Christmas at Uncle Bertie’s

Christmas at Uncle Bertie’s

Uncle Bertie was the patriarch of the family and once again Christmas was to be celebrated at his farm in Dorset. He had been born in 1900 and so had not only lived at the time of the 1917 communist revoluĀ­tion in Russia but had, in fact, become a communist. He never...
The Slouch Hat

The Slouch Hat

The slouch hat is the immortal symbol of the Aussie Digger! Perhaps when soldiers are seen marching on the parade ground or through city streets it might be regarded as ornamental or decorative with most people liking the look of it. What I am doing, though, is...
Mystery of the LEFT HAND GLOVE

Mystery of the LEFT HAND GLOVE

It was no surprise when the policeman knocked on our door. There has been a series of thefts in the neighbourhood, all involving gardening tools. Mostly wheel barrows, power mowers and whipper snipers; but some inconsequential smaller implements. “Just to...
I Know a Man

I Know a Man

He had been sitting there without making a single comment for the best part of an hour. The banal conversations carried on by witless people feeling a need to listen to their own voices was mind-numbing. Worse, the content was universally facile and meaningless. Some...
Future Visions

Future Visions

43 AD Southern Britain Marcus: How long have we been in this wild, god-forsaken country, Sextus? Seems like years but my reckoning says it’s only three or four months. Sextus: You probably work things out more carefully than I do, Marcus. Tribune officer rank...
A Passionate Interest

A Passionate Interest

I got up early on the morning of July 12th; about 4.15, much as I had on most mornings for the past month. It was the World Cup Final between Holland and Spain. As a football fanatic I was excited. This was the last of the 64 matches in this year’s tournament,...