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Twenty four ‘real’ men and women, including SEVEN Official Monster Raving Loonies, posed naked during the first 2020 lockdown to help Lady Lily the Pink in her quest to lighten the load, lift spirits and raise money for a mental health charity. The chosen charity is the BDD Foundation (Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation) and was chosen by vote from those modelling in the calendar
“it seemed fitting that a calendar portraying 24 real people with plenty of issues, many of which were body related; should chose a charity that deals with mental illnesses caused by body image. Whilst most people have some issues with some part of their body, it becomes a problem when that perceived defect is obsessed about and behaviour and ability to function in everyday life is affected”
Body Dysmorphia can manifest itself in several ways, self-harm, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD; some of the many issues potentially exacerbated with the additional stresses and dysfunctionality of 2020
The idea came about following World Naked Gardening Day on 1st May, Lady Lil, decided to recreate a famous artwork, one of the many paintings of Hilda by Duane Bryers, it seemed like a laugh and she hoped it would put a smile of a few faces. A couple of friends subsequently sent out to celebrate World Naked Gardening, and the idea of a ‘Calendar girls” style fundraiser was born.
Berni, AKA Lady Lil put a shout out on FB and the response was astounding. People were invited to photograph themselves or be photographed by someone in their home, doing whatever it is they were doing to pass the time in lockdown. Photos were sent to Berni who, with the help of Lady Lils Official Photographer from the 2020 by-election, honorary loony, Ann Seymour, a calendar was collated with TWO images per month, and each image accompanied by a little story about the person captured.
Initially they had 150 calendars printed but as December approached it became apparent that more might be needed, so a second print run was arranged. There are now a further 50 available for sale.
If you would like to support our loony friends and help a fantastically good cause get in touch with Berni / Lady Lil; she’ll even sign the calendar for you! You never know, she might be Prime Minister one day, stranger things have happened! Calendars are £10 plus p&p but feel free to make a donation without ordering a calendar (now there’s a loony idea ? … )
Loonies in the Calendar:
Lady Lily The Pink, Viscount Gaffer, Tilly Twitcher, Bearly Holding It Together Beryl, Arty Pole , Baron Badger, Mad Cow
To order a calendar or speak to Lady Lil : email : Bernibenton@outlook.com or FB Message @ladylilythepink
To find out more about the charity: BDD | Home | Body Dysmorphic Disorder (bddfoundation.org)
To find out more about Ann Seymour, without whom none of this would have been possible https://www.annseymour.co.uk/
Pictured clothed : Tilly Twitcher, Lady Lily Pink, Bearly Holding It Together Beryl
Lady Lily the Pink
Gods saving grace that we are all still here.
Started off well as usual, spent the month of January out with our ‘Mediterranean Loonies’ in Malta. All is well with them, they want us to hold a conference out there. Something to think about, it wouldn’t be the first time we held a conference in a country where nobody can vote for us, we held a very successful one out in Jersey in 2008. No one could vote for us there either, but there you are, that what makes our ‘Loony Party’ so special, the absolute absurdity of it all. Not getting away from the fact, that it is all jolly good fun after all!
In February I spent a week up in Louth in Lincolnshire by kind permission of The Iconic Arty Pole, tying up the arrangements to have our 2020 conference there, all went well, all sorted. Hotels booked, bands booked, great.
Then March, ‘Bang’ thrown in to a lockdown, never mind, September Conference is a long way off yet. Threw all my plans to visit our Canary Island branch in Lanzarote though in May, staying with the chairman Ri-Dick-ulous Knowles.
1st of May was a very special day for me, after 3 years of thinking, making notes and generally racking my brain, my Autobiography was launched. It’s very aptly called ‘The Great White Hope’. I’m very proud of it, its selling very well. At this point I would like to thank my ‘Ghost Writer’ (how scary is that) Prince Rex of Fleet, aka Patric Downs, and Derrill Carr my PA man for all their patience and belief!
4th July, hooray, lockdown all over, great, lets get on with it. Myself, Lawd Lawson and O B Joyful were guests at the premier of the latest Screaming Lord Sutch documentary at The Windlesham Theatre, not on general release as yet, but well worth looking out for. Wonderful to see some of David Sutch’s old friends there, especially Peter ‘The Pirate’ Stockton, who was my agent at the Kensington and Chelsea by-election. He also stood as one of our candidates down in Winchester at one time.
Now September conference is looming, because of social distancing still in operation, I decide that it had to be cancelled, it just would not have work under those circumstances. None more sorrier than me, I’ve attended every one since 1984, this would have been our 37th.
Not looking to good for 2021 either, so far, ‘Malta’ January cancelled, ‘Bath Ball’ February Cancelled, not even booking for Lanzarote this time. Plus, if we have to wear masks for the rest of the year after ‘The Jab’, so we are led to believe. I cant see a conference working either.
On the brighter side of 2020, I’d like to thank ‘Chinners’ for keeping us alive on Twitter, and ‘Barmy Lord Brockman’ for keeping us smiling on Facebook. Well done my Loonical friends. Also all the other members behind the scenes that make it all work.
Oh enough of your apathy, stop it, I’m now telling myself. At least we are all still alive and I am able wish you all, ‘Hopefully’. A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
Really looking forward to the day we can all meet up again, I’m missing you all!!!
Hooowling Laud Hope
- If we leave the EU without a deal we will introduce a blanket ban on continental quilts.
- We will paint our coastal limits Red White & Blue, so that British fish know where they are at all times.
- Once in Government we will replace the Foreign Secretary with a British one.
- We will be extending 2020 to give it the chance to get it right.
- Increase the safety of British children by naming all newborns with at least 12 letters, including a capital, a number and a special character. Like Flying Brick’s son *PicUL1@r!?*
Recently this petition appeared on social media and the question was asked “Should the OMRLP get involved?” After all we’ve been saying something similar for many years. Equally, as a Party, we are not keen on legislation for legislation sake – and these Government Petitions don’t have much of a record of changing things.
To my mind this petition is a rebuke to MP’s, as it says ‘we are watching you’, and boy do they take some watching!
The matter would be debated by MP’s after 100,000 signatures are cast. There would be irony and hopefully embarrassment, which is the best we can do in the absence of public stocks! I base this on the last time they were caught in the expenses smash & grab when they introduced and fudged the ‘Recall Act’.
At the end of the day, I believe it is up to each and every Loony to decide if they wish to support the petition, but if we don’t ‘Keep ’em Honest’ who will?
Make it a criminal offence for MPs to mislead the public – Petitions (parliament.uk)
I take this opportunity to wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Valentines Day and Easter!
Barmy Lord Brockman of Sealand
I hope that you are all safe and well now that you are locked up again and here in Jersey we are also under restrictions but not as severe as you. However, two nights ago there was a private party in an hotel here and 35 people contracted the virus and now we have 200 cases! From Monday it will be compulsory to wear a mask in public (something the Memsahib and I have been doing since April) and the fine for not doing so will be £1,000.00.
I see from the website that there has been a lot of activity from members – well done everyone – and it was unfortunate that the party conference had to be cancelled this year. Last year I and Professor Nabob (Bob Stanton) were visiting Colin ‘Tiger’ Jones, The Earl of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, in Llanelli, and we were asked to go to the enormous club there (dressed in our Loony apparel) and they were so impressed that they insisted that we hold a conference there. They could not have been more welcoming and so enthusiastic. They treated us like ‘A’ stars (which of course we all are) so it is high time we all went there. I know Colin is eager to arrange it.
My son, who happens to be The Royal Photographer, – he takes William and Kate’s pictures you see in all the world’s magazines – would like to come to photograph and make a film about us.
Now that we are to be unshackled from the Europeans we must put all our efforts into getting elected into office with a complete Loony Cabinet – in office with full power to bring in all our policies.
I hope you all have a really great Christmas – and I must mention the Manchester crew as they always send me a card – and also a very Happy New Year. Let’s hope that things will improve in the near future but I fear the 19 virus is not going to shove off any time soon!! If any of you are unwell then we all here in The Isles of Deliberation Party send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. Stay Safe.
The Jersey Flyer -aka – Baron Baskerville the Dartmoor Loony – Chairman
Shadow Minister for the Welfare of Insane Moorland Ponies, Paralytic Pixies, Ghostly Hounds and Uncle Tom Cobley and All.