The Leicestershire Waterboarding Duck

Evolution has been kind to the duck family. Ducks are viewed as benign creatures, who wouldn’t say boo to a goose. However, don’t be fooled by the ducks that have survived through to the modern day. A few centuries ago a particular branch of the duck family, called the waterboarding ducks, were found in partsContinue reading “The Leicestershire Waterboarding Duck”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 12

Before entering Leon cathedral, I looked at the western facade with its huge Rose Window and two towers. Even from outside there appears to be a lot of windows. It’s interesting to work out where the load bearing of the towers and the detached nave is happening. The flying buttresses are substantial and I couldContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 12”

Tomcat Tompkins – Part 4

“Where’s Spiffy Wiffy?” asked Tompkins looking down his nose at Ingram. “He’s sitting in the vehicle – he doesn’t do the raids – he drives the getaway car.” “Shame,” replied Tompkins, “so did you find any trouble makers, Inspector Ingram, any bolshie whipper-snappers in the place or is it only we Archers you’ve found?” “YouContinue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Part 4”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 11

The monitors at the police headquarters in Santiago de Compostela showed the large crowds of people around the cathedral, picked up by the closed-circuit TV cameras. The large open square, known as the Praza da Obradoiro, was full of people adorned with scallop shells, carrying rucksacks and thumb sticks, and wearing waterproofs and boots. MostContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 11”

Tomcat Tompkins – Part 3

“Oh, nothing much, became Mayor of Lyons, Minister of the Interior under Sarkozy, and then Minister of Finance under Hollande, although she’s rumoured to have spent a lot of time under Hollande, ministering to his sexual predilections. Nothing ever happened between us because she was stolen away by a Hungarian count, of all things.” “Anyway,Continue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Part 3”

Tomcat Tompkins – Part 3

“Oh, nothing much, became Mayor of Lyons, Minister of the Interior under Sarkozy, and then Minister of Finance under Hollande, although she’s rumoured to have spent a lot of time under Hollande, ministering to his sexual predilections. Nothing ever happened between us because she was stolen away by a Hungarian count, of all things.” “Anyway,Continue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Part 3”

The Maple Reindeer

50,000 years ago when the land bridge between what is now Russia and what is now Canada was still in existence, large numbers of Kamchatka Reindeer came across to North America and split in two different directions. Some reindeer, who preferred a West Coast lifestyle, migrated almost due south and swam across the shallow channelsContinue reading “The Maple Reindeer”

Tomcat Tompkins – Part 2

“Oh, bollocks,” said Tompkins, “I’ve bloody well slammed my Jaguar into a telegraph pole, again, that’s the third time today.” He thumped a pint-glass sized fist into the palm of his other hand, causing a slapping sound that reverberated around the interior of his vehicle. Using his enormous strength, Tompkins levered himself out of theContinue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Part 2”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 10

Pat Walker sat back in her seat by the window. She’d had a wonderful time in Valladolid, especially in the Plaza Major later the previous evening. Her new clothes fitted in with those around her and she’d removed her coat, hat, and sunglasses and hoped she blended in.  She helped a small, grey-haired lady putContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 10”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 9

Valladolid has a bewildering array of churches, statues, palaces, and plazas. I started in the Plaza Mayor, built after a fire in the 16th century. The buildings are all painted in a rich red colour, including the Ayuntamiento or City Hall, which takes pride of place on the northern side. This plaza was the firstContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 9”