@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 short enough to fit in a single tweet but big enough to make you laugh or cry or scream. Other than that there don’t seem to be any rules. So, I like to combine mine 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 aim is to create 365 consecutive tweets.
My efforts so far are below:
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: