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 two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. 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.

The Erosion Of Hope #writephoto #flashfiction

The Erosion Of Hope For longer than people knew the two figures had stood sentinel, staring out on to the North Sea, watching, forever watching those tumultuous waves. They weren’t ancient, but their origins were unknown and many a passerby, … Continue reading

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Love Sonnets And Terrible Poetry

Warning: this is a tacky post with poems that, well, are terrible, except the first and I didn’t write that… Willie Shakespeare had a way with Sonnets. As you do. One of his more famous ones was his 130th… SONNET … Continue reading

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House Proud #prompt #speculativefiction

Mus Souris had a problem. The tornado had been inaptly timed and having his house blown up into an acacia, while normally a mere inconvenience, was a potential disaster. First his soon to be mother in law was coming to … Continue reading

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On The Road To Nowhere #travel #humour

As a youngster I loved a pre Python TV show aimed at children called ‘Do not adjust your set’. Palin, Jones and Idle starred alongside Neil Innes and the Bonzo Dog Band. Denise Coffey also played many a part. One … Continue reading

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Signs, A Dyslexic’s Guide #carrotranch #flashfiction #thoughtpiece

Signs, A Dyslexic’s Guide ‘It must be a sign, Logan.’ ‘It’s a cloud, Morgan.’ ‘No, but it’s like an Arrow and that means love, so she…’ ‘Love?’ ‘Love’s Winged Arrow. Eros.’ ‘More like a straw and you’re clutching it.’ ‘Ha … Continue reading

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The Just Right Royalty #writephoto #shortfiction

Gruinard the Abashed couldn’t complain. Not really. After all, as was constantly pointed out by the Court Sycophants he was Heir to the Throne, commonly considered a dish, comely of aspect and sturdy of build. He held a pose, he … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences In The Pursuit Of A Pint

My short series on my walk with Dad across the neck of England, reminded me of his love of beer. Boy, did Dad love a pint. Bitter not lager. What we today know as real or cask ale, not what … Continue reading

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