Tired Out

My Songshine Sounds blog co-host KK published a fun new prompt the other day. She has called it “Where were you? Tuesday“.

The idea is that she presents a song, and we respond with our memories of it. Where we heard it, what we were doing at the time, and so on. For this edition, she has chosen “I won’t do that” by Meatloaf.

I must admit that I was never a Meatloaf fan, but I remember this track from one of those compilation CDs, “Now That’s What I Call Music”. I don’t know if this franchise ever made it outside of the UK, but in the end they made more than a hundred of these things, I think (although I’d long since given up buying them by then).

But in the 2000s, I ripped every CD I owned to MP3, so I was able to look it up this evening. It was Now… #26, released in 2000. At that time, I bought music to wile away my three-hour commute up to London on the train.

The jobs were only standard 7½ – 8 hour days, but add that commute on top… Daughter was less than a year old, too, so it felt imperative to get home every night to see her, although Mrs Bump did most of the parenting by far.

And, you know how some jobs are better than others? Well, in 2000 I started probably my best ever job, as an architect for Coutts, a prestigious UK private bank. It was rumoured that Posh and Becks had accounts there, although I don’t know it that was true.

They were good people to work for because, while most companies scrimped, saved and cut corners, for Coutts, their reputation was everything. It was all done properly, the best of the best. That was a good working environment. I met many switched on people there and I was thrilled that these people regarded me in that same category.

So I’m sorry, KK, but I don’t have any specific memories of this track. I remember all those bloody hours, though!

The Magician’s Assistant

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 29 July 2021, real.

Though their marital grievances grew,
Magic Sword trick helped husband’s revue,
But the blades they were real
She felt taste of cold steel,
As he skewered her right the way through

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Close Encounter

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 28 July 2021, innocuous.

A young craftsman who fashioned bookcases,
Took himself for a day at the races,
Though positioned binoculars
By his butt, quite Innoculous,
When he sat there were several red faces!

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Up to My Elbows

For Fandango’s Story Starter #4, where we build something around the following phrase:

I’d been planning the perfect vacation for months, but then…

Feeling lazy right now, so just a quick limerick this week. Let’s use those words “inspired by” again:

My dream holiday to Singapore,
Got all screwed up just one day before,
When a blockage occurred,
Left bathroom full of turds,
So instead left behind mopping floor.

Logo for the Fandango Story Starter Prompt

Adrenaline Rush

For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #128, where we write about the image below, from the Google Photo Frame.

The Saturn Orbiter. Standing at 126ft, it’s gantry painted in a striking explosion of colour, a rocket blasting off. A unique track of four 360° loops, each coming directly after the last. A drop of 77ft and a top speed on the descent of 78mph. The world’s tallest rollercoaster. Opened only three years ago, the thrill-seeker Toby knew all the numbers.

Continue reading “Adrenaline Rush”

How It Works

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 27 July 2021, qualm.

Their development yet to be swung,
They presented the Lord Mayor a bung,
Showing very few qualms,
As the notes greased his palms,
And Joe Public was once again stung.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt


This is my response to the Flashback Track Friday prompt, where we were given Cry To Me by Solomon Burke and asked:

What are you afraid of missing out on this summer?.
Continue reading “Shady”

Who Won the Week (25 July 2021)

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

Do you remember my post last week?