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.

Ron Bonemarrow And The New Job #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto is a trifle weird ‘So how was it?’ ‘Fine.’ ‘Nice people?’ ‘They’re okay. What’s for tea?’ ‘Cabbage. What did you do?’ ‘You know. Things. What sort of cabbage?’ ‘Boiled. And I don’t know what things. That’s why … Continue reading

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Heroes And The Joy Of Reading

A recent post on the benefits of reading to children to stimulate in them a lifelong love of the art triggered a memory. I wasn’t an early reader, but under the encouragement of the Archaeologist (mostly so he could be … Continue reading

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Art And History

This post went missing in action yesterday, thanks WP. If you’ve seen it already, please move on. If not, please enjoy… The bit of London I inhabit is still, at heart a village. Back in the mid 19th Century Dickens … Continue reading

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Autumn – Mould And Mellow Fruitfulness

Out in the countryside this past weekend the signs of rot and renewal were apparent. One feature stood out. Toadstools. Has anyone seen a toad propping up a bar while perched on these puppies? These were favs But there was … Continue reading

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Scarecrows -That Pre Halloween Time #halesworth

We visit Suffolk often. For those unsure of English geography it’s the bit that sticks out of the  Eastern side, like a British buttock. Flat, rural with a dialectic of its own (today we heard ‘she’s a rummen’ and ‘it’s … Continue reading

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The Art Of Spirit Capture #launchday

Yes, it’s officially out today. You can buy it here. And on, here The blurb says this: Jason Hales is at his lowest ebb: his brother is in a coma; his long-term partner has left him; he’s been sacked; … Continue reading

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Book Review: Walking Into Trouble

Originally posted on Let Me Tell You the Story of…:
Geoff LePard is a popular blogger ’round these parts, and some bloggers have been urging me to read his works for a while. So, when I received a review request…

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When Choosing Isn’t Really An Option #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is Celia Footpedal looked left then right. This was definitely off. Not a moment ago she was in Naomi Pleasedimple’s garden, enjoying some of her fruit compote surprise. Now she was in a field of some … Continue reading

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Word Optimism

The photos in this piece are from the recent wedding; there is a reason for that so read on. I read a piece today, quoting Susie Dent, who may be known to British readers as the wordsmith on the TV … Continue reading

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The Garden, October 11th – A Study In Colour

It may officially be autumn and the sedums and the cherry trees are colouring as expected for this season but the flower beds, given our Indian summer (am I allowed to use that expression still?) are still in full show … Continue reading

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