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https://www.abctales.com/story/marandina/final-message-moscow To anyone that has read my recent story about my son’s homecoming from Moscow my genuine thanks. In the story I referred to an unpublished allegory of sorts. This is the piece I wrote on 28 th February 2022. Having read it back, it’s still appears to be mostly current which is a reflection of how the conflict has become bogged down in attrition. Again, I hope sense prevails soon and...

Fergal Keane: Living with PTSD, BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, presenter Fergal Keane, Director Mike Connolly.

Fergal Keane: Living with PTSD, BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, presenter Fergal Keane, Director Mike Connolly. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0017795/fergal-keane-living-with-ptsd There’s a contradiction Fergal Keane suffers from Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD) but he’s in Ukraine. He’s on the frontline. He’s been there before. Cutting his teeth in the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. He’s been in South Africa and Rwanda. The British...

The Tender Bar (2021) Amazon, screenplay by William Monahan based on a memoir by J.H.Moehringer (J.R.Moehringer) and directed by George Clooney.

A lot of big hitters in this movie. I wasn’t sure about it, but I gave it five minutes and watched to the end. It jumps between 1973 and 1986. Daniel Raneri (with very long eyelashes) plays J.R. Maguire, a kid returning to his grandad’s house in Long Island. Tye Sheridan plays an older J.R. His mum, Dorothy Maguire (Lily Rabe) has a mattress attached to the roof of their car and all her worldly belongings. She’s going home, but carries with her...

South Africa 2022

Many people overseas would already be informed but still this may be interesting. We have real trouble you might know of it unfortunately the first part of this blog entry is bad news. Our main challenges are of an internal social nature. Going into winter available electricity is the immediate and pressing problem the network already cannot cope there are regular interruptions then there is a 5th Corona wave, in effect just after lifting the...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 13 May 2022 The longer days and warmer weather has definitely brought something out in ABC Talers - there's been some cracking stuff on the site this week. That being said, one poem in particular stood out for me. Our Poem of the Week is 'Stories I won't tell you' by london_calling79. It is a visceral piece, digging down into the realities of a particular kind of grief. It pulled me into its narrative, and although I...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

The longer days and warmer weather has definitely brought something out in ABC Talers - there's been some cracking stuff on the site this week. That being said, one poem in particular stood out for me. Our Poem of the Week is 'Stories I won't tell you' by london_calling79. It is a visceral piece, digging down into the realities of a particular kind of grief. It pulled me into its narrative, and although I immediately wanted to read it again, it...

Beg Me a River

Couldn't just kick down the door. Utilized C-4, blew the bitch open. Crying kids and scared shitless mom. Where's your son/nephew/cousin/uncle/father/husband.... humma humma.... where is he? We know you're hiding him. Kids crying, shook up by the C-4 explosion. Where is he? He had two weeks to get out. If he stayed, he stayed to fight us. Where is he? I know he stayed cause we had to blow open the door to get in. You're protecting him. Where is...

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Ever thought that the reason your head hurts so much is because it's asking you to blow the brains out of it? Body language. Dig? Ever think that the reason your back hurts so much is because it wants you to lie down on it permanently? Ever think that God got it wrong? The impact and fire, He should've had it kill you, instead of the ache scars pain soreness. He was snoozing when it happened. Sleeping on the job. Gotta change the snakes' &...

Policy and Chivalry

We're required to wear back support belts. I obey the requirement. Get to work, go to the locker room, unlock my locker, strip outta my civvies, get in work- provided uniform - optional, but I wear it so I don't sweat out my clothes, cuts down laundry - put on the belt and begin earning my paycheck. Ain't never been reprimanded for violating policy, well, beating up that asshole who killed that lizard...that doesn't count, but then today...

Saved Data

Well as you can see I'm still under a black cloud, I moved away as the landlord, bless his little cotton socks wanted to sell his flat in Norwich from far away America. Leaving me struggling to find a suitable alternative, and then my older son, who suddnely felt like his Mother should come and live closer, invited me too... So I set about struggling to find something suitable, near by, not on top of, but close enough. I couldn't find any. I was...

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