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Bus Fare – by Rik Londsdale

The old minibus rattled slowly along stopping at every village and hamlet in the valley. It took an interminable two and a half hours to make the journey from the head of the valley to the terminus in the small … Read More

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Water Bottles – Rik Lonsdale

A huge thanks to local writer Rik Lonsdale for sending us this topical and timely story for the web even though we cannot publish this in the magazine.   Enjoy. I was out for a run, my daily exercise, and I’d … Read More

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The Performance by Rik Lonsdale

Such was the demand for the best seats that people began arriving half an hour before the performance was to start. They queued in the dark and the rain before the doors opened. The auditorium was full of hustle and … Read More

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Lads and Dad Week by Rik Lonsdale

It sounded like a good idea. A week away with my two sons, ten and twelve, all blokes together, give Abigail a break. It would also drag the two of them away from the obsession that’s occupied most of their … Read More

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