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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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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 Our Story of the Week is proudwing's mysterious and witty 'The Paperweight'. Works wonderfully as a standalone, but we are promised more, and hopefully soon! https://www.abctales.com/story/proudwing/paperweight-part-1 Poem of the Week is Alfie Shoyger's bonkers and brilliantly funny 'Squirrel Quarrel, North Hackney'. A real treat that brightened up my week: https://www.abctales.com/story/alfie-shoyger/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Our Story of the Week is proudwing's mysterious and witty 'The Paperweight'. Works wonderfully as a standalone, but we are promised more, and hopefully soon! https://www.abctales.com/story/proudwing/paperweight-part-1 Poem of the Week is Alfie Shoyger's bonkers and brilliantly funny 'Squirrel Quarrel, North Hackney'. A real treat that brightened up my week: https://www.abctales.com/story/alfie-shoyger/squirrel-quarrel-north-hackney This week's...

Time Travel

The scans illustrate typical behaviour of graphs, the equations in themselves are not important just the shapes. The sketches are not accurate one needs only to understand the characteristic properties. With this blog I am trying to explain some concepts to a layman. page 1 These two sketches illustrate some types of long term behavior of curves such as bounded or unbounded graphs, singularity, limits and asymptotes. page 2 A sequence of...

POETRY MONTHLY

Many thanks to Alfie Shoyger for March's slightly delayed Poetry Monthly: Rimas Dissolutas. This is a form where, within verses, there are no rhymes at all. However, all subsequent verses rhyme with the first one. Each verse can be as long as you want, and you can have as many verses as you want, so for example it could be ABCD ABCD ABCD etc, or ABCDEF ABCDEF ABCDEF, or whatever. Picture Credit: http://tinyurl.com/y3vsyaqe

Mick Kitson (2018) Sal

Sal , Mick Kitson’s debut novel is set in Scotland. It’s a first-person narrative about Sal, a thirteen-year-old kid trying to take care of her sister Peppa, who’s only ten. When I picked it up, it reminded me a bit of Sylvia Hehir’s, soon to be released, debut novel Sea Change/ Safe Ground . I’d read a few bits and very early drafts of Dr Hehir’s novel and I look forward to reading more. Sal’s story is quite simple to explain. She kills her mum...

#Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me, Channel 4, My4, director Dan Reed.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/leaving-neverland-michael-jackson-and-me/on-demand/63905-001 It’s easy to condemn now that we know that Michael Jackson was a serial paedophile. Money and fame kept him safe. I remember reading something and it went along the lines of one of Michael Jackson’s advisors warned him not to have young boys in his bed. To stop having sex with them. And Michael Jackson said, ‘No’. There’s a line here that rings out...

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