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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A New Christmas Story

Time for a Christmas theme for Quirky Tales now: a new story has joined the Christmas library on the Quirky Tales website. This one is called 'A Christmas Miracle' and tells the dramatic conclusion of one man's personal apocalypse. No zombies or anything unfestively grizzly, I promise. Just a good Christmas tale. I hope you enjoy it.


Acts of Kindness

We live in an age where it's all too easy to believe the worst of people, but sometimes you hear something that tests even the most determined cynicism. The Telegraph is running a story today of a student who found herself in a pickle after a night out. She had lost her bank card and had no money for a taxi home when a homeless man came to her aid, offering her his last £3 for her fare. She refused to take his money, but was so touched by his kindness that she set out on a mission to help him. She plans to live 'homeless' for twenty four hours and has asked people to sponsor her, suggesting £3, as that was what 'Robbie' had offered her in her hour of need.

One act of kindness has led to another, and it's made me wonder what I might be able to do today to be kind to a stranger. This could be a theme for the new year. Spread the kindness!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

New Story

There's a new story on the Quirky Tales website today. This one is called 'Changes' and is the story of a baffled young boy coping with a season of change.  I hope you enjoy it.


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Riding the Coasters

I stumbled across a story on the Telegraph's website today about a motorbike rider who rode his bike on a roller coaster. It's not the kind of headline you can ignore so I had a look and sure enough, Julien Dupont rode his motorbike along a fifty year old wooden roller coaster in Mexico. And not content with the steep climbs and drops, he added a couple of somersaults for effect.

I get wobbly riding my bicycle through a narrow gate. Some people are such show-offs.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Santa Claus World Championship

The Santa Claus World Championship has been held in the Swiss resort of Samnaun. Among the many disciplines the competitors had to prove their skills in were tobogganing, skiing, climbing walls and, apparently for no other reason than it looks jolly silly, racing around in a giant hat collecting presents.

I'll probably stick to burning an advent candle and eating chocolate in preparation for the season, but it's good to know Santa takes his fitness regime so seriously.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Creators of Worlds

If you've been following this blog for any length of time you'll know I have a fascination for tree houses, miniatures, unusual sheds etc. The Mail today ran a piece on Lilliput Play Homes, creators of play houses that would answer any (big or small) child's dreams. The Mail points out, somewhat optimistically, that it's possible to buy a real home for less, but even so, these houses are so beautiful they're probably worth every penny.

So now all I need is a plot of land and a local planning committee with an open mind, oh, and a big bag of money.

I think I'll have the train station, the Victorian mansion, the old school house, the grocers, the market, the ...

Well, it is nearly Christmas.

Friday, 14 November 2014

New Story and Free Promotion

There is another new story on the Quirky Tales website today. This is a response to a challenge I set, inspired by a recent encounter with a cold. The story is called 'Knutt the Conquerer' and is the tale of one man's battle against one of our oldest foes. I hope you enjoy it.

If you enjoy reading short stories, perhaps on your bus/ train ride to work, or during your lunch hour, you might like to download the QT Anthologies from Amazon. All three, Stories from the Web, Unseen Stories and Stories of Serendipity will be on free promotion on Sunday 16th November, the perfect time to add them to your Kindle library.

Happy reading.