Week Thirty-Seven 2022

As readers will know, part of this past week has been spent in Italy and, in particular Venice. The best part by far was spending time with my old colleagues, reminiscing, arguing about this and that and speculating on the future and what we’d like to do. Friendships, as with experiences are to be treasured for their abilities to generate memories and to reveal new ideas and thoughts.

Back home, I pottered around the garden which is now as colourful as it was back in June. How that comes about is one of nature’s rather delightful mysteries.

Being away, it is easy to ignore the news. Hereabouts it’s all focusing on the new Prime Minister and her radical policy approaches. Beyond our shores, we hear about a lot of the horrors of Ukraine and the behaviour of its aggressive neighbour. In Italy the focus was pretty much entirely on the direction of its new right-wing government. In both countries there has been a little about the protests in Iran and the storms in Florida, for example. If it shows anything it is that we are all too parochial. I wonder what Ecuadorians and Malians worry about. One thing for certain: Dog ids happy I’m back and can’t give a stuff for the news…

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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32 Responses to Week Thirty-Seven 2022

  1. I’m glad Dog was happy to see you.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Loverly photos…
    Bless dog 👍🙂

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  3. tootlepedal says:

    You are right about the parochialism of our news. It is part of a generally depressing ignorance about the world. What is happening in Pakistan at the moment for instance? How does the Finnish Health service work? Many interesting but unanswered questions.

    Looks like a good holiday.

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  4. How wonderful to have you home! (Dog asked me to tell you). Oh, and what a difference a bit of water makes; the landscaping is lush once more.

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  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Always good to get together with old friends. I’ve adopted the role of the great organizer, as these gatherings don’t seem to happen unless someone takes the lead. I’m at that point where not getting together seems like a wasted opportunity.

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    • TanGental says:

      Fortunately since we were all lawyers we take great pride in trying to outdo the others’ inefficiencies so we each take a turn. This one was rather special though.

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  6. trifflepudling says:

    Difficult in some ways not to be parochial with so many sources of massive amounts of world news…
    Looks lovely in Italy!

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  7. Super photos! A get together is always good 🙂

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  8. I’m thinking we should all be more dog like. Great photos of you enjoying yourself and a really beautiful garden. News embellishes on some things and then leaves out entirely other more important information. I do not trust the news anymore.

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    Looking fab (the yard); Looking fun (guy’s trip)! My aunt and uncle rode out the H Ian just north of where it hit. They made it and even have electricity but they were in a newer subdivision.

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  10. Suzanne says:

    Here’s to many more blooms and memory creating adventures. Fabulous Italy.

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  11. It must have been a grand time in Venice since you are all smiling all the time! Dog is over the moon to have you back (he told me!). And we are somewhat parochial here, although your new PM and Italy’s leadership made front-page news. The thing that is missing is info about what’s going on in Iran – I’m wondering if, after all these years, the populace is getting fed up.

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  12. Widdershins says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time … sometimes I think Dog has the right idea. 🙂

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  13. Darlene says:

    The garden bounced back nicely after the dry summer. Your getaway looks wonderful.


  14. Roberta Eaton Cheadle says:

    Hi Geoff, your trip looks memorable. It is amazing what a little rain does for gardens. I am avoiding all news from the UK and Europe – it’s to depressing.

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  15. Jennie says:

    What a trip! Cheers, Geoff.

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