@VSS365 is on Twitter. VSS means Very Short Story. 365 represents every day of the year.
Every day a new prompt word is tweeted. You have to tweet a story, poem or acrostic of no more than 280 characters based upon that day’s prompt word. Stories etc must be 888short enough to fit in a single tweet but big enough to make you laugh or cry or scream. Other than that there do not seem to be any rules. So, I like to combine my very short stories with an acrostic.
Include #vss365 and #(whatever the prompt word is that day) with your tweet. No prizes – just for fun but it gets your mind working. Try it on days when you feel like it, just when you want to. Starting on 17 October 2018 my personal challenge was to create 365 consecutive tweets and I completed that task on 16 October 2019. Anything posted since then is just a bonus.
My 1 June 2019 #vss365 entry for ‘Ancient’ was selected for publication in the #VSS 365 Anthology 2019.
My efforts so far are below:
16 Nov 2019
Everything that I write
before I polish it up to the best of my ability.
8 Nov 2019
Every time she rejected my proposal I felt crushed, like one of those
I’d wait a while, then try again. One day she must have got sore feet because she accepted me.
16 Oct 2019 (last day of challenge)
After first alien contact the data came in large chunks far too complex for the human mind to process.
but progress was too slow. Then a brain-to-brain interface was suggested. I volunteered for the trial.
15 Oct 2019
If he couldn’t be with her then he preferred to be #alone. He accepted that it meant
but that was his choice. Then he realised that it didn’t have to be that way. The priesthood offered him a different kind of love.
14 Oct 2019
Our first date was a disaster. At the show a
The meal afterwards was #worse. Then we were soaked waiting for the taxi. But when I dropped her off she kissed me and said she’d had a wonderful time.
13 Oct 2019
The effort had been well worth the risk. Every oyster he opened exposed a #pearl, each
So far there had been no sign of the giant squid. Time for one more dive before it grew too dark to see.
12 Oct 2019
At his trial Dr.Frankenstein offers a brilliant ‘green’ defence. That he uses non-CO2 lightning bolts for energy and that his #monster is
natural body parts saved from landfill or CO2 cremations.
11 Oct 2019
She caught her reflection as they brought her up from the basement. Her #skin was grey and lifeless, just a
… except a tiny spark of hope. Despite all the time that he’d kept her down there that spark had never died.
10 Oct 2019
“They’re #lovers; it must be witchcraft.”
Now he lies poisoned in the churchyard, the ‘witch’ dies screaming at the stake on the village green and his wife looks on with her lips finally pursed.
09 Oct 2019
The DNA analysis of the #bones confirmed the contents of my great grandfather’s confession found slipped into the leaves of a book in his library. He’d buried his wife and her gardener lover in the grounds to
08 Oct 2019
Her #perfume lingered on the empty pillow.
filling my mind, I lay there reliving that
breathing them in to dream of her.
07 Oct 2019
It should be instrumental sounds combining to produce the beauty of form, harmony and emotion. She loved #music but whenever she played she produced
She was tone deaf. We had to part for the sake of my hearing.
06 Oct 2019
His writing was driven by the demons that haunted his dreams. He used those
to illustrate his stories. It brought him wealth and fame but at what price? The demons still came every night.
05 Oct 2019
You’d been #away.
We slept until sunrise
to flow through us.
Welcome home my love.
04 Oct 2019
Like the chorus to a hymn this is almost a repeat of ‘organic’ from vss365 on 21 Nov 2018. When they play the #organ is it to
that passes as strained hymn-singing from the congregation?
03 Oct 2019
I donate #blood. Each time I notice how rapidly it flows out. The Nurse says,”Well done, that was quick.” That’s not good. I’d prefer it to take longer. What if I have a car accident? I’d rather
than bleed out fast.
02 Oct 2019
Interview commenced at …
In the end, killers need to explain why they commit #murder. Often it’s
or just plain stupid reasons which only they can justify. Whatever; they need to explain.
So why did you kill her?
01 Oct 2019
Her charms were fading with the passage of time. She came home that #night to find his note pinned to the door. No reason, just
A lonely future beckoned unless she could discover the formula for the love potion.
30 Sep 2019
You’ll find this hard to believe.
is #inevitable for one special individual, once every millennium. I was the last one and you can be the next, if you really want it. Now listen
29 Sep 2019
At last he’d asked her to the school prom. That night she waited for him to take her to the #dance,
about her appearance. Then the sirens in the distance and her father, phone to his ear, looking at her…
28 Sep 2019
She looked like a goddess but, with her #chthonic nature, behaved like a devil, placing temptation in my way. I stayed clear;
to what I already had. But many others followed to her underworld.
27 Sep 2019
Life was complex enough trying to cope with one #universe which
Then we discovered parallel worlds. Life became very confusing so we revived Thomas Cook to sort the travel details.
26 Sep 2019
The fire began to #consume everything,
as it spread through the munitions building. They’d asked for a distraction. I’d obliged. Time to make myself scarce.
25 Sep 2019
He lay on the floor before me, helpless. My blade had sliced through #sinew separating muscle from bone. He would never fight again. I heard my father speak from beyond the grave,
but Mercy is even harder to achieve.”
24 Sep 2019
The ship began to #fire first stage to take us out of orbit. As I looked back
from a crimson sky. My parents were down there, paying the price for ignoring climate change for too long; too old to make the trip.
23 Sep 2019
As a writer I live a double existence. My daily hours of graft with the pen are offset by the equinoxes of my dreams, filled with all manner of exotic subjects, when
22 Sep 2019
Unsure about him, making his money in the city playing the markets whilst she loved ecology. So he drove her out to see what he called his #garden. He’d bought land where tall
Then she knew he was the one.
21 Sep 2019
He sought refuge from her on his allotment. He could grow anything;
and especially his prize-winning #marrow. Until he scattered her ashes there and dug them in. Then only the weeds flourished.
20 Sep 2019
I thought that he might #devour our supplies. We’d agreed to limit them to survive. I watched him last night
There was no other way to stop him. Now we have a new source of meat to get us through.
19 Sep 2019
“The truth can have vast, dark, #cavernous depths. As a witness to this heinous crime it is your duty to provide the Court with an honest account of what was said;
The Accused’s life may depend upon it.”
18 Sep 2019
I was #infatuated for a while but it was a short-lived passion. When we split
She had killed for me. Too late I realised that it had been more than that for her … a deadly kind of love.
17 Sep 2019
Modern childrens’ story: The pigeons decline the eagle’s invitation to his eyrie for an evening meal.
“No thanks, you’re #carnivorous. We’d be on the menu.” And they all lived happily ever after.
16 Sep 2019
The change from miserable to #euphoric was reported to her father.
was too much to hide. He caught them together. Next day her lover was sold to another plantation.
15 Sep 2019
Officer, I swear the lights were at #amber when I crossed. It may only have been
but it changed too late for me to stop. That truck just kept on coming. Which hospital have they taken my wife to? Will she make it?
14 Sep 2019
I thought I glimpsed you from afar and my heart turned a #somersault
my body. It wasn’t you. It could never be you again; just someone in similar clothing.
13 Sep 2019
Humans think that the change is difficult. It’s not if you prepare thoroughly. I study the #lunar calendar, practice my yoga and then go to the woods early to
so when the full moon rises I’m ready to hunt.
12 Sep 2019
He was drowning in the #floodwaters of
of telling her. So he said nothing and she went away to College. It was years before he was ready to try again.
11 Sep 2019
I couldn’t believe my luck. She was giving off all the signs. Then she walked over and her
me. As they say, there’s no #smoke without fire. We left together with the rest of the night ahead of us.
10 Sep 2019
He’s leaving on that midnight train to Georgia. Said he’s going back to a simpler place and time. I don’t want to be #uprooted
but I’d rather live in his world than live without him in mine.
09 Sep 2019
He lay dying. I waved the Priest away with my gun. “The evil bastard deserves his #soul to go to Hell for the suffering and death that he’s caused. No Last Rites. This is a
Heaven will be better off without him.”
08 Sep 2019
They used to be regarded as harbingers of doom. Scientists proved otherwise. Just
of ice and dust. You passed through my life like a #comet leaving me devastated. What do scientists know about love?
07 Sep 2019
I wondered about #serendipity. ‘The Simple Art of Murder’ had produced a
I’d lost a volatile lover only to replace her with a steady new one. Was fate a matter of balance? Only time would tell.
06 Sep 2019
At #daybreak I looked down from ‘The High Window’ of her room. The City was waking up. She was still in bed,
She deserved one after last night. But in the future, could I live with a woman who was always right?
05 Sep 2019
When the cops finished I returned to the bar.
“How do you feel?”
“It’s starting to #crystalize but I
“Drink this. It’s shock. You could have been killed.”
“Yes, it was nearly a case of ‘Farewell My Lovely’.”
04 Sep 2019
“Your own son, why?”
“It was on the #horizon for a long time. This ‘Trouble Is My Business’.
He came that night, covered in her blood; not for the first time. His clothes and knife are in the bag.”
03 Sep 2019
at the fibres of my coat. It was a #mystery how they missed me. The cop slumped down, three holes in his chest.
“Should’ve done it years ago. He never much liked books. It’s ‘The Long Goodbye’ now for sure.”
02 Sep 2019
I don’t #love fighting but as I geared up for
I heard the door creak behind me. The old man had come in. He was holding a bag in one hand and a Colt .45 auto in the other. He shook as he levelled it and squeezed the trigger.
01 Sep 2019
He came at #gloaming as the
I knew him; the cop that questioned me at the precinct. I followed him into the bookshop.
“Whadda you want?”
” ‘The Big Sleep’ “.
I slammed him on the jaw. Patience was over.
31 Aug 2019
“Take your time. You won’t have to wait #forever.
She was right, again. I wondered if patience was part of her plan for me. I parked my car just along from the bookshop and settled down to wait.
30 Aug 2019
29 Aug 2019
I think best in a bar, especially one with a hot-looking barmaid who liked me. I dropped the name.
but by a #million to one chance she knew it; not the bookseller but his son. ‘A nasty piece of work’ she said.
28 Aug 2019
I soon tracked him down but he wasn’t the monster that I’d expected. He ran a bookshop and was a
He was too #fragile to carry out a frenzied knife attack. Something didn’t fit. I needed to think.
27 Aug 2019
Father O’B came up with the name of a possible killer. He said it was a #tangled web, made me promise that he was to be
my enquiries. I said ‘yes’ but I was already beating the truth out of him in my mind.
26 Aug 2019
Father O’Brien knew everything going on in the Parish. He’d have heard something. The
when parishioners needed to #confess. He was my first call. Any hint about her killer would be enough.
25 Aug 2019
She was alive when I last saw her.
but she’d never know this new dawn. They’d released me. I climbed to the roof to look across the #skyline. Someone in this city knew something. I’d find them.
24 Aug 2019
I’m sorry detective. I can’t really help with your enquiries. I wasn’t with her at the time.
If that happened then maybe things got out of hand. I just don’t know. Where did they find her body?
23 Aug 2019
As I said, her #wild ways could #blindside me. But I would never kill her. Our love could be intensely #bright but, in a rare moment of sanity, I’d thought it
I have an alibi for that night.
22 Aug 2019
As I was saying yesterday … she was constantly unpredictable, tempestuous, #wild. Being with her meant
in an emotional wilderness. It took ages for me to realise. By the time I’d learnt how to tame her it was too late.
(Show this thread)
The suspect later amended his statement to say:
in an emotional wilderness.
21 Aug 2019
She’d blindsided me again. It was unexpected, like a
First panic, then questions. She was constantly unpredictable. I both loved and hated her equally.
20 Aug 2019
We thought we were secure. Our little boat was in a safe #haven with the
to ride out any storm. We were wrong. There could be no shelter against a tsunami. By morning it was wrecked a half mile inland.
19 Aug 2019
I didn’t like the client. I was paid to #linger outside his house to check on his wife’s activities whilst he cheated. It meant
Soon she started letting me in. It just developed from there.
18 Aug 2019
In Shergar’s alternative universe, the horse was never put out to stud but kept on racing. The #favourite continued to be
those who sought to profit from his theft.
17 Aug 2019
“There is no train.” We watched the CCTV footage from the night. “I didn’t #imagine it. So it’s still to happen then. Time will repeat itself.
but it will arrive. He will be on it and you have to stop him getting off.”
16 Aug 2019
His note: Our attraction at the #symphony rehearsals was instant.
Can we meet later to make more music?
15 Aug 2019
London 7/7/2005: A series of bomb #explosions on public transport, designed to cause panic. There was the
but the Londoners quickly recovered and got on with life. Terror was not allowed to succeed.
14 Aug 2019
He drove for ages before calming down to think it over. She’d accused him of being #stubborn but she could also be
in his life. So, was she right; should they start a family?
13 Aug 2019
To be a slave is one thing. To be forced to kill to provide entertainment is something else entirely. Better to be a #renegade, a
not comrades. And each can claim “I am Spartacus.”
12 Aug 2019
He’d withdrawn into himself, developing a #shell against further hurt,
in return. She adopted patience and kindness, knowing that if she applied both then he would be worth the wait and that eventually he would love again.
11 Aug 2019
Where does Spiderman get his outfit? Is it really likely that he has the materials or the skills to turn a
something that Peter Parker could make himself.
10 Aug 2019
I’d climbed Everest. Seemingly, so had everyone else. It had become a tourist spot with queues to the summit. My last climb needed to be more of a challenge. It was a
But on the way down …
09 Aug 2019
Love is lasting. #Glory is fleeting.
It can still leave you lonely. Love is both the present and the future. It lives with you. Love is looking forward to tomorrow, not looking back on past achievements.
08 Aug 2019
At the galactic penal colony we had no way to bury the dead. We dissolved the bodies in solvent and let them #evaporate into space. No hope of reprieve from the death penalty meant
07 Aug 2019
You ask why I can’t love again now she is gone. Because our relationship was all-consuming. We transcended the physical and cast mere #emotion aside. She took me where
There was no way back from there.
06 Aug 2019
We set the land ablaze and the #wildfire spread rapidly in the arid conditions,
Climate change had created ideal conditions for a scorched earth policy. The population fled before us.
05 Aug 2019
At last peace was established across the entire world. It happened once the empire was united by an #empress. For the first time ever she prevented
It was no coincidence. Women were better at it.
04 Aug 2019
Son, you’ll know if it’s going to be a bad summer when #Jupiter appears clear in the sky in May. Then
Call me a pessimist but floods, crop failure and blight always follow as sure as night follows day.
03 Aug 2019
I’m sorry my Lord Archbishop but you made me join as your spy. I had to #sacrifice my faith to blend into the coven. When
I felt obliged to join in or blow my cover.
02 Aug 2019
They’d heard it all before. Her words were so #familiar. Each new man that she dated was ‘the one’. “It’s
They stocked up on wine, ice-cream and tissues ready for the inevitable outcome.
01 Aug 2019
When she awoke she found herself in what appeared to be a #cellar. It was
“Well at least I’ll have a food source,” she thought. “I believe they taste like chicken.”
31 Jul 2019
30 Jul 2019
Moses led the Israelites like a #flock. Presenting them with the 10 Commandments they
as rules to guide their lives. All sensible and peace-loving people now follow similar rules to keep their flock safe.
29 Jul 2019
Fagin collects each #stray to
for a while it is a better life for Oliver than in the workhouse … until he finds out the truth and it costs Nancy her life as
28 Jul 2019
We are surrounded and outnumbered. We can #renounce our vows and ask for clemency or die in one last fight. Do we surrender and live with dishonour
to their side or die fighting?
27 Jul 2019
When Governments negotiate with #intent then citizens can expect
However businessmen who think diplomacy is only about ‘playing hardball’ and nothing else can’t expect to achieve significant results.
26 Jul 2019
Welcome to the Lunar Correctional Facility, the prison of last resort. If you thought that incarceration on Earth was #hell then think again. During your stay you will suffer evil like never before and
with nowhere to escape to.
25 Jul 2019
“Miss Bennet, you cannot be surprised by my question. Your family’s situation is so far below that of my nephew’s that surely
Lizzie’s #answer is not what Lady Catherine wants to hear. Blown it!
24 Jul 2019
She learnt the hard way not to #joke with the Customs staff. Her
contents resulted in more than her hand bag being impounded. The handsome guy that had asked her to take the small package through had quickly disappeared.
23 Jul 2019
Pining for a broken romance is a #folly. Being
can lead to
Banish such thoughts. In time you will get over it and find someone who loves you back.
22 Jul 2019
During WW2 most UK road signs were pointed #elsewhere to confuse enemy invaders.
it’s always puzzled me as to how genuine travellers then found their way about.
21 Jul 2019
As a child his mind was like a parched desert in need of water. He read his way through a #stack of books in the public library
and to feed his thirst for adventure. His mind became a fertile garden.
20 Jul 2019
It takes 3 days to #fly there from
to Moon Landing tomorrow and 3 days back. In that time we work hard. If they give you this message you will know that the day before lift-off when
was the hardest of all
19 Jul 2019
The #verdant jungle comprised a
Weeks of trekking, hacking a pathway across it, brought them to a ridge overlooking a hidden valley. Had Tarzan led them to the fabled Elephant’s Graveyard at last?
18 Jul 2019
Climate change advanced quickly, solutions slowly. A satisfactory outcome was #unlikely. Each item of
came with denial and delay. Then the icecaps melted and it was too late anyway.
17 Jul 2019
Lizzie’s concerns for Lydia’s #reputation are played down by Mr Bennet.
“For what do we live but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn.”
16 Jul 2019
The discovery got the archaeologists so excited that they ignored the obvious warnings. It didn’t do to #delve deeper. The
Why do they never listen?
15 Jul 2019
He burst through the doors. The congregation turned as one to face him. Words poured from him in a #torrent
The meaning was clear
“Please don’t marry him”
Tears welled in her eyes.
14 Jul 2019
Well you asked so I’ll tell you. The 1960s saw the
when music, art, fashion and freedom all combined and ‘ #boy meets girl ‘ exploded into technicolour. It was when I met your grandmother. Nothing has ever been as good since then.
13 Jul 2019
Then I travelled back in time to buy up all those worthless claims. I was investing in a future galactic market … in something more #precious than gold … rare dilithium crystals.
12 Jul 2019
She felt her way along the #tunnel wall in the pitch dark, heading towards a pinprick of light as
Hope of a way out at last … until the oncoming train sounded it’s horn and the light disappeared.
11 Jul 2019
The cyclone had built to maximum
Slowly we emerged from the wreckage. Some began dismantling the temporary shelter-covers from over the holes in the ground. They weren’t aware that we were only in the eye of the storm.
10 Jul 2019
It looked an easy way to make money but it was just a #trick. I fell for a
When I sobered up I was broke, stranded on the quayside and out of luck. She was gone and Find The Lady now had a whole new meaning.
09 Jul 2019
Hannibal will only provide cryptic advice in return for personal information. Clarice knows that
But should she tell him about the lambs screaming to get #beneath his silence?
08 Jul 2019
News reaches me that your health is poor. We parted on bad terms. I regret that. I left your #reach to become the man that I wanted to be. Now I am
to request a reconciliation before it is too late.
Your loving son
07 Jul 2019
Our first experience of sex was a disaster. A glorious day alone, swimming up at the lake and chasing each other naked through the woods. It ended with a
a rash impulse lodged in my memory forever.
06 Jul 2019
All day we chased them down
to move alongside. We’d flown a false flag to fool them. As we closed the gap, the skull & crossbones began to #unfurl from our masthead. They would see it at first light and realise their fate.
05 Jul 2019
In ‘Close Encounters’ the aliens made first #contact using the 5 tones as a basic language and
Music is a universal medium combining the beauty of form, harmony and emotion. What better way to greet each other?
04 Jul 2019
1984: Winston Smith realises that Big Brother cannot make you happy because he restricts your #liberty.
even if it puts you in conflict with the state. But he places himself at risk in sharing that awareness.
03 Jul 2019
Their marriage was based on #equanimity; companionship for him, security for her. Her mother had arranged it saying “Romance is over-rated,
Love will grow eventually.”
Despite three children, love never arrived.
02 Jul 2019
He was her first boyfriend and he adored her clothes, especially her prom dress with the #braid waistband. It had a woven
He was desperate to get her out of it so that he could try it on and see himself in the mirror.
01 Jul 2019
Sensible nations seek their #fortune through peace and trade. Aggressive nations, like North Korea and Iran, think that developing nuclear arsenals is the way forward. But is that a
Only time will tell.
30 Jun 2019
How does a psychiatrist know which is the true #psyche of a potential killer with multiple personality disorder? If the
What if the treatment results in the wrong identity remaining? Can you ever trust the patient?
29 Jun 2019
(In response to the #prompt word and the photo )
The law of unforeseen consequences: the android babysitters #protect,
but are so effective that parents have more time for pleasure, taking it to extremes and increasing the divorce rate as a result. Then kids suffer.
28 Jun 2019
Climate change introduced an #epoch of extremes. Parts of the world suffered
whilst others endured
Migration to the milder zones became a major issue, leading to war.
27 Jun 2019
(In response to the #prompt word and the photo )
Fightback: The #Regime trapped us in City Hall, intending to destroy us by
We escaped via the sewers, came up behind them, closed the doors and set it afire turning that
26 Jun 2019
All my life I’d chased the #mythos but all my beliefs and assumptions never brought me happiness. There was no golden fleece for me. Then I met her and realised that it had been too
She gave me a child and a future.
25 Jun 2019
My all-time favourite character: Long John #Silver
A complex villain with criminal leanings but redeeming qualities. He is
that Jim Hawkins must assist him to evade Execution Dock at the end of Treasure Island
24 Jun 2019
It was a perfectly innocent remark.
“I met him at the horticultural show. He had a marrow of #cosmic proportions,
He won first prize with it.”
She couldn’t understand why her friends found it so funny.
23 Jun 2019
(In response to the #prompt word and the photo )
It was amazing how quickly events could turn around. Her #mood had been
after frantically searching. Then the dog re-appeared, shook himself off and sat down beside her. The river became something beautiful again.
22 Jun 2019
We met on a dark, deserted corner near the docks. The #scars on his face from
indicated a violent life. Yet his
manner contradicted them, until he asked ‘Do you want him to suffer first?’
21 Jun 2019
Log: Tricky landing on a deserted, damp planet. We’ve lasered #iron ore deposits to fashion a crude steel patch to close a small hole in the hull, taking ages to get it right. By take-off the only question we’ll have is if the rest of the ship
In my youth I worked in the ship yard, attaching metal plates onto the hulls with iron bolts. It was riveting work. (Groan)
20 Jun 2019
I’d been travelling too long. When he greeted me I held him in a loving #embrace,
Time warp speed had hardly aged me but I had missed my twin’s life completely. Now he was an old man.
19 Jun 2019
My little bookshop on the village main street was reasonably popular but
next door. That’s how we met. A coffee break as the sun was shining. We shared a love of books and the last table outside my front door.
18 Jun 2019
The aliens appeared to be #sentient beings. Whilst with them they were careful of our feelings,
Only later, as our numbers thinned out, we realised that they also liked the taste of us.
17 Jun 2019
(In response to the #prompt word and a photo of ‘that man in the spiffy top hat’)
As the man in the spiffy top hat walked away from the funeral the #fog descended. He was
He had done his best for her though she didn’t deserve it. Now he just needed to be
16 Jun 2019
We knew that a #totem pole was a carved
Too late we learnt that its symbols meant “Private Property. Keep out. Danger of death.” The cliff edge came as a total surprise.
15 Jun 2019
He encountered much snobbery over wine . He recognized each #vintage including the
to his skill. Soon he was the top taster and the snobs were paying him well for his advice. Fools and their money are …
14 Jun 2019
After my breakdown I bought a #bolt of fabric and went to sewing classes to ‘recover’. From that
I made lots of curtains and eventually managed to ‘pull myself together’.
(Groan – I know – old jokes in bad taste – sorry).
13 Jun 2019
Alone in bed in the dark. If your mind is going to play tricks then the #midnight hour is when it will happen. It is the
But are you sure it really is just your imagination?
12 Jun 2019
Before D-Day the Allies’ #ruse to use ‘Garbo’ to provide false info about a landing site north of Calais was a
to make the Nazis concentrate defences there. It helped my Dad to survive Gold Beach for me to write this today.
11 Jun 2019
Love Story (1970): The credits roll. You feel #empathy for Oliver, left alone when Jenny dies. The
Everyone has left. You sit alone in the dark of the cinema sobbing “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
10 Jun 2019
Silence. Only vultures circled, spreading their #wings on the thermals,
to glide down and feast upon the abandoned corpses from yesterday’s battle. Silence.
09 Jun 2019
Freeing it from the stone, Arthur saw the
of the blade. Merlin had said that the #motif would change to suit each new king. Excalibur now boasted a pattern of ‘A’s intertwined with a dragon along its length. He raised it aloft.
08 Jun 2019
A brick house. Tunnel, lay siege, bulldozer, dynamite, fire?
Then the #smoke cleared and he could see (the) answer. Smoke him out! And that would cure the bacon at the same time. One thing was certain – no more huffing and puffing.
07 Jun 2019
Dementia was relentless. The nearer he got to his #century the more he struggled to
when new drugs provided a miracle cure. But he couldn’t enjoy those years as he had to abandon his retirement to fund them.
06 Jun 2019
It was soon over. The #craven villagers were
Young men were the first to be put to the sword.
were herded into a cavern. The women were taken for …
05 Jun 2019
“Can you describe this #phantasm , Watson?”
“Not really, Holmes…
“Never trust to general impressions my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.”
04 Jun 2019
The womens rugby team’s training meant Friday nights in the pub and next morning at yoga class.The #lotus position placed
The afternoon game was not a pretty sight either.
03 Jun 2019
The sound of leather on #willow on an English village cricket green. As the afternoon shadows lengthen, that tranquil summer scene can mask a cut-throat local rivalry and a bitter, win-at-all costs mentality, often dependent upon
02 Jun 2019
The final ingredients were
in the #crucible. I didn’t want to sip it but there was no going back now. The only cure for my fatal disease had required human sacrifice.
01 Jun 2019
*Selected for publication in the 2019 VSS 365 Anthology.*
Eternal life was both a blessing and a curse. He had to keep moving or people noticed how #ancient he became. It was dangerous to be different. His rule was
It was time to move on again as his body prepared for renewal.
31 May 2019
Was I asleep? Or lost in a daydream? Was it just a #reverie producing a
Or had I truly been abducted by aliens? The missing eight hours and mild radiation burns required an explanation.
30 May 2019
2/4/1801: the Battle of Copenhagen. The most famous #patch or #patchie* in history. Nelson puts the telescope to the
to ignore his Admiral’s signal to retreat. “I see no ships.” Brilliant.
[*n.b. The prompt-setter’s dog was called ‘Patchie’ – I don’t think that it’s a real word, at least not spelt that way.]
29 May 2019
Unnoticed by day, he dreamt of becoming a star at night. The club-owner gave him a trial under his stage-name of #Orion. But as his
the packed house of hen parties just laughed at Orion’s nebulous sword.
28 May 2019
When he found them in bed together he shot his best friend and stabbed his wife. Then he began to #regret it as he
Now he was completely alone, having killed the only two people that he could really talk to.
27 May 2019
After she died he withdrew into #silence. No-one called. He stayed indoors, ordered groceries over the internet, stopped speaking for months at a time. It was less painful
26 May 2019
will be forever linked in my memory by that choking last #breath of her resignation speech. She will not be missed but worse may be to follow.
25 May 2019
The teacher ignored the ‘Keep Out’ signs. Our surroundings became more #verdant. We found the
as we hacked our way through it, asking “Why is he leading us into here?” Then we heard the sounds.
24 May 2019
Her emotions had been damaged in a #vile relationship, leaving her with
for men. He wanted to be the one to bring her back from such
It might take time but she was worth it.
23 May 2019
1314: Legend has it that, at his lowest point before victory at Bannockburn, Robert the Bruce was inspired by
until the #gossamer web was complete. Like the spider he determined not to quit.
22 May 2019
When she rang I felt a #frisson of the old excitement. She’d always been able to get to me. But then those old
Instead I thought of you. I knew then that finally I was over her.
21 May 2019
Your #susurrus comes at night as I sleep. In my ear, murmuring
I dread to hear you from beyond the grave but I know that you are right. It has to be done.
20 May 2019
When I finally came around to writing his life story I discovered a #myriad of detail with
It became more a matter of choosing what to leave out than what to include, in order to preserve his reputation.
19 May 2019
He didn’t need to turn to know that she had entered the room. The #sillage of her fragrance hung in the air as she walked, the
from the other men as they turned. He smiled.
18 May 2019
The mood had been strained. After the meal we went outside, climbed the stairs to the roof and put aside our differences to smell the #petrichor providing a
17 May 2019
“Let me tell you. The largest piece of #flotsam found
was the Marie Celeste. Only I know what really happened. Buy me another rum and I’ll tell you.” He’d lived off that story for decades. But maybe it was true.
16 May 2019
Would they understand the #chimera that we had created? A
with the body of an ape and the brain of a human. Would they destroy it? How to reveal it to the world?
15 May 2019
“Tall and tan and young and lovely.” That summer, she was my Girl from Ipanema, the epitome of #lithe. When she passed, I smiled but she didn’t see. I’ll always regret not trying but …
Especially when you’re young.
14 May 2019
At the end of normal time Ramsey made the England team stay upright whilst the Germans were #supine. They thought England weren’t tired.
Extra time: ” You’ve beaten them once. Now go out and beat them again.”
13 May 2019
Finally, we learnt that they could only detect red blood. We survived long enough to develop an #azure dye to inject into our bloodstreams. Then
and began to die out as they failed to adapt to the new colour.
12 May 2019
The panic when his Editor needed serious changes. Then the # beatific feeling of …
… popping into his head … when he knew that it was really going to be published.
11 May 2019
The satellite was a forbidding prison. Inmates were housed relative to their crimes. Foot soldiers occupied the sunlit outer levels. Mass murderers were caged in the deep #aphotic levels in
I was put …
10 May 2019
His death was #surreal; seeing giant rats when brought in. The verdict was natural causes whilst
That didn’t explain the massive rat bites he gained after entering the secure unit.
09 May 2019
Prediction: Already at the #zenith of their playing abilities, New
as team favourites to win the Rugby Union World Cup in Japan in 2019. But Wales might shock them.
08 May 2019
He’s acting strangely. He’s experiencing
He’s suffering a
He finds it difficult having a
Don’t worry. It’s all new to him. He’s discovering he’s in #love with you.
07 May 2019
Their only child died young. Sadly, life can be #ephemeral. The pain faded over time but never disappeared and in the evenings they would sit in silence,
06 May 2019
Times were hard. #Waifs and strays had to choose between the workhouse or the streets. Was it any surprise that many, like Oliver,
Mistreatment and exploitation were preferable to starvation.
05 May 2019
Most footballers have a limited time at the top. His wife compiled a scrapbook of press cuttings to help him
Even champions can develop dementia from constantly heading a ball.
04 May 2019
The forces of nature; despite the obvious danger from the #maelstrom we couldn’t help
as our ship was swept into the vortex. There was only one chance left.
03 May 2019
“Wouldn’t it be luvverly?’ if Eliza could become #demure. Professor Higgins coaches her until the new
to speak like a Duchess and for Higgins to fall in love with her.
02 May 2019
Britain’s North-South beer divide is well known. South served flat, North served frothy. North is best. So Southerners going north should
01 May 2019
I was entranced by the #cadences in her voice, the rises and falls, the lilts and purrs … they were
Like a fool, I fell for it every time.
30 Apr 2019
The villain usually has to #vanish at the end of every pantomime,
(much like Keelagh Rose’s ‘V’ prompts vanish today) to avoid upsetting the children.
29 Apr 2019
1381: The Peasants Revolt against serfdom and a poll tax for both peasants and wealthy alike was crushed by Richard II. In our history, defeat means no
And Wat Tyler’s head on display was a lesson to all.
28 Apr 2019
In ‘A Passage to India’, with only a #vestige of evidence from the broken field glasses, the British Colonials find it
when finding himself alone in a cave with an attractive white woman.
27 Apr 2019
Before retiring, when #vacation time was tight, I enjoyed my annual overseas holidays. Now retired with more spare time I can’t be bothered with
26 Apr 2019
As a youth he would #vacillate between a career in writing or crime. He took the easy option and served time. That
… necessary to become a successful crime writer.
25 Apr 2019
As the ash and flames started we rushed to our boat in the harbour and stood-to offshore. Many stayed behind, thinking it would pass. The skies darkened.
sweeping all before it. We never saw them again.
24 Apr 2019
Zombies find the flesh of vegetarians to be #vapid. Without a meat base they consider those victims to be
Give them a burger-eater to chew on any day of the week.
23 Apr 2019
Dwelling on lost love can produce #vehement feelings. It can be a
of what might have been if only I had … or if only I hadn’t …
22 Apr 2019
In the ‘ Mysterious Affair at Styles’ Poirot says “Real evidence is usually vague and unsatisfactory. It needs to be examined … sifted.” Poirot is the opposite of #vague. He is
21 Apr 2019
Question: Is the Vice-Chairman the
who procures the sex-workers for the Chairman of the company?
20 Apr 2019
Exodus 26: Inside the wilderness tabernacle the Ark of the Covenant was hidden from
None could look upon it. Only once a year on the Day of Atonement could the High Priest part the #veil to mediate between God and his people.
19 Apr 2019
A #vegan is a strict
They are often maligned as boring because they talk endlessly about their diet. That’s unfair. They talk about fruit and vegetables too.
18 Apr 2019
Assassin’s in India put poisonous snakes under the victim’s pre-booked, first-class sleeper train seats. The snakes only came out at night to bite feet, delivering a
which was hard to establish as a crime.
17 Apr 2019
Heathcliff is able to impose a #veneer over his true character. He
just long enough to fool Isabella Linton into marrying him. But the veneer cannot be sustained.
16 Apr 2019
The Courts can #void an oral contract because it lacks supporting documentation. So it’s
However a contract with a hitman only ever requires a referral with a photo. It doesn’t need the Courts to enforce any bad faith.
15 Apr 2019
In TV crime dramas the #villain Is usually a
Unfortunately Casting often gives that role to a very well-known actor so you can spot the killer immediately.
14 Apr 2019
Hunt followers and saboteurs need to have formal qualifications. A
could be achieved for supporters and opponents by improved knowledge of the law.
13 Apr 2019
The recent Event Horizon Telescope’s photo of Messier 87 confirms that black holes have
which draws anything near them into their cores … and there is no way back.
12 Apr 2019
The #vikings practice of filing their front teeth and painting them red, possibly to look more fierce in battle, probably made them
to protect those weakened teeth.
11 Apr 2019
As a young man I thought that I could eat anything. Then I went to Brighton racecourse. For a bet I tried eating cold jellied eels. The #vomit really was a
Never again. Southerners must have strong stomachs.
10 Apr 2019
Art Restorers can now restore famous paintings to their original #vivid condition, some with surprising results. For example the Mona Lisa is now a
… a man
and the cleaned nameplate reads ‘Monty Lizard’.
09 Apr 2019
John McCain (1936-2018) was arguably the USA’s most famous war hero and #veteran
…to enter politics, finally taking on Trump. R.I.P.
08 Apr 2019
Heathcliff personifies the #violence of emotion. He demonstrates the
even after her death, to the extent that he stops eating and dies in her room, calling for her.
07 Apr 2019
Despite the evidence of his innocence, Tom Robinson’s conviction was a
Atticus Finch remained hopeful that he could get the #verdict overturned until Tom was shot and killed.
06 Apr 2019
Ben Gunn may be the richest man on the island but he has a #vacant expression and only one request when he first meets Jim Hawkins. Stir-crazy from isolation and eating goats he
05 Apr 2019
16th century headline in Venice newspaper:
Victim In Cruel Incident Obtains Unusual Solution
Shylock’s demand for his pound of flesh is #vicious. Step forward Balthasar/Portia with a humane solution.
04 Apr 2019
As a child I picked wild flowers in the woods. The
in a #vase for my mother are now protected from people like me. It’s right to do so but that age of innocence has been lost forever.
03 Apr 2019
The #voice can be a beautiful instrument when used sensitively
Very Often In Choral Ensembles.
However, usually it is just sound emanating from the
Vented Opening In Chin’s Exterior
Verbal Opinions Initiating Communicative Expressions.
02 Apr 2019
It’s serious. You need an alibi. The Police will check. They need
But can you admit that you were in bed with your best friend’s wife?
01 Apr 2019
At the start of every tv crime drama we need a …
… so that we have a mystery to solve.
31 Mar 2019
Possible definition: A #poet is a writer of
30 Mar 2019
The Brexit clock has ticked away every #second up to last night’s leaving deadline. Now the choice is about to narrow to
29 Mar 2019
I’ve always thought it strange. When alone, you wear a #robe before taking a shower. The
covering you from no-one’s prying eyes. But you don’t wear one when about to share a shower and can be seen by your companion.
28 Mar 2019
I just love those old U.S. movies where a #collect call is made from a box via the operator and the
It’s nostalgia I know but 0800 REVERSE from a mobile doesn’t have the same romance.
27 Mar 2019
she locks in her feelings. I have to respect that. Only occasionally, if I am patient, does she let me peep through the #keyhole into her bruised heart.
26 Mar 2019
Shyness used to #inhibit my writing success. Then I made myself try new things, like entering competitions. That works. Now…
25 Mar 2019
In an art competition it always increases your chances of winning if you #frame your entry. But you are still unlikely to win just because you
unless you can convince the judge that it’s really an abstract painting.
24 Mar 2019
Speaker Bercow is a #thorn in the Prime Minister’s side. He won’t allow a third meaningful vote on her EU deal even with the latest clarifications. So
23 Mar 2019
Brexiteers fear #sabotage by EU’s extension timetable.
of ‘no deal’ certainty.
22 Mar 2019
Alan Turing’s team at Bletchley Park cracked the #riddle of the Nazi messages by
21 Mar 2019
I don’t want to artificially #magnify the importance of that first date but it
of happy marriage.
20 Mar 2019
You’ve written your first draft. You need feedback but are embarrassed to ask. Submit it using a #pseudonym as it
Then you can reveal yourself if you want to.
19 Mar 2019
Judges of writing competitions often award a winner and several equally-placed runners-up. This helps to maintain #mutual respect being
Mutual or not, it’s still better to win.
18 Mar 2019
You cruciverbalists love compiling crosswords. Some offer both quizword and #cryptic clues. Is the object to provide
Either option makes me struggle.
17 Mar 2019
The arrival of the mothership in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ was a truly #awe – inspiring film moment for me. I found it an
I wanted to go with them.
16 Mar 2019
Do we want a second referendum? That is the #question. Will it be the last
Or will Brexit never end?
15 Mar 2019
Holmes was known to #crave cocaine and morphine. His preferred method was injection. When bored he
Watson deplored Holmes’ ‘drug mania’.
14 Mar 2019
1959: As a kid I had pockets full of treasures but a mind empty of metaphors. When Perry Como sang Catch a falling star, you’ll have a pocketful of starlight even
… didn’t help.
13 Mar 2019
Lizzie jokingly tells Jane that she fell for Darcy upon her first #approach to Pemberley along
with her aunt and uncle.
12 Mar 2019
The #sketch is the fore-runner of flashfiction and microfiction. Versions are commonly performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as …
Not all succeed but keep writing until they do.
11 Mar 2019
The homing pigeon Gustav was #quick. Bringing the first report of the WW2 Normandy landings to Britain won him the Dickin Medal (inspiring the 2005 film “Valiant”.) Then sad news.
by accident in his loft.
10 Mar 2019
The full stop at the end of every sentence always arrives on the #dot or …
09 Mar 2019
On the day after Women’s Day it is only fitting that we acknowledge the #epitome of the British Suffragette Movement.
She deserves her recent statue in Manchester
08 Mar 2019
“She” 1965 Hammer Film:
Ursula Andress is the beautiful queen of a
Secret Hidden Empire
She Has Eternal-life
Seriously Hot Experience
but when when seeking a
Second Heat Exchange
She Hastily Expires
Shrunken Haggardly Ending.
07 Mar 2019
Website Recruitment Ad: “Join us and for the rest of your life you’ll be able to look back and say you raised your hand to serve.” If you want to #belong …
06 Mar 2019
Home Economics Tip: It’s the latest cocktails craze – mixing gin with #syrup. To keep the cost down try creating your own mixers by adding water and lots of sugar before …
You’ll be too busy to drink.
05 Mar 2019
Social comment: Children are our priority. It’s too easy to #overlook their needs. If you have to work they require …
… preferably the other parent if still part of the family.
04 Mar 2019
Reducing greenhouse gases requires us to #improvise quickly. If not, then we may have to vacate this planet as …
… to find a new Earth.
03 Mar 2019
Following yonder star (predicted), “We Three Kings of #Orient are” must have set off about this time of year …
… in order to arrive in Bethlehem for the birth.
02 Mar 2019
The Beach Boys album “Pet Sounds” blew my mind. When I hear the track “Don’t Talk, put your head on my shoulder’ l have to ‘Listen, listen, listen’, becoming
God only knows where it takes me to.
01 Mar 2019
20 years after his death by shooting whilst trying to #escape the police, the ghost of the ‘King of Cocaine” was photographed exiting his Monaco mansion seconds before it was blown up for demolition. Pablo
28 Feb 2019
Shattered illusions 1955/56. When I was a kid #Champion the Wonder Horse was on TV. He was a..
Imagine my disappointment later when I discovered that they used 3 different horses in filming.
27 Feb 2019
Not much of a public #celebration for Princess Eugenie’s wedding. Cries of
were drowned out by the £2 million security & £250k clean up bill met by the public purse.
26 Feb 2019
I enjoy eating and drinking too much. At every end-of-year party I have an #epiphany and declare my resolution to …
On 1st January I sober up and abandon it.
25 Feb 2019
Dickens rewritten: the eternal optimist Micawber says ‘Something will turn up” to Copperfield. Dismissing each #yesterday he could have said …
It makes him my favourite character.
24 Feb 2019
Mr Collins lives near Lady Catherine in his “humble abode”. He says “Lady Catherine has never been averse to the truly humble”. It’s too much for Miss Bennet as
as they walk to Rosings Park.
23 Feb 2019
‘The Revenant’ plot summary:
Losing A Mauling Experience
Limping And Meandering Erratically
Leg A Mess Externally,
Leo Attempts Miraculous Escapes
Leads A Mounted Expedition
Let Another Man Execute
22 Feb 2019
Final scenes: In ‘Casablanca’ the #teardrop is held back. In ‘Brief Encounter’ the teardrops are concealed from the camera. Would it have been more effective to blatantly show a
21 Feb 2019
Relatives who had shunned him all his life now met at the Solicitor’s #behest for the reading of his Will …
of a Bequest …
20 Feb 2019
It’s an old schoolboy trick. Yesterday off poorly? Double maths at school today? Getting over a bit of a head cold? Everyone has
19 Feb 2019
Use of the Rosetta stone, found in 1799, helped validate the deciphering of #demotic Egyptian hieroglyphics by comparing
with ancient Greek texts carved on its opposite side.
18 Feb 2019
Gordon Gekko’s ruthless accumulation of wealth made him a #paradigm of greed. The film “Wall Street” was
17 Feb 2019
Gatsby’s library appeared to be an #eclectic assemblage of first editions comprising an
None had been read. All the pages were uncut.
16 Feb 2019
Many have tried to find the legendary #Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas. Does it really exist? What can it be?
or a figment of man’s imagination.
15 Feb 2019
Matthew Hopkins (1620-1647) was Witchfinder General during the Civil War. As #rapporteur for the Puritans he hunted down an estimated 300 witches by
14 Feb 2019
Wise advice for your heroine: “Bad things happen at night, my child. As #eventide approaches, return home quickly, drop the shutters, bar the door and light the fire for …
13 Feb 2019
As we left the pub we were grateful for the #downlight from the street-lamps. They
as you never knew what could be lying in wait around an otherwise dark corner of the street.
12 Feb 2019
As youths we were often #munted. The rest of us grew out of it and moved on. For him it became a problem as he continued to have
Clearly he needed help.
11 Feb 2019
Stage Direction: Frankenstein is losing control of his creation and of his own mind. It’s appropriate for him to #facepalm having …
… as he goes insane.
10 Feb 2019
Please sir can I have some more?
Yes sir I’m #hangry.
You’re hangry, Twist?
Well I’m not very happy sir. You’d be hangry too with
9 Feb 2019
He wasn’t exactly some #rando. My boss had introduced us to him. He might put some valuable business our way. We couldn’t refuse his invitation to dinner. Why was it that only my wife
about our host?
8 Feb 2019
Once it was an unpretentious working class area. Then the middle class started buying up the houses, renovating and improving them, until it became a #bougie neighbourhood,
7 Feb 2019
The secret #object of your desires can easily become an obsession. Keep those emotions in check or …
6 Feb 2019
Abandoned, alone, without water in an arid #desert. Each evening sees you in a
but it never comes.
5 Feb 2019
Writing your novel requires you to be #deliberate so, choosing your words carefully, you
4 Feb 2019
In the 16/17/18th centuries a British #convict might well be transported either to America or Australia
3 Feb 2019
Game of Thrones returns with its final episodes in April 2019. How will I cope when it comes to a #close ? After I’ve…
…will I be…
2 Feb 2019
The obsequious Uriah Heep would #bow and scrape to demonstrate his excessive humility…
1 Feb 2019
To #read a novel is both pleasure and pain. I have to know what happens next so whenever I put one down the pleasure is to…
until the pain as I…
…then I start another one.
31 Jan 2019
Pulling out of the EU with no deal would be pure #bliss to the hard-right Tories’ European Reform Group putting
Hopefully they will remain a minority faction.
30 Jan 2019
The House of Commons at Prime Minister’s Question Time can often descend into #pantomime, especially when debating Brexit.
What must the rest of the EU think of us?
29 Jan 2019
Dick W thought the streets of #London were paved with gold. Today’s homeless and hopeless know better when they sleep on them …
… like shelter, warmth and a bed.
Turn again Whittington? I think not.
28 Jan 2019
Writing began when prehistoric man first picked up a burnt #stick and drew animals on a cave wall.
We are still writing.
27 Jan 2019
Ideally every child should have two #parents in a
…and particularly… love.
26 Jan 2019
As writers, why are we fascinated by violent death? A knife in an artery, a #pool of blood on the floor, a twitching body
Is it because it makes us feel more alive?
25 Jan 2019
1883 East of Java. A week before the main eruption Captain Watson noted “The clouds appeared to be edged with a #pinkish-coloured light.”
It was a warning.
24 Jan 2019
When we met everything was #sunny and I
Stayed Up Nights Near You.
Then you left me in a shady place to
Sadly Hide Away Despairing You.
23 Jan 2019
I was just a boy. Marriage was the last thing on my mind. Then I met the right #girl. We’re still together after 50 years so I …
It can happen.
22 Jan 2019
Burma Railway Is Delayed; Great Explosion
… as the # ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ is destroyed to end this academy-award winning film.
21 Jan 2019
#Hair styles help me date my old photos, being Handy As Instant References despite those styles being Hilarious And Increasingly Ridiculous. But now I look just like every other bald old man and they provide Hardly Any Image Recognition.
20 Jan 2019
In these modern times the subject of ‘Animal Rights’ has gathered serious support from fair-minded people but even so …
Horse On Rider Seems Extreme
…especially over Aintree.
London to York non-stop. Dick Turpin’s mount Black Bess was essential to his get-away:
Highwayman On Run Secures Escape
19 Jan 2019
1789: The Mutiny on the Bounty saw the Captain and 18 Crew set adrift in an open launch in the Pacific, 3500 miles from the nearest English #beach. They made it back to inspire a movie.
Bligh Expelled And Coming Home
18 Jan 2019
#Lean times ahead as Anglesey’s Wylfa nuclear power plant project is cancelled meaning …
Less Employment Around North-Wales
Less Energy Available Nationally.
17 Jan 2019
Endless Brexit #spread into 3rd year:
Speaker Publicly Rebuked Ejecting Amendment Delays.
Split Parties Reject EU Agreed Deal.
Sad PM Resists Eviction Attempt Diversion.
Significant Progress Reported , Extending Another Deadline.
Second Public Referendum Expects Alternative Decision
Simple Progress Requested Ending All Discussions.
16 Jan 2019
Magical creatures roam my local woods. So do irresponsible dog owners. So, was it a fall or a #push? Either way it’s a Pretty Ugly Situation Here. I’m sorry if it upsets you… it upsets me too.
15 Jan 2019
When I was a kid the #grass in the park was the
Green Recreation Area’s Sporting Surface.
Then I aged and complained about the gangs taking it over and I became the #grass in the park, the
Guy Ratting About Substance Sales.
14 Jan 2019
Extract from early script.
Engineer (Scottish accent):
“Warp #drive is essential for powering Enterprise, Captain.
13 Jan 2019
Life will make you a writer, not privilege. Private schools cost a fortune and don’t necessarily #teach you any better. If you work hard you can obtain a
12 Jan 2019
11 Jan 2019
Unused intro for memoir: It was the decade when it all came together – fashion, music, art. David Bailey set it off by capturing Jean Shrimpton’s #pose with
Read 60s teen-angst in ‘Not Fade Away’ at ‘Not Fade Away’
10 Jan 2019
Christ Hosts Evening Feast
but who was the #chef that cooked the most famous meal in history? Read ‘Who cooked the Last Supper?’ by Rosalind Miles for an interesting feminist answer.
9 Jan 2019
Crisis As Kitchen Explodes
Another attack on MPs as a terrorist #cake bomb detonates in an oven in Westminster. Parliament suspended for 6 months whilst Transport Secretary organises a mobile canteen. Suspect is now doing porridge.
I did think of adding … Police follow trail of crumbs before
C.I.D. Arrest Kipling Employee
but that might have been in poor taste.
8 Jan 2019
That TV drama showed our #slide out of Europe after a
Sad Lesson In Dubious Economics.
Simply Let Ignorance Determine Exit?
We need a 2nd referendum to
Satisfactorily Let Informed Debate Emerge
Seriously Look Into Democratic Excesses.
7 Jan 2019
Alone. Cornfield. Dusk
Scarecrow Twists Round And Watches
Sensing Trouble Right AWay
She Throws Rope And Wraps
Strawman Tied, Ranting And Writhing
She Torches Ricks Almost Wantonly,
Slowly Turning Round And Walking
She’s Taken Revenge… And Willingly
6 Jan 2019
Would the handsome Prince have left Sleeping Beauty to #sleep if he had found her …
5 Jan 2019
1588. Armada wrecked in storms as it tried to #swing around the top of Ireland to head for home. 6000 perished.
“For 3 days we rode out the storms until finally we were driven onto the rocks.”
4 Jan 2019
What were Anne Boleyn’s last thoughts as she waited on her #knees with her neck on the block.
“Anne, look this way,” was just a distraction.
3 Jan 2019
Incredible but true. The PoW Committee invite suggestions for a break-out from the #cage that is Colditz. “I say, old boy, have you…
2 Jan 2019
Newsflash: After Elizabeth II’s abdication, some guests at Charles III’s coronation banquet refuse to #drink to his health:
1 Jan 2019
In the UK Universal Credit is not working properly. Some people still cannot afford to #eat whilst we
Eat is part of fEAsT so perhaps on this 1st of January we should resolve to
Dec 31 2018
You meet a good-looking stranger’s eye on the tube. There’s an immediate attraction. Could it be a new #beginning? You’ve got to act fast before the next stop.
Dec 30 2018
In ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ Wilde’s main character finds a way to #indulge himself whereby …
Dec 29 2018
When your work is eventually published it’s proof that you’ve been able to #master the skill of writing. It’s a…
Dec 28 2018
Hastings asks Poirot. “How could the Police #misplace such evidence – an almost full bottle of poisoned wine?
into thin air. “
Dec 27 2018
Nobody answers the door #knocker. The 24 hour locksmith also has failed. In desperation the Prince sends her a text …
More likely today:
Kys not opng cstl . KP extndg Rpnzl.
Dec 26 2018
In a discarded early draft of “A Christmas Carol”, Dickens observed of the #mistletoe custom that ‘Ladies pecked cautiously whilst men indulged themselves,
Dec 25 2018
Like Thomas Hardy, he hoped one day to become a #Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature so that he could
Dec 24 2018
It’s Christmas Eve so #celebrate…
… A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Dec 23 2018
To help eradicate #ignorance the BBC World Service broadcasts in over 40 languages and answers the question…
Dec 22 2018
Camilla says rabbits #bombinate when happy. I had to look it up and I’ll take her word on it. None have communicated with me:
…even if happy.
Dec 21 2018
Despite many religious beliefs, it seems likely that there is no #life before conception nor after death. So
Dec 20 2018
Especially at Christmas, even the most miserable person must find something to #enjoy because
Dec 19 2018
Would you reply to this Lonely Hearts advert?
…to save him from a #solitary journey.
Dec 18 2018
If you think about a problem you will eventually see the #light;
Dec 17 2018
You cannot change the #past. It’s a
Dec 16 2018
It’s hard to be apart at Christmas but opening gifts raises #expectations of a festive time;
Dec 15 2018
In the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Geoff Hurst took the headlines but Martin Peters made it happen. Described as the #Ghost of ’66 he
Dec 14 2018
Poster for #inimitable film franchise:
Dec 14 2018
If you are #slow to learn a new subject then
Dec 12 2018
The further you get from the entrance the more you need to #illuminate the darkness…
Dec 11 2018
Massage brings #comfort to aching muscles using
Dec 10 2018
Wedding vows are a serious #promise but how many of us realise that it’s meant to be for life when…
Dec 9 2018
In 1962 Mandela’s anti-apartheid activities were #fettered when he was given life imprisonment on Robben Island.
Dec 8 2018
Dec 7 2018
The discovery of the Higgs Boson particle at CERN was a #particular triumph for science.
Dec 6 2018
Frozen snow can be dangerous. Scientists have solved the problem of retaining the #crispness on pathways with a spray containing a…
Dec 5 2018
You can have a murder investigation without a body but not without a policeman. When I went to the police station to report a crime there was…
Dec 4 2018
When he was well enough to travel my father collected and labelled a pebble from each foreign location that he visited as a #memento. They provide…
Dec 3 2018
Morning roll call at the Precinct. Kevlar Body Armour may be # impenetrable because it’s an…
… but it’s not foolproof so remember, be careful out there.
Dec 2 2018
If you are #longing for a big win on the Lottery then …
Dreaded words for those #longing to continue drinking …
Dec 1 2018
No-one wants to wake up #dead, but in the morning we forget those dreams:
Death Enters After Darkness,
Disturbing Every Adults’ Dreams.
Dawn Embraces Advancing Daylight,
Dreams Eroding, Amnesia Deems.
Nov 30 2018
When a Fresh-Looking Youth meets a Fine-Looking Youngster sparks will #fly. But Foolish Lustful Yearning and a Fortune Looted Yesterday means l’m facing Fifty Lengthy Years walking a Federal Leisure Yard just For Loving You.
Nov 29 2018
The Sound of Music – Typical Recall After Performance
The Von Trapp family avoid a Nazi #trap:
Trapp Rejects Adolf’s Preaching,
Trapp Romantically Attracts Postulant,
Trapps Render Austrian Pop-songs,
Third Reich After Papa,
Trapps Reach Alpine Pass.
Nov 28 2018
In Dickens’s novel, Mr Pickwick visited many a #tavern. To get to each involved…
Nov 27 2018
Waterboarding involves a #tap when you #tap for information.
Theory And Practice:
Take A Prisoner,
Transported Abroad Preferably.
Try Asking Politely,
Testing And Probing,
Then Add (hose)Pipe
Tormenting And Persecuting,
Totally Applying Pain
Told All Pleadingly
but is it
Truthful And Pertinent
Tainted And Pointless?
… That’s A Problem
Nov 26 2018
Even the humblest location can be a #sanctuary. Picture the scene. The start of the greatest story ever told …
… the rest is history.
Nov 25 2018
A #rope is really useful for
Nov 24 2018
1620. The #Pilgrim Fathers sail to America from Plymouth, England in the Mayflower to avoid religious persecution. Headline in Devonshire Chronicle:
Nov 23 2018
Sent to the #pen. Execution. Assumed dead. Body placed in tomb.
That was the #penultimate sentence. Recaptured. Sentence reimposed.
Nov 22 2018
Advert: Using the #Peerless Detective Agency means that you peer less and we observe for you;
Nov 21 2018
#Organic crops now have the Government’s seal of approval as
Can the music played to accompany hymn-singing be described as #organic? Whatever, it helps to …
Nov 20 2018
Like the Planet #Neptune, today’s acrostic is hard to see so I’ll try sudoku instead…
Nov 19 2018
Even now the Beatles (1963) song #Misery still gets to me because it …
Nov 18 2018
In fiction a # lion will give you a
Lasting Impression Of Narnia
Lewis’s Incredibly Optimistic Narrative
but in real life unless
Locked Inside Official Nature-reserve
it’s better to have
Little Involvement Or None.
Nov 17 2018
Thought for the day: To take away someone’s #liberty could be described as being ‘a bit of a liberty’ … but true liberty is not taken or granted by others, true …
Nov 16 2018
A #hole can be dangerous if not filled:
If she turns you down it can leave a #hole in your heart as
But you can always love again if you
Nov 15 2018
The #hatch covers the …
...where the eggs hatch.
If the chickens #hatch an escape plot is it …
Continuing the story … After escaping through the #hatch and creating havoc…
Nov 14 2018
The Moon is a #globe:
Nov 13 2018
(Series of linked tweets)
In American football it helps to be #fleet of foot.
I’m developing a theme – the American Dream:
Fast Linebacker Evades Every Tackle;
Fast Linebacker Executes Every Touchdown;
Fast Linebacker Easily Earns Trillions;
Fast Linebacker Enjoys Election Triumph;
Fast Linebacker Eventually Evicts Trump.
Continuing the American Dream as President our #fleet-footed
Fast Linebacker Exceeds Expectations Totally:
Fast Linebacker Ensures Economic Turnaround,
Fast Linebacker Eliminates Equality Tribalism,
Fast Linebacker Enforces Energy Treaties,
Fast Linebacker Eradicates Enemy Targets,
Fast Linebacker Ends Education Tragedies,
Fast Linebacker Expands Emergency Treatment
Fast Linebacker Earns Earth’s Thanks
… And we all live happily ever after.
Nov 12 2018
Captain James Cook. (1728 – 1779), sailing in HMS Endeavour showed great #endeavour to discover Australia and New Zealand.
Nov 11 2018
Luke 4:23 Physician heal thyself. When all else fails set up your own #dispensary.
Nov 10 2018
Profound thought for the day.
Life can be either side of the #crystal:
Chasing Rainbows Yesterday; Sadly Tomorrow Arrowed Light
Nov 9 2018
When Elizabeth II dies the #crown can only pass to her eldest son.
Nov 8 2018
Applying #craft, candidates on the US TV programme reverse the outcome…
Recently a #craft was pulled backwards off a sandbank at Portsmouth
To disguise his intentions Noah’s #craft was …
Nov 7 2018
Bikers’ #chapter chooses favourite film.
Having finished the last #chapter l’m …
Nov 6 2018
Dracula spends his daylight hours in the #cavern …
… under his #castle
Nov 5 2018
If a direct assault on a #castle appears risky then …
or …Writers, don’t fall back on that old Hollywood screenwriter’s trick:
Nov 4 2018
A #cascade of applause for Ian Mckellen at the end of King Lear:
Nov 3 2018
#calypso celebrations as the first West Indies astronaut reaches the International Space Station:
Nov 2 2018
Replace plastic with returnable glass #bottles
Nov 1 2018
Is that an #aurora I can see:
Oct 31 2018
Time-travellers should step through this #window
Oct 30 2018
Others may be trying to #obtain your valuables:
Oct 29 2018
If you really need to #nudge someone
Oct 28 2018
Moby Dick is a #sob story
Summary Of Book:
Sailing Off Boston
Seeking Out Blubber
Skipper Obviously Bonkers
Sperm-whale Obliterates Boat
Sailors Over Board
Survivor One Boatman
Oct 27 2018
The world combines to #denounce Russia
Oct 26 2018
The Democrats are hoping to be #restored to a majority in the up-coming mid-terms on Nov 6. This is the headline for the Washington Post:
Oct 25 2018
Trafalgar 21 October 1805
Went drinking with sailors last week. It’s #obvious that I didn’t intend this but …
… oh shit!
If it had been #obviously I would have added
for added impact and gender equality.
Oct 24 2018
#wallow in love because:
Oct 24 2018
Always take the opportunity to #wallow in luxury:
Worry (or Work)
Oct 23 2018
It’s very stressful being an #engineer:
Sensitivity alert: no alternative meanings should be attributed to the above engineering expressions 🙂
Oct 22 2018
When #hiccups start, try this cure: