Last Straw

LAST STRAW   They’ve walked for twelve  miles through luscious Windermere in the Lake District and Nick is done in. “Sheila, I’m trying, but I’m shagged out.” His Australian partner is amazed. “Come on, Nick,  only another three miles to go, mate, you can do Read More


ABERDEEN   Aberdeen is full of charity shops. The British Heart Foundation, Save the Children, Oxfam, Shelter, all have a big presence there. Margot goes into the PDSA one day, they’re asking for volunteers, it’s the nearest to her and she can walk there in Read More


One winces When princes Announce they’re engaged Do their ladies not fear (as well as being caged)   That Henry the Eighth (that bearded, red fella) Whose penchant for change Was way out of range)   Is their forebear! By blood! Their offspring inherits!! Pray, Read More


    “I can still pull them,” the neighbour says over the fence as our young gardener hops into his truck and toots goodbye.  She turns her gaze on him into a little pout. His civil nod to her is taken as a sign he Read More


Short, no-dialogue piece for the April 2016 TCWG competition   BRUSSELS   They wander into a café, sit down. An hour and a half of inhaling the Magritte exhibition has given them a thirst. There are two others there finishing their meal, lolling in the Read More


    JANUARY 2016 entry on the subject of…..LEGEND     Bon Jovi Menzies-Campbell, (pronounced Ming-Campbell) interviewer extraordinaire, adjusts his tight leather trousers from the back, swings his cashmere jacket open and tucks a thumb into his soft calf belt for a casual effect. “Hair Read More

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PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLO (on the topic of SECRETS)   ‘….so…. what d’ye want in ye sandwiches? We’ve got cheese or ham.’ “We want peanut butter with jello.” “We don’t have peanut butter, sorry – what’s jello then?” The B&B lady is anxious, trying to Read More

Latitude 1 N 16: Longitude 103 E 51

TCWG entry for July 2015 – An ocean voyage  –  WINNER Latitude 1 N 16: Longitude 103 E 51   For a few weeks, the word ‘disembarkation’ keeps popping up (black capitals on a huge white board) in Margot’s mind. She is used to random Read More


TCWG competition June 2015 – Topic “Heaven Sent”   DUST THOU ART A soft Sunday morning at the end of April.   A parcel of warm air passes over the notoriously cold North Sea, which is just beginning the annual effort to warm up. The wind Read More