Monthly Archives: February 2011

Satan’s Daughter

I am a God-fearing man who has always led a pure and simple life. My parents, who were old-school Baptists, gave me a sheltered upbringing. We had no television, nor had I any opportunity to listen to pop-music. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Sebastian

Sebastian had been dealt four aces: looks, intelligence, personality, and background, by which I mean bank-owning daddy, social know-how, public-school accent, contacts, and the confidence one gets as a bonus along with all that. Not that I’d had a bum … Continue reading

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Che Guevara and the price of toilet paper

“Villagers massacred in crossfire between  army and Marxist-Leninist rebels” I felt dizzy as I read the headline, so I put aside the newspaper I had picked up in transit in Lima airport. I could relax because I was going to … Continue reading

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Micky the mackerel

Once upon a time there was a mackerel called Micky. Micky was a happy little mackerel, and he spent his days swimming around, alongside his many brothers and sisters, behind his mummy and daddy, in the deep cool waters of … Continue reading

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Lucky

LUCKY ‘Lucky, that’s you.’ ‘No, I’m not. You are.’ ‘She picked you up last time. It’s you she wants.’ ‘Yes, but she gets us mixed up. Anyway, I’m not going out.’ ‘Look out the window. She might have brought something … Continue reading

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Blue Lagoons

‘Fantastic news, Janey!’ I pulled the phone away from my ear. Sue was shouting in exhilaration. ‘There a class reunion! Next Friday! You will come, won’t you?’ ‘I’ll check my diary,’ I said, resolving to have something else on. I … Continue reading

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The Lonely Terrorist… or What I did on my Holidays

I didn’t do very much on my holidays. We couldn’t afford to, not with having just bought this house on the Privet Hedge estate. Bill played golf every day, of course. Having paid the club fees he wanted to make … Continue reading

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Misunderstandings

Like most fourteen-year-old boys, those in class 4B of Wotsits Comprehensive had difficulty learning foreign languages.  The German teacher insisted on speaking in the target language all the time which didn’t help. But the boys did enjoy her class, since … Continue reading

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Northern Rock

(Foreword: Northern Rock is also a British bank that almost went bust in 2007. It was then taken into public ownership.) A long way up north and far out to sea, at the very tip of an archipelago, there was … Continue reading

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No Way Out : A Short Story

No Way Out. A Ghost Story. There would be light at the end of the tunnel. He just had to get through the week. James Coldham had a twenty-minute commute along the Central Line to Bank. On Monday he was … Continue reading

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