Reblog: Imagine

Speaks for itself. Actually, there is one thing worth saying. It is good to know that other people share this view. This is what gives me hope.

Times and Tides of a Beachwriter

This evening, women all over the United Kingdom will be lighting candles to remember Sarah Everard, a young woman in her thirties who went missing on 3rd March while walking home in London. She had been kidnapped and murdered. Although we were told this sort of crime by a complete stranger was very rare, women of all ages and parts of society spoke up to say fear and harassment on the streets and anywhere in public is all too common. A national dialogue has started and my guest blogger, Fiona Hallsworth, was moved to write this powerful piece.

Don’t think about my gender, don’t think about your gender. Forget “men vs women”. Just read my story. All of these examples really happened to me, they are just a small sample of many.

Imagine you are 11 years old and at a family party. You play with the other children, oblivious…

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inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 13 March 2021, visual.

Something a little different today. But, with a prompt of “visual” this seemed ideal. The date is 28th October 1978. Andy King scored a screamer to give Everton a 1-0 victory over Liverpool, the first time we had beaten them in years. And I was stuck at Liverpool bloody Cathedral with the sodding Lord Mayor.

But, can you guess which one is me? Click through to a larger image.


for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 13 March 2021, superfluity.

When I first saw today’s prompt, I misread it. I thought, “Great! Finally! At last! Somebody has issued a decent physiccy prompt” and I was all set to write about superfluids.

A superfluid, by the way, is one with no viscousity. You pour it, it never stops flowing.

Life got even more interesting when I discovered that Superfluid was the name of a mascara.

And then, as if by magic, I realised that I had answered the real prompt, already!

A Million Shades of Blue

For KK’s Flashback Track Friday prompt. Her music was A Whiter Shade of Pale and she was thinking along the lines of forming a new colour from an existing colour..

I went a few places on this one. My idea straight away was the sea, the sky, the beach, and the million different colours that we collectively label “blue”. Then, the weather changes slightly and we have a million more.

So I wrote a few lines very much as a work in progress. So much has been written about the sea that there is no way I could hope to come up with anything decent in the time available. But I did start off with a clear image in my head.

The waves lap gently on the reef,
From strand, a whitish hue,
They proffer not the world beneath,
Composed of deepest blue.

A paradise, a gently breeze,
Light foam upon the shore,
But change the weather, and observe,
Chastisement lies in store.

The fish abate, the mermaids flee,
seek shelter from the eye,
The secrets of foreboding sea,
Beneath an ashen sky

In 2003 we had a week’s vacation down deep in the south of France. We gained respite from the soaring temperatures by at least being on the shores of the Mediterranean. We were right on the Bassin de Thau, which is essentially an enormous lagoon. Outside, you have open sea. Inside, it is sufficiently tranquil that all you see is row upon row of oysters being farmed.

I’ve kinda got into the habit of posting a song when I complete this post, and this week shall be no different. A famous French song, reputedly written in 10 minutes flat, by a young entertainer, Charles Trenet, as he skirted the Bassin de Thau by train, in wartime France.

This song is famous and has been covered in English, but I’ll link to the original today. The English translation can be found here.