Sports the Olympics Forgot – Coconut Shy – Part 1

The coconut shy is a staple attraction in British country fairs, but in India the game was taken far more seriously and evolved into a major sport especially around Cochin. The Cochin Coconut Shy takes place over the Easter weekend and involves many different events, which have gradually been added since the competition first tookContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Coconut Shy – Part 1”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 3

Sheila opened the front door and shouted “Hello everyone I’m home.” The silence was almost audible. All she could hear was the cat miaowing. Sheila took off her shoes and went into the kitchen. Her husband, Walter, was sitting at the table pressing his Blackberry with a pointer. He was frowning with concentration. “Hello Walter,Continue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 3”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 2

Sheila waited at the bus stop. After 10 minutes the bus arrived. There were a few seats available. Sheila sat next to a young man wearing headphones. The bus started off. Immediately, he stood up and stared at her. “Do you want to get off?” asked Sheila. The youth stared at her. Sheila gesticulated atContinue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 2”

Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 5

Carol Herald was in position early for her morning thrills; this morning it was going to be Lord Avon and his stable lad cavorting in the ferns in Hen’s Wood. Lord Avon would sit astride the youth and then whip him quite savagely as he bucked and pranced in imitation of a bull – itContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 5”

Buses in Antigua

Bus number 17 travels from outside Nelson’s Dockyard to the West Bus station in St John’s, the capital of Antigua. The cost of the journey varied depending on the driver. The bus I caught to St John’s took 45 minutes and the driver was incredibly considerate. He stopped for people who weren’t yet at the stop, waited for regularContinue reading “Buses in Antigua”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 1

Sheila Walker sat at her desk in an office cubicle surrounded on three sides by her colleagues. On the fourth side was a common corridor which was mainly used by people when they were hurrying off to begin private phone conversations. Sheila had worked for the same firm since leaving secondary school in 1996. “At leastContinue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 1”

Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 4

Knowles parked his Land Rover in the car park of the Badger & Ferret Inn and looked at his watch. “Right, Sergeant Barnes, I think you should go and see Carol Herald and find out what she knows and work out what she’s not telling you, if you know what I mean. Above all seeContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 4”

St Martin

Named after St Martin of Tours by Christopher Columbus, Sint Maarten/St Martin is administered by Holland/France. Marigot is in St Martin on the French side (No border controls – don’t worry). It is as good a visit as there is if you are in transit at the airport – there are no left luggage lockers at Princess Juliana airport –Continue reading “St Martin”

Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 3

PC Roger Davis was in a wood with his binoculars but there wasn’t a young lady in sight. Instead, PC Davis was watching a young man, Todd Greggs, perform his early morning Tai Chi in Culpepper’s Woods. Greggs loved the feeling of nature and being free amongst the horse chestnuts and oaks. He worked inContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 3”

Playing Card Festival – 3

Jasper Bartram won the first contest with a score of 12 comprising two direct hits and two cards landing on the rim of the saucepan and remaining there. This is the only time that anyone has balanced two cards on the rim of a saucepan in the same contest. Nora Smith is the only personContinue reading “Playing Card Festival – 3”