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September 21, 2020

Dream On by Rick Haynes

I never remember my dreams but tonight, everything changed.

Lying in a room with a fan overhead told me I was somewhere hot. But the silence confused me as even the spinning fan above my bed was noiseless.

I tried to shake off the blankets and leav...

September 18, 2020

A BIT FISHY by Rick Haynes - based on our true story

My wife and I thought hard.  After so many months cooped up in our nice comfortable prison, dare we leave? But the rays from the sky were sending warmth, giving the prospect of new life to old bones. And after much di...

September 7, 2020

TAKE NOTICE by Rick Haynes

I notice the notice has not been noticed by as many people as we thought.

Thus, I give notice to cancel the notification due to the apathy shown by those passing by and not taking any notice of the large notice on our billboard.

I expect you al...

August 17, 2020

A RIGHT PAIR by Rick Haynes

A walk in the cool of the morning is always welcoming, as long as the amount of Raki eagerly sipped the night before hadn’t affected the brain cells too much.

At eight am Kalyves beach was empty apart from the rows of sun beds. Each taverna ha...

July 20, 2020


Ashmore is a village and civil parish in North Dorset, England. It has a deep pond, an old church and several farms and cottages, many with thatched roofs.

These days, it is a quiet place to live but like other ancient villa...

July 13, 2020

With the corona virus affecting all of us, I thought a laugh or two would help in these difficult times. With so many options available, one family instantly came to mind. 

I give you

Trotters Independent Traders



for short 

"Here, what's all this Covert 19 r...

July 6, 2020

Happy Tuesday everyone.

I’m pleased to showcase something different this week, a brief look-back in time when the scenes of war dominated the media.

The size of Reading, Camp Bastion is the largest army camp built since the 2nd world War. At the peak of the conflict in A...

June 29, 2020


It is my great pleasure to introduce the thoughts and the working life of Val Portelli. Over to you, Val.

This is the first in a new series in which we look at some of the different facets of writing. There are plenty of ‘...

Yes, the spelling is correct. My lovely friend, Val Portelli, suggested I take a short break from writing and go visual instead. To be less authorish, she said, and who am I to argue with a lovely lady?

Since we moved into our bungalow, we quickly realised how quiet the...

June 15, 2020

It's poetry to entertain you this week. Enjoy.

A calves life by Tara Turner

It was like a jamboree

Except it was not jolly

For this is my end

And that of my friend

We were born together on the same farm

But torn from our mothers and put in a barn

We did not get to feel the war...

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