Posts Tagged ‘time travel’

Limerick Challenge – Time Travel

July 21, 2016 39 comments

Here is a limerick I’ve written for Mind and Life Matters’ limerick challenge. This week’s prompt is “Time Travel“. To read this week’s other limericks, click on the blue froggy.

I had to cheat a bit by removing a couple of letters to make it scan properly 🙂

Trav’lling in time can be great
Though dangerous, ‘specially of late
If you travel too long
It can all go quite wrong
Then much worse than death is your fate!


No Second Chances

November 20, 2014 78 comments

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, which is announced on a Wednesday but dated on a Friday – so this week I am both a day late and a day early.

Time confusion! And that is the subject of today’s story. Which, I admit, is a bit confusing especially now that I had to remove 50 words to get even close to the 100 word target. But that’s time travel for ya! Confusing.

This week’s photo was provided by fellow Friday Fictioneerer Claire Fuller. I got to thinking about who might be inside and what they might be doing.

Rochelle is our host here at Friday Fictioneers club. Why not give it a go yourself? Click on the little blue frog to see all the other contributions.


Copyright Claire Fuller


“These are the space/time coordinates. Pretty unassuming for the workshop of the man who is about to create time-travel.”

“Everyone changing the past, destabilising the time stream. We stop it now, before it begins.”

The Time Agents threw their grenades into the workshop.


Time travel was never created so…

… Time Agents never came back to kill the creator of time travel so…

… time travel was created so…

… Time Agents came back to kill the creator so…


The Universe stalled and… paused. Earth vanished, seven billion people deleted from history. The Universe resumed, the temporal paradox erased.

The Universe is good at correcting mistakes. No second chances.

An Adventure to Die For

September 10, 2014 76 comments

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, so here’s my contribution!

Hosted by Rochelle, this week’s photo prompt has been provided by Janet Webb. Thanks, Janet!

Click on the little blue chap below to see all the other contributions, as they are added during the week.



Copyright Janet Webb

Through the portal lay a room, a room Marlon had discovered existed over 200 years in the past. He checked his clothing – the costume shop had assured him that it looked authentic. He was ready.

His anticipation reaching fever pitch, he stepped through. A keen historian, he was determined that this, his second trip, would be an adventure to die for.

“See, loike oi said, yer honour!” came a woman’s voice as he materialised. “Witch!”

Further cries of “Witch!” were accompanied by flaming arrows, throwing Marlon’s body back through the portal.

“A truly 18th Century death!” thought Marlon as the flesh melted from his bones.

Draliman’s Crazy Facts

February 26, 2012 2 comments

Welcome, surfers of the Interweb! This is the first of a new series in which we investigate some of the world’s crazier events and attempt to answer some tricky questions.

1) Fastest 400m sprint


Mr Littlehands - no TARDIS required

The fastest time for a 400m sprint is claimed by Nigel Minihands of the sleepy rustic village of Little Chigglewood, in the year 1972. According to parish records, while the other runners raced off as the starting pistol fired, Mr Minihands merely jogged off, smiling and waving his hands. He claims that he ran so fast he travelled back in time and finished before anyone else had started.

Obviously, the other runners disputed this, but the judging panel was in two minds, being unable to prove things either way. While Mr Minihands attempted to blind the judges with science, the other runners shouted insults from the back of the room and pelted him with fairy cakes and miniature pasties. Sensing that the situation was beginning to turn nasty, and realising that the only remaining ammunition was Mrs Wilbur’s prize-winning trifle (a favourite among the judging panel), the judges came down on the side of the other runners and Sam Diggle was awarded gold.

Nigel Minihands, now in his 60s, disputes the judgment to this day.

2) The Leaning Tower of Pisa – but is it?

Everyone has heard of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, a little-known scientific study, conducted by Alberto Pizzeria in 1981, casts doubt on the common perception that it is the tower which is leaning. He postulated that the tower is actually standing straight and proud, and it is the rest of Italy which is actually leaning. In the course of his travels around Italy, he noticed that the sea on one side of Italy appeared to be “higher” than on the other, proving his point. Everyone, from the greatest scientists to a small child he met in Naples, told him that the tide was probably out when he visited the east coast and named him “the biggest idiot in the history of idiots”, but Signore Pizzeria would not listen and continues to gate-crash scientific symposia to this day armed only with his notebook and an unwavering belief that one day everyone will see the truth.

3) A caber toss of champions

McAustin caber toss

Rare archive footage of Steve McAustin's run-up

The caber toss – the ancient Scottish sport of throwing a 68kg tree trunk as far as possible. Contrary to popular belief, the caber toss event is judged for style rather than distance thrown. The caber should remain upright as the athlete runs, spin when thrown and end up pointing straight away from the thrower. It is this that has cast the results of the 1975 Highland Games into question. In fact, the winner has yet be confirmed. The crowd roared in appreciation as various contestants threw the caber 20, 30 feet. Then a late entrant, Mr Steve McAustin visiting his ancestral home from the USA, threw the caber – and it failed to come down. The UK authorities contacted NASA, who confirmed that the caber eventually made land-fall on the Moon but – and this is the vital point – they couldn’t determine the orientation of the caber in relation to Mr McAustin. Therefore, the judges were unable to confirm the winner of the event.

A special mission to the moon, to be financed by Mr McAustin’s friend Mr Goldman, is scheduled for 2015. It is hoped that this will bring the 1975 Highland Games to a close.