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 three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. 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.

What’s Luck If Not An Incontinent Seagull? #1975 #bristoluniversity #memories

I began my university life in October 1975. It was life changing in many ways and the degree I ended up with set me up on the path to success. But in that first term and year, I learned little … Continue reading

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And The Joke Is On…. #flashfiction #humour

Crawford focused on the message to distract him from the swell. ‘Two bodies, males. One poisoned, the other to be determined. Both look suspicious. Going to be a real laugh.’ He sighed. Meldrew was a pain, as if suspicious deaths … Continue reading

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Full Sentences #carrotranch #morganandlogandoamerica

The boys are still trying to reach the Ranch but things go haywire when Morgan has a nightmare… ‘Morgan! Morgan! Are you alright? ‘Wha…? Bloody hell, that was weird.’ ‘You were screaming something.’ ‘I think it was eating those cheese … Continue reading

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The Last Water #writephoto #poem #sonnet #climatechange

Cold Jack, content and job well done, creeps home, Allowing Spring her turn to warm the earth. Crocus tongues push out through softening loam As glass-eyed shepherds watch their flock give birth. We, unplucked youth, prime cocked with urgent sap, … Continue reading

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It’s A Tricky Job, This Magicland Narrator Gig… #shortfiction

Once upon a time, in a land, far, far away I found myself in the role of Most Excellent Narrator. Not sure how that happened; one minute I’m watching ripples concentric on a lake and making a wish that I’d … Continue reading

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I know you all just want pictures of the Mutt. I’ll use this poem, based on Wordsworth’s famous poem, as an excuse to post a load taken over the seven or so years he’s been with us… Dog Show (Upon … Continue reading

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The Hand That Guides

For many years, the Textiliste and I have taken dance classes; we have a system that involves her ensuring I stay on the beat while I manage the steps. Like marriage, it’s all in the compromises… Your consoling hand sits … Continue reading

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How To Spend Time And Money On The Important Things In Life. #1975 #universitylife #bristol

My initial focus, naturally was on my new course (just stay with me, okay) and the joys of learning about the English and Welsh legal system. That was a bit of an eye opener, too. Having been brought up to … Continue reading

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The Devil Is In The Dentures #morganandlogandoamerica #carrotranch

Somewhere in a motel bedroom in Michigan Morgan and Logan are relaxing in front of the TV…. ‘Can’t you sit still, Morgan?’ ‘I am.’ ‘You’re not. Your foot’s twitching like you’re wired to the mains and everything is vibrating. I … Continue reading

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Holes In The Sky #writephoto

It was assumed Patience Humble took pride in her art. As the only sky carver in business, she had worked with some of the grandest event organisers providing a unique back drop to whatever extravaganza was being designed. Every rock … Continue reading

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