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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

Philip Sidney wins the story honours this week for this wonderfully transporting piece 'Ghost Hunting In New England': http://www.abctales.com/story/philip-sidney/ghost-hunting-new-england and many of you will know that I'm a sucker for nature poetry especially that's inspired by the wonder of bird life. The poetry prize goes to MJG for an almost flawless piece 'Murmuration'. http://www.abctales.com/story/mjg/murmuration finally this week's...

Broadmoor ITV 1

https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/broadmoor/series-1/episode-1 Broadmoor is a bleak sounding name. Its 150-years old, an asylum, sixty miles from London that is expanding out to meet it. It used to provide a daytrip for gentile Londoners to go and gawk at Broadmoor’s inmates. Now the cameras have been invited inside. I’m not really sure why. Broadmoor we are told holds 200 ‘patients’ at a cost of £300 000 per year, per patient, an annual cost to the...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan

Hard to tell a tale of grim facts which we can all Google online and to keep our interest; Richard Flanagan does a capable job. We are mainly placed in the construction of The Death Railway, the Burma- Thailand Railway built in WW2 by the slave labour of Japanese prisoners of war. Dorrigo Evans is a hero and medical colonel, a leader of men. We shuttle back and forth to his civilian life before and after and Love is the additional interest, well...

Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds. BBC 4 9pm (watch on catch up)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04ndsb3/storyville-20142015-8-exposed-magicians-psychics-and-frauds ‘The Amazing Randi’ is indeed amazing. He’s in his mid eighties, stooped and worn and looks like he should be cast as Grumpy, or one of the other seven dwarves. But he has a very eloquent speaking voice and was awarded the MacArthur ‘genius grant’ about thirty-years ago. When he talks you should listen. He exposes fairy tales, New Age liars...

Story, poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

This week's honours go to... fromagreenhill for their wonderful poem Pan abctales.com/story/fromagreenhill/pan and VeraClark for her poetry-prose piece The Butchery abctales.com/story/veraclark/butchery Once again deciding what gets onto the home page on Friday evening has been hugely difficult, there were a number of close runners in both categories. Well done and thanks to everyone who offered their writing up on the site this week This weeks...

Editing help - here's the rub.

We all need a bit of help with editing, making our stories a little better, and a lot sharper. I’m certainly no exception to that rule. We often project what we think we mean onto the page. It’s often easier for someone else to pick up the faults and fault lines in our story. We need that other reader to see what we cannot. What I propose is to offer my editing skills. Pledge to Lily Poole ( http://unbound.co.uk/books/lily-poole )and send me...

Baby P: The Untold Story. BBC 1 directed by Henry Singer (watch it on BBC IPlayer).

August 2007, Peter Connelly, a cherubic, 17-month old, blond-haired, blue eyed boy was unlawfully killed – beaten to death. Among other injuries he suffered were broken ribs, a broken back and a missing fingertip. His mother and her boyfriend were found guilty of those crimes. This is not the story about the 260 children that have died since the, 26 of them known to the local authorities. Or the story of the five to ten familial homicides every...

More comely than a Palfrey's Gazookus

An old lady staggering in the street in a quilted turqouise anorak/body suit looked so much like an alzheimers astronaut, tipping slowly into the wind.. david bowie in sheltered housing Weird dream of teenage girls, beauties, watching me take a bath through the skylight. One starts opening her buttocks and shitting through the window and the turd turns into the neck of a honking canada goose that starts flapping round the bathroom causing havoc...

John Lanchester (2014) How to Speak Money.

Not many people read dictionaries, especially, a dictionary of money-talk that will be out of date by the time it gets to print, but I was always a bit weird. One of the few and therefore scarce O’grades I got was in the ‘dismal science’ of economics. I got a B grade. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. I know you’re secretly impressed. I was surprised. I’ll tell you my secret: if it wasn’t supply; it was demand. I could even pontificate about...

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

Congratulations this week to Bee for her stunning, multi-layered piece on memories, and to Barely Black Francis for his wonderful poem on parenthood: http://www.abctales.com/story/barely-black-francis/maudlin-tuesday-after... http://www.abctales.com/story/bee/all-ghosts-us As for the Inspiration Point, well, with Halloween next Friday it's a bit of a no brainer isn't it: poetry or prose with some reference to ghosts . Good luck!

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