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 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.

Going Rogue #writephoto #prompt

This weeks #writephoto prompt is…. ‘Listen up ladies. This is…’ ‘As I was saying Doris, we should…’ ‘Excuse me, but I was talking.’ The lamb glared at the two recumbent sheep. The older one, if her grey eyes meant anything … Continue reading

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Fowl Deeds #blogbattle #prompt #creativewriting

This month’s #blogbattle prompt is ‘owl’ and this is what came to mind ‘West Worple Police Station, Sergeant Haematoma speaking.’ ‘Is that the Police?’ Rhinegold Haematoma sighed. Why did callers not understand what a police station was for? ‘Yes madam, … Continue reading

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Ups And Downs #shortstory

Sergio Pontus took his job as hangman seriously though he preferred ‘final dispatcher’ as his sobriquet. His own knot, known as the ‘Sergio Slip’ earned plaudits for being easy to make, comfortable to wear with minimal abrasions and quick to … Continue reading

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The Art Of Carrot Cake #food #tategallery

I’m lucky enough to be a member of the Tate Galleries though in these Covidy restricted times it’s months since I could visit. Still, as a member they try and keep us informed and in the loop. In the latest … Continue reading

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Moving On #carrotranch #morganandlogan #creativewriting

This week’s #carrotranch prompt is April 1 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a swift passage. You can take inspiration from any source. Who is going where and why. What makes it swift? … Continue reading

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Lawn magic

Whatever the gardening royalty say about a lawn being herbaceous abuse, I’m still rather wedded to my sward. This year, with a wedding to be set on it, I’d rather like it to be the best it can be. With … Continue reading

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A Poem For A Modern Tragedy

I’m over at Esther Chilton’s blog, here, with a rather sombre poem… please go and say hi. I wrote this after I listened to actress, Ruthie Henschell describing being allowed to visit and hold her mother one year after lockdown … Continue reading

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Memorials And Memories #thoughts

Back in 2014 there was a memorial at the Tower of London, with ceramic poppies, one for each Commonwealth casualty during WW1. It was memorable and very moving, especially when they read out my great uncle Willie Dyson’s name and … Continue reading

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More Haste #writephoto #prompt #humour #creativesriting

This week’s #writephoto prompt is ‘Is this doping control, Bunny?’ ‘Yes, and stop calling me bunny.’ ‘Yeah, whatever.’ There was a pause while Cony Thumper and Terry Terapin eyed each other. ‘I won you know.’ ‘You crossed the line first.’ … Continue reading

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Lions And Lambs – The March Garden #garden #dog

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a light or a lemming, or some such… We certainly had our share of weather which held things back. No bad thing. I cleared out the round bed where Vicky, … Continue reading

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