Meira & George – going to sea in a green boat

On an oak and iron bench, dulled by generations of dark, park regulation paint, Commander John Conway sat quietly waiting. Head bent he kept his focus narrow: his eyes monitoring the feet and lower legs of those passing. Turn-ups were back, he noted, at least they were in with the men of the pinstripe and the cavalry twill sets. Women, …

Margret, Jimmy, & Elizabeth

CHAPTER FIVE Green Street Hardware has that dry, sawn timber and linseed smell that reminded me of my grandfather’s shed. Galvanised trash cans filled with mops, brooms and rakes cluttered the doorway and something on the floor made a buzzer snarl in the back of the shop as I entered. I walked past bins of the kind of nails you …

Father & Daughter

Hessnie Mazou knew his death was imminent; it could be no other way. From the moment Fiona called he knew his time on the planet was reduced to only a few days: a week at most. Now, after his visit to the airport and her hotel it could be no more than an hour or so, but it had been …

Last Days of the SV10

I scrambled for the number two radio, found a weather broadcast frequency, and listened. It was terrible. The weather brought the cloud base below our landing limits for the navigation aids available, and was not expected to clear any time soon. We should divert. We should wave off now, take whatever fuel we had and head for the nearest runway …

Language: 80,000 Years in the Making

She was high on a scaffold with brush and hose removing the last remnants of grime from the upper part of wall when the realisation hit her. She nearly fell. The characters, now clearly revealed beneath her labours, were not, she realised, alien to her. They were already in her memory; the language was already in her memory. She couldn’t …

Bitcoin Blarney

Just want to share this post by Farzam Ehsani (a blockchain lead at Rand Merchant Bank and chairman of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium) Dear Mr Dimon (by Farzam Ehsani), A few days ago, you called bitcoin and cryptocurrencies a “fraud”. You said bitcoin is “not a real thing” and that governments “would close it down”. I understand your …

George & The Seahorse

Wearing off-white shorts, a pastel green wrap blouse, and silver canvas sandals, she sat in the peace of the late afternoon at a sidewalk table of the Le Bon Auberge. A heady background of sun oil, and coffee espresso, filled the light breeze off St. Tropez as she relaxed: gave herself up to the flapping colours and clinking boats to …

Toni One

Toni One must have started early for he was already rushing in and out with ladders and buckets and assorted tools when I arrived at the house at eight-fifteen the next morning. Not wanting to slow him down I avoided conversation by going straight up to the second floor apartment where I could wait for Carl, the first appointment of …

Friends & Foes

  Looking back on the incident she wished she had done no more than that initial scream. It was enough, after all, to bring out the beast in Luca, and what a beast he turned out to be, and it clearly immobilized the intruder. He was not going to make anymore trouble, and would probably have left chastened, and empty …

The Conversion Course

In the beginning there was a phone call: a short interrogation to establish the mind-set. Mine went like this: “Hello.” “Hello. Is that Phil Newman?” “It is.” “This is Flight Engineering Training Manager Concorde. Are you still interested in a Concorde course.” “Yes.” “It’s not for everyone.” “I understand.” “It’s a lot of work – not everyone finishes.” “I know.” …