Monthly Archives: February 2011

When the Fighting’s Over

Jenny loved dancing. On Saturday night in her blue taffeta frock and high-heeled shoes she foxtrotted round the Cavendish Ballroom floor. The gilt-framed mirrors shone back her happiness. Frankie liked dancing, too, especially once he’d spotted the bonny lass in … Continue reading

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Our Own Affairs

The family at the other side of the dining room were probably wondering about me as much as I was about them. They would be right to. I felt as out of place here as they looked in place. No, … Continue reading

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Curtains

‘One day, lad, all this will be yours! What, the curtains? No, not the curtains, lad.  All that you can see!’ That scene in The Holy Grail, that Monty Python film, keeps coming into me ‘ead. You see, I’m standing … Continue reading

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Sneezy’s Story (not for children)

I suppose they’ll spin you a fairy-tale, the other six. They’ll have to. No way can they tell you what really happened to poor Snow-White. It started out good and well. Of course, we were delighted when the girl came … Continue reading

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The Wrong Number

It was not that Margaret was superstitious; but thirteen was quite simply the wrong number. Twelve would have been right. Twelve was six times two and two lots of six, three times four, and four sets of three. And most … Continue reading

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Foxy Loxy and the Paltry Poultry

One day Chicken Licken felt unusually warm. It was so hot and stuffy it seemed as if the world was closing in on her. She wondered why. She looked all around her but found nothing strange. Then she looked up … Continue reading

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Helen’s Birthday Party

Rosie liked to climb into bed beside her mother for the short time after her Daddy left for work and before she had to get up for school. But this little luxury was rudely cut short this morning. The phone … Continue reading

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Crumbs!

It was an enormous feast. The table was laden so high it was creaking. On it was an exquisite spread of haute cuisine. There were legs of lamb, pork shanks, whole sides of beef, rumps of venison, entire flocks of … Continue reading

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The Great Climate-Change Challenge

Long, long ago when the world was new, life of any kind was impossible. The air was full of carbon dioxide and it had no oxygen at all. It stayed that way for two billion years. Then an extraordinary thing … Continue reading

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Family Christmas

Lily felt exhausted but relieved. She had managed to get everything done. She was glad she had spent the extra money on the tree and decorations. The room looked warm, elegant and dignified. The presents had been lovingly wrapped in … Continue reading

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