Pat's Saviour

Pat’s Saviour

A man on the brink of unemployment listens to a voice that tells him what to do next.

The Session

The Session

Dick is a resident in the high secure unit at Narrowless prison. In this episode, he has a session with the prison shrink

Old And Young

Old And Young

I got talking with this American dude at the Dog and Duck. He was from Arizona or someplace. Not a happy bunny. His horse just ran and he'd blown a thousand bucks. He was sitting there half wasted at the bar, drowning his sorrows. I asked him how he was liking London. 'Like any other … Continue reading Old And Young

Damp Patches, Patricia Highsmith and Misogyny

Damp Patches, Patricia Highsmith and Misogyny

Is misogyny OK if women indulge themselves? Two female authors revelled in hating their own sex. I’ve just finished Little Tales of Misogyny, by Patricia Highsmith, and Girl Friday, by Charlotte Roche. The latter is not yet available in English and the original German title is Ein Mädchen für Alles.  There is the first fascinating … Continue reading Damp Patches, Patricia Highsmith and Misogyny

She Wore Fancy Shoes

She Wore Fancy Shoes

It was the red shoes that did it for me, for my husband the overpowering waft of perfume. The whole cruise for us was to be governed by these two things. It would have been uneventful and enjoyable but for this one passenger Even as we boarded the coach that was to take us to … Continue reading She Wore Fancy Shoes

The Temple Of The Heavenly Elephant

The Temple Of The Heavenly Elephant

‘Look. I'm sorry. It wasn't my fault. I couldn't wait to pay for the bloody bananas.’ The magistrate pursed her thin lips. ‘So you admit stealing them?’ ‘Yea, yea, course I do. It was a fuckin' emergency.’ The lips almost disappeared. ‘Watch your language in court,’ she snapped. ‘Sorry your honour.’ ‘You may continue.’ ‘Look, … Continue reading The Temple Of The Heavenly Elephant

subterranean world

Subterranean World

  I am inside a door, painted blue, with a metal slit for those letters asking for money. I step on the letters on my way out. Outside on the ground I see a small plastic pot. It's from the pizza shop. Someone threw it down on the ground, a plastic pot of garlic butter. … Continue reading Subterranean World

Ransom

Ransom

Kells and I used to play this game in our early teens. It usually started with one of us posing some off-the-wall question or scenario. One day during winter break, one of us asked – and now I don’t recall who – ‘What if you got kidnapped and held for ransom?’ ‘Hmm. Depends maybe who … Continue reading Ransom

Bardo Queen

Bardo Queen

There are men you hear about who claim to have slept with over a thousand women. Wilt Chamberlain boasted of over 20,000 supposed conquests, making you wonder if his nickname ‘The Big Dipper’ had more to do with these exploits than with his height. There may be some legitimacy to the claims of such men … Continue reading Bardo Queen

Wendy Swings

Wendy Swings

Wendy had read about swingers in books and magazines. A boy she’d dated in high school had showed her a movie – a mainstream movie, not porno – about wife-swapping. She wondered what it would be like to be a swinger, but married to a devout Jehovah’s Witness there wasn’t much likelihood of it happening; Mike wouldn’t want to swap her for anything except maybe a snazzier Harley Davison.