Tom Brown

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I have 182 stories published in 20 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 136031 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
228 of my 1,818 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 233 votes

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Tom Brown

Apart from studies in the natural sciences I am interested in languages and literature in general as well as religion. Lately I have been writing more popular general interest essays and also trying for a bit of balance with mathematics and while keeping things understandable for most people.

I am South-African born and bred. At high school I excelled in science and mathematics competitions and completed two years of mechanical engineering with very good results. That didn't work out due to ill health. I have had permanent teaching positions at Unisa and at Wits.

Graduating with an MSc under WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997) and a PhD under N Sauer (Pretoria 2006) formal interests would be in abstract analysis: Markov operators and stochastic processes; vector valued Laplace transforms applied to semigroups and families of evolution equations (empathies). It has now been quite a while since I was academically active I don't have much published. The way things have developed was beyond my control and I am very isolated.

Favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London, Shakespeare and poets William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like adventure, science fiction and fantasy movies my all time greatest are the Narnia stories and the Lord of the Rings.

The meal best enjoyed is a breakfast of bacon eggs on toast fried chips with fresh orange juice, and for supper an ox-tail stew. I like eating out romantic. For recreation nature hikes, camping and fishing, listening to good music and reading, classics mostly, and good movies. I love dogs my best one was a Maltese poodle Freddy. I love rain and lightning thunderstorms and rainbows. As well as writing and publishing here on Abctales.

God is in the details. God is in the timing.

My stories

Emotional Well-being and Writing

Perhaps that is the reason for writing, especially poetry. Just let it go. Write your feelings down and free them and clear your mind of repetitive...

Internet Publishing

Creative writing can often be therapeutic, to sort out confusion and regain mental balance and deliberately create a positive attitude. The following...

Curiouser and Curiouser!

Puzzling perplexions baffling riddles, The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today –Lewis Carroll Lateral puzzles You enter a...

The Nicotine Addict

What is Nicotine? A highly toxic poisonous chemical that works on the central nervous system both as stimulant or tranquilliser, the physiological...

Stand Up Comic

These days people just want to charge their batteries all the time for the rest they spend their life intensely “on your smutfone or tablet” whatever...


228 of my comments have received 233 Great Feedback votes

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Beautiful! "the story about the thief

Posted on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Beautiful! "the story about the thief who went into the black market and sold a stolen cubic zirconia ring for 20 grand only to find out that the money was counterfeit....not only was the money counterfeit but he had been short'changed and only...

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Posted in Marion the Librarian

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Teaching Mathematics

Posted on Mon, 13 Sep 2021

Teaching Mathematics is an art but often thankless and unfulfilling. When the student fares poorly it is always the teacher's fault but when he does well the student is champion. I have taught at every level from primary school up to post-...

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Posted in The Maths Teacher

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It is always a very good thing

Posted on Thu, 09 Sep 2021

It is always a very good thing to be able to see something from the other person's point of view also. Few people can really. One should try and practice it, I mean in general, any good teacher should have this kind of ability. To understand each...

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Posted in A Winning Handshake

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Terrible hey?

Posted on Sun, 29 Aug 2021

Terrible hey? And it is everyday reality. You capture the essence in just a few words.

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Posted in flotsam and jetsam

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Posted on Tue, 15 Jun 2021

Journey to the Center of the Earth was a classic adventure scifi novel by Jules Verne. Brilliant but of course very far-fetched. Must be. The rather recent film in a modern setting I enjoyed a lot also, excellent. I find his story to be strangely...

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Posted in stuff of life ip

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My mother's name

Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2021

My mother's name was Anna.

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Posted in Writing in the Sand

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The buzz of scooters sounds familiar

Posted on Mon, 16 Aug 2021

The buzz of scooters sounds familiar, be home before curfew the better part of valour is discretion.

Good! Never been to Itally myself they say it can get very hot there.

Keep well, all the best! Tom Brown

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Posted in Naples: balcony overlooking Via Firenza

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Posted on Mon, 09 Aug 2021

Great! Going for summer here too! And visiting again the happy places of your childhood it is past so quickly.

Must say it's a blessing to have such close cousins I've got dozens. One or two are very special. All of them are. Our parents...

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Posted in Time’s Travel

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Posted on Sun, 01 Aug 2021

Excellent. I also knew people who I later wished I spoke with that I could learn of them, but I did speak to the sandman for some times, on the beach. Wish I had spoken more with my father and my uncle and my grampa but as it is I had learnt a...

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Posted in The Not-So Green Man

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Enjoyed, and your cover the portrait

Posted on Sat, 31 Jul 2021

Enjoyed, and your cover the portrait is stunning, briliant. Imagine you could paint like that.

Cheers! Tom


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Posted in The wasp (an excerpt from the next Crowe investigation) 2021