Author Archives: TanGental

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at and welcome all comments. 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.

Taking It On The Chin #writephoto #flashfiction

The Pacific Basin   For three days, the coasts of eastern Australia, New Zealand and all the Pacific islands were inundated with a strange matted fibrous material, unlike any seaweed or plant life ever seen before. Samples were rushed to … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to My Mother: fine wining and constant dining

My mother loved to cook. That’s not really the full explanation of the importance of food in her life. She loved to be the creator of comfort and food featured highly in that equation. When I was a child she … Continue reading

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One Kingdom, Comes With Own Monarch #filmreview #aunitedkingdom

This film came and went from our local cinema with undue speed so, having been encouraged to see it, I could only find it showing at the Odean Beckenham at 11am on Tuesday. That happens to the the ‘Seniors’ slot … Continue reading

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It’s A Sign

When I was a child a new set of street signs came out, following one of those Commissions that are beloved of governments who give sinecures to old white males who might otherwise have opinions and voice them. My favourite … Continue reading

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Encore Une Fois #microcosms #flashfiction

Jerome Kay piloted his boat towards the harbour. It had to be France but which bit he’d wait to find out. Patrice Lefond watched as the skiff approached, allowing a stereotypical shrug to reach his knotted shoulders. Not again, he … Continue reading

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Art is not a Luxury #flashfiction

Charli’s latest prompt is rather gloomy March 16, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) go down the rabbit hole to a place where art is not allowed. It could be a small story or a dystopian vision. … Continue reading

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Always Learning #edithardeditoften

There is, truly, no such thing as the perfect piece of writing. It can always be improved. Recently I wrote  short piece for Rachael’s Blog Battle which, by public vote, won. Part of the goody bag that came with the kudos was a … Continue reading

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