Christmas 2018 (after Betjamen) The bells of waiting Advent ringAnd still I sit and stareThey say it’s calling to the KingBut do I really care?Maybe once there was a pointTo all this mumbo jumboNow it’s mammon we anoint,Like some plastic bearing DumboAt school we’d spend the hours and daysRehearsing the nativityThese days it really doesn’t … Continue reading Christmas 2018 (after Betjamen) by Geoff Le Pard | Advent 2018 – Day 16 – 3rd Sunday
The Advent Calendar By Geoff Le Pard ‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, fourteen, looked up from her book. Gilly, her mother, said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus.’ ‘Who is Uncle Augustus?’ ‘I don’t really know. Someone on your father’s side. Do you remember the man you said looked like Gandalf? At Ben’s funeral?’ Emily … Continue reading The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard | Advent 2018 Day 3
Maybe it’s a childhood thing but my memory of Christmas is of a happy day enjoyed by all. They were never spoilt by arguments or friction. They might be boring, they could be wacky, or hilarious, and sometimes eye opening but never was a voice raised in anger.
Apart that is, than the year my Gran, my mum’s mum, got a bit squiffy on the port and lemons, eat heartily, fell asleep during the Queen’s speech and woke up in a bit of a state.
The world tumbled and tossed as Barry opened his eyes. It's what booze does, he thought: beer and it’s a slow churning; vodka takes you on a merry go round; and gin pummels you with the full spin cycle. He tried to identify where he was. Outside, for sure. Somewhere public. Paved if his arse told the truth. Where was Dan? He'd been with Dan, he was certain. A faint smear of memory made him narrow his eyes: Dan getting in a cab. Why wasn't he in the cab too? Dan pushing him away; Dan calling him something? Bully? Yeah that's it. Even mulish Dan had seen his true colours. Well, sod you, Dan Parsons, and Merry Christmas.
Book review of Buster & Moo by Geoff Le Pard Laden is having an affair while trying to secure a promotion, for nothing in the world does she want her boyfriend Mervin to find out that she's sleeping with a junior colleague. They don't talk much and seem to avoid the things that are really … Continue reading When a dog changes everything… Book review of Buster & Moo by Geoff Le Pard
2nd Sunday of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas - Please by Geoff Le Pard Carlton's face wore its weariness like a badge of honour. He leant back against the front door and sighed with relief. 'Alone at bloody last.' He exchanged a look with the cat who seemed … Continue reading It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard | The Sundays of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar 2016
The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard ‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, 14 looked up from her book. Gilly, her mother said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus. What’s he say? Dear Both. I’m so sorry to miss you this Christmas but I found this antique Advent Calendar in a strange little shop in Greater … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard