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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

This last week of March has been a colourful one - thanks to a great inspiration point. It's been like sifting though a tin of chocolates to choose two delectable pieces - but - our poem of the week is a gorgeous evocation of the season from Rhiannon: https://www.abctales.com/story/rhiannonw/wild-daffodils-field-and-meadow Our story of the week is an irreverent and humorous piece from Mikesize1: https://www.abctales.com/story/mikesize1/christ-...

'Waiting For Another Velvet Morning' by Julia Macpherson. Reviews!

This one is personal for a few of us on ABCTales. Julia (Overthetop1) was one of our much loved users as is her mother Coral (seashore). Two of our most talented poets very kindly agreed to provide reviews which you can read below, and then I've copied Cerasus Poetry's post which contains a link to buy the book. I've read it. You should too. It's extraordinary: Julia MacPherson’s Waiting For Another Velvet Morning by Maggy Van Eijk (maggyvaneijk...

'Waiting For Another Velvet Morning' by Julia Macpherson

A record came on, maybe around 4.00am: ‘Some Velvet Morning’, the singer intoned. We looked at each other, listened. It had captured our mood so accurately. After it ended, we all said we would not forget this night. It was one of those sunlit, spider-web moments that cannot be swept away.

The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, written and directed by Liza Williams.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003m0l/the-yorkshire-ripper-files-a-very-british-crime-story-series-1-episode-3 Episode 1, Chapeltown. We all know what happened to Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed in the late seventies the Yorkshire Ripper, he was arrested in January 1981 and sent to Broadmoor the high-security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire, for thirteen murders and seven other attacks on women. Although we sometimes hear in the press of him...

Fishermans Friends - Film Review

A bit of feelgood, with real sea shanties and some good views of Port Isaac in Cornwall. It's 'based on a true story', well the band is real and I'm not sure about the predictable love story. Daniel Mays, who plays the London smoothie music producer who finds his loyalties turned upside down is 'yummy' and you sort of put up with the cliches about Cornwall and London being worlds apart because there's just enough truth and then there's the...

Pascal's Wager

Heads or Tails?

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Before I get onto the Picks of the Week, I'd just like to ask all of you to make sure the email addresses on your accounts are current and functioning. Sites like ours are regularly visited by publishers, and you could be missing out on exciting opportunities if no-one can get in touch with you! If you need help with changing your email, let me know. For the Picks - big congratulations this week to Rosalie Kempthorne for "Lydia" and to Ewan for...

Storyville: The Internet’s Dirtiest Secrets – the Cleaners, directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003f2f/storyville-the-internets-dirtiest-secrets-the-cleaners I’m a big fan of Storyville and BBC 4, in general. That tells you a lot about the type of person I am. Big data companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter (Amazon and Apple) mine data points for personal information the same way Archimedes used mathematics and mechanics (Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall...

Disoccidented by Alfie Shoyger: A Review

I 've been asked to share this review Alfie Shoyger received for his first collection which is on sale now, and I do so with pleasure: "Disoccidented" is the first collection published by Alfie Shoyger, a poet with whose work I am familiar through the writer’s website ABCTales. “Caveat Lector” is perhaps what I should say first. Some sentiments and opinions within the collection may well offend the sensibilities of readers. This should in no way...

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