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 two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. 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.

Heavy Hands #sorrynotsorry

I can still remember the moment when, after yet another breakage my Gran told me I was heavy handed. I’d have been about seven, I suppose. Her frustration at my habitual clumsiness had tripped some switch and she’d said something … Continue reading

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The Way Of Life #writephoto #robertfrost

In my continuing series of famous poems loved by the BBC’s listeners and ruined by me we reach Robert Frost and The Road Not Taken. I have also utilized Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt Two Roads Two roads diverged in a yellow … Continue reading

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Building Woes #flashfiction

Mr ‘ansel? Bad news I’m afraid.’ ‘Again? Do you builders ever bring good news?’ ‘In Fairyland? You’ll want a happy ending next. It’s the gingerbread cladding…’ ‘Yes? Has the cost gone up?’ ‘I can’t get any, even with a sack … Continue reading

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Scratches – One Man’s Art Is Another Man’s Crime

‘Bloody vandalism.’ ‘It’s street art.’ ‘Give me a break, Logan. These yobbos don’t care about art.’ ‘Some of it’s really clever and they’re not breaking anything…’ ‘So it’s ok to cover someone’s house in paint?’ ‘Often the owner wants it…’ … Continue reading

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Two Neighbours #flashfiction

While I move towards the final preparation for my latest anthology (thank you all who commented on the possible covers – i am considering what might be best)  I thought I’d share one small piece from it to whet your appetites. It is slightly, erm, adult … Continue reading

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The Lining Of Clouds #memoir #humour

Dave The Mechanic Coming home from holiday brings back many memories. In the long hot summer of 1975 (no, ok, that was 1976, but where would we be without rose tinting) my holiday comprised a kind of grand tour around … Continue reading

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I’m Not Running #theatre #review

It’s a fine line to tread, as a playwright (or script writer generally), between penning a drama with a message and writing a polemic with ciphers and tropes galore. David Hare is, in my experience, a skilled craftperson who has … Continue reading

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