Category Archives: miscellany

Apprenticed to My Mother: fine wining and constant dining

My mother loved to cook. That’s not really the full explanation of the importance of food in her life. She loved to be the creator of comfort and food featured highly in that equation. When I was a child she … Continue reading

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One Kingdom, Comes With Own Monarch #filmreview #aunitedkingdom

This film came and went from our local cinema with undue speed so, having been encouraged to see it, I could only find it showing at the Odean Beckenham at 11am on Tuesday. That happens to the the ‘Seniors’ slot … Continue reading

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It’s A Sign

When I was a child a new set of street signs came out, following one of those Commissions that are beloved of governments who give sinecures to old white males who might otherwise have opinions and voice them. My favourite … Continue reading

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Art is not a Luxury #flashfiction

Charli’s latest prompt is rather gloomy March 16, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) go down the rabbit hole to a place where art is not allowed. It could be a small story or a dystopian vision. … Continue reading

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Always Learning #edithardeditoften

There is, truly, no such thing as the perfect piece of writing. It can always be improved. Recently I wrote  short piece for Rachael’s Blog Battle which, by public vote, won. Part of the goody bag that came with the kudos was a … Continue reading

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Flushed and Fabulous – a homage to sewage

I don’t want you to get the impression I’m obsessed with London’s sewage system but, see, the thing is, without the extraordinary achievements of our engineering forebears, the London that developed over the last 150 years would not have happened. … Continue reading

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By Royal Appointment #writephoto #shortstory

Quinton Ghumme liked being a dentist. It was a simple existence, he felt, catering for just one part of the overly complex human body. Well paid with regular hours, he enjoyed the prestige and the recognition. But, today, 9th March, … Continue reading

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