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.

Life, DEATH and other Characters

You helped me choose a cover and so it’s launch time. The kindle version goes live on 1st June; the paperback just before that. Here’s a link to my bookshelf where you can find it. I’d be delighted if I … Continue reading

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After Sandwiches #walking #broadstairs #margate

At the end of England – imagine the British Isles as an old man kneeling and facing west and then imagine the heels of his shoes; that’s us – we were in the east of Kent. Our friends live in … Continue reading

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Crusts Off!

We’ve all probably eaten a sandwich. Two bits of bread and a filling. I lived on them, to the detriment of my waistline during several phases of my legal career. The fillings morphed from the functional – cheese, ham, tuna … Continue reading

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No Mow May v Lawn Porn… #nocontest

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Gloves Are Off #limerick

Prompted by glove we have We dance as one, like a hand in a gloveLifted by the wind under the wings of a doveAnd if I stumbleShe doesn’t grumbleJust gets me moving with a discrete shove…

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Fan Boy Etiquette

If I were to say BOD to you, in the context of being a fan, would it mean anything? If not you’re not a rugby fan. The initials stand for Brian O’Driscoll one of the best players of the last … Continue reading

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Pugwash: The Next Phase #writephoto

This week’s prompt had me researching a childhood TV series and discovering some interesting information Post Pugwash: the next phase It has been suggested that the stories involving the crew of the Black Pig under the command of Captain Horatio … Continue reading

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My train stopped for a while in the City Thameslink station near St Paul’s. My attention was snagged by a sign directing the driver as to what he/she/they needed to do with their pantograph. What I mused is a pantograph? … Continue reading

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Circular Breathing And Other Mysteries

I’m not a big fan of classical music. Mostly through ignorance, its association with Adverts and some of the pretension surrounding orchestras. However, the Textiliste has a background involving timpani and youth orchestras, so from time to time, we indulge … Continue reading

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Biking For Boys #motorcycles #memories #walking

I’m not your classic petrol head. I passed my motorbike test in 1980 but my driving test took another 3 years and one epic fail (reversing round the corner and aligning ones vehicle with the pavement – a totally useless … Continue reading

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