Sunday, 16 September 2012

The Flaming Flamingoes

Stories are all works of fiction. Names, characters, place and events are the product of the author's imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events and places is totally coincidental

Sitting there patiently in our sponsor's house, I tried to convince the man's nephew to at least give me a hint about what the big man had in mind, but Jackie only smiled and shook his head. "Wait, he will be here any minute", was all I could get out of him.

I was starting to get a bit fidgety at the suspense, it was beginning to take it's toll on me and I was on the verge of making an excuse, so I could make a fast getaway when the man walked in. He was a handsome man, well over six feet tall with an athletic build. Probably in his mid thirties, he had on just a tee shirt,  jeans and slippers. He walked briskly into the room and casually sat on one of the stools by the mini bar. He grinned at his nephew before he turned and fixed his gaze directly at me. Although, there was no malice in his examination, I still felt a little nervous and quickly looked away from him for a second.

A popular businessman, everyone knew him as Chief Soma but he asked me to call him Dan, that was fine by me. After an initial  polite conversation, he moved closer and took the chair opposite mine, asked what I planned on doing now that the competition looks unlikely to take place. I still had my spot on the senior team, so scrapping the junior contest mean't that I would disband the Flamingos and continue to play on the senior side, I explained. He contemplated my answer for a few seconds, glanced at his nephew sitting next to the bar, a look passed between them. He cleared his throat and began to speak.

"As a businessman, I don't quit easily", he said, "if I had given up on any of my early deals at the slightest hint of problems, I would not have been successful in business". "Every problem has a solution, and I think I have one",he continued," just tell me what you think about the solution I am about to propose to you". Without wasting any time, he laid out his proposal.

Chief Dan Soma's idea was for a single match to take place between my Flamingos and the Monarchs where the winning team takes all the prize money and also gets financial sponsorship from Dan's company. He had heard so much about my team from his nephew that he thought it would be a shame no one would ever see us in action. The controversy amongst players and football fans about which  soccer team would have won the junior contest would also be settled once and for all.

This was music to my ears, we would at least get to play even though it would be one game, it was certainly better than no game at all. I would get the opportunity to at least give Zeke and the Monarchs a bloody nose on the soccer pitch. Zeke had been boasting to his friends about how lucky we Flamingos were that the competition was unlikely to happen and my team had virtually escaped being slaughtered on the playing field by his side. I asked Dan if he could get the Monarchs to commit to the game, he smiled and asked me to let him worry about that.

I couldn't get out of there fast enough so I could go give my team mates the news,  after thanking Dan for his generosity and support I made my way toward his front door beaming. I was excitedly talking to Jackie that I didn't notice her until I bumped into her and knocked her to the floor. Helping her up, I recognised her, it was one of the girls I had seen the previous day with the well dressed lady. That lady was now coming down the spiral staircase of Dan's home. It suddenly struck home she was Dan's wife and I had just clumsily knocked her daughter to the floor. I fled.

(to be continued...)


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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Short Stories

Creative writers and storytellers: Are invited to submit short stories and interesting tales to this site and I will publish them here as long as they are relevant and/or entertains.

Your stories can be fiction or they can be true stories. If visitors to this blog site will find them interesting in my opinion, I will publish.

There are a lot of unpublished but talented writers out there. If any one of them has work they need to showcase or a story they feel needs telling, send it to me. We cannot pay any royalty or fees for any written material sent to us, the only promise is if the material fits the other stories on here, they will go on to the site, this will in no way compromise your work or your rights, but will only enhance it and bring you to the attention of my readership and others including book publishers and people in the creative industries.

So if you are an author, poet, storyteller or just someone who has had a unique experience, write it down in your own words and send it to me. You never know, it could be a new beginning to a career as a creative writer. Eventually, as this blog page gets more and more popular, I intend to have writers on here who when they are not working on a project, can double as copywriters and guest bloggers for companies. It will be one more service to offer to numerous companies who are seeking advertising copywriters for their products.

Another area a talented writer can make extra funds is if they get work as ghost writers for people who want to write an autobiography but do not possess the skill or wherewithal to carry it out. The main thing is you as a writer can start here, tell your story, let me put it alongside mine. If I get attention, you get attention too. If not, you haven't lost a thing and your work is out there for the world to see and the people can judge for themselves.

If you are an established writer and you want to impart your skills to other aspiring writers, I would be interested in putting up "How to Write Short Stories" and similar subject matters.

Think about it, if you like my idea, send in your script. You won't be sorry!

This blog has come a long way from humble beginnings. We now have a lot more visitors to this site and the challenge for us, is to keep our content exciting and creative so we may entertain, educate and inform. Your correspondence should be sent to, together, we can change the world and make it a better place for the generations.



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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A Great Expectation, Realised!

Another British expectation was met yesterday as the town of Dunblane in Scotland celebrated Andy Murray's US open grand slam win.

One more sporting achievement to crown those of London 2012 where Murray took the tennis gold medal, for team GB. The Olympic gold medal was probably the spur Andy needed to help him get to the final of the US open.

The final went to five sets, but Andy did it, he won and today the smile returned one more time to British faces. The last time a British man achieved this level of success, was Fred Perry, 75 years ago. Well done, Andy!

The weight of expectation for Andy Murray to win Wimbledon next year, will not be easy to carry, but I know Andy is strong enough to pull it off.

Peace out!



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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Paralympics moves to Rio!

It has been a wonderful summer this year and the London Olympics made it so, it has been sports galore, medals galore and the world and Olympic records that were smashed, made it all the more spectacular and interesting to everybody watching from all over the globe.

Usain Bolt did not disappoint and all the participants of this years games were a credit to their respective nations. We witnessed every human emotion possible during London 2012 and everyone agrees that it has been a tremendous games.

Tonight marks the end of the Paralympics which is culminating in a spectacular closing ceremony. All the participants should be very proud of the high standards of performance that they attained, these achievements I am sure will be built upon at Rio de Janeiro in four years time.

Despite turmoil and war in some parts of our planet, the london games have been a welcome distraction to the troubles in the different parts of the world and will remain a beacon of tolerance and peace which is abundant within the human family.

I wish to thank all the brave participants of this years Paralympic games who have shown courage, discipline and determination in achieving their goals of qualifying and representing their various countries at sports.

It was at these games that I noticed that a lot of disabled sports men and women were fitter and more able than some able bodied people that I know. It is a testament to the determination and hard work of the individual sportsmen and women and I salute them all.

Well, until Rio de Janeiro in four years time, this is me saying,


Stay blessed,



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