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.

Limericks, etc…

Lance Greenfield has taken over from Esther while she recuperates as the Limerick promoter in chief. This week’s words were Moist Damp Wet And this is what I came up with… In surveys, the worst word is moist But really … Continue reading

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The Masked Terror #carrotranch

This week’s #carrotranch prompt is May 6, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about party hens. Who are these chickens and why do they party? Go where the prompt leads! ‘Logan, you look dreadful. … Continue reading

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The Difficult One #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt proved tricky…. A’Turk Dribblesprite paused and adjusted its assassin’s sensor. It glowed a peachy warning: Green, no danger; red, too late death imminent; peach, hmm better be cautious. The universal amber had fallen out of favour … Continue reading

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A Clint Of Filmology

I suppose it started with that tune. Moricone’s haunting melody. For a teen, I think I noticed my parents’ reaction as much as the acting. In fact, what acting? Moody violence mostly, with neat bloodless bullet holes and sweaty shootouts. … Continue reading

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commuting with the devil #work #travel #nightmares

In the last few days, my son has acquired a Brompton, which for the uninitiated is a fold up bike so he can commute to work. He’s dead chuffed, mostly because he sourced it at a discount (his mother’s genes). … Continue reading

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Writing, An Update Of Sorts #writing #review

A couple of days ago I finished a first draft. It’s about time. See, last year I set myself the task of writing something along the lines of a fantasy. I wanted it to be funny too, though that is … Continue reading

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Lakeside #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is Arthur Undertaker stood by the lake edge, pulling the thin cloth around his little belly and shivered. He was cold, hungry, his knees reminded him of his excess weight, he wished he’d insisted on shoes … Continue reading

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Thunderboxes Wot I Have Noan #motherlore #memories

The other day I told the story of how my mother narrowly avoided death by swallowing disinfectant in order to eradicate an ingested fly. Some of you, dear readers, mentioned your admiration for mum and her methods of overcoming childhood … Continue reading

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April Garden; Split Seasons

April showers? Yeah right. We need rain. I’ve resorted to sprinkling the lawn already, though the Textiliste has given it a provisional green light, what with the nuptials later this year. So I’m not having to sneak out undercover of … Continue reading

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Sucking Lemons And Other Cake Options

I had polenta and ground almonds and a box of lemons. So I made a cake. Lemon cakes come in many forms but the only good ones involve being soaked with a lemon syrup after baking… This one ticks those … Continue reading

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