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If the wind changes

“If the wind changes you’ll stay like that.” The child rolled her eyes and glanced sidelong at her mother, then wrinkled her nose and bared her teeth again. “It’s true. Happened to another little girl I know. There was a … Continue reading

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Watchword too

Objectivism. 1872. Tendency to lay stress upon what is objective or external to the mind; the philosophical doctrine that knowledge of the non-ego is prior in sequence and importance to that of the ego; the character (in a work of … Continue reading

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Serendipity

At the Palace of Westminster Big Ben struck eleven, with the usual agonising pause between the chimes and the tolling of the hour. Could that possibly have been deliberate? A ritardando, fully intended by the engineers who built the clock? … Continue reading

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But you can’t make her think

Falling in love, Dan thought. People had told stories, sung songs, written about it for… God knows how long. Millions of words. First sight, first touch, first embrace; first salty horizontal taste of sweat in the hollow of the throat. … Continue reading

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Watchword

Facetiae, sb. pl. 1529. [a. L., f. facetus FACETE.] Humorous sayings or writings, pleasantries, witticisms. The watchword for the day is facetiae. “Mm? What are you doing?” “Looking up a word in the dictionary.” “Wha’? What on earth for? It’s… … Continue reading

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Too close

This is a true story. But then I would say that, wouldn’t I? I’ve got the look, I know it. My hair is a fortnight beyond tidy and several days greasier than clean, my shirt has seen the inside of … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend

Cabbage, he read. String beans Onions Potatoes Bread Lard Tea Then there was a word he could not make out, smudged and faded in a fold in the paper. Then: Haircut The list was written on a page torn out … Continue reading

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