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The Nudism Problem

Sometimes Alun will do anything not because he believes it, but because it’s the opposite of the policy of the mainland council. So when the council introduced a ban on public nudity across the whole mainland, Alun responded by making Happy Island Sands a nudist beach.
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Poem of the week



The last man I loved
made me a dream catcher
of dental floss and blonde hair.

This is him, the last of him. We’re driving
through a phlegmy drag of days. Stealing
rayon rose petals from damp motels
to stitch into his coat.

Pullover please.

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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

A total gem from Maggy van Eijk makes it a no brainer for Poem of the Week:


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Lily Poole - a review by Tony Cook

Lily Poole is the first novel by ABCtales Editor Jack O’Donnell, better known here as celticman. Many of us may be accustomed to his writing but prepare to be surprised. Lily Poole is a two gears up from anything he has written beforehand.

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Two stunning pieces take this week's honours: Stephen Thom's 'Lighthouse' and Rosa Cruz's 'Last Night I Became An Emperor Moth'. Big congratulations to both and please do read them - they're both wonderful:

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Bee's Journey

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Removed for tidying up and subs. Thank you.


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'There was a grove, dark with holm-oaks, below the Aventine, at sight of which you would say: ‘There’s a god within'. The centre was grassy, and covered with green moss, and a perennial stream of water trickled from the rock.'

Ovid. Fasti. Book III, March 1, Kalends.


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