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 two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. 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.

Travelling Light, Travelling Right #poem #poetry

To continue my first line poems, this week it is the third most popular poem as voted by the BBC’s viewers, The Listeners by Walter de la Mare. Enjoy. Is there anybody there, said the traveller Because I really need … Continue reading

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What’s Your Truth?

I was on my way to meet an old colleague for some lunch. It wasn’t free: he wanted some advice or some such but, hey, it’s nice to get out. I’d walked Dog, the Textiliste is away so off I … Continue reading

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The Musketeer Conundrum

With the soccer World Cup starting, we are seeing a lot of press of the ‘The boy’s are raring to go’ sort. Quite a few emphasise how much the ‘lads’ are all together, the perfect team mates. I played in … Continue reading

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Apprenticed To My Mother. When Tears Don’t Come. Author Spotlight – Geoff Le Pard

Hugh of Hugh’s News And Views has kindly given me some space to write a little more about my mother. Please pop across and have a look at my post and the rest of Hugh’s eclectic and generous blog. via … Continue reading

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There’s Nothing More Annoying Than A Smart-Arse.

Charli Mills’ latest prompt is June 14, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bouquet. You can explore the meaning of the word or gather a bunch of flowers. Go where the prompt … Continue reading

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Blake’s Progress #poem #poetry

In my mini series of poems based on famous first lines I’ve stolen a hymn from Willie Blake, a local resident in East Dulwich back when Peckham was cool and Prime Ministers has problems with Ireland… like now really only … Continue reading

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Doing Lines, Crosing Lines #microcosms

‘What did you do, sir?’ ‘Tell us about Jerry, sir.’ Always the same. Trying to distract him. The cacophony of fourteen year old voices rose to a peak. Old Gibblets will tell us about the war and then the class … Continue reading

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