The Rocket Effect

Just thought I’d share this data which I updated this evening. This is the number of COVID cases in our village. The increase over the christmas period is about tenfold (compared to, say, pre-December). But I’ll just going to share the image and let you provide the commentary.

As far as I can tell, our area is absolutely typical of all UK areas.

You can click through to a full size image if you like but you can probably get the gist from the smaller image.

Lucky Ticket

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #101, where we write about this photo from Pixabay..

Josh had never considered whether he was a lucky person or not. At his young age, he still had many of life’s events ahead of him. But at this moment, he was on top of the world.

Like many boys his age, he collected football stickers. For this year’s roster, he already had what was considered one of the rarest stickers, and when he treated himself this morning, there it was again. He was already sitting on an offer to swap it for a hundred other cards, he’d just said he’d think about it and let them know.

He’d confided in his best friend, Amy. She cared little for these cards, but she understood “rare”. “It’s no use to you, you already have it”, and then jokily added “why not put it up on eBay?”

This throwaway remark set Josh’s mind racing. “Why not?”, he’d thought, and went home and took some photos of the card that night. Next day, he enlisted Amy’s help once again. “I want you to help me come up- with an ad”, he’d explained. Buying her lunch to twist her arm, they’d gone to use one of the school’s computers, after they’d finished eating. A half-hour later, Jake hit “post”, and the listing went live.

There was precious little time to watch the progress of the auction, and Josh did not have a computer at home, but a week later, Amy reminded him. “Doesn’t that auction end today?” and at lunchtime they once again found themselves in the computer lab. Josh logged on.

In the cafeteria, the rest of the school just heard a muffled “YESSSSSSS”.

Green Fingers

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 18 January 2021, nourish.

Last year, and my wife had a hunch,
She’d plant out some strawb’ries to munch,
She tended and nourished,
Her strawberries flourished,
‘Til the slugs came and ate them for lunch