Pick of the day

Validation at Fast Phil's (Yeah Yeah Yeah)

As already confessed, I have a predilection towards singing the words "wild cherry cola" over and over in my brain.

When I mentioned this to my wife, she said "you're out of your mind".

I thought for awhile that I might be.

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Story of the week


    I don’t associate cats with beaches.  Dogs, yes, flappy ears and flappy paws, chasing balls and sticks, challenging the waves to a duel.  But a domestic cat seems too self-contained a thing for a beach.  A lion, or a tiger or a panther maybe, stalking the sand and staking its claim, I can see that.  But a neighbourhood mog, with a smudge on its nose and suspicion in its eyes - no.  What would a cat do with all that space?Read more

Poem of the week

To my Unborn Son

My unborn son, I drill down through the wires

that thread my battered brain and ask,

“What kind of world will drag you through the fires

of earthy human passion?”

A world whipped on by trolls whose eyes are screens,

who wear a democratic mask,

rewiring human hearts into machines

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Two picks this week - connected by being about life as it is today, and also connected because I found them both very moving in different ways.

Congratulations to airyfairy for Aftermath and to Alfie Shoyger for To my Unborn Son. Do read them:

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Story and Poem for the month of June very kindly selected by Sean McNulty:


Mirror World by Poetonahill

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Poetry Monthly – July

Hello all, 

Sorry for the delay in Poetry Monthly – I’ve been busy and then sloth-like in the heat when I’ve stopped!

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Poetry Monthly – June

I hope everything is good where you are and you’ve managed to enjoy some sunshine!

Some inspired writing as usual on ABCtales from last month’s focus of ‘A Leap of Faith’.

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

Operation March Hare

The Department is located in Whitehall, approximately six floors below ground level, in a sprawling maze of corridors known as the Rabbit Warren. The exact location remains obscure, not only does The Department not officially exist, the corridors themselves have neither beginning nor end. A visit there is as disorientating as being spun round the Large Hadron Collider a few million times at just shy of the speed of light.  Read more

Mirror World


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