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Myn Tea

In the guest bedroom of the Cormorant he sits, three times the mahogany dressing table multiplying his feather trim trilby in a triad of chrome...
Gold cherry

English Letters

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All those writers with their dull as anaglypta blog posts seeking endorsement from other literary loons and people doing impossible triathlons over a...


My dad went to see an old mate at the QMC, he’d not long left. Big Bill but there was no Bill. This other thing had more eyebrow than threads on his...

When the manual gets lost

You know those phone conversations where you ask the other person how to use something that's with you and they can't see it but you can, so you...


337 of my comments have received 343 Great Feedback votes

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Love this, Tina. Bottled

Posted on Thu, 26 Dec 2013

Love this, Tina. Bottled 'laughter' is my childhood obsession. Used to fill bottles with laughter from age 7, still have them, don't dare take the lids off. You've applied a dear metaphor to a much loved person. Except it isn't a metaphor, it's...

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Posted in Mistletoe and Mothballs

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A gorgeous study of nature.

Posted on Fri, 22 Apr 2016

A glorious study of nature.

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Posted in Where the Bee Sucks

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John, the concept is good and

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014

John, the concept is good and your ideas strong but I reckon it needs more action.Children need pulling in quick and your age target means that the children are old enough for vibrant dialogue and humour plus they are able to be introduced to...

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Posted in The Luffins

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Hello Jamescasaki, welcome to

Posted on Mon, 13 Oct 2014

Hello Jamescasaki, welcome to ABC Tales. Shout if you're not sure of anything, it's a helpful place. I liked the solidarity of Charley and the weight of friendship in this tale, it ends on a high note. It feels a little rushed in places and you...

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Posted in A New School Year

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This is full of mystery! Will

Posted on Thu, 10 Jul 2014

This is full of mystery! Will there be a follow up to explain what happened that fateful night? Hope so. 

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Posted in Chapter Four: The Stolen Letters of Regret

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I think this is hugely

Posted on Sat, 17 May 2014

I think this is hugely impressive, Johnshade. Have read them all and trying to find the appropriate words to give it justice, but probably won't manage it. This feels natural to me when reading it. More so than a straight narrative text on the...

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Posted in Heads - 3

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I did, too. fixourmachine,

Posted on Sat, 10 May 2014

I did, too. fixourmachine, love the delicacy in your details. The shyness is well expressed - the dialogue works. One thing, I felt, was that the ending seems to tail off abruptly, seems a little rushed and would be a shame after such a strong...

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Posted in In The Springtime

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Insert, thank you, been

Posted on Sun, 02 Mar 2014

Insert, thank you, been practising just in case it got cherried. Now it has: I'd like to thank the Editors for the cherries, Tony Cook and Luke Neima, the local greengrocers that supply the cherries, the farmers that work tirelessly on low income...

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Posted in Acceptance

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This has got clean down to my

Posted on Tue, 28 Jan 2014

This has got clean down to my core and it hurt. Her vulnerability is so starkly conveyed. Your discomforting spill on social care standards is really sharp, then you strip right down to humanity to expose that in-built recoil in all of us, that...

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Posted in Notes on the State of Adult Social Care - 1. The Standard High Backed Chair; Adjustable - Without Wings

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This is packed with such

Posted on Sun, 08 Dec 2013

This is packed with such depths that I've been back for several helpings. Reminded me in many ways of a pantoum. Dipping into past memories and places, all those painful emotions, in that dreamy style. It charms you along with heart jerks along...

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Posted in Paralysis and release