Author Archives: TanGental

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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.

Good PR #writephoto

This week’s prompt is Good PR ‘Will you look at her? Such a complete strumpet.’ Chloe Rattus stared with unblinking gimlet eyes at the approaching form. ‘Strumpet? Seriously? What are you reading?’ Simplicity Souris moistened her hand and wiped her … Continue reading

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Living, Maybe #filmreview

There are certain actors who seem to play themselves. Sean Connery was a top exponent of being Sean Connery even if he was the same as a suave British agent in Bond and a rough hewn US-Irish beat cop in … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies And Surprises #carrotranch #99wordstories

This week’s prompt is November 14, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a lie. What is the lie? It can be subtle or blatant. Who tells the lie and why? Is it … Continue reading

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Dead Certain #limerick

Esther’s prompt seems to bring lout the worst in my limericking. This week’s word – Whiff – is not exception ‘It wasn’t the smell,’ said Belle, a bit sniffy.‘He’s always inclined to be a bit whiffy.’‘I realised he’d died,’‘When, to … Continue reading

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The Intimacy Of Sash Windows

I’m editing a book of short fiction; it comprises some stories I’ve posted here. This is one such, but I don’t think this works completely. I’m not sure why. Does anyone have any suggestions to improve it? I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Portending #filmreview #bansheesofinisherin

It’s been a while since we’ve been to the flix, or flicks, but we were drawn as much by the two lead actors, Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell. A deep black comedy, so the blurby stuff said. That often means … Continue reading

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Week Forty-Three: 2022

I’m 66 on the 30th and become eligible for my old age pension. That makes me ‘old’ I suppose. I still prefer middle youth and I still decry the tyranny that says I’m really something abhorent as 66, whereas I … Continue reading

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A Desiccated Follower Of Fashion #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is A Desiccated Follower Of Fashion Cosmo Politan, Little Tittweaking’s very own fashion guru had an eclectic taste in clothes as well as pigs, as witnessed by his prize-losing herd of cerise Gloucester Old Spots. Despite … Continue reading

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When Love Hurts #Limerick #poem

Esther’s latest Limerick prompt is trouble His love life was in dreadful troubleWhen patches of the spikiest stubbleDislodged her vajazzleCaused her tassels to frazzleAnd burst one fake boob like a bubble.

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A Family At War #armisticeday

During the First World War, I had several relatives directly involved in the conflict. My maternal grandfather, Percy Francis had a fascinating war, joining the London Branch of the Seaforth Highlanders, having lost a bet that meant he had to … Continue reading

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