Category Archives: miscellany

Winged By Driving

  I lost part of a wing mirror the other day. The peril of narrow London streets and other careless drivers. I didn’t even realise it had been damaged until the next day. How stupid? And then my attempt to … Continue reading

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Beetroot Drama

Pink. Good in the garden. Stereotyping in girls. Friday night at the National Theatre to see the female written, directed and acted Top Girls. Sunday lunch successfully introducing the joys of roast beetroot to my cousin’s 4 year old daughter. … Continue reading

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Textile Trauma

The two detectives paused, while a constable held up the police bunting for them to duck underneath. The little chequered octagons (‘those darling little octoidals are so this year’) hung limply in the airless glade, the heat oppressive. Detective constable … Continue reading

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The Grapes of Wrath: A Father’s Wisdom

I witnessed a crime today. A couple of kids ahead of me, heads close together and one nabbed a piece of fruit off a stall outside a small convenience store. It was casual, brazen almost. They stood there, didn’t even … Continue reading

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The Trials And Tribulations Of Robinson Speke (Explorer) #writephoto #flashfiction

Robinson Speke stood, his legs akimbo, Baden-Powell shorts billowing in the strong breeze. He let the map case swing at his hips as he folded his arms and studied the signpost. After a minute, maybe two, he allowed himself a … Continue reading

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How To Toast A Crumpet

Colin had not felt this way for a long time, but then again it had been a while since he had drunk tea. Tea, he associated with Aunts. And Aunts with knitwear. And knitwear with cheek pinching. And Colin had … Continue reading

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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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