Dun Shoppin’ 6

Dun Shoppin’
  Napoleon Bonaparte famously dismissed the British as a ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’. Or as he put it, ‘L’Angleterre est un nation de boutiquiers.’ One can imagine the insouciant sneer on his curled lip, the nonchalant Gallic shrug, the sharp exhalation of steel blue smoke before the Gauloises is impatiently stubbed into the muddy earth beneath ...

The Do-nut in Grannie’s Greenhouse 14

The Do-nut in Grannie’s Greenhouse
  Unlike Otto Titzling, or even Herr Bustenhalter, the mythical inventors of the modern bra, Thomas Crapper was a real person; a plumber who opened a London bathroom fittings factory and warehouse in 1861. The quality of his porcelain ware gained him recognition in a rapidly modernising society. But it was the future Edward VI ...

Bullies 15

Bullies
    Extract from Thomas the Rhymer Chapter 6: Yesterday upon the Stair Reaching the park Jack began to feel nervous in case the beautiful lady appeared, or worse, the tramp. Sensing his discomfort, Catherine was sympathetic, “Jack, we do not have to go this way.” “What do you mean?” he asked defensively. “Nobody would ...

The Fall 15

The Fall
  America was not going well for Ziggy and the Spiders. The major cities took them to heart. They performed sell out concerts at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and Santa Monica (broadcast by a local radio station, it became one of the era’s most desired bootlegs). Yet Middle-America proved harder to break. Concerts ...