PROSE

Misc prose

Cherry

CAN'T SLEEP - WON'T SLEEP

A Mother's personal and entirely selfish grief on Mothering Sunday.

D.A.B. is B.A.D.

Mission accomplished!

DEAR BEA - THE LETTER I WISH I'D WRITTEN

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Cherry

EVENING CLASSES

Revenge is sweet.

THE PRAWN SANDWICH

She lounged, shapely legs elegantly akimbo, on the ivory velvet chaise longue, with a glass of champagne in one hand and an exquisitely delicious chocolate in the other, grasped delicately between thu

THE TIME OF OUR LIVES

It was a most remarkable time in our lives. Surreal even.

ENVY? (I.P.)

Cant sleep again. Written at 1 in the morning. Thank goodness for the IP.

KEEPING THE FAITH WITH DAD

Can't sleep again - written at 2 a.m.

HELLO OLD BEAN

'Hello old bean! Fancy meeting you here!'
Cherry

THE JOY OF WORDS

The emotional business of writing.

LIFE'S LOTTO

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

WHITHER THOU GOEST 1 - SARAH'S STORY - PART 1

I am sitting here in the sunny garden of my childhood home, surrounded by people I love – my two children Amanda and Joe, their partners and Amanda’s...

WHITHER THOU GOEST 2 - SARAH'S STORY - PART 2

And so our lives continued like most people’s. I got a good job and moved into my own small flat in London. A year after leaving home, I received a...
Cherry

THE BASIL POT

A new take on an Italian folk story inspired by the IP 'Turning Negatives into Positives'. Lisabetta di Cara, Lisa to her friends, is the youngest...
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WHITHER THOU GOEST 3 - RUTH'S STORY - PART 1

How the hell did I get here? Yeah yeah, I know, I am sitting in a car – I mean HOW did I get HERE? What am I doing? This was a crazy idea, travelling...

DOLLY'S ROOM

Doris had always loved dolls. They were her babies, she said. She had never married, although she had once been engaged to a pilot, who had been...

POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST - Beginning the Grand Tour

We had enjoyed our usual cake and cappuccino (maximum chocolate sprinkles) in Costa’s, and were just having a mooch around the little shops in Hayes...

TRUST (Last week's IP)

IN MEMORY OF BRENDA KIRBY M.B.E. My friend Brenda Kirby M.B.E. died this week, on 28.9.2014. OK, she was not in the first flush of youth, though she...
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Story of the week

BERMONDSEY GIRLS - Eliza Minnie Cherry - Part 1

My name is Eliza Cherry. I was born Eliza Minnie Mutton on 18th September 1889 at 54 Abinger Road, Deptford, near the foundry and the docks. ‘Liely’...
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BERMONDSEY GIRLS - Eliza Minnie Cherry - Part 2

I’m getting out of order again now. I gave birth to my first child Eliza Minnie in 1911, and Violet May followed in 1913. Our first son Ernest was...
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BERMONDSEY GIRLS - Eliza Minnie Cherry - Part 3

That’s better, amazing what a cup of tea can do for an old body. Where was I? Oh yes, between the wars. The Daniels family had moved in with us when...
Cherry

COMMITMENT

Woke up this morning feeling a bit strange. Thought I was just having a hot flush. Then as the sun shone through the bedroom window, it dawned on me...
Cherry

SECRETS Part 1

That day started like any other. I was woken up by the trouble and strife stomping about none too quietly round my bedroom like she does most days –...
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SECRETS Part 2

Back in 1970 a few months after I married ‘er indoors, I left the Stock Exchange to drive a London bus, a job I enjoyed very much, and worked with...

SISTERS (IP)

The three sisters were having a virtual meeting somewhere in the Ethernet of their inner minds. From their vantage point they looked over all the...

A TALE OF SIMPLE COUNTRY FOLK AND A PAIR OF LONDON TOWNIES

On Sunday 17 th July 2016 the other half and me set out for exploration of the Beds/Bucks countryside. We were actually aiming for St Barnabas Church...

IN DEFENCE OF SIR PHILIP GREEN (DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE?)

I’ve not actually spoken to Sir Philip Green since I last saw him in 1973, when I left my job in Old Street, City of London for the heady heights of...

FIRST AID FOR NHS

Written for previous IP but not posted soon enough due to PC going mad.
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TWO DAYS BEFORE MUM'S FUNERAL

Wednesday 14 November 2018. Two days before mum's funeral. We think we've got it all sewn up, but we keep thinking of things... When are they...