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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day         Leslie Monk

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10 Years Ago

The Blood Of A Frenchman


High Street Angel

28 July 2015

My daily task is to park on double yellow lines as Mrs Monk "runs" into M and S for supper or a sandwich. On this occasion this homeless lady haunted me with a prolonged unblinking stare, or at least until I was distracted by another lady, a beautiful young lady with a strident purposeful step.
Why would a man not notice such a girl?
But then I watched her change direction in a heartbeat, approach the homeless lady, exchange a few words and then stride into Greggs to buy lunch for the old lady. And without a second of delay and hesitation she strode off down the high street. It was all done in less than a minute.
Mrs Monk had reappeared and recorded this moment on her phone.
Sadly she missed the smile that broke out on the old lady’s face long after the angel had departed.

Poor People

Pictures of People with reduced expectations and humble means.


27 July 2015

Lord Sewel and Jeremy Hunt

Who has the moral high ground? 

Lord Sewel held the role of chairman of committees in the House of Lords and apparently has an unrelated dark side that he kept to himself until the Sun newspaper intervened..

Jeremy Hunt had an inappropriate relationship with Murdoch’s newspapers, stole money from the tax payer in the expenses scandal, was found out, repaid the money because he was found out, and became the Minister in charge of the NHS. You could not make it up.

Who has the moral high ground?


 

Dear Jeremy Hunt....

He was ideologically opposed to the NHS, so they made him Health Secretary. Stories related to The NHS are posted here.


26 July 2015

Incognito

The concealment of  identify is the theme that connects this set of pictures.


21 July 2015

The Hard Disc

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


19 July 2015

Davis Cup Win over France

And Murray Cries Again

There was a time when Andy Murray declined to play Davis Cup, when there was no realistic chance of winning, and perhaps because it would have damaged his chances of winning the greater prizes in tennis.

For that he was unfairly characterised as unpatriotic.

But then came Andy Murray's Grand Slam wins, the Olympics, and above all the emergence of new British players, most notably Dan Evans and now the new giant killer, James Ward.

This weekend Ward played his part without affecting the outcome of the tie, but without him of course there would have been no tie this weekend.

Andy Murray and Great Britain did require the participation of his brother Jamie yesterday to secure The Davis Cup Win over France but the greater burden was for Andy who was required to play all three energy sapping days.

I had noted before that Murray only cries when he loses, but not on this occasion.

Respect for the French team who applauded Murray and recognised his achievement this weekend, however the Murray trolls, who are never pleased, have already found new ways to deny him the credit he deserves.


 

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16 July 2015

So why is Jeremy Hunt and other politicians like Daniel Hannan so determined to find fault with the NHS?

Jeremy Hunt has decided today that our Doctors are at fault and not the Trusts that “manage” the hospitals and not the Politicians like him that fail to provide the funds to support the NHS, whilst always pretending unconvincingly that they do.

Toxic Tories


Mrs Monk’s Bus Stop Pictures

15 July 2015


Recycling Man

14 July 2015

The Leigh Upon Sea Tip, otherwise known as the Recycling Centre,  is the subject and the venue for the photography in this set of pictures all snapped by Mrs Monk with a surprising passion.


A Week In London

2 July 2005 Live 8

6 July 2005 Olympic Bid

7 July 2005 Bugger the Bombers


1 July 2015

Most read story on these pages in the last twelve months

The Untouchables

27 June 2013

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


Hasta la vista.

28 June 2015

...disbelief of various guises and political disguises of Arnold Schwarzenegger  et al.


27 June 2015

Gay Pride

Mrs Monk surprised me this morning by finding two miniature water colours in a cupboard with my name on them.

This link will send you to a Flickr file of artwork, not necessarily on this topic.


25 June 2015

Election Promises Unraveling

David Cameron has stopped referring to his family tragedy when questioned about the NHS because there are no votes in it now.

Promises made in the weeks up to the election are now unravelling on a daily basis. Today the Rail Network investment promised during the election campaign, is "paused", (commonly understood to mean, cancelled).

 Yesterday the Commons was invaded by an angry mob of militant disabled citizens in wheelchairs determined to highlight the cruelty of Cameron's austerity cuts not explicitly disclosed but implied by this government.

Cameron is so programmed to blame "the last Government", he did so repeatedly in yesterday's PMQs without realising that he was the leader of the "the last Government".


21 June 2015

The Water Cooler

The Paul Daniels, so called out-loud by the nurse, is not the famed diminutive conjurer married to Debbie McGee..........


11 June 2015

Reality and Unreality

reclaiming the means of visual expression


11 June 2015

Yarn Bomb Pirate Stolen.

Chalkwell commuters, who have suffered enough, will no longer be greeted by this crowd pleasing woolen marauder at Chalkwell Station.


Professional Tennis Fouls

The Novak Djokovic character flaws are not disguised by his PR smile. We don’t buy it.

7 June 2015


Recent Pictures of London

By Sara Monk, Pictures are added and subtracted from this collection from time to time.


Most read story on these pages this last month.

The Filthy Rich

 Ken Loach may well be promoting a new polemical movie but his knowledge of the economy makes anyone who supports our "market economy", look extremely foolish.


 


31 May 2015

FIFA and the TORIES

Who would not vote for Father Christmas?


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18 May 2015

Toxic Tories

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


15 May 2015

Shy Tories

"In a democracy you are supposed to vote for your personal interests", said Lionel Shriver on last night's  BBC TV show "This Week".

Until she used that sentence I had agreed with her analysis of the notion of  "Shy Tories", who are so "shamefaced" that they failed to give a straight answer to the pollsters that got it so wrong before the election.

My very shy tennis pal, Shy Derk, (not his real name to protect his shyness) referred to the "silent majority" last night.  I was obliged to point out to Derk that the Tories are a "silent minority" representing just 23.5% of the UK registered electorate.

Lionel Shriver also referred to the "lefties" that invaded Iraq. I'm not sure anyone regards Tony Blair as a Leftie. Less so, George Bush and the Tories who voted for the invasion of Iraq and the deregulation of banks, and everything else that ever went disastrously wrong.

THIS WEEK


13 May 2015

The 23% Tory Mandate

23.5% of those eligible to vote supported the Conservative Party, and enabled Cameron to claim yesterday he had a mandate to execute his manifesto.

Already they have decided to do stuff not in their manifesto.

With no sense of irony Britain's brand new Tory Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, announced yesterday that Strikes will be illegal if Trade Unions fail to get 40% support from their members.

That will be the very first thing they do in the very first Queen’s Speech.

The 23% Tory Mandate will then dismantle the NHS, but not the water cannons?

One Nation BS


12 May 2015

Strange Heads

Strange heads brought home by Mrs. Monk and which haunt the house and scare visitors, and other strange heads.


12 May 2015

Lord Sugar of Amstrad has more in common with the Tories than Labour. He not only endorses the worst aspects of the exploitative arrogant employer, he is happy to endorse and popularise bullying and  “Rip-off Britain” by flogging tat in light entertainment TV shows. Will he, should he, hand back his peerage now he has turned his back on Labour?

All those tatty Amstrads, are a metaphor for old broken Tory promises. All the brand new Tory promises will now dissolve slowly into bile before our very eyes.


Selected By Others

These pictures were chosen, for whatever reason, by readers of these pages and not by the editor, nor the photographer, usually Mrs Monk.


11 May 2015

Marriage Works

Andy Murray’s women.

The classic pre-Raphaelite model and noble figurehead, and some call it effing dancing.


8 May 2015

The nation has spoken.

The worlds fourth largest economy with very deep pockets approves of Food Banks, because without them the Filthy Rich would have to pay more tax.

Three party leaders resigned today  because they failed to deceive more than David Cameron.


4 May 2015

Dear Nick

Yes, it’s all about you.


 

If you don’t like this you are almost certainly a Tory


Reverse Bucket List

Work In Progress

4 May 2015

fail to see the funny side of David Amess and hypocrites and deficits


THE BIG LIE

2 May 2015

the lie behind all other lies


2 May 2015

Due to a Tory conspiracy the web site has been down for a week at the very time I have wanted to have a go at all things right of Labour.

Where do we start?


23 April  2015

The man on my canvas, on my easel, where I live, on the screen, in my room, on my mind.


22 April  2015

The Bullingdon Club

The Coalition Cabinet contemplate Food Banks and the disproportionate consequences of Tory austerity on the Poor.


19 April  2015

Beef or Fish

If Mrs Monk asked me if we should have fish or beef for supper, I would demand fish if I wanted beef, and in due course get my preferred dish of the day. It never fails.

It’s a win win political strategy that never fails to satisfy both parties.

And this would surely be the kind of nuanced politics that will occur during the inevitable coalition maneuverings after the election

Beef or the Fish.

Trident or the NHS


Five Years Ago

Dear William Haque

Five Years ago just before the last election William Hague complained about too much Labour government intervention with British Business, with no sense of irony given the parallel claim that Labour failed to regulate the banks.


16 April  2015

The Empty Chair

David Cameron's decision not  to debate with the other candidates tonight is not his finest hour. Now he is getting ready to snipe at the other candidates from a safe distance.


14 April  2015

Mandate Seeker

Programmed responses, Nixon-like embarrassing, and desperately inappropriate.


12 April  2015

Tommy’s Last Stand

Whatever we might think about Tory austerity....

.......the tears he shed were true enough.


12 April  2015

Pictures of Cat Flap Charlie and Friends snapped by Sara Monk frequently added and removed from this set so his admirers, all over the world, may be frequently updated of Charlie's progress.

Of this he is blissfully unaware, because he is a cat.


6 April  2015

Vince Cable

And the Silent Fart

The Tory Tax on Justice .

Their Very First Priority


Ephemera

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

Photos by Sara Monk.


2 April  2015

What is it about the zero hours low paid employment contracts that business leaders and David Cameron find so attractive, so appealing and so indispensably profitable?


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.

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3 Most Read Stories  last 30 Days as follows...  

The Water Cooler

The Paul Daniels, so called out-loud by the nurse, is not the famed diminutive conjurer married to Debbie McGee..........

17 March  2015

Goldfish AV and Amnesia

A fish called Colin

18 May 2015

Toxic Tories

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

3 Most Read Stories   last 12 Months..  as follows...

The Untouchables

27 June 2013

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

12 March 2013

The Filthy Rich

 

make the "market economy",  look extremely foolish.

All Legal

4 December 2012

"It is all legal, look at the rules book."

 

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

7 June 2015

Professional Tennis Fouls

The Novak Djokovic character flaws are not disguised by his PR smile. We don’t buy it.

 

hard working privileges

29 September 2014

Pride and Privilege.

Osborne’s contrary rhetoric.

 22 March 2015

NHS For Sale

The Special relationship and  where money is the object.

24 September 2009

Revenge of The Telephobic

a surreal conversation with a lady salesperson, selling indeterminate goods.

31 MARCH 2014

Tory DNA

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

24 Sep 2013

Stifled Spin

You will have heard Ed Balls volunteer to have his spending pledges assessed by the Treasury.

Vocation or Vacation

15 December 2013

MP’s PAY, a free lunch and a subsidised bar.

Last Year’s Foodbank Christmas Card

David Cameron is still in denial and has turned down  100s of Millions of  EU Cash for Foodbanks . Cameron wants to be seen fighting for EU money but he does not want it for the UK poor.

21 August 2014

Tory Mugs for Mugs

Grant Shapps, You’ve made my day.

3 April 2010

Farmville Meat is Murder

7 October 2013

Feckless In Need

bankers were found short of competence in charge of pension contributions

3 August 2014

Osborne's Recession

For pity's sake Esther, please wear a vest.

23 May2014

BoJoLand

Bring powers back to Boris and away from Brussels?

April Fool

comments on Conservative Party YouTube movie disabled

1 April 2014

Ahh! Bush Country?

1 April 2011 

Colonel Gaddafi:  “You take me for a fool. I shall be exiled. Take me to Best Buy”

Hannan, the Deluded

24 November 2012 Whether or not Daniel Hannan, MEP, should be expelled from the Conservative Party.

11 January 2014

Fear of Buying

"They are a bit dry", she said, "Not fresh", she explained.

19 May 2012

 

High street giant Currys are not honouring Extended Warranty contracts.

Daily Mail

Exploits Manslaughter of Children