Author Archives: TanGental

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. 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.

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Pup, This Time You’ve Really Messed It Up

Another possible for inclusion in my anthology… ‘Did you read this, Banter?’ ‘That’s your private correspondence, Sir.’ ‘I know that. Did you read it?’ ‘As Sir knows, I only read Sir’s mail if it involves someone seeking money or is … Continue reading

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The Message In The Bottle #poetry #toppoets

A while ago I took up a challenge to rewrite a famous poem, keeping the first line and structure but then using my imagination to rewrite the ode. Today’s attempt is a rewrite of GK Chesterton’s The Donkey. It’s first … Continue reading

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Cool Water

I mentioned I’m editing an anthology of short fiction just now and the below piece I wrote after listening to someone with a totally debilitating condition. I’m not sure about it. It feels like it needs more but what? More … Continue reading

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June Garden Week Two – Peak Poppy #june #garden

The colour is now exploding and while I will show that later, I can no better highlight how things have been moving on than show the changes in the poppy beds since last time. Elsewhere the roses are beginning to … Continue reading

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Item One… #writephoto #humour

This week’s #writephoto prompt is Alderman Teflon Brassnibble checked the agenda. As usual it lacked… items. He peered at the Hon Sec Madeleine Underbake who was knitting, oblivious to his telepathic hatred as it winged across the baize of the … Continue reading

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Lovely London #walking #lambeth #southbank #towerbridge #thamespath #wapping #limehouse #regentscanal

A month or so ago I described, briefly a walk I undertook from St Pancras Station, along the Regent’s Canal to Regent’s park and then south via Hyde, Green and St James’ Parks to Westminster and across Lambeth Bridge. Friends … Continue reading

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Today’s Walk… (and trying picture editing)

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A Pain In The Ars #blogbattle

This month’s #blogbattle prompt is ‘Abstract’, here if you’d like to try… Gomez De Chevalier winced. Surely, no one would know him here, in Paris? His reinvention had been a complete success. Hadn’t it? Yet there it was again. ‘Norman … Continue reading

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A Career Of Highs And Lows #anthology #lifesentences #shortfiction

As I mentioned the other day, I’m progressing my next anthology of short fiction. As a tempter for you here is another of the selection that will be included and an offer on one of my other anthologies at the … Continue reading

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June Garden – A Week Of Progress #garden

I normally do two weekly updated but, hey, things are progressing so here are a few recent pictures… And some of the moths we’ve seen And Dog… of course

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