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OM

Yet another piece of “rubbish writing”. Don’t deny it, it happens to you too. You’re sitting at your desk drinking your coffee. You put the cup down and it disappears. You turn around but the cup is just not there. … Continue reading

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Whispers from Courage

Another piece that didn’t meet the required standard for the competition. “Jack, leave that that damned penguin alone,” shouted Cradock. He whistled and the dog abandoned the mission. Sensing victory, the penguin waddled a few paces in pursuit, then turned … Continue reading

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Earls Court

“Oh, please, you must come,” Eleanor pleaded. “Please.” “It’s not really my sort of thing,” said Eric, hoping that would be enough. At that age, girlfriends generally got their way and a few days later they were off on the … Continue reading

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Mischief

Some of the FutureLearn writers set up a writing competition, a story about a haunted computer. Feeling mischievous, I submitted this piece of doggerel. When they saw how bad it was they promptly blocked me. They call me a troll, … Continue reading

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Ramblings/Work in Progress – Please ignore

Below is the beginnings of a story about what happened to (some) children during the 1950s. I will extend it to give some clues as to how the current abuse scandal can be understood. It becomes harrowing.

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Raspberryade and Fishpaste Sandwiches

It was on top of Bardon Hill that we found lots of wild raspberries. I had never liked raspberries, but I tried a few and found them quite pleasant. It got me to thinking why I had avoided them for … Continue reading

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Futurelearn

If you write and send stuff off to publishers, it bounces back after a few months with a standard rejection slip. Sometimes you get a few comments – “you’re an illiterate halfwit.” “Stop wasting your own and everyone elses’ time.” … Continue reading

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Futurelearn week 8

That’s not Cricket A leading Conservative Minister had been booked by one of the Politics lecturers to talk to students about Economic Liberalism and Government Policy. It was something of a coup for the Institution to get such a high … Continue reading

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futurelearn week 5

A Leader on the Docks “A load of privileged buggers who’ve never done a days work in their lives,” said Cyril, “looking at the students protesting at us breaking the bus boycott. “Give them a couple of years and they’ll … Continue reading

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Futurelearn week 3

French Cricket Reading was my addiction. It was also a punishable offence. I suppose to be absolutely correct, the offence was being in possession of reading material that didn’t belong to me, but if I was reading, it was inevitably … Continue reading

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