Caducean Whisks

Caducean Whisks

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Here's a conundrum: dote=to adore someone. dotage=old age. Yet antidote isn't the opposite of either.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Sophisticated
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Margaret Atwood, John Steinbeck
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Oryx & Crake (Atwood), A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving), Postcards (Proulx), Hard Facts (Spring), God of Small Things (Roy), Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), What are you like? (Enright), Canopus cycle (Lessing), Hangover Square (Hamilton), The Earth (Zola)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To write better and continually improve
    Your worst habit?
    .
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    A conspiracy from start to finish. My work will die with me
    Where do you write?
    .
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I keep chickens and rescue foxes

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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Caducean Whisks's wall:
    Whisks - I am not alone ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhtGBbmzDIY
    1 hour ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks commented on AlanP's wall:
    it could well have been, Alan. How funny! The programme did have a shot of a Virgin train passing it; and also a segment of sightseers swarming the tracks.
    6 hours ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB commented on Caducean Whisks's wall:
    Yes, I might just do that. Thanks for the heads-up.
    8 hours ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks commented on RichardB's wall:
    Are but did you know it had flown again recently? All the way from King's Cross to Edinburgh with a train full of people who'd had something to do with it over its very long life, from owners to firemen; how it had refuelled with water, how much ...
    8 hours ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB commented on Caducean Whisks's wall:
    No, sorry, I didn't see it. I've entirely got out of the habit of watching television and spend large parts of my life (well, all of it, really) ignoring its existence. Being the sort of complete nerd who can bandy about knowledgeably words like not ...
    9 hours ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks commented on Sandra's wall:
    Er, you're welcome, Sandra. *sidles off sideways*
    9 hours ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Caducean Whisks's wall:
    ... and everybody KNOWS "Tender engines don't shunt" Thanks for putting that into my head Whisks.:-)
    12 hours ago
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    Caducean Whisks commented on RichardB's wall:
    Richard, did you see Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys on BBC2 tonight? All about the resurrection of the Flying Scotsman. Thanks to your blogs I understood more of the engineering than previously. I even know what a tender is.
    18 hours ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Purple witch's Blog "Buzzard in my kitchen".
    What a heart-warming story! So glad you turned back and helped. Well done, you, and your son. In fact, there cheers! FYI, most vets will treat injured wildlife for free - and know the whereabouts of a local rescue centre if it needs on-going care. ...
    1 day ago
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    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Dolly's Blog "Unknown, Alternative Historical Facts".
    Nah. It's Sarf Lunnon.
    4 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Dolly's Blog "Unknown, Alternative Historical Facts".
    Great fun, Dolly! Had me smiling all the way through. Very Pythonesque. It could have happened like that, couldn't it? Let's have John Cleese as Richard, and Michael Palin as Percy. Terry Jones as the head in the door.
    4 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Philippa's Blog "Breaching the Citadel (aka Getting a Foothold in the Publishing World)".
    This is marvellous news. Well done for persevering - it's a long, hard slog, and I do mean slog. But you've endured the pain, learnt from it and now you're on your way. Monster congratulations.
    5 days ago
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    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Squidge's Blog "Creating characters".
    I think that's a really important distinction, Squidge - to *become* your characters, rather than observe your characters, so the acting parallel works. I *become* each of my characters while writing, and then it's obvious what they do or say next, ...
    7 days ago
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    jkdavies
    jkdavies has accepted Caducean Whisks's friend request.
    16 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on mike's Blog "noises - further off".
    A thoughtful piece, Mike, and well-written. Lots to say about lots of it, but where to start? I remember London of forty years ago, too, and it was certainly easier to get about; and quicker. That seems barking, given that there are now plenty more ...
    16 days ago

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  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 hour ago
    Whisks - I am not alone ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhtGBbmzDIY
  • RichardB
    by RichardB 8 hours ago
    Yes, I might just do that. Thanks for the heads-up.
  • RichardB
    by RichardB 9 hours ago
    No, sorry, I didn't see it. I've entirely got out of the habit of watching television and spend large parts of my life (well, all of it, really) ignoring its existence. Being the sort of complete nerd who can bandy about knowledgeably words like not only tender but superheater, valve gear, dampers and water-scoop, I probably knew most of it already...
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 12 hours ago
    ... and everybody KNOWS "Tender engines don't shunt" Thanks for putting that into my head Whisks.:-)
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 3 months ago
    :)
  • nba
    by nba 3 months ago
    Thank you, I look forward to reading your story.
  • Snowflake
    by Snowflake 5 months ago
    Thank you. If you look up Mandelbulb animation on YouTube there is some stunning work, though I think they are done on much more powerful PC software. Probably requires more understanding of the maths involved too. For me the maths just goes WOOSH!
  • Purple witch
    by Purple witch 5 months ago
    How upsetting Whisks. It’s sad those neighbours have nothing better to do.
    Go and sit in your garden with the ‘Chickie crew’, take a deep breath, enhance your calm, blow a raspberry in the direction of complaining neighbours home and try not to let them get you down.

    I suspect there must be a breeding programme in full swing whereby these horrible people are grown in Petri dishes -it must be the main way they are able to reproduce. They have the obnoxious gene inserted right where the sun don’t shine and are registered
    Self-centred
    Homeowners
    Insensitive
    To
    Surrounding world

    They sneak into quiet, unsuspecting communities; lurk in the work place, the supermarket and little local shops. They bask on the beaches and insinuate themselves on airplanes and other public transport.
    Like aggressive self absorbed little clones, I think they may be starting to self seed.
    They are everywhere!
    For example right now I am at in my partners mums house writing this while he helps her sort out her pc problems.
    I was just recounting to them about your complaining neighbour sand she handed me a folded sheet of paper that was tucked on her mantle shelf. It’s a copy of letter pushed through her neighbour next doors letter box several weeks ago.
    Just to set the scene a little -
    My partners mum lives in a busy residential side street in a large town in Hampshire . Recently the lady neighbour next door had the misfortune to have some very shoddy building work undertaken by the “cowboy builder” brigade and can’t afford to get the mismatched areas redone.
    To get back to the letter..... the single older lady next door knocked on my partners mum’s door a few weeks ago in tears as a so called ‘concerned’ neighbour had written this nasty and on reading it I must observe illiterate, letter telling her what a disgrace the work was and that all the other neighbours in the close have had a meeting, contacted the local council with a petition and feel she needs to sort out all the new tiles and brickwork. It also stated that local the council agrees with the letter writer that the work must be redone asap as it is an eye sore for all the neighbours and has reduced the price of properties in the road.
    We are all having a good chuckle because the funny thing is that my partners mum has not been invited to, or attended, any meeting, let alone been party to a signed petition to the council. She was totally unaware of the concerns raised in the letter until she saw it . Enquiries to other long term and established neighbours further up the road have uncovered no-one else knew about the concern, or cared about the building work.
    As the house in question is in a residential area at the end of a long cul-de-sac with partners mum, the lady in question and one other house past her, by a process of elimination it seems the last house in the cul-de-sac may possibly be the originator of the letter.
    Even more amusing, even if it’s not the suspected neighbour who wrote the letter, is the fact that over the past 4 or 5 years this neighbour has converted their house and created a dungeon- yes, a dungeon- that runs out into the back garden (partners mum witnessed it being built). ... Is allowing scantily clad ladies to parade around the back garden.... and entertain gentlemen clientele at an alarming rate. They also advertise the house and its services online. There was no mention about this devaluing the housing on the road in the letter.
    I am sure that this household and it occupants will more probably drive down house prices in the street not some mismatched roofing tiles and bit of concrete dried onto to pavement .

    Tolerant and respectful neighbourly values are dwindling fast and it such a shame. I agree with your supportive neighbours I‘d love it if you lived near me .....
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 6 months ago
    I think it's some magic of the Isle of Lewis. They almost all look massive and then have four rooms in total or something.
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 6 months ago
    This is the link for the house on Zoopla, Whisks - https://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/44475997?search_identifier=214d39cbe4e7b2a22b029fc7991374c1