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In the Bath

I’m always in the bath. Preferring my reflection all distorted on the taps. Preferring the wet water to the droughty winter air. I’m friendly with...
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A Devil of a Man (2) - No Peace for the Wicked

The aftermath of a peace treaty - Map from Wikimedia Commons
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Remember to Forget (Part 3)

Aaron sits in his attic office, clearing emails, eager to wrap things up so he can enjoy a lazy Friday evening with Oliver and Elizabeth. For the...
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The Portrush Flyer

I got to know Oran Berrills five years back during my first working year at the Examiner. When going up Forgall Terrace one day, I saw something drop...
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Baron von Ernest (1)

I could feel the excitement bustling through the village long before the emissary arrived. Much as the excitement that must surge through a hive when...
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Sounds

I recognised him by his snore - Image from Pixabay
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Just like starting over

I recognized him by his eyes. Those deep, penetrating eyes. He never looked at you. He observed you, analyzed you. As if you were an object of study...
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So The Story Goes (Bring Out Your Dead series - Part 54)

After the tumultuous events of last Friday, Josiah and Archibald start a fresh week back in the old routine, but nothing is quite the same!
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Parcel for You..Part 18

Spencer was staring intently out of the kitchen window, moving his head to focus on the treetops and then back down to the lawn. ‘Three blackbirds,’...
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Remember to Forget (Part 2)

“Mr Matthews, you can go in now.” Aaron gets up from his chair and enters the therapist’s office. The spacious room is richly decorated: rugs...
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Remember to Forget (Part 1)

An oversized fly lands on the back of his neck, but Aaron makes no move to flick it away. The insect jitters back and forth for a few seconds, legs...
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A Devil of a Man (1) - Call to Arms

Image: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license. Author: VollwertBIT
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New Directions (11)

After Dev got over his initial shock things calmed down and we were able to have a sensible discussion. I handed over Celia’s cheque. Irina took all...
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Progress!

Winter’s retreating …
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This Sort of Thing - January 2024 - Main Course

Written at the rate of 100 words per day, this is the second part of my account of a journey from the settee to the corner of our kitchen where the kettle is. At this point the kettle is switched on. I only wish, during that icy month, I could have said the same about myself.
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The Home

Sometimes hard things have to be done!
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Productivity is Dead

Productivity is dead We should slow the hell down And enjoy being alive instead Bill Gates talking about AI The white collar workforce shrinking away...
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New Directions (10)

When Dev asked, ‘What are we going to do about this?’ I knew I’d get sucked in if I couldn’t find a way out. After his wife brought the tray with...
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Always the hands.....

Check the bolt Check the bolt For action Hands slip and slide Mud and sweat Sweat and mud “Alright mate” “Aye” “Alright mate” “Aye” “We’ll be alright...
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Dark Night of the Soul

The dark night of the soul is a recognised period of spiritual development; when the person can lose all belief until the self as ego is abandoned. The two saints who exemplified this for me are St John of The Cross, and St Therese of Lisieux, (image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
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