Miscellany

22 entries in this archive

Squash Soup

With apologies to those of you who KNOW better than me how to make Squash Soup.

If you have your own favourite recipe then ignore this.

For others...

I have found that many people fear making soup that they have never made before.

I saw on TV the other night that soup eating is a good way to feel full, if you are on a diet.

Who isn’t?

Buy a big pot and get round to the Supermarket and buy the ingredients. NOW!

And,

this basic approach also works for Sweet Potato Soup, Courgette Soup, Celery Soup, Broccoli Soup...

Do you feel your eyes closing?

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An Ordinary Submariner (2,200 words, 11 minutes)

This is a compilation piece, written in part by my son Stuart when he was a schoolboy.

As a teenager Stuart interviewed my Dad as part of a school history project.

There is also a wonderful chap called Mike Kemble who is an amateur naval historian.

The additional material in this piece is from his website:

May I suggest that you also read “Sybil’s War” which is based on the ‘facts’ of what the submarine HMS Sybil did during WW2.

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A Trammatic Experience (2,600 words, 15 minutes)

This is a tale which is almost 100% true.

It describes an incident which unfolded as we traipsed around Milan before heading off to Padua to visit my Italian pen-friend Anna Maria. (Anna Maria does not ‘do’ computers, (yet!).)

This time I was not alone, I had Margaret to look after me!

It is more readable, (I sincerely hope), than its sister tale “Travels of a Donkey” which chronicled my solo visit to Bologna.

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Travels of a Donkey (19,000 words, 90 minutes)

This is a very self-indulgent piece and too, too long!

Taken with “Footsteps”, a very similar autobiographical piece, and “Life after Death”, this trilogy will give an insight into my life, a reminder of just how I am.

Save it up, read it when I am gone.

You can have fresh drivel anytime, while I am still around.

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The Dreaded Call (200 words, 2 minutes)

This is nonsense.

But once the Aliens had dropped the seed in my brain, it insisted on writing itself.

Though not a poem, I gave John B. Moronigal the blame.

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Dr Bill

This is a story of eulogy to a fine man, a man known to many in Bearsden as their GP.

Dr William Matheson was the founder of the Auchenhowie Angling Club.

He was also a legendary Hockey Player, a Goalie, playing on and on and on, for anyone who would give him a game.

To celebrate his 7Oth Birthday he bought a new set of Goalie Whites!

Known to friends as Dr Bill, he was ever cheerful, and full of kindly mischief.

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Ethan’s Big Event (1,600 words, 8 minutes)

This is a rather self-indulgent tale which chronicles the birth of Ethan, our second grandchild.

But is it not universal, that grandparents become ‘gooey’ when holding a grandchild for the first time?

It is linked to the odes “Flying Start” and “Sprint Finish”.

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Astonishing!

‘Astonishing!’ resulted from a challenge at the Writers’ Circus:

‘Describe a Person.’

This piece was originally embedded in the tale called “Just Prawns, John!” and so you may recognise a version of it in that story.

In fact when I made a start at what became ‘Just Prawns’, my aim was to take that John to his encounter with this girl.

The astonishing girl, her mother, and their their meeting with that John did occur, more or less as recounted in these two linked tales.

Perhaps ‘Just Prawns’, in its own way, also describes a person I might know?

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Rosemarkie Remembrances

This is a collection of mini-tales linked to our caravaning experiences.

I hope they may entertain and perhaps chime with other Caravanners and Campers.

(It is about 6,500 words taking about 30 minutes to read in one session, but you can dip and drop as you wish.)

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Footsteps

This is a self-indulgent piece which give an insight into my life and thoughts.

Once I allow myself to lollop words on my tongue and drift of into a reverie, anything can happen.

My defence for this one is that I believe that I am not alone in this business.

I think many of my ilk, men and women, enjoy this form of near madness with me.

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