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Castle Pillock: The Best Place To Live In Britain

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-43448590 The Castle Pillock bunting is a bit moth-eaten, and the flag pole hasn’t had anything run up it for a while, but the staff are on orders to do their best and get us up to scratch. After all, we do live in the Best Place To Live In Britain. I can see why the Sunday Times thinks York is The Best Place. Parts of it are beautiful. I would pay money to see parts of it. In fact,...

Castle Pillock And The Hidden Monkey

Once a month, usually on the first or second Saturday, I depart the ancestral battlements and make the twenty-five minute train journey to Malton, perhaps the epitome of a North Yorkshire market town. From September to July it’s a quiet journey, with plenty of seats available. From July to September it’s the sardine express, because the eventual destination is Scarborough. There are still many people who choose not to drive to the seaside, and...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Another embarrassment of riches to choose from this week! Story of the Week is Noo's funny, observant and thought provoking 'Every Picture': https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/every-picture Poem of the Week is jackory's lyrical and moving 'Gently Into The Dream': https://www.abctales.com/story/jackory/gently-dream I fell in love with both of these pieces when I read them - hope you will too, if you haven't done so already. This week's...

Castle Pillock: Eminently Sensible Conversations

According to that report last week, anti-depressants do what they say on the packet. I’m not going to dispute that. I’m happy with that. They’re bloody powerful things so I would expect them to work. One way or another. They can be a bit hit and miss, and one size definitely doesn’t fit all. They can also mask other things. But if you ask me, do I think they’re generally beneficial, I’d say yes, on the whole, by and large, all things considered...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

It's been a very rewarding week on ABC Tales - we've had a real run of rich and interesting work. Story of the Week is Noo's 'Spell'. The magic within the story is echoed by the effortless weaving of words around this intimate and profound tale: https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/spell Poem of the Week goes to Philip Sidney's 'Blood and Other Substances'. Beautifully crafted, this draws you in and then delivers a haunting finish: https://www...

Castle Pillock: No Place Like Home

Over Christmas, the Scion casually announced that he and Girlfriend had been talking babies. I thought I coped rather well. He and I were in the kitchen at the time, making cups of tea for the assembled masses, and I didn’t drop the kettle and scream, ‘ You can barely feed and clothe yourself, let alone a poor defenceless child! ’. Instead I kept the boiling water within the parameters of the pot and said mildly, ‘Do you think that’s a good idea...

Castle Pillock: 'Hard Sun' on the telly

Hard Sun, Dir. Brian Kirk, BBC One, Saturdays 9:35pm BECAUSE IT’S A REVIEW, THERE’S LIKELY TO BE SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED ALL THE EPISODES SO FAR. IS THAT CLEAR? I’m all for giving things a proper go. If there are six episodes to something, I’ll give it to at least the third before deciding life’s too short. However, there are times when I find it hard to stick to this philosophy. On paper, Hard Sun is right up my street. It’s a bit...

Castle Pillock: A Good Night's Sleep

Castle Pillock is quiet again. I am more blessed than I deserve to be by the fact that both my kids choose to come home for Christmas, and one of them now brings his other half. I am glad of heart to have had the Princess home from Uni for the entire vacation. I am delighted beyond measure that the four of us will be together in New York next Christmas. ​ (Did I mention we’re going to New York next Christmas? I may have done. Only fair to warn...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Yet again we've had lots of really good writing on the site this week - wonderful to read and difficult to choose between. Story of the Week goes to 'Afternoon Angel' by ice rivers, a combination of memoir, tribute, and mystery, beautifully written: https://www.abctales.com/story/ice-rivers/afternoon-angel Poem of the week is 'Buttershaw, South Bradford' by ralph, which skilfully merges the everyday with a dream of a different place and a...

The Castle Pillock Chronicles 2018 (8 January)

Here at Castle Pillock we take our Christmas decorations down on 6 January. If it was up to me we wouldn’t put them up before Christmas Eve, but long ago I was whinged to a near death experience by the Scion and the Princess, and we compromised. They go up on 21 December (the Solstice) and come down on 6 January (traditional Twelfth Night). We therefore nod to Paganism and medieval revelry, and raise an acknowledging eyebrow at religion...

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