Tag Archives: Friday Fictioneers

Summertime fun

“It’s called camping.” “Uhuh?” “Yeah. You haul out this canvas house, a tent, that’s full of mould and dirt, clean it up, spend an hour folding it, and put it into the boot of the car together with awning, groundsheet, … Continue reading

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Playtime for playboys

“Scissors, rock, paper. C’mon, you big sissy.” “Sticks ‘n stones can break my bones. But words can never hurt me. Nya nya nya. Mummy’s boy.” “Cross that line, buddy, just cross that line.” “You cross this line. My line, you … Continue reading

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The Florist

In this world there are people you can trust. And those you can’t. Sometimes it’s difficult to know who falls into which category. It’s a bummer. We spend energy working out who to confide in, to deal with, to befriend; … Continue reading

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100 Words – Yellow

Being an outsider artist isn’t always easy. At first Ned’s latest urinal installation, Telephone – Yellow, didn’t attract positive write-ups, certainly not in the magazines that count. But he persisted. Later an agent started working for him and, despite Ned’s … Continue reading

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Basic Skills

“Swivel on this,” he roared, stretching out his right arm, palm of hand facing upwards, middle finger pointing to the sky. “Swivel on this,” they echoed, mostly getting the gesture right – some body language is universal. “Again,” he said. … Continue reading

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The answer to life, the universe and everything

He has access to Deep Thought Version 72.12.5, and the latest supercomputers including the Sunway TaihuLight (93 PFLOPS, since you ask). The boy (and girl) genius techies in China, India and California are listed on his Favourites. For balance he … Continue reading

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Modern Times

The office Twitterati are determined to hound me into the ground. When I walk through the open office I feel them watching, watching, tweeting, tweeting. Occasionally I catch someone’s eye; they return my gaze without blinking; I hear their infrasonic … Continue reading

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Jaw Jaw War War

They’d found the tunnel at last. It had taken fifty years: supranationals, governments, and peace movements had been sweating away for all those years, talking, negotiating, bargaining, mediating, as well as schmoozing, begging, cajoling and threatening, but seemingly to no … Continue reading

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No More Honey, Honey

Delighted that the Oxford comma rules: read about it here. I’ll list my reasons some other time. “So how come they can fit into a coffee cup?” “There’re small, small. That’s all.” “Yes, but they weren’t yesterday, were they?” “Well, memory … Continue reading

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Every cloud

Every cloud has a silver lining. Continue reading

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