Writer Contributions from 2006

The Race

If anyone ever asks me about my favourite movie I'll say Ben Hur - for the chariot race. There's never been anything to match it. Ben Hur was made in 1959 but the planning was underway years before that. At the time it was the biggest cinematic undertaking ever. Ben...

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Chumleigh’s Riding Adventure

It was Sir Marmaduke A. Chumleigh who got the riding craze; His middle name was Algernon; he had some funny ways; He hated anyone to contradict - he had no time for fools, Was arrogant, eccentric, and thought he knew the rules Of every game and sport that had ever...

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Free Friday

The German word for Friday is Freitag, but as frei means 'free' and tag means 'day' it can be seen that Friday could mean free day. Oddly enough, that is exactly what last Friday proved to be for me, a free day. About noon on that fateful day, I arrived in the city,...

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Dreaming of Murder

"I'm going to commit a murder! It's not that difficult. Lots of people do it. You can read what they did in the papers every day. Most of them get caught, of course, because they aren't smart enough." He paused, considering her short skirt; it rode up above the knees...

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Lost in the Woods

I plodded on through the night. It was winter and my clothes were dripping wet. The logs were dangerously slippery. I was stumbling and falling many times, climbing and falling over logs. After the first half hour I'd lost all sense of direction. But still I wasn't...

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Scrap Metal

The Acme Manufacturing Company made all kinds of things. Anything in metal, whether welded, bolted, soldered or cast in bronze. Anything, in fact, including the kitchen sink. Two of its longest serving employees were Bill, the watchman and Joe, the fitter's mate. Bill...

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Life in Couplets

I was born on Christmas Eve A time of joy, not to grieve. World War II had not begun I played and danced in rain and sun. We went to the 'flicks for a sixpenny bit Roy Rogers and Trigger were definitely 'it.' School was a drag, a place to endure But home was safe,...

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Arcade

clandestine lunch at a corner table, splade in the right hand, hers in the left; snatch of swingy jazz, smoochy saxophone wail; circular tesselated Roman pavement; lazy latte moments at the sidewalk cafe; curling tobacco smoke; 'chef out the back' - white chalk, black...

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Apple

I had Red Delicious apple with which my teeth were forced to grapple. Picked early, it was tough, Made my temper very rough, Because, then, I felt my teeth might snapple. Apple - Vengeance The perfection of Eden, Defied the prospect of leavin'. So the apple and Eve,...

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Apple – Whimsey (a la Pam Ayres)

I'd prefer to be an apple Than a porky porcupine, So I wouldn't be so pestered By some porky valentine. By just being a big red apple, I'd accomodate some warm and happy bug. Who'd deter all these who'd eat me With a sharp decisive - "Ugh!" In a symbiotic friendship...

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