Smell the Coffee

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #118, where we write about this photo from Dmitriy Ganin at Pexels. .

Peter was desperate. Why could he not find himself a girlfriend? Admittedly, he was excitable, but wasn’t that just his enthusiasm shining through? So, when his workmate, Paul, mentioned a friend, Peter jumped at the chance, and a blind date was arranged. Would this finally be the woman of his dreams?

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Reblog: New Music Monday #5

It blows me away that every new song nowadays seems to come with a well-produced video, where I remember the first music videos accompanying tracks as an optional extra.

Earlier, KK posted her “New Music Monday” track on our new blog, Songshine Sounds, and this is no exception. This was released just in the last week, but I guess a lot more time went into producing that video.

Songshine Sounds

Does your spirit crave the new? I know mine does. So every Monday, I will feature a new song that wasn’t even in existence the week before. Yes, it’s true. Great new music is still being made every week. I will mix up the genres and artists to keep the surprises coming.

Indie-Rock band, Sleater-Kinney is known for their sharp, clashing punk rock music, but this week, the band released a much more mellow track. “Worry With You” has a psychedelic, breezy highway kinda-feel. The band’s upcoming tenth studio album, Path of Wellness, will be their first self-produced album and it promises to be one that captures the relationship ups and downs we’ve all been experiencing during Covid. Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker sing in unison during the chorus, “Let’s get lost baby/And take a wrong turn/That’s the life, that’s the life/We never ever wanna get burned.”


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inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 17 May 2021, nefarious.

I had had quite a lot on my plate,
And my roommate was starting to grate,
So while he was asleep,
I sheared him, like a sheep,
When he woke, he was somewhat irate.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Who Won the Week (16 May 2021)

In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.

I’ll warn you, this is quite a long post, but maybe you’d like to ponder the rights and wrongs of this situation?

Last Tuesday, an inquest into an event called the Ballymurphy Massacre, which occurred during The Troubles of Northern Ireland, found that none of the victims had done anything which would have justified their shooting.

It doesn’t sound much, does it? Innocent? But these victims, who were all civilians, were hitherto dismissed as Irish Republican Army (IRA) gunmen. So to their families, it was a big deal, to have their names cleared.

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Reblog: Songshine Sunday #5

Earlier today, my blogging partner KK presented her latest Songshine Sunday post on our blog Songshine Sounds. Feels new-ish, also quite uplifting, I thought.

I hope your Sunday is going A-Okay!

Songshine Sounds

Whether or not there’s sunshine where you are in the world this Sunday, we hope you’ll enjoy a sunny track, and that it uplifts your spirit.

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Life through the Lens (16 May 2021)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

Fireworks are the easiest thing in the world to photograph, you need a remote shutter and a tripod, to keep the camera absolutely still.

The biggest problem is that it is usually a damp, drizzly evening – in the UK our big fireworky celebration is in November, although they’re used at New Year’s too.


inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 16 May 2021, laconic.

There once was a writer canonic,
Who adopted a style quite laconic,
But his words began flowing,
And pen began glowing,
Once he knocked back a few gin and tonic.

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The Best

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 15 May 2021,last week.

I was stuck for a response this week until I lemembered I had bought four of these from eBay.

Photograph of a large mug of tea.

That’s a pint mug, and it contains freshly-made tea, so you can guess what I will be doing for the next… while. Ahhhhhh, ‘scuse me.