Author Archives: BLEKE

Conversation, 1970s

My mother used to watch a lot of American police-dramas on TV. She had often heard the word Caucasian used in connexion with the victim of a murder, and so had concluded that it must mean a dead body. When … Continue reading

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Blue car, black car, Big Star

Saturday 23 May 2015 I have a dream in which Suburbia Ventosa is at the centre of, or is the source of, the most important aspects of my life. At breakfast-time I realise that I haven’t seen Mr OS this … Continue reading

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Pegasus trio, Orla’s Trio, Sandbank Shoals trio

Friday 22 May 2015 At 04:40 the sky is overcast. It is much the same at 06:53. Not long before 07:45, a boy is descending past the Efords’ driveway and then past the upper part of the school-house garden. I … Continue reading

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The putative Peppercorn

Thursday 21 May 2015 In the early-morning school-run, I don’t see Mrs Vest or her children, but I do see Grandma Vest’s black Plum depart in the direction of George Street, from where it was parked alongside the Trimots’ house … Continue reading

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Master Mustard makes a mess

Wednesday 20 May 2015 It has been quite a cool night for this time of year, and there is a breeze when I go out to the car at about 07:15. When Mrs Wheeler returns to her car after taking … Continue reading

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Young lady, don’t walk backwards!

Tuesday 19 May 2015 During the afternoon school-run, the time is approaching 15:15. Mrs Wobbly is ascending past the school precinct, with Mrs Mustard inboard of her. They are chatting, so clearly they are still on good terms. Master Mustard … Continue reading

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Pointer, PP, Vest

Monday 18 May 2015 My journey to Peakville is largely a wet one.

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Making sense of myth and music

Saturday 9 May 2015 From about 08:50 the sun is trying to break through. I set off for Naomi’s house not long after 10:00. After I have spent some time trimming the hedge, I hear noises from somewhere at the … Continue reading

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Segmented umbrellas

Friday 8 May 2015 I have a quick lunch of toast, then I mow the front three lawns. When I am just starting to mow the area of the front lawn that used to be a rockery, I feel a … Continue reading

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Belle calls Blanche back

Thursday 7 May 2015 As the time approaches 07:50, Mrs Maroon parks her MPV alongside the upper part of the school-house garden. Her two daughters get out via the ord, both wearing red anoraks. The younger girl, who is perhaps … Continue reading

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