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FF – Roundabout the Place

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by C.E. Ayr.

Copyright C.E. Ayr


Excerpt from Little Chipping Police official Twitter account

09:50 Eagle-eyed Sergeant Nutbones spots online image – arrow pointing wrong way on roundabout, well done Sarge! #verydangerousroundabout #niceonesarge

10:27 Arrest warrant issued for city planner Jean-Pierre Duchamp #verydangerousroundabout #werecomingforyou

13:14 Duchamp located in France! International arrest warrant issued #verydangerousroundabout #fugitive

13:21 Investigation cost Β£50k so far but we are relentless! #verydangerousroundabout #noescapefromthelaw #gettingexpensive

15:45 Apparently roundabout is in France not in Little Chipping so arrow correct, arrest warrant cancelled #oops #ourbad #notourjurisdictionanyway

16:30 It is with heavy heart that we announce the early retirement of Sergeant Nutbones with immediate effect #verysad #stupidmoron #roundaboutgate


  1. November 27, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Ha, a wonderfully modern fable for our times. I assume this is related to Brexit in some way as well, everything is these days.


    • November 27, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Something about going the wrong way, or round in round in circles, maybe…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. November 27, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    There’s a vacancy for the job of Prime Minister if he’s interested. I’m sure he’d be perfect.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. November 27, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    HAHAHA! The hashtags are priceless!
    Good thing the roundabout was not in Wales. Welshmen never yield πŸ™‚


  4. November 27, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Ali makes Rochelle chuckle Wednesday evening. #goodone #hesanutter #dralimanknowshohwtotellem




    • November 28, 2019 at 8:29 am



  5. November 28, 2019 at 2:53 am

    He sounds like the policeman in Dr. Martin (New Zealand series) or maybe Inspector Clouseau.


    • November 28, 2019 at 8:32 am

      Ha, yes, a bit bumbling!
      I’ve heard of Doc Martin with Martin Clunes (which is filmed here in Cornwall!) but not a New Zealand series. I’ve not seen it though.


  6. November 28, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Buahahaha!!! Well done, Alistair!


    • November 28, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚


  7. November 28, 2019 at 5:55 am


    At his farewell, instead of a gold watch fellow officers gave Sargeant Nutbones a pair of bi-focals with super magnifying power. He’s delighted to say he can now read the small print on computer screens. #newbloggerinchipping πŸ™‚


    • November 28, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Oh no, someone’s let him loose on the internet with lots of time on his hands… πŸ™‚


  8. Lyn
    November 28, 2019 at 8:10 am

    LOL and he went on to write “Yes Minister,” right? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  9. November 28, 2019 at 10:46 am

    It’s amazing he made it to sergeant. I flipped the photo round, so if he’d seen that he’d still have a job!

    . Here’s my tale!


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      Ha, so you did! I didn’t notice that.
      He probably stumbled on a big arrest back in the day…


  10. November 28, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I also come from a left-hand drive country and when I saw the photo I was seriously confused about the arrow!


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      I immediately imagined a horrible accident. It just looks so wrong πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  11. November 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Hilarious, Ali. Whoops. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚


  12. November 28, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    MOL…we thought the Sergeant was getting round and round in circles #likeinnuts, because for us the roudabout is normal in our Country…MOL πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Thanksgiving Thursday, DralimanπŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:35 pm

      I don’t think I could ever get used to going around a roundabout anticlockwise πŸ™‚


  13. November 28, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    #lovethatstory #concisewriting #gsoh


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      #thanks #gladyoulikedit πŸ™‚


  14. November 28, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Ha ha – loved reading this. Brilliant, inventive story!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  15. November 29, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Good job Little Chipping Police Station to have retired Sgt. Nutbones. God knows how much more he would have spent, if he was retained as part of force.


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      I blame Little Chipping Constabulary for giving him access to the cheque book πŸ™‚


  16. November 29, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Another Facebook Foo Bites the Dust…


  17. November 29, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    It’s a good thing the sheriff in Hog Slop, Arkansas didn’t see that same image. He’d wonder who in tarnation put an island in the middle of the road. #imnotdrivingaroundthattogettothepigglywigglyyall


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      I have noticed on American TV programmes that big traffic light controlled junctions seem to be more the norm. Our planners just love roundabouts…


  18. November 29, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Excellent piece and very funny – thanks for this. Loved the format. Far too much of that on Twitter at the moment.


    • November 29, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! Social media has given voice to many “interesting” viewpoints πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  19. November 29, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Very witty – I loved this story – the format is brilliant. Definitely shades of Brexit in there somewhere.


    • November 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Someone’s going round in circle the wrong way, that’s for sure πŸ™‚


  20. November 29, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    You spend too much time on tweeter.
    Neverthelessβ€”brilliant! ;0)


  21. November 29, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    if anything, he’s not alone. they’re many out there like him. still, they hang on to their jobs with impunity. πŸ™‚


  22. November 30, 2019 at 6:56 am

    What a waste of resources, but so true to life.


    • November 30, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      Hopefully they’ll make it back now they don’t have to pay him any more…

      Liked by 1 person

  23. November 30, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I loved this, since I tend to spend way too much time on Twitter. Excellent hastags and great use of them for comic effect. Being American, I didn’t even notice the arrow. 😊


    • November 30, 2019 at 4:09 pm

      The arrow’s correct for America and Europe πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. December 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    The second to last tweet is the best! #funniesttweetever #clever #noteveryonedrivesontheleftsideoftheroad


    • December 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      #leftsideoftheroadisrightsideoftheroad πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. December 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Crazy Europeans not knowing how to drive
    #poorsargenutbones #damnfrogs #brexit


    • December 2, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      How dare they drive around on the right hand side of the road. #madness #brexit

      Liked by 1 person

  26. December 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Just hilarious! Nutbones, indeed πŸ™‚


  27. December 1, 2019 at 10:58 pm



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