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.

Story Chat: A Chance To Add Your Fourpenneth

Marsha Ingrao hosts a monthly writing blog, Story Chat which asks writers to submit a short story and then lay themselves open to a critique from readers. If you’ve ever wanted some forthright, wholesome and perceptive feedback, this is a … Continue reading

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The Garden 2021

January February March April May June July August September October November December And here’s to a splendid 2022, with or without the ridiculous beard…

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Morphmas #writephoto

The last writephoto of 2021 has to be upbeat, yes? Sprat Murs indicated off the main road and slowed as the drive to the house narrowed. ‘They’re really looking forward to seeing you, Jess.’ Jessica Skinniebrow wrinkled her forehead and … Continue reading

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Christmas Ghosts #writephoto

This week’s prompt for writephoto is It was Christmas Eve and Ebenezer Tofu stood by his front door, listening to the sounds of seasonal delight as they filtered out into the cold air. He smiled warmly at the blood curdling … Continue reading

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A Talking Cow Goes Into A Church…

I’m planning on a few days away from blogging after tomorrow, so this is a penultimate short story. I can’t really explain this one… The Reverend Whilman Wontee felt so tired it was a miracle he was able to focus … Continue reading

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Dog At Christmas

For those who need their Dog fix, and as a small memory of Sue Vincent and her delightful poems about her dog, Ani, I reprise here a poem and pictures I did for her… A little something Dog penned for … Continue reading

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What Did The Victorians Ever Do For Us #crystalpalace

As with Monty Python and the People’s Front of Judeah listing what the Romans missed, so we can often forget the genius of some Victorians. One such near me was the creation of the Crystal Palace which was reconstructed on … Continue reading

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The Advent Calendar #shortstory

This is the second part of my short story, first published last year Gilly looked awful at breakfast. ‘I had the weirdest dreams, about you and me and chocolate.’ ‘Shouldn’t eat cheese late at night, Mum.’ Emily forced a smile … Continue reading

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The Advent Calendar #short story

This is a Christmas story in two parts that I wrote last year but enjoyed so much, I thought it worthy of a repeat. Part 2 tomorrow ‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, fourteen, looked up from her book. Gilly, … Continue reading

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Second Contact

When I moved school, in 1970 one of the first friends I made was with a bespectacled thoughtful northerner called Mike. His family had moved to south Hampshire a couple of years before mine. We were 12 going on 10 … Continue reading

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