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A Bridge Too Far?

Being the fifth part of The Moscow ChroniclesI Follow the link s for Part 1 - Moscow Calling , Part 2 - Taksi! , Part 3 - Night in the City and Part 4 - The Road to Red Square Having singularly failed to get into Red Square and see the Kremlin, and having been frightened out of my skin by a young couple who just wanted me to take their picture, I decided it was time to head back to the relative safety of my hotel. To add a little variety to the...

Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone. A Place Beyond the Sky (part 1 and 2)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006vrs/chasing-the-moon-series-1-1-a-place-beyond-the-sky-part-one https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006vrv/chasing-the-moon-series-1-2-a-place-beyond-the-sky-part-two This six part serial set at the height of the Cold War tells us everything we need to know about the relationship between politics and technology. United States triumphalism that they had won the war, although unofficial...

Pat Black (2019) The Family

I read this book when it was first published. I’ve read some of Pat Black’s short stories. Some of them are outstanding. A novel is just a bigger story. It’s no great surprise that Black knows what he’s doing. The Family is an interesting title. A bit bland, unless you’re Charles Manson and his Family. And this is Charles Manson territory. There are evil people out there and more worryingly within us. We’ve got to channel them. Here’s a little...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

What a week it's been for cherries - I've had to scroll through pages of them! My choice for Story of the Week is quite a long one but please don't let that put you off - it's one of the best things I've read on ABCTales for a while: 'All Architects Are Called Zach' by Mark Burrow. My Poem of the Week is the beautiful 'XIX' by john_silver. Big congratulations to both! https://www.abctales.com/story/johnsilver/xix https://www.abctales.com/story/...

Tear along dotted line – the Celtic season starts here.

Most Celtic supporters I’ve talked to would be happy another domestic treble, perhaps with a European Cup thrown in for good measure. In Lennie we trust (well kinda). Lennon got us over the line last year, winning the Scottish Cup and the treble. There was a minimum and maximum as there is this year. I’d guess the minimum is a domestic double, Scottish League and one other trophy. In terms of Europe, qualification for the group stage of the...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

June's Story and Poem of the Month, very kindly chosen by Hudsonmoon: Picks of the month are never easy. And June proved difficult. So many tasty things out there. But the following two seemed to linger the most in my somewhat scattered mind. They're both pretty wonderful. Prose of the month honors go to celticman's Puddle Land celticman's tale haunted me a bit. Not in a scary sort of way, though. (Okay, the guillemot in the baby crib did freak...

Alison (2017) directed by Uga Carlini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=85&v=WIvFTrJGWCY This drama-documentary has a fairy-story feel, a story of good triumphing over evil, of before and after the fall. Rape and murder are commonplace. Currently, only four-percent of reported rapes in the United Kingdom, for example, are successfully prosecuted. When Alison Botha was abducted at knife-point in 1994, after dropping her friend off, near her home in South Africa, she...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 05 Jul 2019 Amongst the riches on the site this week, two in particular stood out for me from the moment I read them. Story of the Week is Ball Bearing from ice rivers. A funny, reflective tale of a friendship, a fibre optic bear and the dynamics of the office Christmas Party: https://www.abctales.com/story/ice-rivers/ball-bearing Poem of the Week is the stunning Everyone Remembers Everything Eventually, by lavadis...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Amongst the riches on the site this week, two in particular stood out for me from the moment I read them. Story of the Week is Ball Bearing from ice rivers. A funny, reflective tale of a friendship, a fibre optic bear and the dynamics of the office Christmas Party: https://www.abctales.com/story/ice-rivers/ball-bearing Poem of the Week is the stunning Everyone Remembers Everything Eventually, by lavadis. Beautiful, complex, but so easy to just...

Doug Johnstone (2013) Gone Again.

I recently read Doug Johnstone’s The Jump . I enjoyed it, so had a look at his back catalogue. In many ways we all write the same story again and again. I liked the Godfather of Scottish noir, William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw series, more for the characters and the Glasgow landscape than his ramshackle plots in which Laidlaw didn’t so much solve the case but tilt the world off its axis, which made him slightly less miserable. That’s Glesgca fer you...

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