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.

Dave the Mechanic #holidayspast

Coming back from holiday brings back many memories. In the long hot summer of 1975 (no ok, that was 1976 but where would we be without rose tinting) my holiday comprised a kind of grand tour around the UK with … Continue reading

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Singapore Stories: the finale

  We are packing for home. The same amount of clothes that we came with seem bigger. Or maybe the fact they’re dirty means they have grown. Whatever the reason it’s difficult to push down the lid. Perhaps there’s a … Continue reading

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Singapore Part 2: nature and Nationhood

What do National Celebrations tell you about a country? Its confidence? Its personality? There is a danger in stereotyping. In the UK we don’t do National Days. Partly our aggrandizing past has embedded an embarrassment that makes such an event … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 7: Tales from the dark side

This isn’t a graphic post but the subject matter is terribly difficult so please be advised, it won’t be for everyone. The pictures are from, first S21 the Khmer Rouge’s prison and torture centre based in a high school and, … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 6: Of Palaces, Picnics and Museum Pieces

Today was sweltering. An early start to the Royal Palace was decreed. If Buckingham Palace and a Swiss Chalet hybridised and moved to Essex this is what you might get. This though is French, built in the 1880s when under … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 5: moving times

Seim  Reap is now behind us and we are in the capital, Phnom Penh, named after the mother of the city, Madame Penh. Don’t you love the egalitarian nature of that fact? Travelling by air across Cambodia brings home just … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 4: of sandstone, sunrise and sculpture

Today I’m going to shut up and let the images take over for a while. Okay, this is a tourist must and a 4.30 alarm call isn’t everyone’s cuppa. And if I was being really churlish I’d say it’s a … Continue reading

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