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.

Stolen Rhymes #limerick

Limerick prompt is steal If ever you hear ‘It’s a steal’Said with a tad too much zeal;Consider a second thoughtBefore this bargain is bought:The seller may well be an eel.   Some think there are kisses to steal,And they can … Continue reading

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Camulodunum: A Bit Of An Anagram

If you find yourself on the A12 in the east of England, then sorry. There are various ways to hell, some paved with good intentions; the A12 is paved with a sort of Swiss cheese tarmac that gives the unwitting … Continue reading

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We Have Cubs!

Watched by the Heads..

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Garden Mid May 2023 #garden

It’s very green but we’re still lacking the depths of colour. Still there’s time… I’ll just gallery the pictures for you to scroll through And there’s Dog and the Cat Guest And the last images of Vicky, who is now … Continue reading

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Cornered #writephoto

This week’s prompt is ‘The light’s rubbish. He looks like celery.’ Pa Vinchy threw his paintbrush onto his palette and kicked the easel. ‘Bugger off!’ The easel hopped away, rubbing its left side, the canvas slipping to the floor. ‘What … Continue reading

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Secret Abuse #99wordstories

This week’s #carrotranch prompt is May 9, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about two who cankeep a secret. Is the secret between them or is one keeping a secret from the other. Who … Continue reading

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Disestablished #limerick

Limerick time, this week with a prompt of junk Young Jimmy was in a foul funkWhen told to get rid of his junk.‘It’s really quite roughTo get rid of my stuff;I’ll have to become a monk.’

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Extraction Reaction #blogbattle

This month’s #blogbattle prompt is Extract Extraction Reaction ‘What do we have, today?’ Guy Nocollogist, dentist to the stars, pulled on his Dior rubbers and smeared the antiseptic wipe (Bug Death by Chanel) over his palms. ‘Oh you’ll love this … Continue reading

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Another Useless Sacrifice, Perkins? #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is Lou Tenant and May Jerr admired their handy work. Normally these doyens of the paperclip counting brigades would have eschewed hard work and anything that might generate a callous but in times of conflict heroes … Continue reading

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Ah Vicky

Still trucking…

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