Sharing My World 2017 Week 26

June 25, 2017 21 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Well, there are things I’m really into and I can’t understand how other people don’t get the point. So I try not to judge. Everybody’s different and everyone likes different things.

After all, who wouldn’t want to spend 6 hours of a Sunday afternoon disembowelling Orcs and such?

What quirky things do people do where you are from?
I haven’t really noticed anyone doing anything quirky. Probably because I do the same quirky things so they seem normal 🙂 Fresh eyes would be required.

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 
I can’t really think of anything. If I took the trouble to learn them in the first place there must have been a reason. And it’s not like my brain is full and I need to make room…

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?
Hmm. People come and people go. It would be nice to spend some more time with my Gran, who passed away 17 years ago or so. She was such a kind person.

Did you notice how I pretty much didn’t actually answer any of the questions? Does that count as a “quirky thing?”

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FF – Wedding Day

June 21, 2017 71 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. Today’s photo was contributed by Ted Strutz.

To read the other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Ted Strutz


Geoff honked impatiently as he waited to board the ferry, his face a mixture of rage and embarrassment. The weather matched his mood, the rain unrelenting. He angrily ripped off his bow tie.

Why did she wait until he was stood at the front of the church to decide not to bother turning up? He’d even sent her thousands for the plane ticket.

Everyone had been supportive, of course. But he knew they were whispering… I told you so.

He would find her, long boat ride notwithstanding. After all, how many women called “Noon” could there possibly be in Thailand?


Sharing My World 2017 Week 25

June 18, 2017 40 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?
I do a lot of sleeping when I’m not working 🙂 I also read, watch the Netflix and play games on my PlayStation. Sometimes I go to the cinema too.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Obviously I “wouldn’t let it change me”. I’d remain easy-going and a friend to all people and small furry animals, and would still lead a quiet, unassuming life.

Then I would have my driver take me down the high street in my gold-plated open-top Rolls Royce so I can throw bags of money behind me and watch all the poor persons scrabble around in the dirt for it bwahahaha.

What makes you laugh the most?
Watching poor persons scrabble around in the dirt for the money I’ve just chucked out the back of my gold-plated open-top Rolls Royce bwahahaha.

And funny TV programmes.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?
Battery life annoys me. The list of stuff I have to recharge is practically endless. Toothbrush, shaver, phone, laptop, Kindle, PlayStation controllers, watch… yikes!

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FF – Moon-Fall

June 14, 2017 77 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Dale Rogerson. Thanks, Dale!

That brightness in the sky is definitely an explosion, don’t you think?

Copyright Dale Rogerson


Cheers resounded as the sky lit up, the revellers clinking glasses in salute. Members of “Project Assured Destruction”, they had worked long and hard to realise the dream.


A new source of energy. Or the most devastating weapon ever devised. So devastating, their government had elected to test-fire on the moon.

It would be days before observers noticed the change in the moon’s orbit. Weeks before the first storms hit. Months before the lucky died in blinding, super-heated fire as fragments of the moon impacted. For the remainder – the lingering, painful deaths of a freezing nuclear winter.


Sharing My World 2017 Week 24

June 11, 2017 26 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What’s your strongest sense?
My sense of danger. Any perceived threat and I’m gone. Like spiders and such. Nasty creepy things.

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)
The last time this question came up I invented a new one and called him Asshole.

So the original name of the Seven Dwarfs were Blick, Flick, Glick etc etc (1912 Broadway play). Eventually Disney came along and gave them the more well-known names, but in the original 1812 Grimm brothers’ story, they had no names at all!

That’s right, Wilhelm and Jacob didn’t bother naming the little guys. So as for our question, I’m going to be “Unnamed Dwarf Number Three”.

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be?
Thirty-five. No, twenty. Or forty-six. No, wait, twelve. A hundred and two. I don’t know. Three.

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy. [Remember: This is SYW where even your dreams can become reality.]
Well, if it could be anything at all…

  • Fighter pilot (but just for the zooming around, not for shooting anyone down)
  • International Man of Mystery
  • Jedi Knight (but not one of the ones who was shot in the back by the treacherous Clone Army)
  • Space Explorer
  • President Supreme of the Galactic Empire of Draliman
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FF – Day of the Star Triffid Wars

June 7, 2017 57 comments

Here is my little (slightly plagiarised) story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Sarah Potter.

To read the other stories for this week, click on the blue froggy. The blue froggy who has upset me as he won’t allow me to upload my picture to the link-up. If anyone knows what “increase post_max_size and upload_max_filesize to 5M” means, let me know!

Copyright Sarah Potter


The plants ruled all, encroaching on all civilisation, their vines, tentacle-like, wrapped around human and animal alike, sucking them dry. The few humans who could still see, those who hadn’t witnessed the blinding meteor shower…”

“Whoa! That’s ‘The Day of the Triffids’. You can’t write that.”

“Okay, fine, I have another idea anyway. There’s these warriors with freaky mind powers who use glowing swords, and they’re betrayed by one of their own who gets killed by his long-lost son who grew up on planet Tartrazine…”

“Does it take place in a ‘galaxy far, far away’?”

“Hey! Stop stealing my stories!”


Sharing My World 2017 Week 23

June 4, 2017 21 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?
I guess it would be some of the London landmarks. The tower with Big Ben in, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the like. It was many years ago, though, pre-camera phones and digital cameras and I don’t have any photos.

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?
I prefer little holidays here and there. I have two weeks off coming up but I’ll just take one day as it comes and have little days out.

What is your favourite National or State Park?
We don’t really have state parks (not least because we don’t have states). We do have areas owned by English Heritage (a charity), The National Trust/The National Trust of Scotland (a charity) and The Forestry Commission (which would be the closest to America’s “National Parks” I guess).

Area-wise, North Wales, North and especially North-East Scotland and Cumbria are lovely. Also Dartmoor in Devon and, of course, Cornwall 🙂

Here’s a photo I took a couple of years ago in Dartmoor.


And here’s North Wales.

Waterfall in Wales

A waterfall in Coed y Brenin forest park, Wales

What is your fantasy vacation?
Have I mentioned before visiting the Hobbits in New Zealand? And there’s lots more to see there too!

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