MARY OF THE GARDEN

In the garden of Original Cin nothing as grand as Gethsemane she sneers; Mary waits for morning movements: here a dog appears and pees, an adolescent cockerel there near the brooding Buddha struts and tootles with importance. She unsheathes her secret telephone, says: Gabriel, it’s me, time to send the rains, old boy; and set…

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FRIDAY FLASH 55 WORDS : A HUMAN VILLAIN

Eat.your.food.or.you.go.in.the.cage! Shut.up.or.I.will.beat.the.life.out.of.you! This.is.our.secret.and.nobody.will.believe.you.if.you.tell! You.like.it.you.dirty.little.boy! Mama’s.baby.boy! Red words screaming through his head Squealing like a steel train at high speed Mama’s voice Mama’s voice Scarlet spurts of life against the black night Arcs of liquid diving from the plunging knife StabStabStab Piston action He chose them very carefully; only those, only those whose children looked unhappy….

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GUEST BLOGGER : UPHILL WRITING

If you’ve read UhW for any length of time you may recall me going on and on (…and on) about the nature of evil. I have said that most of what we call evil is really something else. What, you ask? Mostly it is carelessness. Mindlessness. Actions with unintentioned results. Many people disagree with me….

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THAI ME TO THE MOON

Thai me to the moon Let me cook among the stars Let me see what spring onions are like On jupiter and mars (With apologies to Mister Sinatra) Food bloggers are all over the place these days and I would hazard a guess that food is the most highly populated area of all blogging genres….

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MAD IRISHMEN ON A SUNDAY

A friend from way back when, mad Irishman; Michael, and his brother, Paul, came for lunch. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny Highveld afternoon. I served a butternut, parsley and lentil soup to start, with my friend Melanie’s party trick: a crusty French loaf stuffed with smoked oysters and garlic butter. Our main course…

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BITTER SWEET

Go ahead and play the blues if it’ll make you happy. Dan Castellaneta There’s no accounting for my having the blues yesterday. That big old black dog, so despised and dreaded by Winston Churchill, just sauntered into my space and lay down at my feet, filling the room with his rancid breath. I seldom get…

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SWIMMING WIVES

1659, way back when (who knows if it was morning or evening, the history books tell us it was the 2nd of February, so we can be pretty sure it was a nice summer day in Cape Town), old Jan van Riebeeck made the first wine ever recorded in South Africa. It was very likely…

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ON FRIENDSHIP

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Anais Nin I’ve always had a bit of a problem with the concept of a ‘Best Friend’. So many people pass through our lives at different times,…

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GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER

My talented friend took these pictures during her recent visit to her family in Greece. Doesn’t she just capture the sense of place so well?

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GUEST BLOGGER: NRHATCH

Music, laughter, dancing . . . all designed to elevate our mood and help us make it through . . . one . . . more . . . day. The audio on this video leaves something to be desired . . . but it still got me grooving to the tune and laughing along…

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