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.

Singing Whats? When the Crawdad Chorus Has Its Moment In The Sun #Film review

I almost didn’t go. The reviews were pretty meah. I’d not read the book, even though it had had strong reviews. Maybe it was one of those transitions to the screen that don’t work. And then the timing. The start … Continue reading

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Cool: Limerick

Buff Sixpack knew he was coolAs he posed in the gym and the pool;He thought his hot bodWould make girls think him god;Instead all they saw was a tool. Based On Esther’s prompt

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Data, Damned Data and Statistics

Do you know who Caroline Criado Perez is? You should. I first came across her when she had a run in over the ten pound note with the Bank of England. something about the failure to replace a woman – … Continue reading

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Celebrity Literature: Worth The Paper?

I can understand why publishers get all excited about books penned by people famous for not being writers. You don’t need to introduce them and they already have a ready public who might be intrigued enough to buy, even those … Continue reading

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If You Are Lonely… #filmreview

… build a robot. That, at least was Brian’s solution in the newly released British Comedy, Brian and Charles. Why do we nationalise comedy? Are we so different, or just arrogant that our comedy is somehow better, more comedic than, … Continue reading

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Recluse On The Loose#carrotranch #littletittweaking

This week, prompted by the Carrot Ranch we visit Little Tittweaking to meet two spinsters, seeking solitude August 1, 2022, prompt: Write a story that features someplace remote in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be a wild … Continue reading

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Week Thirty: 2022

I’ve started this on Friday. The Euro final is on Sunday. England v Germany. Groan. As someone once said. Football is a simple game of eleven v eleven, one ball, two halves and the Germans win on penalties. Above all … Continue reading

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July Garden: Dust Bowl Dulwich

It’s sad when the weather buggers you about. Eight weeks ago we were looking green and pleasant, all very micro Jerusalem. Then the rain buggers off to Oz, the heat is turned up to gas marked 10, my budding tomatoes … Continue reading

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Fishy, Dead Fishy #writephoto

This weeks prompt for #writephoto is this Fishy, Dead Fishy Doug Deep and Pete Bogge enjoyed their Sundays away from their wives. They spent many happy hours at Little Tittweaking’s artificial lake, Loch Smithe, casting their lines in the hope … Continue reading

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That Limerick Time

A comic, when young and quite greenThought nothing of being obscene;But a life so spleneticCan become quite frenetic.Sadly his act is now clean.

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