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 geofflepard.com 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.

Vicky: Clover Girl

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Mid June Moments

June’s been wet and a bit windy but there’s been France And there’s always the garden

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So What Does It Make Me?

There are many ways in which my wife and I are different. Fr’instance if we are driving on a road with two or more lanes and one of the lanes begins to disappear – the road narrows or there are … Continue reading

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Losing The Past #shortstory

Every morning, at 7.29 exactly John addresses his greatest fear. As the train eases to a halt and prior to the doors sliding open John smells the acidic tang of his own sweat, feels the cold finger that runs down … Continue reading

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Part Four: Ten do’s and don’t’s for the Anglo-Saxon visitor to France #france #french

Do go. Don’t go via Calais unless you hail from Redditch in which case the comparison will be positive Do try and speak the language Don’t try too hard to speak the language because you won’t understand the answer – … Continue reading

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Part Three: Working The French #france #french

Et encore more reminiscences of La Belle France Work. I’ve had to visit Paris many times through my work. Conferences, partners get togethers, client meetings and marketing trips, one football tour with the office eleven and the final meeting in … Continue reading

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Part Two: You Old (French) Romantic #france #french

More reminiscences of France… I married in 1984, May and we decided to postpone a proper honeymoon until later because, well, we were pretty skint. But, in case that wasn’t romantic enough, we had four days in Paris. It didn’t … Continue reading

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