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.

I Have Worms!

Pam Lazos wrote recently, here, on the joys of compost which I can echo. It made me, once again, recognise a parental lesson I received from a young age. My parents, specifically my mother recycled, repurposed and upcycled well before … Continue reading

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Walking With Rosie #bookreview #the rosieresult

I did a daft thing a few weeks ago; I signed up with the Long Distance Walking Association to undertake their 3rd Capital Challenge. Starting at St John’s Church Waterloo it circumnavigates some of the best bits of London’s green … Continue reading

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Fire And Earth #carrotranch #creativewriting #loganandmorgan

‘Why the long face, Morgan?’ ‘It’s Mum.’ ‘Really? Is she ill?’ ‘She’s planning her funeral.’ ‘Some people do. Was she miserable?’ ‘Not at all. Quite energised.’ ‘That’s good.’ ‘Is it?’ ‘What did she say?’ ‘She wants to choose her music. … Continue reading

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Paddy O’Reilly And The Leprechaun’s Gift #stockpicturechallenge

Paddy thought exile would free his mind, but Norman was always the reminder. He eased the foot high piano-player from inside his guitar and they began to duet. A crowd gathered, astonished at the tiny virtuoso. As always one had … Continue reading

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Pearl Barley And The Seven Gnomes (Oh, And A Stone Frog)

‘What is it, girlfriend?’ Pearl Barley, five foot and small change and built for comfort not speed hurried towards her front door. Her hair pulled her back. ‘Hold on. We’re not going out with me looking like an overwrought bramble … Continue reading

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Releasing A Jamie #writephoto #shortfiction

Cassandra Apostrophe thought geography field trips with year 10 were like being consigned to one of the seven halls of hell, alongside dinner with her Aunt Joanne where she was expected to plead for her inheritance and her annual checkup … Continue reading

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Education: The Thinking Man’s World

Norah Colvin, one of the first three bloggers I followed when I started, asked me to write about my school days and offer up some thoughts on the state of education now. This is the link to Norah’s post of … Continue reading

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