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Petard Hoisting – Sunday Photo Fiction

  “Dirty-British-coaster-with-a-salt-caked-smoke-stack…” explodes old Rufus, liberally spraying his fellow passenger’s laptop with spittle. Alarmed, the man hurriedly changes seats, fishing frantically for a handkerchief. Rufus grins, man-spreading luxuriously, until a bespectacled student nudges himself into the newly vacated seat. “Butting-through-the-channel-in-the-mad-March-days…” … Continue reading

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A Change Is Gonna Come – What Pegman Saw

As the airport taxi sped along Settlers Way, I watched the fingers of smoke lingering over the townships to my left.  Rainbow-coloured washing flapped from makeshift lines slung between the tin and timber shacks, grazing the heads of toddlers playing … Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence – Sunday Fiction

  Annabel did silence well, and I learned that if silence were my first course in our daily encounter, guilt would almost certainly be the second; liberally served, allowed to cool, before congealing into a suffocating, glutinous mess. Her silence … Continue reading

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The Gift of the Gab – What Pegman Saw

“You’re not my type… push off.” He trailed after her, undeterred. “I don’t know why I’ve got this reputation, I’m an OK kind of guy.  I commit to people.” “I heard you’d shag road-kill if it were still warm,” she … Continue reading

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When It’s Over – Sunday Photo Fiction

  “It’s not you, it’s me.”  Eyes downcast, he shifted the sauce bottle closer to the oil dispenser. She stared fixedly at the tablecloth.  Her instincts had signaled this moment for weeks, but now it had arrived, she felt detached.  … Continue reading

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There Goes The Neighbourhood – What Pegman Saw

  “I think I may have over-reacted,” Louella stammered, as the kids, apparently stunned by their mother’s outburst, awkwardly kicked their heels on the porch. “On the contrary, it was extremely thoughtless of us,” the old man said stiffly, “but … Continue reading

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Better Never Than Late – What Pegman Saw

“Wicked!”, she’d cried in amazement, examining the perfection of her newly-born son, Christopher. “He seemed determined to be late,” said the nurse, “We were getting worried.” As it happened, Christopher was late right throughout his life; late to become toilet-trained, … Continue reading

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The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize – 2016

I was asked by Simon West of  Magic Oxygen to help promote this year’s Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, and I’m more than happy to do so.  I fully support their work in Kenya, and I was delighted to have contributed … Continue reading

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Hobo

This is Hobo. Hobo is something of a celebrity stray in the Spanish town of Moraira, and he even has his own Facebook page. I’d heard about him before we returned to Spain for the winter, and there was no … Continue reading

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Apple Blossom Time – June 2015

When we moved into this house six years ago, we were delighted to discover an apple tree in the back garden. That very first year I picked the apples, and as I recall, though it wasn’t a bumper crop, there … Continue reading

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