DOWN ISLAND TRADERS

'You got any reels?' 'Nope.' 'Any lures?' 'Nope.' 'Lines?' 'None a'them either.' 'Okay, bait?' 'Live or dead?' 'Live.' 'Nope.' 'Dead?' 'Not that either.' 'Okay, what about boat equipment?' 'What like?' 'A boat hook?' 'Nope.' 'Cleat hooks?' 'Nope.' 'Rope?' ''Fraid not.' 'Do you have anything for a fishing trip?' 'I got fresh fish.' 'How does fresh … Continue reading DOWN ISLAND TRADERS

CLOUDED JUDGEMENT

I stood in front of the bench. The sentencing judge peered down at me with a look of disgust. 'Do you have anything to say in mitigation before sentencing?' he asked. My solicitor had advised me against saying anything: 'Just accept the punishment. You were found guilty. The judge will frown upon excuses.' But I … Continue reading CLOUDED JUDGEMENT

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

He was sweating. His back ached. His arms couldn't carry the heavy parcel much further along the pedestrianised street. 4300, 4301, 4302... Almost there. He didn't think about the walk back to the start of the street that awaited. His car was parked outside house No.1. 4376. He had made it. He dropped the parcel … Continue reading THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK

'How about this... Americans harnessed electricity,...' 'Yes, very good, Mr. President.' '...we split the atom...' 'Well, sir, technically that was a New Zealander.' '...we gave the world the telephone...' 'That was a Scotsman, Sir' '...and the internet...' 'Tim Berners-Lee was an Englishman working in Switzerland.' '...we settled the Wild West...' 'Maybe don't highlight our record … Continue reading EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK