Sharing My World Week 28

The twenty-eighth week of the year has rolled around and so it’s time to Share My World! The questions are posed by Cee over at her photography blog.

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Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?
Hell yeah! I pretended I was ill so I didn’t have to go to school. I ended up on a parade float singing “Twist and Shout”. I was on TV and everything! Everyone at school thought I was really ill and started a collection to help me. Here’s a picture.

Ferris Bueller Parade

Look at me! Look at me!
(Picture taken from fanpop.com)

Oh, wait a moment. That doesn’t sound like me. That was “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off“. It wasn’t me at all :-( .

No, I’ve never been in a parade.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?
I would go, just to see if opera is as annoyingly awful as it sounds on the TV. There’s always a chance that I’ll enjoy it, as I often enjoy arty stuff live that I don’t when it’s recorded.

Why did you start your blog?
I wanted somewhere to post my life musings to the world – all the little bits of witty wisdom I’ve picked up over the years. However, I quickly ran out of wisdom and started writing little stories instead. I also post photos sometimes!

I think it’s great that modern technology gives us a chance to put our stories and photos out there where people can see them, rather than requiring some sort of professional contract with an agent or gallery in order to showcase our work.

What is your favourite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)
I like Christmas dinner with the family. We all meet up, open presents, have a lovely dinner and then play little games.

I also enjoy my own little traditions – “fish ‘n chip van Friday”, “pizza Saturday” and “sausage Sunday”.

My traditions seem to be very highly food-themed :-)

See you all next week for another edition of “Share Your World”!

An Unfortunate Choice of Lunch

It’s Thursday and high time for my entry for Friday Fictioneers, the weekly 100-ish word flash fiction challenge hosted by Rochelle.

This week’s photo has been contributed by fellow Fictioneerer Adam Ickes. To read the other contributions, click on the frog below.

My contribution this week is a bit random. But so’s the photo.

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Copyright Adam Ickes

 

“Hello?” came a voice. “I need the Browski file.” A head poked round the corner. “Whaaaa… you’re a… a… sheep!”

“Indeed!” smiled Kevin, Ram in Charge (records department). “Never fear. We love humans, us.”

“Absolutely love ‘em, yes,” echoed the goat at the next desk.

Kevin handed the file over.

“Um, thanks, um,” said the newcomer, leaving quickly.

“Lovely chap. I love humans, me,” said Kevin. “What’s for lunch today?”

“Me too, love humans!” The goat perused the menu. “It’s… oh shit, lamb chops.”

“Bastards!” snarled Kevin, grabbing his shotgun and pumping a shell into the chamber. “Death to the murdering human scum!”

“Human scum!” echoed the goat.

Sharing My World Week 27

It’s Share Your World time, with the questions posed as always by Cee over at her amazing photography blog. There were some tricky questions this week.

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If you were the architect of one existing building, which building would you select?
Oh dear, I don’t know anything about this :-( . I see buildings around, but I don’t particularly remember much about them. I seem to recall from photos that there are some nice-looking buildings in Dubai. I’ve also seen some great buildings in other people’s “Share Your World” posts.

Since I’m at a loss, I’m going to go for the “Walkie Talkie” in London. Here’s a picture.

Walkie Talkie Building

Picture taken from BBC website

Although it’s not the most amazing building architecturally, its shape allows it to melt objects in the street below! I reckon being the architect of a secret death ray building would be really cool.

What is one of your favourite quotes?
I know I’m probably supposed to come up with something inspiring here, but I got nuffin’. Therefore I’ll point you at some Terry Pratchett quotes, as he’s one of my favourite authors.

Here are a couple:

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”

“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”

What colour do you feel most comfortable wearing?
Blue, black, grey. Almost all my clothes are these colours (if you wish to define “black” and “grey” as colours). I might have a sock with a splash of red on it somewhere :-) .

What is something you learned in the last week?
Oh dear. I don’t think I learned anything, really. Most weeks are like that. I learned how to stab someone in the ankle with an arrow after dodging an attack in Lara Croft on my PS4. Does that count? It’s important because it allows me to riddle them with bullets while they’re reeling from the shock.

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Dodge, stab, riddle

(Picture courtesy of engadget.)

Bye bye for this week!

Underbelly

Here we are on Thursday with Friday Fictioneers, the prompt for which was posted on Wednesday. Confused? Never mind, because it’s story time, hosted as always by Rochelle.

The photo which prompts our 100-ish word story this week was contributed by Kelly Sands and features big clouds over houses. But are they clouds? ARE THEY? Or are they actually Something More Sinister (dum dum dummmm)? My story this week is a bit nuts, so bear with me.

The other stories this week can be found by clicking on Bracken, the little blue froggy, below.

Here’s the photo of the clouds. OR ARE THEY CLOUDS? etc etc.

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Copyright Kelly Sands

It came from Outer Space. NASA had pictures and everything.

One evening in late May it had appeared over the sleepy hamlet of Little Frimpton. The residents took it in their stride, as country folk often do.

“What be that, Jed? Looks loike clouds. But not clouds.”

“That be the underbelly o’ one o’ them giant aliens, Jethro.”

“Oh. ‘Nother ale?”

In June it broke wind, hospitalising several members of the Little Frimpton Knitting Circle during a particularly complicated crochet demonstration. Gas masks were distributed to the villagers.

They could only hope that nothing more solid would follow. Though as one pragmatic farmer noted, “It would be good fer moi fields.”

Sharing My World Week 26

It’s half-way through the year and time to Share My World once again. The questions are posed on a weekly basis by Cee – go check out her wonderful photos!

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Is your refrigerator, organized or a mess inside?
I’d call it organised, though some might brand it a mess. Everything always goes in exactly the same place every week, so I know where everything is, so that makes it organised.

However, I’ve had it for nearly 6 years and have never cleaned it, so that makes it a mess :-)

When I moved house in February, the freezer part at the top was so full of ice it filled an entire sink. There’s lots more room in it now!

My Fridge

This is the day before my weekly shop, so it’s quite empty!

As I’m feeling generous, here’s a bonus pic – the freezer portion, which sits on top of the fridge.

My Freezer

Ice cream and pizza. Who’d’a thunk it?

If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?
I’m not really sure I want to be famous, but if I were I think it would be as a novelist, in common with many others who have answered this challenge.

Then I would be invited on all those comedy panel shows and I’d be awesome and everyone would love me and I’d be rich and I’d be the nation’s hero and women would throw themselves at me etc etc BWAHAHAHAHAHA.

But I wouldn’t let it change me ‘cos I’m really well adjusted.

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
Choose just one thing? That’s a tricky one. Maybe visit New Zealand. Did I ever mention Hobbits before in these challenges? I think I did.

The scenery is very beautiful!

Where do you eat breakfast?
On a weekend, I only have coffee. In fact, coincidentally, some is brewing at the moment! I drink it in the living room.

My Coffee

Here it is, sitting in front of my trusty George Foreman grilling machine.

On a work day I also indulge in a Kellogg’s Special K “Biscuit Moment”, which I eat at my desk.

That’s all for this week, see you next week!

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Sunday Stills – Power Lines

I was reading one of Cee’s posts and that put me onto a photography challenge, for which I have the perfect photo! I actually published it a couple of weeks ago as part of a set of photos I took while on a walk from my house to the next village.

This week’s topic is “power lines” and is part of Sunday Stills. I took the photo because I thought the power lines looked quite cool from down on the road. You can just make out the warning triangle at the bottom of the pole, telling people to stay clear – “danger of death”!

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From Now Until Eternity

It’s Friday Fictioneers time! Our lovely host Rochelle is back at the helm, and this week’s photo has been contributed by Claire Fuller. Thanks, Claire!

To read this week’s other contributions, click on Bracken, the blue froggy, below.

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Copyright Claire Fuller

 

Prince Ionus smiled to himself as the little band of adventurers crested the hill and crossed the plain. Excellent, he thought. It has been an age since I made new friends!

He watched as they approached the cave. Their triumphant yells became screams of terror as Medusa, emerging from the darkness, froze their limbs with her terrible gaze. Their screams now echoed only within the depths of his mind.

Ionus projected his thoughts outwards. Calm yourselves, my new friends. Learn to accept your situation. Soon we will exchange stories, but there is no rush. We have from now until eternity!

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