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,…

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…

“Here we go Again”

place: The Corn Exchange theatre, Newbury, 2018. “Here we go again. Here we go again,” the crowd bayed the name of their favourite song as they stamped their feet. imploring an encore. Back stage, his manager stuck his head round the dressing room door. “You gotta go back on and play it, Herb – they’re…

Dishwasher Daiquiris

Hungover? Got a cold? Feeling rubbish? What would YOU drink to feel better again?