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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 02 Aug 2019 What a week for ranting - i'm in a particularly ranty mood myself so took great pleasure in the green calm of Di Hard's delectable and thought-provoking poem https://www.abctales.com/story/dihard/grassjuly - it's our poem of the week. I really enjoyed the discussion of the possible reading of this poem too - it would be wonderful to hear our writers reading their work. I would love to hear Hudson Moon...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

What a week for ranting - i'm in a particularly ranty mood myself so took great pleasure in the green calm of Di Hard's delectable and thought-provoking poem https://www.abctales.com/story/dihard/grassjuly - it's our poem of the week. I really enjoyed the discussion of the possible reading of this poem too - it would be wonderful to hear our writers reading their work. I would love to hear Hudson Moon reading his story aloud too: https://www...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Once again another very difficult choice - particlarly with poetry this week - we have been inundated with some very special pieces. Story of the Week goes to airyfairy's very funny 'Pad Life: Cyber Tranche' with a strong recommendation to read the continuation of canonette's 'Looking For Andrew' which was last week's pick. Poem of the Week - like I said earlier was very hard but I am giving it to skinner_jennifer, one of our stalwarts who not...

Middle Class Morality and the Corporatisation of Everything

I have some thoughts about charity, based on my interactions with Andrew and the people who are supposed to help him. I am yet to engage with the Council on Andrew’s behalf, so can’t comment on how they treat him. However, he tells me that they can’t and won’t help him, as he made himself “intentionally homeless”. This phrase lets councils off the hook and means that they no longer have a “duty” of care towards him. I’m sure how it works...

Four Meals and a Teabreak

Part 6 of The Moscow ChroniclesI Follow the links for Part 1 - Moscow Calling , Part 2 - Taksi! , Part 3 - Night in the City , Part 4 - The Road to Red Square and Part 5 – A Bridge Too Far? I left the man swimming in the park to it and made my way back to the hotel. It was galling that I was going to have to walk past it, on the opposite bank, in order to get to the next bridge but, after my travails with the traffic and finding Red Square shut...

A man for his time

President Mandela was the only man who could unify South-Africa he was a great man, a man for his time and his dream was of a Rainbow Nation a brotherhood of our people's. He was known for charisma, affection and compassion, love for his country and love for all its people. The President of the Republic of South-Africa Cyril Ramaphosa is a leader of great integrity, reason and knowledge. He is our leader and worthy and as such has to be honoured...

Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family. BBC 2, BBC iPlayer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006vv7/louis-theroux-surviving-americas-most-hated-family I watch most of Louis Theroux’s documentaries. I thought I’d already seen this one. My tag-line was the Phelps’s family were no longer America’s most hated family, because that was the Trump’s. Wishful thinking. Theroux has got some good mileage out of the Phelps’s family, but paradoxically the Phelps’s family has also got something back from...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 19 Jul 2019 So many wonderful pieces this week - how to narrow it down to two picks? It's been tough but I had to go for Canonette's moving journal, 'Looking for Andrew', for story of the week - it's a must read: https://www.abctales.com/story/canonette/looking-andrew-journal-1 Poem of the week was equally difficult - but Socialeaf's, 'Monet's Sea', is the chosen piece: https://www.abctales.com/story/socialeaf/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

So many wonderful pieces this week - how to narrow it down to two picks? It's been tough but I had to go for Canonette's moving journal, 'Looking for Andrew', for story of the week - it's a must read: https://www.abctales.com/story/canonette/looking-andrew-journal-1 Poem of the week was equally difficult - but Socialeaf's, 'Monet's Sea', is the chosen piece: https://www.abctales.com/story/socialeaf/monets-sea Here's the inspiration point: https...

Something for our Poets

We have so much wonderful poetry on ABCTales that's specific to particular places, I thought this might be of interest to some of you: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/18/a-unique-and-slightly-mad-...

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