Sharing My World 09-08-2021

August 15, 2021 20 comments

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

Restrictions are being lifted all over the world. Do you feel it’s safe to go out and mingle in crowds in light of the Pandemic?
Well, depends what you mean by “safe”. It’s always less safe to mingle in crowds, there’s always something going around, even other potentially fatal viruses (like flu).

I just checked the stats – 90% of adults in the UK have had one dose of vaccine, 76% have had both. And although most restrictions have now been lifted, most people are still wearing masks inside shops etc (most shops are “strongly requesting” it), so it’s as safe as it can be I guess.

What are some things that are okay to do occasionally, but definitely not okay to do every day?
All the best things to do, obviously. Like eating chocolate and ice cream and cakes and whatnot. Burger and chips, fish and chips, pizza…

Would you relocate for love (romantic or otherwise)?
I seriously doubt it. You shift your entire life around and then you break up and you’ve got nothing.

(he said cynically…)

Do you believe in any conspiracy theories (no judgment)?
No, because if I believed in one, in my own mind it would be “fact”, not a theory. Heh heh.

Some people would laugh at some of the things I believe in. More fool them. Anyone who doesn’t believe in the Worldwide Cat Cabal is going to be very surprised when the furry little hellions finally make their move towards world domination.

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FF – Debris

August 11, 2021 51 comments

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

Warning – this week’s story may be a tad “spicy”, but it’s the first thing that leapt into my mind 😮 and now I can’t think of anything else.

Copyright Ted Strutz

“What do we have, Constable?”

“An explosion, Sarge. No casualties, thank god, but there’s wreckage blown everywhere.”

“Right then, let’s have a look. What’s this thing?”

“No idea, Sarge. Maybe… this bit would go here, and… urgh, no!”

“Hmm, I reckon maybe you put this part around here, and then this bit would go… no, no, no!”

“I think maybe… maybe we’re better off not knowing, Sarge.”

“I think you’re right, Constable. Bag it all up!”

“Right you are, Sarge. I really don’t understand why anyone would want to blow up ‘Helga’s House of Pain’ anyway…”

Sharing My World 02-08-2021

August 8, 2021 20 comments

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

If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
In my secret volcano lair on a faraway tropical island. I couldn’t get an extinct one, all the Bond villains had snapped them up, but I’m sure it won’t erupt. At least it doesn’t need extra heating.


What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?
Time? Waste? Nothing I do is a waste of time. Binge-watching Supergirl on NowTV is educational.


How would you describe your greatest enemy? If you don’t have one, share your secret! 🙂
The secret to not having a greatest enemy is to do what I did. You sit in your volcano lair (hoping it won’t suddenly erupt) and organise your minions to “take care” of them.


If you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be?
A bird? A bird? I don’t want to be a bird 😮 But if I had to be a bird I’d be one of those which glides on the thermals. Because I’m pretty lazy and I can’t be having with all that constant flapping.

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FF – Hidden

August 4, 2021 52 comments

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

Copyright Jennifer Pendergast

Gary rubbed his hands, blowing on them for warmth. It was freezing this morning, but such a beautiful day!

He could hear birds chirping in the trees. They must be cold! Even though the sun had risen, it was weak. The temperature wouldn’t rise above freezing until Spring.

He reached the pond, small but deep and a favourite spot for young lovers. A local “Casanova”, he’d been here only last night.

She shouldn’t have rejected him but the ice, as he had hoped, was completely opaque. He’d be hundreds of miles away before they found the body.

Such a beautiful day!

Sharing My World 26-07-2021

August 1, 2021 18 comments

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

Do you believe in second chances?
In general, yes, but not for for everyone. Just imagine…

Okay, Mr Hitler, you’ve been quite naughty but everyone deserves a second chance so here’s Germany back. But if you invade Poland again, we’re going to be pretty annoyed with you.

Is your glass half full or half empty?
It starts off full, gets emptier over time and then fills up again. Such is life!

Would you rather someone be honest and hurt your feelings or lie to protect them?
Lie to me every time! Who wants to know everything everyone else thinks of them? White lies rock. There are times to lie and times to tell the truth, and the time to tell the truth is definitely not when you’re asked a question like “does my bum look big in this?”

When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush?
That time I sneaked into an arms bazaar, located some nasty weapons, called in an air strike and then escaped in a jet plane while being shot at from all sides.

Wait a mo. That wasn’t me.

It was quite the adrenaline rush watching James Bond do all that, though.

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FF – Archvillain Jr

July 28, 2021 53 comments

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

Copyright Roger Bultot

I take a picture of myself… taking a picture of myself! A loop is created… the universe will collapse! I can feel atoms beginning to unravel… I look outside… all is darkness… IT WORKED bwahahaha!

“Mum! Mum! It’s all dark outside! I’ve destroyed the universe!”

“The sun’s gone down, dear. It’s late. Go to bed. School tomorrow.”

“Darn. Therefore, mother, I shall try two mirrors facing each other. The infinite loop will surely destroy the universe bwahahaha!”

“That’s nice, dear. Now go to bed.”

A reprieve for life as we know it. Until tomorrow, universe. Bwahahaha!

Sharing My World 19-07-2021

July 25, 2021 19 comments

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

Are justice and the law necessarily the same thing?
I’ve seen the excellent documentary “Judge Dredd” and I can say that they are definitely the same thing. The Judge turns up, proclaims your guilt and then blows your head off.

GUILTY…

Which kitchen appliance do you use every day?
The kettle I reckon, whether for hot drinks or for getting a head start on potato boiling.

What is one thing you’ll never do again?
I’m perfectly capable of doing everything again, as I consistently fail to learn by my mistakes.

What event escalated very quickly?
Apart from the obvious ongoing situation, you mean? Which escalated extremely quickly and now lingers on and on and on…

Nothing else I can think of.

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FF – Pushed Too Far

July 21, 2021 36 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

He’d found the bauble in a bin. Not the meal he’d hoped for, but still… looked nice over his sleeping bag.

The sharp crack of an air rifle woke him. Around him lay his shattered bauble. A lad – no more than twenty – stood, laughing.

“Alright, grandpa!”

The lad lifted the air rifle and shot again, again. The snow spurted to the left, the right.

“Run, useless tramp!”

He fumbled in his bag, retrieved a souvenir from a long forgotten war, and blew the lad’s brains out. They looked kinda pretty in the snow.

No respect. Sometimes he wished he’d died in the Gulf.

Sharing My World 12-07-2021

July 18, 2021 15 comments

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

What would be much better if you could just change the colour of it?
I don’t think that changing the colour of things is going to make them better. Things are usually just the right colour.

Do You Think Cats Have Any Regrets?
Cats? Regrets? No.

Well, I’m sure they regret the fact that they’re too small to take over the world as yet. You can see it in their little eyes when they look at you. They’re thinking about all the things they’ll make you do when you’re their slave. Like constantly fetching tuna and scratching their fluffy little tummies while they’re planning their next move.

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No. I count lots of things but not steps.

Is there a supreme power?
I’m sure that somewhere in the universe there’s a power that’s more supreme than us.

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FF – Poisoned Air

July 14, 2021 64 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by J Hardy Carroll.

Copyright J Hardy Carroll

He watched as the fields raced past. Plenty of greenery, that had recovered quite nicely. But no people. No birds. No animals. Only plants.

This wasn’t life. Sitting at the carriage window every day, watching the remains of the world rush by.

The Train. A blessing or a curse?

He walked to one of the Termination Cubicles. Tapping in the required codes, he accepted the warning and the external window opened.

In seconds he was dead, the poisoned air searing his lungs. Once the air was recycled, he would be too. Nothing wasted.

Maybe one day people might survive outside again.

Maybe.