The Lovelorn Professor Lew

I was walking through the park with Charlotte, when she told me about her latest university assignment. ‘We’ve got to make an animation of a news story from the last 5 years, Dad.’ My mind immediately went to the possibilities of a grotesque cartoon version of the grotesque Trump, or maybe a millennial’s take on…

French Cars, Yoyo’s and Chinese Burns

Did you go crazy for the crazes at your school? of course you did. Growing up in the 1970’s my school went through plenty of crazes, and I became obsessed with most if not all of them as they swept across the playground. Silly Putty was a strange silicon blob that came in a small…

My Author Interview

I was delighted to be asked to appear as ‘Author of the Week’ on Esther Chilton’s fab site for writers. Should you care to read our interview, please click on the link below, and while you are there look at Esther’s other posts and excellent books of short stories. Should you not care: do it…

John Strike

A year ago today John Strike. mine and Linda’s dad, died. That’s the end of the sorrow, I hope you will find the rest of this piece warming and funny in the way that John was throughout his 87 years. I’ve copied the eulogy that Linda and I agreed on below. What you should be…

England – 1,791 USA – 971

Anyone who has stumbled across this blog in the last year cannot fail to have been hassled by me plugging my book of sixteen humorous stories, entitled Preposterous Tales from the Newbury Short Story Teller, available here all set in my English home town. It’s one thing writing a masterpiece (smirk), it’s another thing marketing it,…

A Newbury Halloween Invitation

You may well have spooky things to do this Halloween, but should you wish to take your pumpkin to listen to the telling of a devilish story by an actor, please join us at Newton Road Cemetery chapel, Newbury. ‘Unfortunately’, my comedic tale of soul-selling and brussels sprouts will be recounted twice in the creepy…

Play Misty For Me – shortlisted!

  I’m delighted to say that my short story ‘Play Misty for Me’ has been shortlisted to appear in the top-20 of 583 entries in Chris Fielden’s magnificent ‘To Hull and Back – 2019’ humorous tales competition. If you’ll allow me to self indulge this means my short stories have been short-listed in 2016 and…

Three (Don’t?) Go To Glastonbury

Don’t get me wrong, I’m fond of Colin and Martin, my cousins-in-law. Colin married Sue in the 1980s not long before Martin and Karen’s wedding, though it might have been the other way around. Over thirty years on, both couples still make for strong, loving families, punctuated by children, dogs and grandchildren. There is much…

No Comment…

A pleas to fellow Bloggers Dear WordPressers I wonder if any of you can help? For the last couple of months, I’ve had problems ‘liking’ and leaving comments on other blogs. When I click ‘reply’, add my pithy and well-considered comments to your splendid blog posts, and click ‘send’, sure enough they  appear in the…

There is a Light That Never Goes Out

How are you meant to know when the alarm on your electric alarm clock has stopped working? Given the continued digital display from my one’s digital display, I had no reason to doubt that it’s alarm would not sound next morning and much like bonsai trees and wardrobes, had not even considered that it may…

5:30am, Ali Smith & Brexit

Every Tuesday at 5:30am I point my bleary eyes ahead and start the drive to the office in Surrey, about an hour and a half away. I know people face far longer commutes than this and have to make them every day every working day. I am not moaning or anything, but having tainted my…

Orchestral Manoeuvres Out of the Dark

Back in 2017 I went to an Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark gig at the geometrically designed Hexagon theatre in the nearby town of Reading. To me, OMD have always been a bit like Battenburg cake:  pretty good, I’m always happy to have a bit, but can’t say I’d really miss it if it wasn’t there….