Tag Archives: The absurd

Paranoid

Our writing group has always been a mix of covert jealousy and overt distrust. Why the library continues to let us have access to one of their meeting rooms each week, God alone knows. The snarling, the shouting, the vitriol … 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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The True Path

“Father.” “Son?” “Father.” “To what do we owe this visit, my son?” “Father. It’s these oranges. Produce of Israel.” “Ah, and you seek, what? Guidance, prayers?” “I do, Father.” “And you come to me even though we’ve not seen you … Continue reading

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Obituary: Danny Burlap

Danny Burlap was well known in the squares of central London. Each evening he would wheel his piano to his chosen places and spend thirty minutes or so playing anything from Mozart through Scott Joplin to Keith Jarrett. The public … Continue reading

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Never Trust A Nightingale

We got together around August last. At first we sang folk songs, sea shanties, some spirituals. And then a bunch of sheep said, Get yourself a teacher. We settled on a nightingale from the local wood. She agreed to work … Continue reading

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Short back and sides

I went for a haircut a couple of weeks ago. The barber, a nice man, said I should collect the clippings and sell them on ebay. I said why would anyone want to buy any of my hair and he … Continue reading

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Mined Out

There are places rich in creative ore, where reefs of productive concepts are there to be surveyed, to be mined. How many of us can resist hovering, fingering our notebooks and voice recorders, when we unexpectedly come across an argumentative … Continue reading

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Voices out of Time

Daytime. Mid-summer. A woman wearing a red dress and a black top is pushing a trolley full of shopping bags through a department store in the direction of the exit. The expensive watch which she wears on her right wrist … Continue reading

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Mary has an internal monologue which leads to a moment of clarity

He’s sent me flowers. The darling man. I love him so. For Valentine’s day. I love him too. He’s a saint. Daffodils. Roses would’ve been nice. S’okay. They’re flowers. He remembered. Plastic flowers! Unusual? So they’ll never wilt! The card … Continue reading

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Sad Face

The first International Unicode Emoji Conference was set to be a huge hit. After all, who isn’t using emojis nowadays? The organisers hired a small room at the Ritz, brought in a massive eight inch by ten inch screen so … Continue reading

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