Author Archives: TanGental

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at and welcome all comments. 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 is cheap #writephoto

Sue Vincent’s prompt this week is this Tunnel Vision  Liam Trevor felt embarrassed. The Times wanted to interview him. Sky News had one of their top reporters on her way to speak to him. And the BBC had indicated there … Continue reading

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History Repeats #microcosms #flashfiction

This is based on the latest Microcosms prompt – a 300 word story incorporating these elements National Park, Day Tripper, Thriller ‘Hey Bud. Can you get this one?’ Jimmy headed for the men’s room. The car was a classic, Gran … Continue reading

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The Urge to Splurge #affluenza

Affluenza (n) a portmanteau word fusing affluence and influenza and meaning a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. I wrote recently about my weight loss over the last … Continue reading

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Hunting the Inca: Part 4, Puno and Lake Titicaca #peru #travel

For those following our travels in Peru in the autumn of 1987, you may wonder where we have got to. I suppose, after the tranquillity of Arequipa which we visited here it was inevitable that we would find another gear as … Continue reading

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Mothery update

Regular readers will know I have been keeping an eye on the moths visiting my garden. They come in all shapes and sizes and, frankly, are often jewels of nature with subtle colour shifts. Often as not the difference between a … Continue reading

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Blooming Marvellous

I thought I’d share a poem of dad’s with an update on the garden Island Ferry Crisp and fresh, the air this morning, on the open upper deck While the muddy river waters froth and churn There’s a drift of … Continue reading

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Dawning realisation #carrotranch #prompt #flashfiction

Carrot Ranch is in the capable hand of  this week and this is the prompt. June 15, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that symbolically, mythically, mystically, or realistically involves dawn, as a noun … Continue reading

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