Category Archives: miscellany

The Insipid Traveller (part 2): Baby Steps #holidays #travel #hernebay

Every summer holiday from when I can remember until 1970, when I was thirteen and we’d moved making the journey more problematic, we stayed with my grandmother in her Georgian terraced house overlooking the sea at Herne Bay on the … Continue reading

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On Rocky Ground #canada #holiday #2013

My godfather was Canadian. In truth, he was born a Brit, but that’s not as romantic. He went to school with my dad and emigrated to Canada in his thirties, set up an airline that flew from Fort Nelson to … Continue reading

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The Insipid Traveller #holidays #travel

I’ve written about many holidays and travel and walking trips I’ve undertaken as an adult, to give a flavour of the places I’ve visited, what I’ve seen, how they’ve struck me and what I think about them. If I’m to … Continue reading

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The Christmas Letter #amusedpoetry #chelowens

Chelsea runs her A Mused poetry contest here. This weeks it is the Christmas letter, in poetry form… okay, what about this? Anus Horribilis – my bum year Well 2020’s been one hell of a year Though as you see … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Wish For #flashfiction #flashfriday #humour

Be Careful What You Wish For Terrance stopped, breathless. ‘You’re not going to wet yourself, are you?” Of course Susan grinned, disarming any passive aggressive overtones. He’d ignore her. ‘It’s unique.’ ‘When were termites unique?’ ‘These mounds…’ ‘Yeah, yeah.’ She … Continue reading

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Forbidden Love #poems #poetry #theowlandthepussy-cay

Here’s another top 100 English poems reinterpreted, this time the beautiful The Owl And The Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea To escape the prying attention Of an intrusive media, and several far seedier … Continue reading

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Avocado, A Conundrum #flashfiction #carrotranch #morganandlogan

In addressing this week’s #carrotranch prompt, I have sequestered a story which is possibly apocryphal involving a well known UK politican, Peter Mandleson… November 12 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story includes avocado toast. … Continue reading

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The Blue Door #blogbattle #shortfiction

Was it really just a week ago? Time seems to have come loose, it’s lost its shape, its coherence. I recall the start. That much is easy. I can recall the exact time, too. Six am, by St Stephen’s clock; … Continue reading

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Danse Macarbe #flashfiction

The consultant’s words soared like the opening sequence of her acclaimed Nutcracker, ‘We removed the tumour, but…’A but, from an optimist!‘Molly?’Her smile sank gracefully to his stage, part of his chorus. ‘How long?’He misunderstood. ‘I’d say a year.’‘To dance?’The space … Continue reading

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After Sangatte: Based On Sea Fever By John Masefield #poem #poetry

It’s about time I revisited a classic English poem and added a modern spin to it. This one was prompted by the regular tragedies that take place between France and the UK as desperate refugees try and make the short … Continue reading

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