Author Archives: TanGental

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at and welcome all comments. 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.

French: Its Part In My Humiliation

South London tried its hand at snow today (Sunday) without much success. The alternating snow-rain-snow combo isn’t going to work, weather-people. It did generate a little brolly-flattery as we walked Dog, with a passer-by calling out ‘nice umbrella’ to the … Continue reading

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Remembering Kiwis: the resilience of people

Three years ago the Lawyer and I spent a month cruising around New Zealand.  We had a delightful time, full of thrills and smiles.  And then we reached Christchurch and the mood changed. via Kia Ora day thirteen – tears … Continue reading

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There I Was, Doing This Job… #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt from Sue is  ‘Morning Harry.’ ‘John. You well?’ John Plont climbed into the van and turned up the heating. ‘Missus was a bit runky and the mutt had a touch of the dribblets but otherwise, can’t … Continue reading

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Bloggers Bash: We Can’t Stop Chatting….

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED THE #BLOGBASHCHAT TWITTER HOUR YET? Every Sunday evening between 7 pm and 8 pm (BST) bloggers from across the globe unite and take part in the Bloggers Bash Blog Bash Chat using the hashtag #BlogBashChat It’s an … Continue reading

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In Which A Possessed Can Of Beans Explodes, Contributing To The Gaiety Of Nations #microcosms

Timothy whistled. Not much of a tune and no real power but a definite whistle. Lori Perchance opened the Health & Safety box extracting the Rod and the Staff and headed for the shortbread tin. She caught a glimpse of … Continue reading

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The Last Will of Sven Andersen – another teaser

During Nano, I’ve posted a few small extracts for the upcoming sequel to Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle. I thought you might like one or two more. Titled ‘The Last Will Of Sven Andersen’ the book is set int he … Continue reading

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The Care Bearing Of The Spotlessly Declined

‘Why so glum?’ ‘Mrs Twistelton says I don’t care enough to be in the orchestra.’ Mary stopped writing. ‘Do you?’ ‘Muuum!’ ‘You hardly practice.’ ‘Everyone is in the Orchestra.’ ‘Everyone?’ ‘Maisie, and the girls.’ ‘Ah! Maisie. I hear her name … Continue reading

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