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.

Toilet Terrorism #writephoto

This week the #writephoto prompt is Ambrose Porcelain rubbed the dirt off his fingers and stood back, admiring his handiwork. The subtle metalwork, the discreet plumbing, the sheer chutzpah, the… ‘Oi, sonny.’ Ambrose spun round. The dawn light was barely … Continue reading

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Post Wedding Garden

Funny thing, gardens. Put a marquee down and the grass squeaks and squeals like a tickled gerbil. But plan all you like for the flowers to be at peak bloom on the big day… And, bugger it, if they don’t … Continue reading

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How Inalienable Are Our Rights?

Some while ago, pre  Covid while in Edinburgh, we passed some EDL (English Defence League, for those readers who haven’t come across them who support a very narrow right wing xenophobic view of what it is to be English) people. … Continue reading

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The Dangers Of Digging #pictureprompt #carrotranch

Another prompt, this time from Dede and Kid and Pal over at the carrot ranch. One hundred years after the final battle for control of the galaxy, the last remaining superhero had bowed to the inevitability of waning powers, changing … Continue reading

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Scenes From A wedding, Part One, Breaking With Tradition

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I hadn’t meant to post today but then this… A pre nuptials Park run with their bridesmaids and groomsmen…

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W Minus One #wedding

I’m not sure when the next post will be as tomorrow is the big… BIG day. One difficult decision, but one which was inevitable, was to send Dog on a playdate with a close friend. He’d overdo it if he … Continue reading

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W Minus 2 #wedding

A big moving forward day in the garden and elsewhere… Rehearsals Marquee making… Power provision.. Getting bogged up… Cone making for confetti, getting ready rooms And the colour is beginning to pay back. The locals are very interested too…

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Passing The Baton #poem #poetry

Some 12/13 years ago, the Textiliste and I drove to Nottingham, to Sherwood Hall where our son, Sam was to be based for the first year of his history and politics degree. He was excited, nervous maybe and me… I … Continue reading

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A Change Of Gear #thoughts

It’s a happy week, this lead up to No.1 son’s nuptials on Saturday. There’s lots to do, what with the reception happening at home. I’ve a lot of jobs to do and while I do them I listen to the … Continue reading

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