Fairytales are part of Christmastime in the UK, in the form of pantomimes. It you’ve not grown up in Britain, you’ve probably never seen a stage show with men dressed as outlandish women, a woman dressed as the male hero, and an audience shouting “it’s behind you”. Trust me, it’s a tradition: oh yes, it … Continue reading Two Rude Witches – a cautionary fairytale
The 1945 classic Brief Encounter is one of my all-time favourite movies, so I couldn't resist this as an alternative title for a short story about – well, a brief encounter. The setting isn't a railway station buffet and my 'movie' (animated by my best friend, using the amazing PowToons software) isn't all "terribly, terribly." … Continue reading Brief Encounter – without Rachmaninov
Border collies are amazing dogs, but as pets they are not for the faint-hearted or anyone who likes life quiet, easy, or their house free from a) shed fur, b) mud. Yawn. Stretch. Nice to see you down here. I’ve been waiting AGES for you to come down. Back door now, back door now, back … Continue reading A morning in the life of a border collie
Around midnight, there was a ‘flash’ in my mind as if you were there with me: a ‘feel’ of you, of how things were when we were together and when being together was the most natural and most wonderful feeling in the world. And for those brief, beautiful seconds, I felt that happiness again. Before … Continue reading A 63-word sad story
Thinking of visiting New Zealand for the first time? This book will give you some useful information and pointers.
On first impression, it was more like a small airport than a hospital. You came round a corner to a busy, wide, open approach, with an endless procession of buses and cars looping in, dropping off, picking up, driving off. Large glass doors opened into an entrance hall that was vast, bright, and airy, with … Continue reading The Hospital Visit – an everyday story
Clerk to the court: “All rise please.” Everyone stands. Three people file in, take their places behind the main bench, sit. Clerk: “All sit.” Everyone else sits. Clerk: “The first case before your worships today involves a little girl who is only just over the age of criminal responsibility. Usher, can you please call in… … Continue reading Goldilocks and the Three Magistrates