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Sharing My World 09-05-2022

May 15, 2022 7 comments

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

What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back?
I don’t know. Arrive at the office. Burst into song.

What is something that you just recently realised that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realise embarrassed you?
Ha, I always realise what embarrasses me. I am “embarrassment-attuned”.

If Australia (including New Zealand – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?
Australia – snags (sausages grilled on the “bahhbie”), UK – fish and chips, Ireland – colcannon (potatoes and greens), Germany – schnitzel and potato salad, USA – burgers, Brazil – I have no idea what they eat in Brazil, sorry, Brazilians, Italy – pizza.

What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times?
A Goldilocks “home invasion” scenario? Arrested? Shot? Whacked over the back of the head with a tyre iron? It depends on what country she’s in, I guess.

Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas?
Passing gas in public? Goodness gracious me, I would never do such a thing…

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FF – Memorial Rose

May 11, 2022 47 comments

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

Copyright Dale Rogerson

Beth stroked the rose petals. She had snagged the flower from Jake’s funeral. A bit of a risk – Jake’s widow, Margie, might have seen her, but Jake had loved roses.

Such a shame – “accidental shooting”. Wrong place, wrong time.

It had become obvious, over the past few months, that Jake was never going to leave Margie. Beth had got this lovely flat out of him, though.

Surely, if she wanted the flower to remember him by, she wasn’t the psychopath that quack had said she was?

Anyway, no time to dawdle. She had a pistol to dispose of.

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Sharing My World 02-05-2022

May 8, 2022 14 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World. This week’s wealth of questions were supplied by bloggers. I’m choosing the first question from each as there are rather a lot 🙂

What constitutes a sandwich in your opinion? Is it only the standard two slices of bread, filling (including spreads or meats and cheeses and veggies), put together in a stack? (Tena)
Yep. Except – veggies? I don’t think so.

Are ‘strong’ and ‘tough’ in regard to character the same thing or different? Please explain your reasoning for either side you pick. (Marilyn)
“Strong” is someone who can take what’s dished out and keeps going. I think of “tough” more as “strict”, maybe, as in “they can be tough on new employees”.

What’s your opinion on RSVPs? (Paula)
They annoy me as I have to make a decision. But sometimes people need to know numbers to book. If that’s the case I always try to turn up, as presumably a certain number of seats/meals has been booked.

Do you think Hell has walls? (Sadje)
Yes, but the walls are IN YOUR OWN MIND… 😮

What would you name your boat if you had one? (Jim)
Boatie the Boat.

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FF – Allergies

May 5, 2022 38 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Na’ama Yehuda.

Copyright Na’ama Yehuda

Agent 9 took a deep breath and crept closer, picking his way through the flower beds. His target was in sight, a small, unassuming man – no-one would suspect what he carried in the briefcase at his side.

Agent 9 placed a finger beneath his nose, closed his eyes and proceeded. Close, so close… he could almost touch the man now. He held his breath a moment, concentrating, and released… better. He reached out towards the man… closer… closer…


The man ran, taking his suitcase nuke with him, ready for sale to the highest bidder.

Hay fever’s a bitch.

Sharing My World 25-04-2022

May 1, 2022 18 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World. This is the “Earth Month” edition.

In your opinion, how are we affecting our planet?
Well, we’re making a bit of a mess of it. More of a “reality” thing rather than “my opinion”.

What solutions would you offer to stem the multiple problems we face vis a vis the destruction of our planet home?
Wait until all the humans have either poisoned themselves or jumped into rockets and left and then the Earth will fix itself.

Do you think it’s already too late and we could just do exactly as we’re doing now and things would turn out the very same?
I doubt it’s too late though things may change planet-wide. We do have to change things, though.

Do you participate in things like “Arbor Day” (a U.S. Holiday dedicated to planting new trees) or Earth Day or Earth Month?

Is any of it important in the ‘Big Picture’?
No, not in the really big picture. One tiny planet in an unimaginably huge universe? No-one’s going to notice.

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Sharing My World 18-04-2022

April 24, 2022 15 comments

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

In your opinion, what do you buy way more of than most people?
I can’t think of anything I buy more of than anyone else. Maybe fizzy pop. I drink a lot of fizzy pop.

Which workers have the worst jobs?
The jobs done by any workers who hate their jobs. Otherwise, no matter what it is, it’s a good job!

Opinion. John Cage is a composer who composed a piece named 4’33” for any instrument. The performance are instructed not to play their instrument for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Is this music or is this art? A combination of the two? Neither, it’s stupid. Your opinion?
It’s a very clever idea, so kudos for that. As far as “music or art”, it’s definitely not music. It may well be art – have you seen the sort of stuff that’s out there these days? This definitely isn’t the craziest.

How good are you at drawing?
I’m awesome, I’m like Turner or something. Take a look at this personified version of a squirrel for example. Work of art or what? Should be in the Louvre. But I never heard back from them.

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FF – The Last

April 21, 2022 39 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Carole Erdman-Grant.

Copyright Carole Erdman-Grant

He’d seen places like this everywhere. After the bombs fell they’d become havens for the depraved, daubed with gang signs making clear their purpose.

He saw no-one, however. He hadn’t for over a year. Violence, starvation and radiation had taken the world.

Many animals had survived the radiation-induced mutations, but he was the last human.

“I am the last! I am the final living… ugh.

He didn’t even see the huge, mutated claw which took him. The last human he may have been, but there are worse things out there now than humans.

Welcome to the Age of the Mutant.

Sharing My World 11-04-2022

April 17, 2022 18 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World, which this week is co-hosted by Tena.

Do You Prefer Salty Foods or Sweet Foods?
It depends on the time of day and what I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I really, really want a chocolate bar. I think that’s my body’s way of telling me my blood sugar is low. So I have to listen to it, don’t I? At the moment it’s telling my that only Easter eggs will do.

Would you rather be in a place where it is excessively hot or excessively cold?
Well, neither, really. I not only live in a temperate zone country, but in a temperate part of that country!

Generally I would say “cold” as it’s always possible to put on more clothes and switch on the heating, but if it was going to be one or the other all the time, I would go for hot and just get used to it. I generally struggle above 25 degrees but I’m sure I would grow to love it 🙂

Favourite Mode of long distance travel (Bus, Plane, Train, Automobile, or other).
My car. I like the autonomy, stopping where and when I want, the music I want, the temperature I want.

What was your favourite holiday growing up?
So a choice between Christmas and Easter… definitely Christmas, of course! Now I’m all grown up, I still like Christmas but it is an awful lot of hassle and money.

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Sharing My World 04-04-2022

April 10, 2022 14 comments

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

Are you more productive at night or in the morning? Do you think it’s possible to change and get used to another schedule?
I’m definitely more productive in the morning. I like to get up early and get stuff done, and I naturally wake up early. I expect even I could change given time, though (if I had to).

What’s the biggest vehicle you’ve driven? If you don’t drive, what’s the biggest vehicle you’ve ridden in?
I haven’t driven anything very big. Just a high-roofed Ford Transit van which I used to drive my stuff back home after university. That was 250 miles each way. Three seconds after leaving I nearly scraped the neighbour’s car as I forgot to take the extra length into account when I left the parking spot, so I won’t be driving a lorry any time soon.

What songs would be played on a loop in hell?
Screeching opera. I bet even opera lovers would go crazy after hearing someone hit the high notes constantly for eternity.

What does it mean to be a person? What constitutes “personhood?”
A living human being. Whereas “personhood” is a personal head covering which keeps the rain off.

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FF – Roses

April 7, 2022 38 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by David Stewart.

Copyright David Stewart

Smiling ruefully, he realised he’d made two lunches again. Sometimes he thought he could hear her. Any little noise in the house, in the garden. Like she was still there.

Sometimes he forgot she was gone.

She had been a good wife. She kept the house well. If only she hadn’t been such a nag. Do this, do that, you’re lazy, lazy!

It was enough to drive a man to murder.

Shrugging, he shuffled over to the back window. His rose bushes were flourishing. Ironically, though she hadn’t been much of a gardener in life, his wife made fantastic fertiliser.