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Home Sweet Stately Home

“It’s all been downhill since his Lordship died and the brats moved back in,” muttered Simpson as he stroked his pinstriped butler waistcoat. He hadn’t really minded when Alexandra replaced the cut glass chandeliers with mirror balls or when Quinton … Continue reading

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Seconds Out

He’s outwardly calm as Jake adjusts the laces on his gloves. “Not too confident, boy?” says Jake. “Nah, I know it’s gonna be a fight.” But he knows he will win, knows he will wear the belt. He has won … Continue reading

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Jam Tomorrow

  The quayside hotel had operated as a landing point in the heroin trade for years. Boats of all sizes and shapes came and went, while landside convoys of four wheel drives ferried the stuff to the airstrip just outside … Continue reading

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A modern fable

  He had done well – PPE from Oxford, MBA from Yale, snapped up by a leading international consultancy before setting up his own hedge fund which segued into one of capitalism’s most aggressive asset stripping businesses. He made billions. … Continue reading

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Lucky

Once upon a time a great big spaceship landed and out popped a big green multi-mouthed alien monster. The local community made some sort of flag waving welcoming approach to it, but being a self-sufficient creature it was having none … Continue reading

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Life

There ain’t no quick fix. We just aren’t hardwired to do that. Humans – badly designed. Age two, they’re still pissing their pants. Unlike the good old lion cub which by that age is busy tearing throats out of passing … Continue reading

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How the other half live

I knock on the door of #33. The postman has left a parcel for her. Widowed Mrs Murray. She says, Come in. I look around. She says, Cuppa? I says, Yes please. She in kitchen; I run forefinger along top … Continue reading

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Dilemma

He was, as usual, reassured by the spotlessly clean scrubs. At first he had been anxious, but the ongoing professionalism of the operating room staff has meant that he never really worries when he is wheeled in to lie under … Continue reading

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Bovril

He was the perfect pub dog. Friendly with the punters, he spread his wet nose favours without prejudice to one and all, even the lager drinkers. He allowed children to pet and pat him at will happily tolerating their sometimes … Continue reading

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A Modern Tale

A Modern Tale Things weren’t going well at Acme Ball Bearings. Management blamed the workers. As you would expect. The workers blamed management. Ditto. The Board couldn’t decide so they called in consultants, a firm with a four letter name, … Continue reading

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