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ABCtales Critiquing Service - good reports!

Over the years many of you have asked for a critiquing service and it has taken a long time to find (a) someone good enough to do it well and (b) someone who will charge what we regard as a reasonable fee. Finally, we've done it! Lorraine Mace is a freelance writer, columnist and tutor for the Writers Bureau. Winner of the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition (comic verse category), Lorraine's fiction, features and humour have appeared...

A Woman Of No Importance by Oscar Wilde (Don’t Ask Me What This Means)

I haven’t moved, everyone I know is still the same, the only differences I experience are from my book club, reading something the others will never try. And last week it was something poignant, another Oscar Wide because why not? A Woman Of No Importance. That’s it, that’s the title. The premise in a nutshell, well I’ll admit it’s not easy to put a button on it, the title already alludes to a woman’s journey, singling out one character in...

Diana Wilson 28/6/2020 RIP.

Diana Wilson got allocated one of the new builds in Trafalgar Street, 2003-4. She was much the same age as Ricky Ross, Deacon Blue, and Dignity has become a bit of a naff-classic. In those days of the late 1950s a Daily Record cost 2d, now it cost 85p. You could buy a bungalow in Great Western Road and have change from £125. Black-and-white telly, but not for all. Most couldn’t afford it, even with Radio Rentals. Crowds flocked to new X-Ray...

Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Film 4, 11.05 pm, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (2013).

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/blue-is-the-warmest-colour Wow, Mary Whitehouse, this was a sizzler. To think back in the 1970s I used to get red faced watching The Sweeney , when they showed a bit of tit. This would have been a swift case of spontaneous combustion and my charred remains found glued to the false leather settee. Whoopee, finally, a blue movie on the telly, but I’m too old for it now! But if you cut away the nudity, which I...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

It's an all female one this week! Big congratulations to rosaliekempthorne for her stunning two parter 'True Stories' and to Di_Hard for her wonderful 'june 20th'. Do read both (with your sun hat on and a cold drink, if it's anything like where I live) https://www.abctales.com/story/rosaliekempthorne/true-stories-part-1-2 https://www.abctales.com/story/rosaliekempthorne/true-stories-part-2-or-2 https://www.abctales.com/story/dihard/june-20th...

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Don’t Ask Me What This Means).

I started a book club-- Readers Red BC. "Let's start with a classic!" a member suggests. I thought perfect, I'm already behind on my Goodreads challenge for the year-- they keep reminding me--I'm in desperate need to vary my book selection which probably has contributed to my stagnation and maybe reading with people will help me get out of the slump that happens when I start a new book eager to get to the end, only for the feeling to wither,...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Sat, 20 Jun 2020 One thing about this glitch in our history is that it's given us tme to reflect. The two picks for this week are excellent aids to our own mullings. Story of the week goes to Error_404's deeply poignant, Memory Lake: https://www.abctales.com/story/error404/memory-lake Poem of the week goes to littleditty's inventive prose poem, This Year's Walk: https://www.abctales.com/story/littleditty/years-walk08...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

One thing about this glitch in our history is that it's given us tme to reflect. The two picks for this week are excellent aids to our own mullings. Story of the week goes to Error_404's deeply poignant, Memory Lake: https://www.abctales.com/story/error404/memory-lake Poem of the week goes to littleditty's inventive prose poem, This Year's Walk: https://www.abctales.com/story/littleditty/years-walk08 Here's the Inspiration Point: https://www...

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CENTURION - 2020

The Salisbury Poisonings, BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, written by Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson, director, Saul Dibb.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08dqp3w/the-salisbury-poisonings-... Before Covid-19, the coronavirus, Salisbury was briefly in lockdown in the winter of 2018 after two Russian agents poisoned former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal (Wayne Swann) who worked for MI6 (allegedly) and his daughter, Yulia Skripal (Jill Winternitz) with polonium, a highly toxic and deadly nerve agent. This might have been a hard sell. Now we’re au...

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