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@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.  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.

Some of my efforts are below:

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18 Jan 2019

#Lean times ahead as Anglesey’s Wylfa nuclear power plant project is cancelled meaning …

Less Employment Around North-Wales

and

Less Energy Available Nationally.

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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.

(thread)

Second Public Referendum Expects Alternative Decision

Simple Progress Requested Ending All Discussions.

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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.

Image may contain: plant and outdoor

 

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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.

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14 Jan 2019

Extract from early script.

Engineer (Scottish accent):

“Warp #drive is essential for powering Enterprise, Captain.

Dilithium

Readily

Improves

Velocity

Enormously.”

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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

Tremendous

Education

At

County

High.

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12 Jan 2019

Even on the worst days, when I lie here and cannot speak, I see my wife and children and try to #smileIt’s a way of
Showing MIncessantly Loving Everyone
by
Sending Messages In Little Expressions

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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

Photos

Of

Sixties

Elegance

Read 60s teen-angst in ‘Not Fade Away’ at ‘Not Fade Away’ 

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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.

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9 Jan 2019

Newsflash:

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.

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8 Jan  2019

That TV drama showed our #slide out of Europe after a

Sad Lesson In Dubious Economics.

Can we

Simply Let Ignorance Determine Exit?

We need a 2nd referendum to

Satisfactorily Let Informed Debate Emerge

and then

Seriously Look Into Democratic Excesses.

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7 Jan 2019

#straw

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

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6 Jan 2019

Would the handsome Prince have left Sleeping Beauty to #sleep if he had found her …

Snoring

Loudly,

Eliminating

Ear

Plugs?

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5 Jan 2019

1588. Armada wrecked in storms as it tried to #swing around the top of Ireland to head for home. 6000 perished.

Spanish

Wrecked

In

Northern

Gales

“For 3 days we rode out the storms until finally we were driven onto the rocks.”

See shortlisted poem

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4 Jan 2019

What were Anne Boleyn’s last thoughts as she waited on her #knees with her neck on the block.

King’s

Nullification

Expected;

Execution

Suspended?

Anne, look this way,” was just a distraction.

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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…

Considered

Glider

Escape?”

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2 Jan 2019

Newsflash: After Elizabeth II’s abdication, some guests at Charles III’s coronation banquet refuse to #drink to his health:

Defiant

Republicans

Insult

New

King

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1 Jan 2019

In the UK Universal Credit is not working properly. Some people still cannot afford to #eat whilst we

Enjoy

A

Take-away.

 

Eat is part of fEAsT so perhaps on this 1st of January we should resolve to

Finally

End

All

Starvation

Today.

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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.

Brief

Encounter:

Generally

If

Not

Now

It‘s

Nothing

Gained.

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Dec 30 2018

In ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ Wilde’s main character finds a way to #indulge himself whereby …

Increasing

Natural

Desires

Ultimately

Lead-to

Gray’s

Expiry

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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…

Magnificent

Achievement

Securing

That

End

Result.

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Dec 28 2018

Hastings asks Poirot. “How could the Police #misplace such evidence – an almost full bottle of poisoned wine?

Maybe

Intentionally

Stolen,

Perhaps

Lost?

Anyway

Certainly

Evaporated…

into thin air. “

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Dec 27 2018

Nobody answers the door #knocker. The 24 hour locksmith also has failed. In desperation the Prince sends her a text …

Keys

Not

Opening

Castle.

Keep

Extending

Rapunzel

 

More likely today:

Kys not opng cstl . KP extndg Rpnzl.

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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,

Many

Insistently

Snogging

Their

Ladies,

Extending

The

Opportunity

Eagerly.’

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Dec 25 2018

Like Thomas Hardy, he hoped one day to become a #Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature so that he could

Fully

Embrace

Lasting

Legacies

Of

Writing

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Dec 24 2018

It’s Christmas Eve so #celebrate

Cancel

Every

Lesson,

End

Business

Responsibilities

And

Together

Enjoy

… A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Dec 23 2018

To help eradicate #ignorance the BBC World Service broadcasts in over 40 languages and answers the question…

Is

Giving

News

On

Radio

A

Necessarily

Constructive

Endeavour?

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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:

Bunnies

Occasionally

Murmouring

Buzzes

Imply

No

Alternative

Talking

Expertise…

…even if happy.

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Dec 21 2018

Despite many religious beliefs, it seems likely that there is no #life before conception nor after death. So

Living

Is

First

Experience

and

Living

Is

Final

Experience

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Dec 20 2018

Especially at Christmas, even the most miserable person must find something to #enjoy because

Every

Now-and-then

Joviality

Overcomes

You

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Dec 19 2018

Would you reply to this Lonely Hearts advert?

Sailor,

Owns

Lugger,

Intends

Travelling

Abroad,

Requires

Yachtswoman

…to save him from a #solitary journey.

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Dec 18 2018

If you think about a problem you will eventually see the #light;

Lucid

Instances

Gained

Having

Thought

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Dec 17 2018

You cannot change the #past. It’s a

Previous

And

Set

Time.

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Dec 16 2018

It’s hard to be apart at Christmas but opening gifts raises #expectations of a festive time;

Enjoying

Xmas

Presents

Encourages

Cheerful

Thoughts

At

Times

Involving

Otherwise-

Necessary

Separations.

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Dec 15 2018

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

Glided

Hauntingly

Over

Sacred

Turf

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Dec 14 2018

Poster for #inimitable film franchise:

Incredible

New

Installment;

Mission

Impossible”

Takes

Action

Beyond

Levels

Expected.

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Dec 14 2018

If you are #slow to learn a new subject then

Studious

Listening

Often

Works

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Dec 12 2018

The further you get from the entrance the more you need to #illuminate the darkness…

Inspection

Lamps

Light

Up

Mines;

Invaluable

Nearing

Any

Tunnel’s

Extremities.

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Dec 11 2018

Massage brings #comfort to aching muscles using

Carefully-

Organised

Manipulation

Forming

Optimum

Relaxation

Treatments

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Dec 10 2018

Wedding vows are a serious #promise but how many of us realise that it’s meant to be for life when…

Proudly

Repeating

Our

Meaningful

Intentions

So

Earnestly?

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Dec 9 2018

In 1962 Mandela’s anti-apartheid activities were #fettered when he was given life imprisonment on Robben Island.

Freedom

Expired

Totally;

The

Expected

Result,

Endless

Detention

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Dec 8 2018

Opinion: The aurora borealis is fleeting but #moonlight has constancy. So if you want to find your way at night …
Magnificent
Orb
Outshines
Northern
Lights
In
Global
Highlight
Test

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Dec 7 2018

The discovery of the Higgs Boson particle at CERN was a #particular triumph for science.

Protons

Accelerated

Rapidly

Towards

Impact

Confirm

Underground

Linear

Accelerator

Result.

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Dec 6 2018

Frozen snow can be dangerous. Scientists have solved the problem of retaining the #crispness on pathways with a spray containing a…

Chemically-

Reactive

Ingredient

Sustaining

Powdering,

Neatly

Eliminating

Slushy

Surfaces.

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Dec 5 2018

#nobody

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…

Not

One

Being

On

Duty

Yesterday

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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…

Many

Excellent

Memories

Especially

Now

Travelling’s

Over.

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Dec 3 2018

Morning roll call at the Precinct. Kevlar Body Armour may be # impenetrable because it’s an…

IMpact-

Proof

Envelope

Neatly

Enclosing

Target,

Rendering

Any

Ballistics

Less

Effective

… but it’s not foolproof so remember, be careful out there.

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Dec 2 2018

If you are #longing for a big win on the Lottery then …

Little

Or

Nothing

Gained

Is

Not

Good.

 

Dreaded words for those #longing to continue drinking …

Last

Orders

Now

Gentlemen,

It’s

Nearly

Going-home-time

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nov 28 2018

In Dickens’s novel, Mr Pickwick visited many a #tavern. To get to each involved…

Travelling

Along

Various

English

Roads

Nightly

They

Appeared

Very

Enjoyable,

Relaxing

Nightspots.

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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

until

Told All Pleadingly

but is it

Truthful And Pertinent

or

Tainted And Pointless?

… That’s A Problem

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Nov 26 2018

Even the humblest location can be a #sanctuary. Picture the scene. The start of the greatest story ever told …

Stable

At

Night;

Couple

Thankfully

Under

A

Roof;

Yuletide …

… the rest is history.

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Nov 25 2018

A #rope is really useful for

Reaching

Over

Precipice

Edge

and

Rescuing

Other

People

Easily

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Nov 24 2018

1620. The #Pilgrim Fathers sail to America from Plymouth, England in the Mayflower to avoid religious persecution. Headline in Devonshire Chronicle:

Plymouth

Is

Long

Gone;

Religion

Inspires

Mayflower

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Nov 23 2018

Sent to the #pen. Execution. Assumed dead. Body placed in tomb.

Prisoner

Escapes

Necropolis

That was the #penultimate sentence. Recaptured. Sentence reimposed.

Prisoner

Executed

Nevertheless;

Undeniably

Last

Time

Inmate

Makes

Timely

Escape.

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Nov 22 2018

Advert: Using the #Peerless Detective Agency means that you peer less and we observe for you;

Private

Eye:

Excellent

References,

Legal

Expertise,

Surveillance

Services.

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Nov 21 2018

#Organic crops now have the Government’s seal of approval as

Officially-

Recognised

Growth

Achieved

Not

Involving

Chemicals.

Can the music played to accompany hymn-singing be described as #organic? Whatever, it helps to …

Overcome

Raucous

Garbling

And

Noise

In

Church

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Nov 20 2018

Like the Planet #Neptune, today’s acrostic is hard to see so I’ll try sudoku instead…

Not

Easy

Prompt

Today;

Understanding

Numerals

Easier

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Nov 19 2018

Even now the Beatles (1963) song #Misery still gets to me because it …

Mostly

Initiates

Sadness,

Especially

Remembering

You

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Nov 18 2018

In fiction a # lion will give you a

Lasting Impression Of Narnia

in

Lewis’s Incredibly Optimistic Narrative

but in real life unless

Locked Inside Official Nature-reserve

it’s better to have

Little Involvement Or None.

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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 …

Liberty

Is

Being

Entirely

Responsible

To

Yourself

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Nov 16 2018

A #hole can be dangerous if not filled:

Hazardous

Opening

Left

Empty

If she turns you down it can leave a #hole in your heart as

Hopes

Of

Love

Evaporate

But you can always love again if you

Hang

Onto

Life’s

Essentials

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Nov 15 2018

The #hatch covers the …

Hole

Accessing

The

Chicken

House

...where the eggs hatch.

If the chickens #hatch an escape plot is it …

Hens

Attempting

To

Create

Havoc?

Continuing the story … After escaping through the #hatch and creating havoc…

Hens

Advance

Towards

Corn

Harvest

… and…

Hens

Acclaimed

Throughout

Chicken

History.

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Nov 14 2018

The Moon is a #globe:

Gravitationally-

Linked

Orb

Beside

Earth

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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

Until…

Fast Linebacker Earns Earth’s Thanks

… And we all live happily ever after.

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Nov 12 2018

Captain James Cook. (1728 – 1779), sailing in HMS Endeavour showed great #endeavour to discover Australia and New Zealand.

Exploring

New

Discoveries,

Endeavour’

Attempted

Voyages

Over

Untravelled

Routes

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Nov 11 2018

Luke 4:23 Physician heal thyself. When all else fails set up your own #dispensary.

Doctor

Is

Sick,

Patients

Expecting

Normal

Service;

Arrange

Remedies

Yourself

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Nov 10 2018

Profound thought for the day.

Life can be either side of the #crystal:

Chasing Rainbows Yesterday; Sadly Tomorrow Arrowed Light

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Nov 9 2018

When Elizabeth II dies the #crown can only pass to her eldest son.

Charles

Retains

Ownership

With

Nepotism

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Nov 8 2018

Applying #craft, candidates on the US TV programme reverse the outcome…

Clearly-

Rational

Apprentices

Fire

Trump

or

Recently a #craft was pulled backwards off a sandbank at Portsmouth

Tugs

Full

Astern

Re-float

Cruiser

or

To disguise his intentions Noah’s #craft was …

Cunningly

Registered

As

Floating

Taxi

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Nov 7 2018

Bikers’ #chapter chooses favourite film.

California’s

Hells

Angels

Picture

Trophy:

“Easy

Rider”

or

Having finished the last #chapter l’m …

Completely

Happy

After

Page-

Turner

Ends

Romantically

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Nov 6 2018

Dracula spends his daylight hours in the #cavern 

Crypt

Admitting

Vampires

Every

Returning

Night

under his #castle

Completely

Acceptable

Space

To

Lay

Eternally

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Nov 5 2018

If a direct assault on a #castle appears risky then …

Chances

Are

Siege

Tactics

Look

Enticing

or …Writers, don’t fall back on that old Hollywood screenwriter’s trick:

Came

Across

Secret

Tunnel

Located

Externally

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Nov 4 2018

A #cascade of applause for Ian Mckellen at the end of King Lear:

Critically-

Acclaimed

Show

Captures

Applause

During

Evening

king-lear-doy

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Nov 3 2018

#calypso celebrations as the first West Indies astronaut reaches the International Space Station:

Caribbean

Aerospace

Launch

Yesterday;

Party

Still

Orbiting

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Nov 2 2018

Replace plastic with returnable glass #bottles

Because

Over

Time

That

Leaves

Earth

Safer

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Nov 1 2018

Is that an #aurora I can see:

An

Unusual

Reaction

Occasioning

Resplendent

Atmosphere

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Oct 31 2018

Time-travellers should step through this #window

Wormhole

Into

New

Dimensions

Opens

Worlds

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Oct 30 2018

Others may be trying to #obtain your valuables:

Often

Blame

Thieves

Active

In

Neighbourhood

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Oct 29 2018

If you really need to #nudge someone

Never

Underuse

Deftly-

Given

Elbow

***

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

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Oct 27 2018

The world combines to #denounce Russia

Definitely

Employed

Novichock;

Overwhelming

United

Nations

Condemnation

Ensues

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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:

Republican

Exit

Sensation:

Trump

Opposition

Returns

Extra

Democrats.

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Oct 25 2018

Trafalgar 21 October 1805

Dear Mother,

Went drinking with sailors last week. It’s #obvious that I didn’t intend this but …

On

Board

Victory;

It’s

Outbound

Under

Sail

… oh shit!

If it had been #obviously I would have added

Love

Yvonne

for added impact and gender equality.

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Oct 24 2018

#wallow in love because:

Without

Any

Love

Life’s

Often

Worthless

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Oct 24 2018

Always take the opportunity to #wallow in luxury:

When

Assessing

Life

Luxury

Outranks

Worry    (or Work)

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Oct 23 2018

It’s very stressful being an #engineer:

Each

Nipple

Greased,

Individual

Nozzles

Examined;

Engineer

Relaxes

Sensitivity alert: no alternative meanings should be attributed to the above engineering expressions 🙂

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Oct 22 2018

When #hiccups start, try this cure:

Hastily

Inhale,

Cautiously

Cough,

Undergo

Prolonged

Silence

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Oct 22 2018
Dear Diary, Woke up this morning, saw a magnificent sunrise … had a massive bout of #hiccups … took my breath away.
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Oct 21 2018
Which President’s actions deserve a #trophy?
Truth-
Respecting
Obama
Praising
Honest
Yanks
or
Trump’s
Rubbish
On-line
Pleasing
Hard-right
Yanks
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Oct 20 2018
#gutless
Godlovers
Underestimate
Total
Logic
Every
Single
Sunday
***
#narrow
Never
Acknowledge
Republicans,
Respect
Our
Womenfolk
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If it was rational to be #irrational then that would be … irrational, wouldn’t it?
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They called him #eccentric because he had one leg shorter than the other which made him walk round in a circle. But on an oval running track he was the fastest thing on two legs.
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