Tag Archives: Christmas

Christmas Traditions

My Christmases as a child were what we called traditional but everyone’s Christmas traditions have their own quirks, imposed by the characteristics of the participants. These are mine. 1. My father enjoyed a pint. Or several. He was an active … Continue reading

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That Christmas Letter…

25th December 2018   Dear All, It has become customary, I’ve found, for friends and family, to enclose a letter with their Festive  cards summarising their family’s many glorious achievements during the past year. These missives have taken on the … Continue reading

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The Art of Spirit Capture #shortstory #Christmas

Extraordinary things happen in ordinary places. If you take the B2402 out of Maplecroft on the old Dover road and follow it for nearly a mile you’ll see a battered sign. ‘Hoskins’ it says, still readable through the rust and … Continue reading

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10 reasons why Christmas is dangerous

Christmas is about peace and goodwill and food and sharing and family and, well, it’s a damn risky time really. I’m not saying it’s up there with Donald Trump’s double or a Chernobyl chimney sweep in terms of taking the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol for the Post Truth World

If you haven’t seen Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord posts of Christmas short stories (shame on you!) you may have missed my little contribution. The Fourth Plinth The world tumbled and tossed as Barry opened his eyes. It’s what booze does, he … Continue reading

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It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please #shortstory #christmas

I wrote a new piece for Solveig’s Advent Calendar posts, here. If you havent seen her blog this is the story Carlton’s face wore its weariness like a badge of honour. He leant back against the front door and sighed … Continue reading

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Still Crazes After All These Years

Irene Waters has a new ‘Times Past’ prompt, this time looking at Crazes Irene has mentioned conkers – this was a big one and involved lots of skill. Not only finding the right size and strength but also experimenting with … Continue reading

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