De, Do, Do, Do…..

Yesterday evening, lockdown rules in certain areas of West Yorkshire and Lancashire were tightened again, following reports of COVID spikes in Greater Manchester and Yorkshire pennine mill towns. The only certainty about these new edicts, affecting around four million people, is the uncertainty they create. From what I understand, the populace in those areas cannot…

The Shellfish Gene

Commencing this piece, massed claret blossoms of an efflorescent buddleja draw my attention to that particular garden nook. This mature shrub, planted around thirty years ago by my late dad, stands an imposing ten foot in height. Despite the plants undoubted chromatic charm, there’s something sinister about it’s sabre like blossoms, which point menacingly groundwards…

Just As You Thought It Was Safe…..!!

Yesterday our esteemed prime minister, Lord Boris of Johnson, raised UK governmental fears of a potential second spike in European COVID cases. From beneath trademark mopped blonde hair, the capricious japester-in-chief warning travellers that, should this angst bear fruit, further stringent quarantining edicts were on the cards. His lordship warning Brit’s holidaying in foreign climes that, on…

Nurture or Nature

Having consumed two rounds of wholegrain toast, smeared heavily in marmite, washed down with a Baltic cold pint of water, I’m crouched on Tuesday 28th July’s starting blocks ready to partake in today’s literary race. Actually, race is probably the incorrect noun in the previous sentence. After all, you can’t rush writing these narratives. I…

Meet Up At The Blog 2000

Yesterday witnessed the 2,000th published article on my website writesaidfred.org. This heady creative brew made up of around 1,900 blogs, 80 pieces of poetry and 20 primitive style drawings. The latter a recently adopted pastime among this trinity of creativity genres. Just as I wouldn’t boast of being an accomplished surgeon, similarly I don’t claim…