

The Hard Disc

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

Sand Dollars

5 Years Ago


“Who gives a shit?”

#Florida #Seashells

Cash for Votes

Dear Alan Mabott

Conservative Director of Organisation

#sameoldtories  #cashforvotes #electionexpenses

23 January 2016

Michael Fallon MP Secretary of State for Defence

Stranger than Strangelove

When should we duck and cover under the table?

#sameoldtories #Fallon #Trump

9 March 2006

British Gas, You’re Fired

A strangely popular but very old story. #Gas #Consumer

18 May 2015

Toxic Tories

So why are Tories so determined to find fault with the NHS?

#Hunt #NHS #SameOldTories

12 December 2009

Revenge of the Telephobic Revisited

#coldcalling #telephobic

The Untouchables

27 June 2013

George Osborne would rather choke on a pheasant than......

hard working privileges

29 September 2014

Pride and Privilege.

Osborne’s contrary rhetoric.

6 Aug 2015

Corbyn and The Processed Peas

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

27 December 2015

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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