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

BOX OFFICE

She was box office. She was advertising revenue, hits online, gossip column gold. The more turbulent her private life, the more she was worth. Sex scandal followed drug rehab, relationship turmoil ran concurrent to family fall-outs. All of it was box office. Imagine then what they will make of this. Conspiracy theories will abound. The … Continue reading BOX OFFICE

AIRPORT ’19

Full body scanners rang alarms sporadically, accompanied by flashing red lights. Body and bag searches caused extended queues. Once past the security gate the hollow muzak was interrupted to remind people not to leave their luggage unattended. Security dogs snarled. The guards walked around with hands on machine guns. CCTV cameras kept a watchful eye … Continue reading AIRPORT ’19