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My stories have been read 28356 times and 37 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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Terence Mullan

Down the years I have lived in many places and I have done many jobs. Now I live in Bulgaria and the only work I do is tending to my lovely garden when the sun is shining and scribbling away in my big book of writing stuff when it is not.

I may have left it too late in life to become a famous writer or celebrated gardener but I will persevere anyway. These are the things that occupy me in a seemingly effortless and satisfying way.

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When One Is One

When One Is One As our wee woman reaches one I wonder where the time has gone Those first twelve months so quickly passed As a list of skills you...
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502 Kilometres

502 Kilometres Just up the road from my wife and me A fire’s burning constantly Folks just like us are in the street No food to eat Nowhere to sleep...
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Her Troubles

Her Troubles Tuesday’s fish supper grease still lingers On grubby stubby stiff little fingers Cracked by cold and each one bleeds From overuse of...
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Elisabeth and the Bonbon Girls

Elisabeth and the Bonbon Girls Alone, I walked along the dusty path that led away from the termite-ravaged back gate of the small French colonial-...
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Maglic Moments

A piece of writing I did a good while back for the travel company, Exodus Travels. Neither the trip nor I were very glossy but they were very happy to include it in their glossy promotional literature. The Green Visions Travel Agency in Sarajevo used it too. And no, there isn’t a typo in the title.
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204 of my comments have received 214 Great Feedback votes

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Great stuff Paul! This is a

Posted on Mon, 18 Apr 2022

Great stuff Paul! This is a really entertaining read though I had to keep reminding myself that it is a work of fiction.

It leaves me wondering if in the future you might be writing a piece on Boris Johnson's appearance on the television...

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Posted in Pointless Boris (Part One of Two)

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If only the kings and queens

Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2022

If only the kings and queens and the richest men in the world would go away and leave the rest of us alone there wouldn't be so many crying mums. Unfortunately the kings and queens have big families and there are men with big fat piggy banks...

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Posted in two men

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I get this!

Posted on Tue, 18 Jan 2022

I get this!

For decades, possibly even a century or so, places like little shops and pubs hardly changed. I know that some change is necessary but it seems like in the last twenty years everything has changed and it can never change back....

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Posted in Things I Did On My Day Off

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I really enjoyed the way your

Posted on Wed, 29 Dec 2021

I really enjoyed the way your words recreated in my mind the cold stillness of the cemetery. Even though you describe a place for the dead surrounded by lifeless objects, you seemed to bring it to life.

I particularly liked your line ......

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Posted in In Memoriam

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'We shouldn't be so harsh on

Posted on Fri, 24 Dec 2021

'We shouldn't be so harsh on Boris Johnson. He's done such a lot to revive the Dickensian way of celebrating Christmas,' said Bob Cratchit's son, Tiny Tim. 

An excellent piece of writing Paul. Amusing from start to finish.

 

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Posted in A Christmas Boris

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Aye, imagine being at Michael

Posted on Sun, 12 Dec 2021

Aye, imagine being at Michael Bublé's house at Christmas. You'd need a lot of Advocaat to survive that.

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Posted in Saints and Sinners - A Christmas Fable (Part One of Two)

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I read news like this almost

Posted on Tue, 07 Dec 2021

I read news like this almost every day. It's sickening that an uncaring world can push people to the point where they have to risk their lives in this way. How bad must the life be that they are trying to escape from for them to accept that...

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Posted in The Journey. Part Two.

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For years I worked with

Posted on Wed, 27 Oct 2021

For years I worked with elderly people and seeing them caught by dementia used to break my heart. Your words describing your Mum's situation have brought back so many memories of complete strangers who I came to love before slowly but ultimately...

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Posted in Blessings Dear Late Mum And Dad

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I love reading diaries.

Posted on Sat, 23 Oct 2021

A long, long time ago I worked on ships. Working and living with people in such close proximity for six to eight months at a time whilst thousands of miles from home made me feel I got a deep understanding of, and closeness to, colleagues that I...

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Posted in That Was Genesis

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A nice bit of secrecy.

Posted on Tue, 12 Oct 2021

I really enjoyed your poem Rhiannon. It hadn't crossed my mind that adults speaking in code in front of their kids was a form of keeping things secret. I remember it being a struggle with my kids, and then an even bigger struggle when they...

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Posted in Little ears are listening!

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