Oh B*ckit. #writephoto

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‘Where’s Poseidon?’

‘Getting the ice creams. Oh and Neptune’s bucket has a hole in it so Poseidon said he’d see if they have another.’

‘Did you tell him it must be blue? You know how Neptune gets if it’s not blue.’

‘Maybe if you didn’t pander to him so much…’

‘He’s a sodding god, so…’

‘That’s as maybe, but it wouldn’t hurt if he was less of a princess while he was being godly.’

‘And you’re going to tell him, are you?’

‘Poseidon doesn’t make a fuss. Not about the small stuff.’

‘It’s not the same for him. He’s Greek.’


‘The Greeks came first. Neptune’s always been in his shadow. That and the horses.’

‘They’re not still fighting about that, are they?’

‘You should have heard Neptune kick off the other day when they had to judge the gymkhana. “Why’d you agree to be the god of these beasts? They’re bloody dreadful.”’

‘I bet that went down well.’

‘Yes, well, Poseidon isn’t the god of storms and not able to create the odd maelstrom. Made an awful mess of the jam and condiments tent. Mrs Hunter-Dunne was beyond pissed. Made him stand in the corner. One of the scouts felt-tipped his winkie so it looked like a cigar. Took me an age and a bowlful of ambrosia to calm him down. Mind you I’m not sure Mrs Hunter-Dunne will be making much more jam. It looked a little like she’d been set.’

‘Maybe we could ask Zeus…’

‘He’s doing his taxes. Really not a good time.’


‘His in laws are staying over.’


‘Painting his temple.’

‘We could ask Persephone to whisper sweet nothings…’

‘It’s her time of the month.’

‘I don’t suppose we could ask Pallas Athena to intercede…’

‘If you want another bloody flood. The bedding is only now drying out. No, let’s hope he gets a blue bucket and vanilla ice creams.’

‘Vanilla! Didn’t you tell him?’

‘He doesn’t like Vanilla?’

‘Nectar, ambrosia at a pinch. But plain vanilla for a god?’

‘Oh dear.’

‘Time for a cuppa?’

‘Why not?’

‘We can rebuild the coastline this afternoon.’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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34 Responses to Oh B*ckit. #writephoto

  1. So many egos have been upset through the sands of time!

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  2. This is utterly brilliant.

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  3. Loved it. 😁

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    Who knew Gods were so dang human! Time of the month…?

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    Zeus does his own taxes?

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  6. Simply hilarious, Geoff. Happy Monday.

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  7. Chel Owens says:

    I never saw the appeal to worshiping such human-like beings as gods. It’s got to be like a soap opera all the time.

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  8. V.M.Sang says:

    I love this one. Neptune and Poseidon fighting. Priceless.

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  9. V.M.Sang says:

    WordPress keep on telling me that sites where I’m posting can’t be reached. I have to then rewrite the reply (a pain if it’s long) and hit Post again. It happens when I first post, but usually ok afterwards. This time it did it both for my original reply and this one. What’s going on? Is anyone else having the same problem? It happens with both my tablet and my pc.
    Or has WordPress ‘improved’ their site again? Have they not heard ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’?

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    • TanGental says:

      I’ve not heard anyone else with this specific problem. I have some issues with my ipad telling me I’ve duplicated a comment or requiring me to log on when I already am but thr comments do seem to get posted.


    • Chel Owens says:

      Mine has done that in the past. Upgrading my phone and the version of internet browser I was using helped those issues. It has more to do with permissions regarding cookies and browsing data than WP specifically -although the way they choose to program their website obviously makes the site better or worse at working with different browsers and different versions of browsers.

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    Trouble at mill!!

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  12. KL Caley says:

    Haha! I love it. I wrote something similar about Neptune and Poseidon last year, I think they definitely squabble. Mine started when Neptune made fun of Poseidon’s fork – lol. Thank you so much for joining in with #writephoto. KL ❤

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