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 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.

Filling the Gap #shortstory #lifeinagrainofsand

Living in Cheam had few compensations for Millicent Dongle. Her life was a trial and a tragedy. Her younger sister had a glamorous job with the Government – Millicent thought glamorous and Government to be oxymoronic, but everyone said the … Continue reading

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Station To Station #carrotranch #flashfiction

‘Let’s have some music, Logan.’ ‘There’s nothing worthwhile.’ ‘That’s ridiculous. American has more stations than All India railways.’ ‘But they’re vacuous. Not like Radio Three on the Beeb.’ ‘You mean pretentious presenters widdling on about Bach’s innovative use of the … Continue reading

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Going For Pembroke: Day Three, The Crab And Bromance Edition

Our last full day disproved any ‘Wet Wales’ preconceptions we may have held. A day off the physical punishment was allowed, even if the Vet did her own thing. Having watched a minute of her routine (what’s routine about such … Continue reading

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Going Pembroke: Tiny Wales

Day two and a longish drive after exercise with the Vet (legs bums and tums plus a cheeky cardio and abs finisher). Cheeky being apposite because at some point during the session my right buttock began deflating, and the abs … Continue reading

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Going For Pembroke #holiday #wales

Having buggered up a family holiday in Ireland in April and a wedding in August, novice Dick Head Tours recruit Rona Virus has not managed to screw up our little family staycation in Pembrokeshire. Even though we’re seven when you … Continue reading

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One Pair Of Size Elevens, Never Used #shortstory

My life has been destroyed twice because of Timothy Watkins – not his real name of course. First time when he disappeared – 17th July 1997; second when I saw him on TV – 9th August 2011. But it’s not … Continue reading

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The Power And Pain Of Blogging

When I started blogging back in whenever, I suppose, like many, I hoped to find a few people who’d read my rather random and rambling thoughts, enjoy my attempts at telling stories and laugh along with me. What I didn’t … Continue reading

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The University Years: The Demon Drink

In 1975, living in the arse end of nowhere, I did not have a sophisticated outlook. Nothing about my existence, immediately prior to going to university could be described as sophisticated and nothing exemplified this better than my relationship with … Continue reading

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My Father: Reluctant Soldier #lettersfrompalestine #1946

In January 1946, having just turned 19, my father was dispatched to Palestine as part of the peace keeping force mandated by the League of Nations and soon to be remandated by the newly formed United Nations to try and … Continue reading

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The Lake of Life #flash!friday #creativewriting

‘Gerald, will you shush.’ ‘I can’t believe…’ The tattooed bruiser who had terrified Gerald when collecting them at the airport made a slicing motion, not across his throat, but somewhere more sensitive. ‘Did you see that? He wants to cut … Continue reading

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