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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.

Leave Monday Alone #lockdown #sonnet

During this lockdown, when the passing days Are formless blocks of time, a groundhog haze, Is this the point to rehabilitate Monday, and tell Sir Bob to stop the hate? Saturdays have always had an easy ride, Whether you’re bushy-tailed … Continue reading

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In The Land Of Guns And Nachos #carrotranch #morganandloganinamerica

Continuing Morgan and Logan’s journey as they cross the USA… ‘We’re as different as chalk and cheese.’ ‘Wensleydale.’ ‘Sorry?’ ‘Wensleydale is a cheese that’s like chalk.’ ‘But…’ ‘Morgan, you need to improve your analogies. Avoid cliches. What are you trying … Continue reading

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Fractures And Fissures #writephoto

I thought I’d have another go at Sue’s latest #writephoto prompt Herbert Petticoat was a man who had found his niche both literally and metaphorically. As the senior geological archivist (northern section) of the Geological Survey, his office was a … Continue reading

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Hebridean Love Rivals #writephoto #poem #sonnet

The latest #writephoto prompt brought back a holiday in the Hebrides and especially Lewis and Harris. Lewis and Harris, two rivals in loveFor the heart of the Hebridean QueenDeclared, in their ways, ‘I’m willing’ ‘I’m keen’‘The heights… – ‘The depths… … Continue reading

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Chumming Up And Deceptive Appearances #1975 #bristoluniversity #lawdegree

I began my law degree at Bristol University in October 1975, determined to reinvent myself, meet interesting new people and learn about the law. None of it proved as easy as I’d hoped… Having failed to make an impression with … Continue reading

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Is There An I In Ford #chelseaowens #hilaritycontest #douglasadams

Chelsea sets challenges here, and, in honour of a Towel Day and a homage to the late, great Douglas Adams has asked for a tribute awful poem to the Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy. I couldn’t resist and, channelling … Continue reading

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Russian Roulette

A news item about Putin and his latest power grab brought this story back to mind from my days at the legal coalface… Back in the early 90s the law firm I worked at decided that the way to a … Continue reading

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