WebQuoteLFIVE YEARS; and we’re still here! If you are a first-time visitor to Storyboard4 you are welcome. No … genuinely … ignore the forsakes … You are genuinely welcome.

Charlie Hebdo is akin to a French language Private Eye. You see … the French do have a sense of humour. If you can’t get the gags in Sartre or de Beauvoir it’s because you haven’t had enough caffeine, wine and are reading it the wrong way up — or a combination of all three.

It emerged — waif-like — in 1970 as a result of the 1968-69 May events. It folded but was resurrected in 1992. Leftish, irreverent. It has not always been one of our favourite magazines/papers but we have lost friends in the recent attack in Paris. The murder/execution of journalists, whether they are writing or illustrating, has increased at least three-fold over the last 10 years. Why? People whose profession is to report what they can ‘see’ or ‘investigate’ is never liked by any side in a dispute or ‘conflict zone’. We know the risks, Roland in particular, that we are taking when we become a foreign correspondent. Bombs or ‘improvised explosive devices’ (IEDs) don’t ‘go-off’ to order. Don’t these people understand what a ‘print deadline’ is?

What worries us is that parties such as the Frente Nacional in France (or UKIP here in Britain) will use — and definitely abuse — the recent attack at Charlie Hebdo as an excuse for an increase in Islamophobic diatribes. The radical left needs to stand against Islamophobia but also for freedom of the press.

There will be some changes, whims of fancy, good ideas and ‘shite’ ideas … You’ll just have to wait and see. THIS SITE HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER! The ‘Lounger’ and ‘HC’ are now in control. “What happens if I press this butto …” BOOOM! “I think if we sneak out of that door over there nobody will notice.” “Was this a ‘palace’ coup?” “Have you ever seen #* ******* **?” “No.” “Good … That’s settled.”

Storyboard4 is a radical, progressive media collective that spills its bleeding heart out to … local charities and campaigns who seek our assistance. We help them speak; click on “About us/sales talk” above for the full frontal. Our particular bug-bears are: mental health, disability and social care generally.

But, let us guess, that is not why you are here. You want dirt, gossip and … Well, you may have come to the right place. There is only one condition: you have to be serious about your ‘punishment and reward’. Entrance to Storyboard4 is free; escape is expensive. We are like nits; we grow on you. Think about it.

Current phlegm can be found above. Unfortunately, everyone involved has to make their meagre living in the ‘meeja’ world doing something else. If we could guarantee a living from this you could no doubt expect spittle 24 hours a day. We wouldn’t want that would we? Would we?

Alongside the ever-so-important posts we have regular columns:

• The Lounger diaries: world-famous, utterly puerile, award-winning even (but we don’t like to boast). Click on the menu above or here

    Paws4thought: two cool cats chew the Tuna. They are not “aristocats”; they are proletariacats. And … “Miaoooow!” How do they pass the time in Feline-land?. Menu above or here.

    “We’ve met Lord Lucan”: two crabby, philosophical “do-gooders” who’ve seen it all, been there and … well … from February are on respite. For the moment, click above or here. Actually, they’re both dead in case you hadn’t worked that out. They may be exhumed at a later date (Yuk!). In the near future Storyboard4™ will be publishing, for the very first time, a selection of short stories from a pit-head worker from the long-closed Desford (Leicestershire) colliery who died in a mining accident back in the early 1950s. Even relatively small English county villages had ‘industries’ in those days. Tell us what you think.

    Storyboard4 endeavours to maintain an ethical editorial policy, drawing on the experience and practice of other, similar, online publishers. If you wish to propose a post or other idea we can be contacted by email.

    Left_books1Storyboard4TM editorial collective as proposed by the Lounger and HC
    with no opposition
    and a happy new year to you all

    “Do you think that visitors and subscribers understand that we are fictional characters?” “Of course they do. They’re not stupid are they? Are they?” “I’m not sure …”

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