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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

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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More often than not

Thank you for agreeing to complete this assessment. On the following pages you will find some questions to help you think about the qualities the candidate possesses. Please tick the appropriate box in each case. 1. Analysing Information Does the … Continue reading

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Greasy Joan

“Reprimand, my arse. What that lad needs is a bloody good balling out.” “Yes, sir.” “Yell in his face until his earwax melts, then kick his backside down the stairs.” “Yes, sir.” “Manky little crumb of mildewed dog shite. Who … Continue reading

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Nothing happens here

NOTHING happens here. Groynes run out across the stones, black uniformed arms linked to hold back the longshore drift. Close to, the posts are green, bearded with weed and pocked with barnacles. Pebbles bank behind them, then dip and pool … Continue reading

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