Monthly Archives: August 2017

Shining Exam Pulls


With a WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Ooh, Shiny! featuring “Diversions, distractions, and delightful detours”, few things will take my attention away from everything else as completely as when the main ‘shiny’ signals, in spectacular manner, that it is settling down for … Continue reading

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Ill Literate


Originally posted on Leslie Hyla Winton Noble:
Guess which two authors the statements below refer to?  (1)   Books sexist, racist and elitist and devoid of literary merit. (BBC) (2)   Books with no literary merit; unsuitable for school libraries; promoting harmful…

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Mad Pachyderm


For a belated stab at this week’s Photo Challenge on the subject of Elemental I am submitting these pictures.  Pity I don’t have one of a mental ellie to match my title. Tailpiece: ‘How did you know, Holmes, that he … Continue reading

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No Gig


        For Wordle 312   Bag party answer: best band back to play? But agent with a laugh blows smoke your way, And tries to push the price to squeeze blood from a stone — With coffers bare, reflect … Continue reading

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Merited Reproofs


In this case, my title doesn’t mean deserved rebukes, but proofs for the re-issue of Tabika and Tabika Book Two which have merit! These have just come from the printers. I am pleased with my new cover designs: I am … Continue reading

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Smoke Defector and Self-Service


I started smoking in late teens and kept it up steadily. So did Much Better Half. For a while, I switched to a pipe, but it involved too much time-wasting in fiddling about with it. I returned to cigarettes, and … Continue reading

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My Worldle be my Bondle


  This chain reaction to Wordle 311 is, as usual for me, aimed at using the given words in order, adding as few as possible, and rhyming. I abandoned the idea of putting ‘colonel’ instead of ‘kernel’ with some reluctance — … Continue reading

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Out and AbOut at Random


© August 2017 Colonialist

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Weekend Kittipix Including Doggidoze


© August 2017 Colonialist

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New Front Matter for Tabika


While reformatting my earlier novels Tabika and Tabika Book Two for the forthcoming new editions, I had an impulse to set the tone of Book Two with a new rhyme.  I think it works quite well,  and Tabitha, lying on my desk … Continue reading

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