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.

It’s Just A Number

Funny thing, birthdays. They keep turning up, like the man who regularly knocks on the front door and tries to sell me horse manure. ‘Lovely stuff, Mr Le Pard. Nice and friable. Good for the roses.’ Like my birthdays. This … Continue reading

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Gardens, Post Apocalypse

A bit of an exaggeration this, but it has rained and blown rather a lot so the autumn clear up which we’ve been holding off is now underway. Gone are the remnant of some of the cosmos and helicrysums and … Continue reading

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The Balloonatics #carrotranch #flashfiction

This weeks carrot ranch prompt is November 25, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write about a canceled flight. Where was the flight headed? Who does it impact and why? How does a protagonist handle the situation? … Continue reading

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Stamping Her Authority #writephoto

This week’s writephoto prompt is Dear Great Aunt Maybelene I was sorry to hear you had been arrested for climbing the west tower of Westminster Abbey again.  Mother suggested that, if you remain intent on conquering iconic religious edifices, you … Continue reading

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Misled #poem

I have been the subject of a fiddle, Seduced by the central aisle in Lidl. I went to buy some chocolate buttons But before I knew it I’d stumbled up on: An ebony statue of Liz and Phil; An ancient … Continue reading

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What Larks! #limerick

Lance Greenfield has recently been running Esther Chilton’s weekly Limerick prompt. This week’s prompt is lark, stimulated, so Lance tells us by his love of Vaughan Williams ‘Lark ascending’. So I ended up with this… A Lark ascending, by and … Continue reading

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Food, Not So Glorious..

I really enjoy cooking and baking though sometimes it doesn’t like me. Yesterday I tried an apple cardamom and pinenut traybake. This…. Became this. A nice taste but too much apple for it to hold together. Today for dinner the … Continue reading

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Toe To Toe, Cheek To Cheek

The Textiliste and I have been dancing for many years now and have developed a decent repertoire of Latin and Ballroom classics. There’s this myth about dancing, that the man leads. Fortunately same sex dancing has knocked that on its … Continue reading

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A Bit Of A Tool #carrotranch #littletittweaking

This week’s #carrotranch prompt takes us back to Little Tittweaking and the latest cultural event, its spanner festival November 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write about tools. Whose tools are they and how do they … Continue reading

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Off His Trolley #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is Terrance Pebble stepped across the aisle, his recalcitrant trolley, Percy skidding sideways as Terrance checked along the shelves. It had gone. Bloody goblin. It had been there moments before so where was it hiding? His … Continue reading

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