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.

May, The Garden Grows #garden #dog #May2021

Another month, this one cold with a warm end. The colour we hoped for has been postponed and should make itself apparent in June when we will begin the planting for the wedding. Some of the structure we envisage will … Continue reading

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Moths And Memories #nature #memories #garden

One thing that brings me back to my childhood is seeing a moth. Dad loved butterflies and moths and at some point in the 1960s bought a second hand moth trap at the Amateur Entomological Exhibition. Every night, when rain … Continue reading

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Breaching Scotland’s Defences #carrotranch

This week’s #carrotranch prompt is May 27, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes tiny flying insects. Think about how the insects shape the scene or add to the action. Go where the … Continue reading

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Bridge The Ancient To The Modern #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto is Gromit Underfoot wasn’t a complaining sort of troll but he knew he’d been stitched up. Like all young trolls he’d been looking for a position in which to practice the skills he’d learnt at the Troll … Continue reading

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Baked In #food

I had this urge… I had to bake… There’s this recipe for baked cheesecake… Ignore the Graham’s crackers… Uck! Nope a packet of chocolate digestives, blitzed to crumbs and mixed with the butter… no extra sugar needed. Stick that on … Continue reading

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And Now…

There are days when even my pearls of wisdom don’t convince even my most generous critic… I wonder what’s thinking. Anyone any ideas?

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Shoes And Towels

Today is Towel Day so my mind went to shoes, naturally. This is a small homage to the man who inspired so much in my writing esp. the shorter fiction and whose oeuvre is celebrated on this most wholly of … Continue reading

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O La La, C’est Un Homme D’Affairs

I’ve always enjoyed Franglais where such common place French expressions as Moi Aussi translate as I am an Australian. Homme d’affairs became a man with many mistresses which if you met the majority of our French partners in the early … Continue reading

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Wandering, Lost, Wondering #nomadsland #filmreview

Cinemas opened again this week. I have yet to brave my local, but I will. There’s something special about the lights dimming, the booming sound, the egregious crunch of the popcorn nazis two rows in front and the bemusing adverts … Continue reading

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Money, Money #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is a money tree… The Pound   When I first saw it, could it be free? It sat there, quite still, for all to see. Yet no one moved, no knees were bent No hand reclaimed … Continue reading

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