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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...

June 8, 2020

I was really looking forward to Sunday the 7th of June. Well it was National Flash Fiction Day and I'd sent a tale - under 300 words as per the rules - for submission. With over 1600 entries I had all my fingers and toes crossed. Would my piece be chosen for publishing...

June 1, 2020

CROSSROADS by Rick Haynes 

A tale in 4 parts. 

Part 1 

“Wherever you go, there you are, or are you?” A brief flash of anger vanished quicker than I could blink but it didn’t last long. “You may be as gentle as a lamb, and as busy as a bee, yet, do you know where you are g...

May 25, 2020

Hello everyone. I hope you are well. What started out as a short tale has quickly evolved into a longer piece. Why, I hear you say? After writing the first part, many readers have commented on the cliff hanger at the end. 'We want to know more,' they said. And as their...

May 18, 2020

Regrettably, I am unable to post the second part of The Crossroads Of No Return this week. Why? Well the story line is growing with every sentence I write and I know you're going to love it much better when it's finished.

Normal service will be resumed next week but in...

May 11, 2020

As is often the case these days, my brain does the wandering, and, eventually, I dabble in the words appearing inside my head. For some unknown reason, my silent voice was very insistent this time. I had to write a tale using as many metaphors as possible. 

Finding a ti...

May 4, 2020

Hello you lovely people. I do hope you are keeping fit and healthy in these difficult times.

I'm pleased to present two Drabbles, or, if you prefer, a Drabble in two parts.

Are the dark gods responsible for the fate of mankind? 

Or will the love of our revered gods save u...

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July 6, 2020