Author Archives: TanGental

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.

An Aperture Of Love #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is Harmony Plectrum and her boyfriend Frank-Lee Incredulous exchanged glances. The cough from Mrs Workaround brought them to the moment. The older woman essayed a smile. ‘You ready?’ Harmony quivered with excitement. ‘Oh yes please. Aren’t … Continue reading

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Perfect Couplings #terriblepoetry #poems #poetry

Chel Owens is back with her terrible poetry prompt, here. This time it’s a sonnet which were encouraged to make romantic. But how much romance is there? This is my take… Perfect Couplings History is littered with perfect lovers Like … Continue reading

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Oh Dog…

I was looking for a video clip of something completely different and went down a rabbit hole, chasing Dog. These are what I found…

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The Garden: January 2022

No one’s garden, at least this far up the Northern Hemisphere, looks any good in January. There’s a bit of green, a lot of bare patches and an unconscionable amount of cleaning up to do. That latter has kept us … Continue reading

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Dinner For Two

I felt a bit cooky yesterday. I have this thing about trying hard not to waste anything so some meals tend to involve whats in the fridge, freezer or cupboards. Dog was sceptical. Yesterday that was a roll of puff … Continue reading

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Week Two: 2022

So there I was, wondering why the tax authorities refused to recognise me. They’ve taken enough tax from me down the years so you’d think they could put a name to a tax bill by now. After a week of … Continue reading

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ParkLife #blogbattle

This months #blogbattle is to be inspired by the word park. Here’s my attempt… In her seventeen years on the planet, Stella Progress hadn’t lived up to her name. She middled at school and muddled at home. Friendships tended to … Continue reading

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Stump And The Miasmic Earl #writephoto

This week’s writephoto is this piccy ‘Stump? Stump? Where the hell are you?’ Lino Dimpledchin, the Fifteenth Earl of Old Scrotum peered into the gloom and wondered if his pacemaker was up to the stress. If he died then he’d … Continue reading

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Another Three Letter Acronym #TBR

Diana at Myths of the Mirror has asked about our reaction to our TBR list. This is what came to mind… The sex life of plums My many chums Hemlines I have known Holidaying alone The treatment of pests Men … Continue reading

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Foxy Times

Now children, don’t do this at home….

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