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Tara Westover (2018) Educated.

Tara Westover’s Educated has a tag-line from Barack Obama on the cover, ‘a remarkable memoir’ and in terms of sales I doubt there was a bigger selling book in 2018. I’m a voracious reader but it’s been a long time since a book kept me up to the wee small hours. I’d nibbled at Educated online, reading the first few pages, before getting the paperback and devouring almost 400 pages in one large gulp. It’s the kind of book I like, because it’s...

Rudyard Kipling (1901 [2010]) Kim.

Rudyard Kipling (1901 [2010]) Kim. What can I tell you about Rudyard Kipling and Kim , you don’t already know? I’ll start at the beginning. No, I’ll start at the end and try and explain my beginnings. Kim is a work of art, a classic text that captured me completely from the first to the last, 306 pages later and roams through India, some of Afghanistan (I think) and takes in Tibet and China. It looks at the world through a lens of mysticism and...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Our Story and Poem of the Month for December, very kindly chosen by rjnewlyn: Picks of the month for December are always a little hard to sell, because Christmas has passed and I don’t suppose many of us are in the mood to re-visit it as we brace ourselves for January weather and the year ahead. But do please have one final backward look, because there really were some excellent contributions last month with resonances lingering well beyond the...

POETRY MONTHLY

Hi everyone, happy new year and hope it's a good one! Last month's poetry monthly produced some lovely writing and here are two to go back to from Rhiannon and Luigi: https://www.abctales.com/story/luigipagano/dim-and-distant-star https://www.abctales.com/story/rhiannonw/gentleman ’s-word January's focus is Action! Take the word where it leads you, enjoy writing and post on ABCtales. I'm looking forward to reading your poems and see you next...

SALVATION

A by--product of this whole Photographs and Memories process has been rekindling 'sparks' of stories I hadn't got round to writing. This is one. SALVATION I have a bit of a 'sweet tooth' and managed to find a local outlet of a purveyor of old-fashioned and handmade sweets; Gobstoppers, Black Jacks and Fruit Salads - the 'four for a penny' sweets we fromused to buy in the way back from school. They also sold excellent chocolate! The shop was...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 04 Jan 2019 So it's 2019! We made it out of 2018 and we're living in the future. A couple of spaced-out pieces are our picks of the week. Poem of the Week has Ewan musing on the odd fact that there's a robot trundling along on the dark-side of the moon - we're great on technology but not so much on the fundamentals of life. Outside gives us lots to think about. https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/outside It's no...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

So it's 2019! We made it out of 2018 and we're living in the future. A couple of spaced-out pieces are our picks of the week. Poem of the Week has Ewan musing on the odd fact that there's a robot trundling along on the dark-side of the moon - we're great on technology but not so much on the fundamentals of life. Outside gives us lots to think about. https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/outside It's no wonder the aliens cleared off in Mark Say's...

Photographs and Memories. January 2nd 2019

It's a new year and a step closer to 'the out door'. I'm not being peeissimistic, that's just chronology and statistics speaking. Long before I had a protracted near death experience ( NDE) from June 2017 to March 2018, I had decided to start to divest myself of 'stuff'. I had pretty much travelled light over my years but, when I ceased to be 'nomadic' I started to acquire 'stuff'. Also, the 'stuff' that I had in storage came back into my home...

Happy New Year

Hi all I want to say I hope you had a lovey christmas and I hope you all have a happy, healthier, fun, creative new year. :)))))

Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland, Part 1, BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, director Mike Reily.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bwzhy6/billy-connolly-made-in-scotland-series-1-episode-1 Billy Connolly is one of our most successful exports. A bit like Sean Connery, but with a beard and a lot more hair. Nobody comes away with the usual shite, oh, I can’t understand what he’s saying, he doesn’t speak proper English. Well, fuck off then. I must admit I wasn’t a fan. Obviously, being that age, I got what he meant by The Crucifixion,...

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