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Boris Pahor (2020) Necroplis. Translated by Michael Biggins, introduction by Alan Yentob.

Boris Pahor (2020) Necroplis. Translated by Michael Biggins, introduction by Alan Yentob. With most of the world in lockdown now is perhaps a good time to spend reading about Boris Pahor in the land of the crematoria. Spare a thought for those in refugee camps and prisons. Necropolis is a story not about them, but about us, common humanity. Pahor writes about his life not in the past, but in the present and also the future, when he’ll be like so...

Here we go

One of my stories has been chosen as the story of the week which always makes me proud, confident and humble all at the same time. Funny how the gears tend to clck as this week my book entitled Full Filler by Ice Rivers went into print. ISBN-13: 979-8601361705. The print copy is an upgrade over the ebook as the print copy includes a few photos and a bonus story. Delivery is becoming a problem apparently because of the pandemic. I'm trying to be...

The Piety of Hand-clapping.

https://www.facebook.com/mary.boyle.9/videos/10159825153012228/?t=0 Piety, as we all know, is a quality of being reverent. We usually associate it with religion. Etymologically, it comes from Latin and is related to dutifulness. It’s not often I’ve seen ideology in action. People coming to their front doors and clapping their hands and supporting the NHS. Our NHS and the support workers. Care workers and what we used to call auxiliaries. Only to...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 What a wonderful island ABCtales is. Many of us have found respite here this week - thank you so much for posting your writing, it really helps in difficult times. The standard of writing has been incredibly high so do look back across the week for many brilliant pieces. The lives of others are intrinsically interesting - or perhaps I'm just nosey. Either way Ice Rivers has given us some fabulous...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

What a wonderful island ABCtales is. Many of us have found respite here this week - thank you so much for posting your writing, it really helps in difficult times. T he standard of writing has been incredibly high so do look back across the week for many brilliant pieces. The lives of others are intrinsically interesting - or perhaps I'm just nosey. Either way Ice Rivers has given us some fabulous snippets, in a sort of Mass Observation style...

The Undertakers are here, Ma'am!

"A selection of darkly humorous tales about two hapless undertakers, Josiah Oakshott and Archibald Thurble, and the troubles that befall them and their clients. Also, some stories about two precocious children you really wouldn't want to tangle with - Peregrine and Prudence. If you want to know who blew up the crematorium, why Mrs Anderby had an unfortunate encounter with some potting compost and how an Anti-Santa found himself in captivity, you...

#Covid-19- a five-point guide for stupid people like me.

A guy told me that a guy he knew said the coronavirus has been engineered. It has, of course, left-wing, radical badgers in their labs far below the earth when they were mixing a batch of bovine TB in the 1970s also created the coronavirus and passed the secret onto their friends the right-wing bats. Because bats knew they’d be ate by some human in the Huanan seafood market in January 2020. Revenge of the bats – COVID-19 is the name of the...

Todays Menu

Monday 23rd March Todays plan Choose breakfast Do stretches , choose exercise modality and do it. I suspect I will have to have several bursts of it. Tidy another cupboard Clean dogs ears Hopefully keyboard will arrive and I will have a go with it. Supper is gnocchi with walnuts and blue cheese followed by the oranges which wont last long.

'33.9 Million Miles From Lyme Regis' by Laurie Avadis

Cerasus Poetry's latest publication is now available to buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=cerasus+poetry&ref=nb_sb_noss This is how Laurie describes it, in his own words: "My relationships with my biological and musical family, with lovers and love both lost and lingering, have been passionate and implosive. I have ghost-hovered through life to the patchwork soundtrack of Waits, Sparks, Queen and Korn, in the company of whales and...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Once again, loads of thanks to all you wonderful ABCTalers for so many splendid contributions to the site. We know from feedback how much pleasure, inspiration and support our members get from each other, and it feels especially important right now.

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