Meet the lady behind Art by Ginny, this woman can paint!

Jenny's Serendipity Art Blog

Makati PR woman veteran/ extraordinaire cum artist – Ginny Guanco, a.k.a. ArtByGinny (on Facebook), actually still keeps her routine day office job at the PR firm she works for while dabbling in art on the sidelines. She spends her weekends producing new artworks. And her channeling of the female muse and the Filipina are lavishly manifested in all her obras that are usually by request or order from clients if she is not painting just for the sake of recreation and relaxation.

All Ginny’s paintings and artworks have been categorized in specific albums as indicated in her Art by Ginny page. For example: Fashion Sketches, Faces etc. She has an interesting story to tell because although she took up Fine Arts and did use what she studied as a profession for quite a number of years, there was a long period that she totally stopped because she shifted career paths…

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Killing Christians: A State-Sponsored Crime in Pakistan

The mob beat them and broke their legs so they would not be able to flee. “They picked them up by their arms and legs and held them over the brick furnace until their clothes caught fire. And then they threw them inside the furnace.” — Javed Maseeh, family spokesman, to NBC News.

The attack was not an isolated one. Rather it seems to be part of systematic killings, community by community.


His Wife’s Seat

There was a Packers fan with a really crappy seat at Lambeau.

Looking with his binoculars, he spotted an empty seat on the 50-yard line. Thinking to himself “what a waste” he made his way down to the empty seat.

When he arrived at the seat, he asked the man sitting next to it, “Is this seat taken?”

The man replied, “This was my wife’s seat. She passed away. She was a big Packers fan.”

The other man replied,”I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. May I ask why you didn’t give the ticket to a friend or a relative?”

The man replied, “They’re all at the funeral.”

The Irishman and the Fly

One day an Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman walked into a pub together.

They each bought a pint of Guinness. Just as they were about to enjoy their creamy beverage, three flies landed in each of their pints, and were stuck in the thick head.

The Englishman pushed his beer away in disgust.

The Scotsman fished the fly out of his beer, and continued drinking it, as if nothing had happened.

The Irishman, too, picked the fly out of his drink, held it out over the beer, and started yelling, “SPIT IT OUT, SPIT IT OUT YOU BASTARD!!!”

Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning. One day cock of the walk, and next a featherduster? The feelgood factor around the Autumn Statement in yesterday’s papers has turned somewhat sour.

“Osborne rattled by figures that expose plans for ‘colossal’ cuts” is the Guardian’s splash; “Osborne plan hides ‘colossal cuts’ ahead” the Scotsman’s. . “Osborne accused of creating ‘black hole” is the headline in our Business section and “Five years of cuts: It will be grotesque, warns think tank” is our take on the IFS estimates of the scale of fiscal retrenchment required if George Osborne’s spending targets are to be met.
Elsewhere, the row between the Conservatives and the BBC has turned acrimonious. “Tories at war with ‘biased BBC'” is our splash. “Tories Go To War With BBC Over Cuts” is the Mail’s. “Anyone who has to explain politics and make it interesting at that time of the morning is entitled to a little licence,” argues Andrew Sparrow over at the Guardian. (Or a handfluff of typos, say I.)

It has to be seen in “the wider context of BBC bias” our leader argues. “The licence fee is the same price for people of all political persuasions who wish to watch television – so it is appalling that the coverage they are compelled to finance should be so blatantly biased”.

The row will rumble on and will doubtless colour relations between the Corporation and the Conservatives both in the run-in and after the election. But it’s the Indy and the i that should really worry Downing Street and the Treasury. “Revealed: Osborne’s debt time bomb” is the Indy’s splash, and “Credit Card Nation” leads the i. The OBR’s reports reveal that an unprecedented level of personal debt underpin the deficit reduction plans. Even assuming a far looser level of deficit reduction than that outlined at the moment, we know that household debt and government borrowing are high and getting higher. As Fraser Nelson notes in his column, the era of low interest rates could extend for decades – and we simply don’t know what the consequences of that will be.
The House will vote on legislation to enshrine the 0.7% target into law today. It’s feared that Conservative backbenchers who are hostile to the law will talk out the Bill with a series of spurious amendments, Matt Holehouse reports. Among the amendments: that contributions to the EU budget and the welfare bill be counted as foreign aid. Labour say they will require the presence of at least 50 Coalition MPs in order to muster the 100-vote quorum necessary to break a filibuster on the law.

Nick Clegg’s absence from the Autumn Statement will hurt the Liberal Democrats, Jeremy Browne told a TPA-IEA fringe. “We should not run away from our record, because we will not get the credit and continue to get the blame,” Mr Browne said. We need to be “unambiguously associated with the Government that we are members of”, he continued. Georgia Graham has the story.

The inquiry into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse is “not fit for purpose” a group of 24 child abuse victims and professionals have said in a letter seen by Jack Blanchard in the Mirror. Theresa May insists that the “once-in-a-lifetime” probe will continue as planned.

Ukip have held the council ward of Aveley & Uplands in the Conservative-held constituency of Thurrock, which is shaping up to be a genuine three-way fight between Ukip’s Tim Aker, Labour’s Polly Billington and the incumbent, Jackie Doyle-Price. The Conservatives had come under fire for leaflets using Mr Aker’s full Turkish name of Timür Aker on leaflets.

I’ve been enjoying listening to “Polling Matters”, the podcast about – you guessed it – polling with pollster Keiran Pedley and Leo Barasi. Episodes so far have discussed the Green surge, the difficulties of polling Ukip, and the consequences – or lack thereof – of Ed Miliband’s personal ratings on Labour’s standing. I was the guest this week as we discussed the rise of marginal polling and its use to political debate. You can listen to all the episodes here.

Rising Labour stars Lisa Nandy and Rachel Reeves have both announced that are expecting children in April (Ms Nandy’s first) and June (Ms Reeves’ second). It’s a disaster for Ed Miliband, says Dan Hodges. (Not really. It’s the Liberal leader in Dan’s sights this morning.)


Jeremy Thorpe, the Liberal leader largely remembered for the scandal that ended his career, has died. Tim Stanley plays tribute here, and you can read his obituary here. Upon losing his seat in the 1979 election, Mr Thorpe quipped that the allegations against him had “hardly helped” his campaign, but it’s helped the Liberals keep some perspective in tough times. “At least no-one’s shot a dog yet,” one Liberal MP quipped during the last days of Charlie Kennedy’s leadership.


Profound words indeed.


We’ve been inundated with the events of Ferguson, MO.  It’s gotten more attention than the earlier death of Trayvon Martin.  For whatever reason, apparently Michael Brown’s death evoked more emotion than Martin’s.  There were no riots that accompanied George Zimmerman’s “Not Guilty” verdict.  But we’re more than making up for that, not only in Missouri but nationwide.  There have been “riots” which in some cases have turned violent and in all cases disruptive.

Both of these cases are portrayed in the media as murders resulting from racism.  The facts are that both of the deceased were black males.  In the Zimmerman case, his ethnicity was mixed.  The police officer who killed Brown was white.  In both cases, the behavior and events which led the deceased to their demise has been mostly glossed over by the press.  The liberal media are exceptionally selective in what facts they choose to report –…

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One to listen out for on BBC Radio 4

BBC Watch

As we noted here a few weeks ago, the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen recently found time to visit this part of the region for the annual olive harvest. The fruits of his labours will, we are told by the BBC Media Centre, beBowen Olive Wars broadcast to listeners to BBC Radio 4 on Sunday December 7th at 13:30 UK time under the title “Olive Wars”. The BBC’s publicity informs us as follows:

“The BBC’s Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, shows how the olive harvest lies at the heart of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis for control of the land.

Jeremy has been travelling during the harvest through the West Bank, occupied by Israel since 1967 and wanted by the Palestinians for a state. He spoke to Palestinian farmers, Jewish settlers, oil exporters and Israeli soldiers, and found that the harvest is about a lot more than olives…

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Full Color Painting Portraits

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Vonn Cummings Sumner est un artiste peintre californien. Dès 1997, Sumner expose à l’international.

Il obtient son diplôme en 2000 et déménage à New York, où il peint et travaille dans des musées prestigieux, y compris le Guggenheim.

Voici une sélection des portraits que Vonn réalise depuis le début de sa carrière.

Très coloré, les tableaux mettent en scène de curieux personnages à découvrir en images.

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SLOG HITS MYSTERY: WordPress wipes the record, mystery becomes unmystery.

The Slog

The Slog’s woes continued yesterday: another disastrous hits day with visits at 4 pm GMT roughly 2,500…a good 70% below normal.

But then, towards teatime, something very odd happened.

I got one of those “Hi how can we help?” messages from WordPress (entirely absent while I was asking for help) and when I was finished explaining the problem, Rachel appeared and said there’s a stats issue “but only in British locations”.

Well now, there’s a thing.

As I wrote earlier, I doubt very much if this was anything to do with WordPress: I suspect it was more to do with nobbling servers, but you can see here why this wasn’t paranoia on my part.

After the live-chat ended, the hits immediately improved. But as I am become an suspicious man, I took screen snaps of graphs showing how Slog hits had plunged during the previous 48 hours.

I’m glad…

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EXCLUSIVE: How to tie the biggest knot in the world in seven deadly steps.

The Slog

Step One: Go to French multiple retailer, buy duvet marked 240 x 220, and duvet cover marked 240 x 220. Pay. Take home.

Step Two: Open packaging, discover duvet is in fact 220 x 200. Wonder why French multiple retailer logistics run by illogical pricks, but decide not to do battle with French returns policy and thus plough on regardless.

Step Three: Open duvet cover fully and realise the design called Constellation displaying yellow and blue colours through pack window also has gigantic grey Moon and naff yellow crystal-like stars. Examine other side of duvet cover, and find tasteful blue that matches carpet. Feel vague sense of relief that duvet cover not entirely useless.

Step Four: Hunt for entrance into duvet cover, eventually find cleverly hidden plastic press-buttons you know will fall off/get bent out of shape in first 40-degree wash cycle. Remember that duvet cover unexpectedly bigger than…

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