by Monkles

5 February 2006

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Mrs Monk, Germaine Greer,

and The Drifter in Essex

"We played there last week at the Cliffs Pavilion, and I knew there was something familiar about you, that I recognised".

No Tory has ever dared suggest to my face that I should apply Norman Tebbit's Cricket Test to Mrs Monk.

#penisenvy #Freud #MeToo

#69Blondes  #GenderPolitics  #Unmadefilms

#GermaineGreer

 

Germaine Bloody Greer, the BBC documentary, made me think again about Germaine who I now know is less Feminist than her CV suggests; she is of course more the straight forward misanthrope and equally capable of denigrating women for exhibiting stereotypical female characteristics as men are for being manly.

 

Contrary bloody-mindedness is her modus operandi and that asset I admire in her and also within Mrs Monk.

 

Both are strikingly beautiful women with inverted vanities that rejects conformity. Watch Germaine instruct the BBC make-up girl to not make her look like some other type of girl.


Mrs Monk will spend hours at the hardressers only to tussle her hair into an unruly tangled ruffle in front of the hardresser before she steps out into the real world.

 

Both are ex-pat women who found themselves spending more of their lives on a continent which is not their own, a point this Brexit fiasco continues to hammer home every fucking day.

 

Theresa May oversaw the drafting and enforcement of the pernicious hostile environment directed at immigrants including Windrush , but there has always been an abundance of Tories ready to popularise and exploit hostility toward alien foreign cultures; Norman Tebbit's so called Cricket Test made the point that Britain should be hostile to aliens who are unwilling to be disloyal to their own native land.

 

No Tory has ever dared suggest to my face that I should apply Norman Tebbit's Cricket Test to Mrs Monk.

 

Germaine Bloody Greer is reconciled about retiring to the Thames Estuary and becoming an Essex Girl. She and Mrs Monk could be neighbours.

 

I wrote much about this in 2006, reproduced below.

 

by Monkles

5 February 2006

twitter.com/#/monkfry

Mrs Monk, Germain Greer,

and The Drifter in Essex

Twelve Years ago

Germaine Greer's article in today's Observer makes tenuous connections between the Essex Girls who did so well in Celebrity Big Brother, Chantelle and Jodie Marsh, comparing them both to the wild orchids that apparently flourish around Tilbury Power Station.

 

I am very much onside with Germaine's anti-heritage sentiments in praise of Essex landscape citing the wild rabbits and pigeons, which I haven't noticed, but will now seek out. 


In West London, from whence we came in '98, otherwise known as Surrey, we found endless displays of delightful bunnies in Bushy Park, for example. How we miss those rabbits! But I have yet to see a rabbit in Essex.

 

I have noticed what Germaine calls the, "clashing weather systems," which are in fact the very first thing that I did notice when we moved here ten years ago,  I spend much time gazing at it in awe, and indeed photographing it.

 

The point is that Germaine has clearly gone native in Essex and has apparently nurtured a disproportionate loyalty to the county which she now calls, "My Essex,"

 

 

Copyright.. shoestringonline.co.uk

 

Germaine Greer is far to keen pass the awful "Norman Tebbit Cricket Test"

She would bat for Essex, if selected. She cannot be entirely serious, but she is rather too keen to nail her sentiments to the mast, perhaps as only an outsider would feel the need.

 

Mrs Monk is a teacher in one of the toughest schools in the country and has a daily run-in with Essex Girls, not all of whom are as sweet and as naive as Chantelle, the Celebrity Big Brother winner.

 

Mrs Monk is American and like Germaine she has also been in Britain for many years, and indeed in Essex. Like Germaine, she is a teacher of English and has been exposed to Essex Girls (and boys) and is told to "Fuck Off, ....Miss" on a daily basis. And worse.

 

Mrs Monk seems less inclined to ingratiate herself than Germaine, perhaps because she is constantly reminded of her alien status by the Essex pupils who have been in England for fewer years than she has.

 

I find Germaine's enthusiasm for Essex, surprising but not posturing or ingratiating. She has simply, let's face it, gone native.

 

I am embarrassed to admit, that I tipped Chantelle to win Big Brother, but how unthinkable is it that the Germaine the Feminist that took on Norman Mailer dared to enter Big Bother as a contestant, show the nation her tits, ...again, and then walk out citing the bullying by Big Brother. How very Germaine Greer is that?

 

When Mrs Monk started educating Essex kids, she was always complaining to me about the vernacular Estuary English, and she still does. However on a trip to Maryland to visit her sister, she found herself sharing a hotel lift and a conversation with a tall black man, who she discovered, was one of the Drifters, (Under the Boardwalk, etc.) He was intrigued about her and wanted to know more. Mrs Monk told him she lived in Leigh On Sea, and the Drifter told her, "We played there last week at the Cliffs Pavilion, and I knew there was something familiar about you, that I recognised".

 

This coincidental event had revealed to us just how much Mrs Monk had also gone native in the County of Essex. It was not her accent that the Drifter recognised but her use of language. Of course this horrified Mrs Monk.

 

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Tinsel Town, Mrs Monk says I also went over the top with my plaudits. 

 

Rabbits! since I wrote this article we have found rabbits in the photogenic Graveyard 

 

"We played there last week at the Cliffs Pavilion, and I knew there was something familiar about you, that I recognised".

No Tory has ever dared suggest to my face that I should apply Norman Tebbit's Cricket Test to Mrs Monk.

#penisenvy #Freud

#69Blondes  #GenderPolitics  #Unmadefilms

#GermaineGreer

 

 

Untl 6 July 2018 or thereabouts.

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