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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, the long suffering.

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5 February 2005              SONOFAGOD

Gilbert and George are out there again, provoking the unshockable, with their  “SONOFAGOD” pictures, at the White Cube Gallery in London, all of which may be viewed at the White Cube website.

This is a tough week for any artist, or Danish cartoonist, that is interested in religious iconography. Imagery that includes multiple crucifixes would appear to be less inclined to shock than what was also published last week, and which has caused something of a stir, anywhere near a Danish embassy.

Hollywood has certainly banned the direct depiction of Christ in the past, just as the Islamists would have done last week. Mrs Monk pointed out that no one actually died when they protested about “The Life of Brian”, for example, but how we relish the memory of Malcolm Muggeridge having a hissy-fit on that occasion when we also had fundamentalists to stir.

The burning Danish embassies did also resonate with the burning piles of Beatles vinyl when John Lennon made that innocent remark that, “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus”, and even John was forced to apologise.


19 february 2006

Sonofagod UPDATE

“It's so cowardly to attack the church when we won't offend Islam”

Nick Cohen discusses the Gilbert and George show in today’s Observer, and he also found connections with the Danish cartoons. The Observer has not published the cartoons, it seems, but here is a link to Nick Cohen’s comment. Recommended

See the Gilbert and George Sonofagod pictures at the White Cube Website

20 February 2006

Let Us Pray

Scientists in the USA  have demonstrated scientifically that if you pray for a sick relative, they are less likely to recover from the illness, than if you don't pray. This must be true because Mrs Monk read it in last Friday’s Guardian.

On this mornings car ride to Mrs Monk’s School we listened to the BBC Today programme and learnt that David Irving, would today begin his trial in Austria; he is charged with denying the Holocaust. Soon thereafter we listened to a live debate between two American academics arguing about the case, for and against, the wacky Intelligent Design “Belief”, that denies Darwin.

There is an awful lot of denial going on.

Some people, in fact most people, even deny that Saddam Hussein, ever had Weapons Of Mass Destruction.

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