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October 03, 2010

Whacked

So was he in Burma, or was he not?

Richard Mallinson's story concerns conversational conflict.

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September 26, 2010

Tutorial

...'Actually, I looked up both names in one of those tedious guides to Eng Lit -but not a word, not one blessed word ... I suppose I could have, erm, consulted other works of reference - but, really, I couldn't be bothered. Anyway, I just haven't the time ... I'm still working on my edition of Sir Thomas More's Utopia, you know.'...

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of academic pressure.

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September 19, 2010

Tonight At Nine

Richard Mallinson's brisk tale emphasises that a politician should always keep hold of the end of the thread.

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September 12, 2010

The Diarist

The diarist has a way with words, as Richard Mallinson's story reveals.

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September 05, 2010

Scoop

Richard Mallinson's tale tells of a tangled journalistic web.

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August 29, 2010

Right Words

So what is going on at Venner's firm?

Affairs both public and private, reading between the lines of ?Richard Mallinson's tale.

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August 22, 2010

Pay Round

So who is in charge of this pay discussion?

Richard Mallinson tells a union tale.

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August 15, 2010

Past Masters

It pays to have confidence in one's abilities, but....

Richard Mallinson tells of a chance meeting of academics.

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August 08, 2010

On The Posters

'You were the chap,' I said, ignoring those remarks, 'whose face, when it had a beard, was on those posters for the down and outs...'

And was the advertising campaign a success?

Richard Mallinson tells of an unexpected deflation.

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August 01, 2010

Leonard

...Anyway, what's for lunch?'

'Lunch? That's all you ever think about these days. Why don't you play golf or something? A hobby, that's what you need - instead of moping about the house all day, getting on my nerves...

Richard Mallinson captures the bleakness of ageing in this short story.

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July 25, 2010

Intruder

Is the young female intruder really lost?

Richard Mallinson tells a nighttime tale.

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July 18, 2010

Farnley

...'Got it in one, Sherlock,' said Watson...

Richard Mallinson tells a domestic mystery tale.

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July 11, 2010

Contrasts

There's a chap, sitting on a stile, jotting things down in a notebook. A writer? A poet perhaps? A novelist?

Richard Mallinson tells a creative tale.

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July 04, 2010

Conference Time

You wouldn't believe the things those politicians get up to at their party conferences! Thyen again, perhaps you would.

Richard Mallinson tells a juicy tale.

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June 27, 2010

Afterwards

Some ladies think there's nothing wrong with a plumber.

Richard Mallinson tells a tale tale of incompatibility.

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June 13, 2010

Talk And Talk

So is this Mr Link a truly helpful man?

Richard Mallinson's story allows you to draw your own conclusions.

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June 06, 2010

Meeting Mr Slatter

Can Mr Slatter be reeled in with ease? Richard Mallinson's tale reveals the true nature of a rich man.

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May 30, 2010

Off The Premises

Can Sadie be charmed into submission?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale which involves a lady who is different.

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May 23, 2010

Letters To Lucy

Yes he didn now recognise the woman behind the bar...

Richard Mallinson tells of a downhill journey.

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May 16, 2010

Ted's Wife's Age

...'Wait a moment, please, chairman,' said Harry. 'I really would like to know why you mentioned Ted's wife's age.'..

But why is Harry concerned about Ted's wife's age?

Richard Malinson's short story reveals a likely answer.

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May 09, 2010

Only A Joke

Heard of beating about the bush? Well the bush in Richard Mallinson's story is a mighty big one.

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May 02, 2010

Swimming

...'I'm not much of a swimmer, Gilbert. . . Will you keep an eye on me?'

'With pleasure,' I said, 'especially if you're wearing your bikini.'...

A few sentences can convey a novel's-worth of speculation, as Richard Mallinson cofirm's in this tale.

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April 25, 2010

Rosie

What was it that Rosie was promised if she went to the storeroom?

Richard Mallinson's tale tells you a whole lot about Rosie if you read between the lines.

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April 18, 2010

Fair Shares

Now what is being shared out here? Richard Mallinson tells an alluring tale.

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April 11, 2010

Adventure

When you take a wrong turn and find yourself in the middle of a housing estate surrounded by lads on bikes...well its a case of who you know, as Richard Mallinson's tale reveals.

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April 04, 2010

Caring

'Look,' I said, 'we need to get a move on. We're going to be late and you know what he's like,' said he.

But did she care.

Richard Mallinson tells of a fraught journey.

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March 28, 2010

Waving

'Come nearer. Let me get hold of your neck,' she said.

But what happened when the little lady tried to strangle the man in her life?

Richard Mallinson tells a violent tale.

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March 21, 2010

This And That

Ah but why had he been invited into the house?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale that will leave you guessing.

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March 14, 2010

Due Process

Richard Mallinson's tale tells of confusion in court.

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March 07, 2010

County Scene

Now what was that cricketer's name?

Richard Mallinson tlls a tale of County confusion.

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February 28, 2010

Accident

A chance meeting in the street can change lives, as Richard Mallinson's story reveals.

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February 21, 2010

Trapped

Richard Mallinson's story highlights the difference a marriage can make.

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February 14, 2010

Teasing

Richard Mallinson's tale compresses a mountain of incompatibility into a thimble.

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February 07, 2010

Scene

Oh the drama of acting! Richard Mallinson tells a theatrical tale.

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January 31, 2010

Giving

Richard Mallinson's tale makes you wonder whether or not generosity is appreciated.

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January 24, 2010

Night Class

It seems as though the bank manager's secrets are about to be revealed in the pub.

Richard Mallinson tells a studious tale.

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January 17, 2010

Promenade

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January 10, 2010

To The Point

Can cliches lead you to the point?

Richard Mallinson tells an original tale.

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January 03, 2010

Brandy Talk

Has the dear leader flipped? Or is it the brandy?

Richard Mallinson tells a tipsy tale.

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December 27, 2009

Forest

Richard Mallinson tells a tale which will leave you deep in speculation.

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December 20, 2009

Isabel

It can take years for some affairs to come to light, as Richard Mallinson’s tale reveals.

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December 13, 2009

Compliments

Richard Mallinson’s story confirms that one must be careful when discussing Modigliani's nudes.

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December 06, 2009

Off The Map

A simple request for directions leads to a bizarre conversation in Richard Mallinson’s story.

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November 29, 2009

What's What

Even if you are not given a job you may find out what’s what, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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November 22, 2009

The Dreamer

...Yes, I'd had a dream, you see . . . Now the thing about my dreams up to now, I'll tell you, is that they foretold what was going to happen to me. I called it the Lewton Dream Law...

But does the Lewton Law still hold good? Richard Mallinson's tale brings a surprising answer.

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November 15, 2009

Angst

So which of the two is the unfaithful partner?

Richard Mallinson tells a tangled tale.

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November 08, 2009

Hypothetical

Richarard Mallinson’s tale concerns a prime ministerial on-air blunder.

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November 01, 2009

Nigel

Was Mr Levin any wiser after meeting young Nigel?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of unresolved suspicion.

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October 25, 2009

Hills

Richard Mallinson's tale features a couple whose relationship is going rapidly down hill.

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October 18, 2009

Just A Thought

And that thought concerns topic number one, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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October 11, 2009

At Westminster

Richard Mallinson’s story tells of a conversation with the PM.

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October 04, 2009

Grudge

Richard Mallinson’s tale reveals a very good reason for fisticuffs.

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September 27, 2009

Working Lunch

Do you have to be a journalist to edit a tabloid newspaper? Richard Mallinson’s tale tells of a chance sighting that could lead to a big job.

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September 20, 2009

Saved

Did he save her?

In Richard Mallinson's story a question mark hangs over an encounter on a train.

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September 13, 2009

Generations

How old should one be to father a son?

Richard Mallinson tells an ageless tale.

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September 06, 2009

In Mind

So how do you spend the time when you go on holliday with an illicit lover? Richard Mallinson’s tale leaves you wondering.

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August 30, 2009

The Question

Richard Mallinson’s short story reveals that there is often a question behind the question.

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August 23, 2009

Be A Sport

So what would you do if a young woman with pink hair turned up on your doorstep asking for counselling?

Richard Mallinson’s tale tells of a price paid for being a sport.

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August 16, 2009

Tabs

Richard Mallinson’s tale leaves you musing on the identity of the tab keeper.

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August 09, 2009

No Way

Richard Mallinson's tale features the seedier side of sports journalism.

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August 02, 2009

Headline

Richard Mallinson's tale reminds us of the first law of tabloid journalism: Never let the facts stand in the way of a good headline.

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July 26, 2009

Pipsqueaks

Richard Mallinson tells of a wasted opportunity to get a plentiful supply of free apples.

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July 19, 2009

Behind It All

So is the money a gift, or a payment?

Richard Mallinson’s short story leaves you the reader to answer that question.

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July 12, 2009

Press Call

Richard Mallinson tells of a press conference which was an exercise in frustration.

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July 05, 2009

Talkabout

So what do you do on a talkabout? In a few sentences, Richard Mallinson’s story says a lot about contemporary politics.

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June 28, 2009

On The Bus

Some women hear what they want to hear, as Richard Malinson's story reveals.

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June 21, 2009

Coping

Sometimes there are secret bonuses for those who get a move on at work, as Richard Mallinson's story reveals.

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June 14, 2009

Making Out

So is he or is he not a con man?

Richard Mallinson tells of a brief encounter.

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June 07, 2009

Results

...'No, you don't. You don't understand. Don't you realise that you are affecting the results on the field - that if you say 77 for eight at lunch then it, or something like it, will be the case?'..

So does this chap really have such power? Richard Mallinson tells a deliciously enigmatic tale.

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May 31, 2009

Signs

Some women are deaf to age, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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May 24, 2009

Dan Trepson

Richard Mallinson’s tale confirms that you should watch your words when queing to go into the cinema.

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May 17, 2009

Old Comrades

Old comrades fade away, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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May 10, 2009

Fingers

Should he be called fingers, or should he be called Fumb?

Richard Mallinson tells a gruesome tale.

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May 03, 2009

Only Yesterday

So who was the father of bare-legged Susan’s child?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of undisclosed parenthood.

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April 26, 2009

Tickets

Come along now, who has the tickets?

Richard Mallinson’s tale tells of confusion at the gate.

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April 19, 2009

Scarf

Sometimes a scarf is most inappropriate, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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April 12, 2009

Ms Vark

Will Ms Vark ever put in an appearance? Richrd Mallinson tells a tale of longing.

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April 05, 2009

Memoirs

Some memoirs are likely to be more sensational than others, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals. To read more of Richard’s fast fiction please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/fast_fiction/

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March 29, 2009

A Quiet One

Can one be too quiet? Richard Mallinson tells a talkative tale.

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March 22, 2009

On Screen

Even the unwilling must be alert to their image, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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March 15, 2009

The New Wife

Are most females too good for most males? Richard Mallinson tells a tale of burdens.

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March 08, 2009

Night Singer

Is the man singing in his sleep? Richard Mallinson tells a puzzling vocal tale.

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March 01, 2009

Play For Radio

Play rehearsals don’t always run smoothly, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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February 22, 2009

Ramblers

So what thoughts pass through the minds of those ramblers who go trudging through the beautiful countryside?

Richard Mallinson tells and outdoors-indooors tale. For more of Richard’s fast fiction please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/fast_fiction/

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February 15, 2009

Four Days

Richard Mallionson’s short tale conveys the agonies and ecstasies of writing fiction.

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February 08, 2009

Manny Barking

Sometimes it’s wise for a journalist not to reveal who he has met. Richard Mallinson tells a Fleet Street tale.

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February 01, 2009

Fair Figure

Marge is a lady who is well-endowed in both senses, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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January 25, 2009

Seaside

A visit to the seaside turns into a language lesson, and much more, in Richard Mallinson’s short story.

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January 18, 2009

Vipers

Is there, or is there not, a generation of vipers?

Richard Mallinson’s tale concerns an ancient way with words.

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January 11, 2009

Offers

So how much is an old book worth?

Richard Mallinson tells a commercial tale.

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January 04, 2009

Villagers

Not everyone cares for village life as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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December 28, 2008

Something To Say

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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December 21, 2008

The Argument

An argument can lead to dire consequences, as Richard Mallinson’s story suggests.

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December 14, 2008

Compulsive

Are there any benefits from being the victim of repetition compulsion?

Richard Mallinson tells a naughty tale.

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December 07, 2008

Novel Types

...'Well, you do belong in a cheap novel, don't you?'

'Certainly not. I was created in a literary novel.'...

To understand people you need to know the literary company they keep, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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November 30, 2008

Farm Yarn

So what lessons can be learned from a day on the farm?

Richard Mallinson tells a rural tale.

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November 23, 2008

On The Platform

So who is going to stand next to Ms Tally Renn.

Richard Mallinson’s tale concerns an intricate morning performance.

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November 16, 2008

Interview

Ah, but what will follow the drink?

Richard Mallinson's enigmatic tale invites you to "write'' your own ending.

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November 09, 2008

Three Of Us

"Remember me to Tommy,'' he says in parting. But is Tommy capable of remembering?

Richard Mallinson tells a greasepaint tale.

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November 02, 2008

Something

There's an explanation for every dramatic act, as Richard Malinson's story confirms.

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October 26, 2008

What Shall We Do About Algy?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of money, sex and one sherry too many.

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October 19, 2008

Just A Hunch

...’She'll be there.'

'Who will?' I asked.

'Your fiancee.'

But did he find his fiancée at the big old house?

Richard Malinson reveals whether or not a hunch was confirmed.

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October 12, 2008

Eye For An Eye

Nasty piece of work, Flack Allard. But should the vicar and his mate try to teach him a lesson?

Richard Mallinson tells a story of retribution and fear.

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October 05, 2008

Decision Time

Other thoughts occupy the minds of the board members, besides that big decision.

Richard Mallinson tells of earthier musings.

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September 28, 2008

Philosophical

Even a feminist can make exceptions in certain circumstances, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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September 21, 2008

Two A Penny

There are those who are unimpressed by a knowledge of literature, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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September 14, 2008

Losing The Plot

Writing a novel can take unexpected twists and turns.

Richard Mallinson tells a literary tale.

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September 07, 2008

Leadership

Leaders still want to lead, even when they don’t know what to do.

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of power.

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August 31, 2008

Stella

Stella is one of those ladies who always land on their...who always do rather well for themselves.

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of acquisitions.

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August 24, 2008

Bloody War

Does involvement in warfare take away the urge to violence?

Richard Mallinson tells a thoughtful tale.

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August 17, 2008

Getting Out

It’s one phobia after another in Richard Mallinson’s compact story.

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August 10, 2008

Words

Richard Mallinson’s briefly-worded story revolves around a paradox.

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August 03, 2008

Book Talk

In Richard Mallinson’s story a mystery emerges when the talk turns to books.

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July 27, 2008

Sandover

So who is the boss?

Richard Mallinson tells of a champagne breakfast – with added friction.

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July 20, 2008

Night Scene

'See who?' he asked. 'I haven't got eyes in the back of my head.'

'Him . . . my husband.'...

But who is that woman with her husband? Richard Mallinson’s story will leave you musing on the nature of love.

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July 13, 2008

Dream Section

Is there a welcome in the Dream Section?

Richard Mallinson tells a mysterious story.

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July 06, 2008

Day Out

Things happen to Derwent on his day out.

Richard Mallinson tells an elusive tale.

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June 29, 2008

Vernon's Secret

Vernon has a secret. Likewise, Deirdre.

Richard Mallinson tells of double intrigue.

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June 22, 2008

And You Are?

...'Hm, so what next? Were you thinking of coming home?'...

But will Emma be welcomed back into the family nest? Richard Mallinson tells of infidelity.

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June 15, 2008

Cousin Freda

Is going to Godalming really the answer to this problem? Richard Mallinson tells a tale of domestic infelicity.

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June 08, 2008

Problem Solved

…‘But now we have a problem. A very serious problem.’…

The problem is that the company cannot sell the goods it is making. What is to be done?

Richard Mallinson tells a boardroom tale.

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June 01, 2008

Dropping In

Richard Mallinson’s story confirms that some visitors are never likely to receive a welcome.

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May 25, 2008

The Handyman

Can a handyman be too handy? Richard Mallinson tells of concern among the hotel guests.

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May 18, 2008

Dust

Remember those brilliant goals scored by Billy Tett?

Richard Mallinson tells of fading glory.

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May 11, 2008

Prerogrative

The prime minister in Richard Mallinson's tale is a man with a keen appetite - and not for food.

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May 04, 2008

The Fetch

Ah, but who is this who comes knocking on the door?

Richard Mallinson tells a deliciously enigmatic story.

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April 27, 2008

Hibble Walks In

Perhaps it doesn't always pay to be too observant, as Richard Mallinson's story indicates.

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April 20, 2008

Only Natural

Richard Mallinson's tells a teasing tale about a young lady who finally takes the plunge.

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April 13, 2008

Doing The Trick

Old Yeats's poems can really do the trick, as Richard Mallinson's story reveals.

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April 06, 2008

Head Piece

Richard Malinson tells another heady tale.

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March 30, 2008

Old-Timers

Old-timers can take decisive measures, as Richard Mallinson's story indicates.

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March 23, 2008

Face Value

Show a photograph to a chap, and you might find it conveys much more than you expected. Richard Mallinson tells a surprising tale.

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March 16, 2008

Old Grover

...He'd told me that a girl he worked with in accounts had fallen in love with him. 'It's the way she smiles at me . . . and she always gets as close to me as possible so that there can be bodily contact.'...

Richard Mallinson tells a tale about an old man who has a problem. Or has he?

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March 09, 2008

Sheds

...Tim's in the shed,' said Helen. 'In fact, he's always in the bloody shed. All day and most of the night. God knows what he's doing there and I can't see in . . . he's covered the window.'...

Richard Mallinson's story reveals an unexpected reason for Tim's behaviour.

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March 02, 2008

Gradding

...I wasn't prepared for Gradding. I'd expected a quaint little resort.

'This is a howl,' said Len. 'The people, the noise . . .'

Richard Mallinson tells of folly on a pier.

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February 24, 2008

Don't Stare

Richard Mallinson's tale tells of a menacing conversation in a side street.

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February 17, 2008

About Daphne

What is Capstone's reaction when he hears that Daphne has moved on again?

Richard Mallinson's story concerns a woman in transit.

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February 10, 2008

In These Parts

Perhaps it is for the best that some folk are only encountered once, as Richard Malinson's tale reveals.

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February 03, 2008

A Place Like This

...He picked up his palette. 'I just want to be left alone to paint.'

'And why don't you try some decorating as well?' I said, nastily.,,

But can the artist be helped? Richard Mallinson tells a tale of intervention.

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January 27, 2008

Secret Weapon

Richard Mallinson's short story confirms that some things are best left alone.

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January 20, 2008

On Hetton Hill

Does it really matter what your degree is in, when there or just the two of you on Hetton Hill?

Richard Mallinson tells of elevated encounters.

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January 13, 2008

Pressure Group

…'This is becoming a right shambles. We're supposed to tell people how to run the world and we can't even run our own bloody little meeting ...’

Richard Mallinson’s story was of course written without "help'' and "advice'' from a committee.

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January 06, 2008

Hitting The Trail

Thoughtless words should not be exchanged when you’re hitting the trail, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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December 30, 2007

Flat Out

There are problems in being the daughter of a “famous’’ man, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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December 23, 2007

In The Wood

…They went in. A man in a suit of armour was standing in front of the fire…

What exactly is going on in that wood? Richard Mallinson tells a sylvan tale.

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December 16, 2007

Impressions

…'I'm a post impressionist.'

'And what the hell does that mean?'

'It means I do impressions of posts.'..

Richard Mallinson tells an auditioning tale with a punchline sufficient to encourage a day-long chuckle.

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December 09, 2007

Giving It A Try

…'Oh, I'd like to give it a try,' I said (having paid £200 for the privilege.)…

Ah, but is he up to the task in hand?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale to leave you guessing.

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December 02, 2007

On The Bench

You can’t take old folk for granted, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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November 25, 2007

Dan's Quirk

…The sun cut swathes through the trees as I lowered her down.

'Yes, that's right,' she said, wriggling, 'tell me later.'…

And what was her reaction when she heard of Dan’s quirk. Richard Mallinson tells a woodland tale.

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November 18, 2007

It's For You

…She sat down at the table. Why, oh why, couldn't it have been Andy, even after all these years?…

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of strained relations.

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November 11, 2007

Cheeky Monkey

…'Ah, you must be the one we've been expecting,' she said.

'If you mean the union mediator,' he said, 'then you're probably right.'…

But there’s more than mediation in the offing in this short story by Richard Mallinson.

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November 04, 2007

There And Back

What is the link between an old overcoat and a slammed door? Richard Mallinson tells of pathways to frustration.

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October 28, 2007

The Reunion

..'Oh, I'm a lecturer in theology,' he almost shouted. 'I'm just about to publish a critical analysis of Browne's Religio Medici.'..

Some folk can be so irritating, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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October 21, 2007

Assistant To Dr Disley

'You were right not to pander to him,’’ said Dr Disley. “Pandering does no good to man, woman, child or beast... I don't even pander to my own grandmother.’’

There is menace in every sentence of Richard Mallinson’s story.

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October 14, 2007

Going For Gold

...That Alf Edder! He seems to know everything!...

Richard Mallinson tells a fossiking tale.

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October 07, 2007

In Lodgings

So when you are in lodgings and your landlady comes knocking on your door…

Richard Mallinson tells a tale touched with violence.

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September 30, 2007

Treatment

A reporter had better watch his step when he investigates reports of “sexual healing’’ as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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September 23, 2007

Contraption

But when the friends arrived they patted the contraption in the field…

Richard Mallinson tells a tale concerning rural irritation.

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September 16, 2007

The Deal

…‘And I won't name names just to please you. No, I will not name names. In fact, even if you offered me twice as much I simply wouldn't name names ... all those celebrities, politicians, tycoons and even journalists…

But can you trust your discretion when you are talking to the Daily Blare?

Richard Mallinson's tale exposes the exposers.

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September 09, 2007

Rather Unusual

In Richard Mallinson’s tale office gossip suddenly turns into something….rather unsual.

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September 02, 2007

Ray's Story

So who did steal the money from the village post office?

Richard Mallinson presents a rural crime mystery.

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August 26, 2007

Codstipple Bay

Should he have bought the cottage at Codstipple Bay?

Richard Mallinson tells of an unheeded warning.

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August 19, 2007

And Far Away

…'What do you talk about?'

'Oh, books, architecture, politics.’

'Architecture? She never talks to me about architecture.'..

So why would she be willing to discuss architecture with the painter? Read Richard Mallinson’s conversational tale, and reach your own conclusions.

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August 12, 2007

The Guest

…'Now, now, you two, let's have a little peace, please . . . You must forgive them,' Kathleen said, turning to me, 'they are always a little tense and tetchy when I'm around but I can cope with it. They call me the Catholic whore behind my back but that doesn't worry me. There are worse things to be called, such as cold, selfish, greedy and cruel -'…

But what will the guest make of such a statement? Richard Mallinson tells of indiscipline in the ranks.

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August 05, 2007

Kirsty And Christine

…She sat down opposite him and took a sip of her coffee.

Then she said, 'You were with that cheap bitch last night, weren't you?'…

Richard Mallinson’s story tells of confusing relationships (goings on) at a sales conference.

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July 29, 2007

March 20, 2003

Richard Mallinson wrote this story on the day specified in the title – a day when British troops were reported to be involved in military operations, and a civilian was killed in Iraq.

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July 22, 2007

Therapy

Who can the patient be thinking of when he writes about a lovely, sexy young doctor?

Richard Mallinson tells of a psychiatric disappointment.

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July 15, 2007

In A Small Hotel

…Of course I did hurry and almost tripped over her husband. He was sprawled on the landing, drunkenly but not loudly singing….

Richard Mallinson tells of carryings-on in the Bluesea hotel.

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July 08, 2007

Talking

Do philosopher’s go straight to the point when they converse?

Richard Mallinson’s tells a non-communicative tale.

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July 01, 2007

As Long As It Takes

…'Come in,' said Calvert. 'Did anybody see you? Did you speak to anybody?'

'Yes, there was a friendly old chap back there, down the hill.'

'Friendly? You mustn't trust anybody around here.'…

But just how unfriendly are the locals? Richard Mallinson tells a sinister tale.

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June 24, 2007

Cornered

Richard Mallinson tells a tale concerning the oldest game in the world.

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June 17, 2007

Instead Of Poppy Cromer

Oh dear, oh dear! The bearded journalist from a former broadsheet clutters his questions with “sort of’’ and “you know’’.

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of a crass substitute.

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June 10, 2007

Good Old Days

…It was the first time Flexen and I had met in thirty years. Now our wives joined us and I ordered more drinks.

'You must have a lot to talk about, you two,' said my wife.

'Yes, that's true,' I lied, wondering what the hell I was going to say to him, or he to me, for the next few hours…

Richard Mallinson tells of a chap who has no desire to go voyaging into the past.

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June 03, 2007

In The Countryside

When you are out there in the countryside and there are hunters about, what might the quarry be?

Richard Mallinson tells a scary country tale.

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May 27, 2007

Straying

Would you expect the wife of a brute of an ex-boxer to “stray’’? And if she did, what would be the consequences?

Richard Mallinson tells a wayward tale.

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May 20, 2007

On The Edge

'I never expected a stockbroker belt man like you,' I go on, 'to retire to the top of a cliff.. . Are you sure this house is safe?'

Richard Mallinson tells a well-balanced tale.

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May 13, 2007

Two Of A Kind

It’s OK for a man and woman to get together to open and run a shop – but what if each one of them is hiding a big secret?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of surprise disclosure.

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May 06, 2007

Residoo

Is Encott the the butler a philosopher, a might-have-been don…or something else?

Richard Mallinson tells a thoughtful tale.

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April 29, 2007

Delia's Egg

…Granville Yardley, a businessman, said to his wife, 'In future I would like you to boil my egg Delia's way.'

His wife glared at him. 'Sod Delia's way,' she said, 'I'll do it my way.'...

Could you guess what Yardley carries in his briefcase? Richard Mallinson reveals the secret in this early-morning tale.

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April 22, 2007

Emergency

'Where's Ken?' Tom Halliday asked at the morning get-together. 'He's got an emergency,' Greg said.

Tom is amused, but would he still be so if he knew where Ken had gone?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of tangled lives.

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April 15, 2007

Richard Mallinson

Richard Mallinson tells a Russian story in the manner of…who? Dostoevsky?

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April 08, 2007

Reputations

…The painting had large patches of black, white and orange. There was a skyscraper in one corner and a tunnel in the other - but no people…

The artist is Sir Oliver Thurlow, chairman of the company. But what will the members of the board make of his picture? Richard Mallinson tells an artistic tale.

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April 01, 2007

At The Bank

…'Of course I explained that you, Carter, had no authority to tell anybody that they could have a loan, least of all a farm worker like him, Borne, on a low income and with no assets, visible or invisible.'…

A bank manager is all too human, as Richard Mallinson’s financial tale reveals.

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March 25, 2007

The Section Chief

…'My section chief is trying to have me killed,' he said nervously.

I didn't even blink. Nothing surprised me in those days…

Richard Mallinson tells a tale concerning the murky world of civil service.

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March 18, 2007

Tally's Day

…He switched off, grabbed his briefcase and managed to get out before the car sank deeper…

Is Mr Tally going to be late for his meeting? Richard Mallinson tells a squelchy tale.

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March 11, 2007

Brindle's Goal

…He kept his eyes down. Then he felt as if he'd bumped into somebody. 'Watch where you're going,' said the voice of his late twin brother, Tom…

Richard Mallinson tells an uneasy tale about Brindle, a man with an ambition.

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March 04, 2007

The Kiss

…'Why not?' she says. 'All I want is a kiss.'

'Well, you'll have to wait.'

She pouts. 'I don't want to wait. I want you to kiss me now. It's no big deal…

Ah, but dare the professor kiss her in public. Richard Mallinson tells an educational tale.

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February 25, 2007

The Bishop's Tale

'Usually I am my own most closely guarded secret,' said the
dean's young wife.

The bishop gazed at her. 'And now you are going to be mine,' he said.

Richard Mallinson tells a lust-filled tale.

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February 18, 2007

Roast Beef And All That

...'I've heard a lot about you from your sister in Worthing,' said Stella, a slim dark-haired beauty. 'And we even have one of your paintings . . . look.'

'But I don't have a sister in -'...

Richard Mallinson tells an enigmatic tale about a dinner guest.

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February 11, 2007

Her Sort Of Thing

…Sometimes Lucy wished she'd never agreed to look after her brother. He was now nearly 70 and wore her down with his constant dithering….

In Richard Mallinson’s satisfying short story an aspect of Lucy’s past life is about to be laid bare to the public.

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February 04, 2007

Goodly Fruit

What did Gratton mean when he told his estranged wife that he missed her goodly fruit? Richard Mallinson’s story unravels a tangled skein of love.

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January 28, 2007

Old Boys

Why should a bunch of gents in their 40s enjoy being treated as fourth formers? Richard Mallinson tells an old boys’ tale.

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January 21, 2007

That Day In Rickley

When you arrive back in Rickley in your chauffeur-driven Rolls, its dangerous to ask where the pub has gone, as Richard Mallinson’s tale reveals.

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January 14, 2007

Ben's The Name

Who would expect a simple name such as Ben to land one in a Pinteresque situation? Richard Mallinson tells an erudite tale.

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January 07, 2007

Statements

…'Just look at that,' Canvey said, 'all those tattoos on his face ... and rings.'…

But is Canvey the man to be passing judgement on others? Richard Mallinson tells a down-and-out story.

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December 31, 2006

Never Let It Be Said

Toby is receiving cash for the information he passes on. But should he be passing it on? Richard Mallinson reveals a surprising answer to that question.

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December 24, 2006

The Blumire Case

So who did kill Tim Blumire? Richard Mallinson allows scope for your own investigative thoughts in his compact murder mystery.

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December 17, 2006

Anybodybutyou

Who would know something about the Battle of Sluys? Surely not one of his ex-wives.

Richard Mallinson tells a bed-time story.

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December 10, 2006

Gregory Stapple

'And there's a former, ahem, lady friend from Exmouth,' Effie went on, 'who has some porno letters from him which -'

'Porno letters?' I gasped. 'Are you sure?'

Tackling the biography of novelist Gregory Stapple could lead to something other than words on a page, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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December 03, 2006

Trillot And Wife

…'Asked if he'd ever been to America, the poet Philip Larkin said no, he hadn't – and added that he hadn't been anywhere else, either.'…

Ah yes, Trillot is ready with a literary anecdote, but does he know what his wife is up to? Richard Mallinson’s story reveals a partial secret.

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November 26, 2006

When Two Or Three

'When two or three are gathered together,' said Justin Case QC, 'someone else is torn apart.'

Case the senior counsel has an aphoristic way with words, but clever words can mask a stark situation, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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November 19, 2006

Birthday Tribute

Is it wise to invite a smug journalist to “speak as he finds’’ at your birthday party? Richard Mallinson tells a tale concerning a power of the press.

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November 12, 2006

Masterplan

A company is in trouble. Will a masterplan save it? Richard Mallinson tells a tale of business intrigue.

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November 05, 2006

Can You Imagine

Should he at his age have gone walking at night through the Dawling Estate, where muggings and knifings are commonplace?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale which begs the question.

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October 29, 2006

Trapdoor

Richard Mallinson tells a story about a story in the making.

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October 22, 2006

Deftly Does It

Tod Deftly the radio continuity announcer once said 'Next we have the mews.’ Richard Mallinson’s story reveals, among other things, the nickname which was prompted by this slip of the tongue.

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October 15, 2006

A Tap On The Shoulder

…As he walked down the street somebody tapped him on the shoulder. He turned round. There was nobody there…

Ah, but there’s nothing ghostly anout the letter handed to the chap in Richard Mallinson’s story.

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October 08, 2006

Old Acquaintance

…'Dear retired cop,' he wrote, 'I know we've had our differences but now I'm hoping that we can let bygones be bygones and -'…

Ah, but what happens when the retired cop goes to see the chap who wrote the letter? Richard Mallinson tells another tale with a surprise in its tail.

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October 01, 2006

Don't Shoot The Messenger

Richard Mallinson tells a medieval tale which confirms that one should preserve the well-being of the messenger.

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September 24, 2006

No Harm Done

…'And the lovely lady?' he said. 'Is she still fit an well?'
'Yes, er, thanks,' I muttered…

But is that muttered response true? Richard Mallinson tells a hazy tale.

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September 17, 2006

Only A Story

MINISTER IN RED LIGHT SEX SHOCK. Following on the heels of such a headline a Prime Minister sometimes has to make a surprising decision, as Richard Mallinson reveals.

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September 10, 2006

Who Was It?

…One summer's day during the second world war I met a woman walking on the downs. She wore a white dress and a large white sunhat…

Could it be…? Surely not. She drowned herself before this happened…

Richard Mallinson tells a puzzling tale.

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September 03, 2006

Making Grey

'Why not take up painting and be more fulfilled?' the artist asks the stockbroker, going on to explain colours, that if you mix red with yellow you get orange. But what do you get when you mix red with green?

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of the artist and his model.

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August 27, 2006

Snow

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of a businessman caught up in a white nightmare.

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August 20, 2006

Back At The Club

Are they really pleased to see Tod back at the club? Richard Mallinson tells a story about a chap who is not the hail-fellow type.

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August 13, 2006

Marriage Lines

After an encounter in an orchard, Lil and Walt get married. Are they destined for happiness? Richard Mallinson lays bare a marriage.

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August 06, 2006

In A Ministry Cell

…Two pairs of hands dragged me towards the door, my feet trailing…

Richard Mallinson's story is set in a state where names are deleted.

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July 30, 2006

Identities

Read Richard Mallinson’s story about identities then answer the following question: Is the patient really a patient?

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July 23, 2006

Whip Hand

Richard Mallinson tells a tale of the games politicians play – and you can guess what those games involve.

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July 16, 2006

Chance Of A Lifetime

Miss a goal, and you end up brooding for the rest of your life. Richard Mallinson tells of a centre forward’s cheerless days.

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July 09, 2006

The Missing Dignitary

In Richard Mallinson’s mini mystery story Sir Ralph discovers that his assistant Ms Ewing is not quite what he thinks she is.

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July 02, 2006

Angelica Takes Over

…Here in the garden of No 10 on this quiet summer's evening I am thinking about a matter which could do me a great deal of harm as Britain's first black prime minister…

Richard Mallinson’s short story demands to be read.

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June 25, 2006

The Chair

Should he have have remembered his office and given up the chair? Richard Mallinson tells a story that made it into The Church Times.

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June 18, 2006

Old Joby's Son

Richard Mallinson tells a classic Western story.

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June 11, 2006

Along Those Lines

Why should a man walk along a pier and throw a book into the sea? Richard Mallinson’s story explains.

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June 04, 2006

The Postcard

Antonio Travis, though soaked in gin, intuitively guesses the secret behind a postcard signed “From your former little pupil’’.

Richard Mallinson tells a story of domestic deceit.

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May 28, 2006

Old Soldiers

…I found out that his proper name was Jolly - not that there was anything jolly about him… Mr Jolly shows up regularly for his evening meal, but one snowy night he fails to arrive... Richard Mallinson tells a tale of two old soldiers.

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May 21, 2006

The Warden

There can be no doubt about it,' said History, 'he has lost his marbles.' But is the college warden really a maniac? Richard Mallinson tells an academic tale.

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May 14, 2006

Home And Away

'Hullo, are you Ed Jenkins?'
'If you mean am I Mr Edward Jenkins, yes, that's me.'

But is Mr Edward Jenkins, with his formal manners, at home, or away? Richard Mallinson's story allows you to make up your own mind.

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May 07, 2006

Major Gorringe

“No bloody backbone.’’ said Major Gorringe. But what did the stiff-upper-lip Major die of? There was laughter in the club when the question was asked, as Richard Mallinson reveals.

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April 30, 2006

Police File

Why are the police talking to this chap who looks 35 but is 71? Richard Mallinson tells a murky tale.

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April 23, 2006

Donations

Two men and a woman are taking a short cut through a tunnel. Ah, but a short cut to where? Read Richard Mallinson’s ominous tale.

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April 16, 2006

Ghost Writer

…The next thing I knew the man had grabbed me, rolled me up and pushed me into a sack…

There’s an abundance of tension, mystery and surprise in Richard Mallinson’s tale of a ghost writer.

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April 09, 2006

Off The Pitch

You wouldn’t think that one woman could have such an effect on what was happening on the pitch. Richard Mallinson tells a story of violence in the dressing room.

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April 02, 2006

The Deputy Head

Mr Coker, the deputy head, finds himself in hot water as he struggles to maintain order, in this all-too-real story by Richard Mallinson.

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March 26, 2006

Westenders

'This Desdemona,' said the critic of the Daily Blare, 'is about as sexy as cold porridge.' His wife exacted a small revenge for what he had written about her, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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March 19, 2006

The Job Interview

There’s more behind this particular job interview than you might guess, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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March 12, 2006

The Literary Lecture

Pity Mr Bill Selsey. He intended to talk about Thomas Churchyard, the poet. The chairman announces the subject as Sex and Sin in 20th Century Literature. The protagonist in Richard Mallinson’s story finds himself among the literary greats.

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March 05, 2006

Arabella

Richard Mallinson tells a tale about the chap Arabella still talks about.

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February 26, 2006

Incident At Ockley

There was a naked man, tied by a rope to a lamppost in the village of Ockley. As you would expect, the villagers came out to look. The milkman’s daughter took a very good look, and the consequences were…

Richard Mallinson tells a story with a chuckle in its tail.

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February 19, 2006

Footprints In The Snow

…Selwyn went down and let her in. He held her to him and she trembled. 'I can't stay long,' she whispered but it was dawn before she left…

But Myra returns, accompanied by her new husband, with an unexpected demand, as Richard Mallinson reveals.

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February 12, 2006

The Geyser Geezer

So that geezer in the pub looks after the geysers. Dumps earth on them when they spout. And why do the spout? Hey, enough of that. It’s time you read Richard Mallinson’s story.

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February 05, 2006

In The Night

…The woman went to sleep and when she awoke she tried to remember who had been in bed with her. Getting up, she saw the man in the dim light - plump, naked and dead…

Who is the man? And who is the woman? Richard Mallinson tells a shocking tale.

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January 29, 2006

The Funny Side

Hard luck, Don. No jokes, no quips, no girl, as Richard Mallinson's story reveals.

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January 22, 2006

Winter In Wanslow

Winter in Wanslow is a bleak time when you are player-manager of the local football club, as Richard Mallinson reveals.

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January 15, 2006

Gollen And Co

Poor old Gollen. No longer on the scene. But he knew how to show someone the ropes, as Richard Mallinson’s story reveals.

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January 08, 2006

After The Sermon

‘My Alfred will do anything for anybody,’ Mrs Beerd resumed after I’d seen off the others that Sunday morning. ‘He’s a saint, ant he, vicar, a real saint?’

Was Alfred really saintly? And what of the vicar? Richard Mallinson tells a tangled tale.

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January 01, 2006

New World

…A car pulled up. A man with dirty blond hair got out and bundled me into the back seat, next to a young woman wearing a short skirt…

But have they snatched the wrong man? Richard Mallinson tells a tale about our brave new world.

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December 18, 2005

State Of The Nation

'What do you know about poverty, hardship, joblessness, domestic violence, child abuse, sick and lonely old people, sexism, racism, ageism, homelessness, the break-up of families…’’ Is the narrator in Richard Mallinson’s story really clueless about the state of the nation?

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December 11, 2005

Inner Vision Thing

'Tell me which of Shakespeare's sonnets has 15 lines,' Rupert asks. 'Number 99,' is the reply, at which Rupert stalks away as if on stilts. Is he putting on an act? And what of the other characters in Richard Mallinson's claustrophobic tale?

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December 04, 2005

Appreciations

Did the man in the sunhat really have a love affair with Ida, the matron? Richard Mallinson allows his readers to decide whether a man who reads Walter Pater’s Appreciations is telling the truth.

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November 27, 2005

Grist From The Mill

So who was Pc Denby talking to on that snow-chilled night? Richard Mallinson tells a timely tale for a dark season.

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November 20, 2005

The Fabricated Dan Tinsley

Richard Mallinson gives a cautionary account of the manufactured life of Dan Tinsley.

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November 13, 2005

Butter It With Words

So what was Lord Bronderley’s relationship to the narrator of this story? Richard Mallinson tells of a man compelled to use his best buttering skills

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November 06, 2005

Eckford

So the bank manager parks his car, at Eckford’s suggestion, behind the bakery, where it can stay all day, free. But when he returns the car is not there. Read Richard Mallinson’s story, then decide whether or not the manager will regret his decision.

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October 30, 2005

The Girlfriend

'Christ, Ced,' I groan, 'you have a nerve. You steal my wife and marry her and now you're asking me to save the marriage....' Richard Mallinson’s story threads its way through a maze of romantic relationships.

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October 23, 2005

Wrap Up Warm

Richard Mallinson's story of disappointment confirms the fact that one can sometimes know too much about a neighbour.

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October 16, 2005

Or Something

'But I thought you were here for a lifetime, like me,' I exclaimed. 'That was the plan, wasn't it? Anyway, you can't go back in human form ...’ Richard Mallinson tells an enigmatic other-worldly tale.

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October 09, 2005

Young Fool

'But what about his wife?' asked a young fool. There was no reply. The older members stared through him as if he wasn't there… Richard Mallinson’s colonial tale reveals whether, or not, the young fool really was a fool.

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October 02, 2005

A Visit From Mr Credwell

'Make a good story for the tabloids, wouldn't it? The other side of Mr Clean . . .’ says Mr Credwell, in this story by Richard Mallinson. And the subject of Mr Credwell’s scorn and anger quickly puts the proffered package of letters in his brief case.

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September 25, 2005

Des Res

"And was there life after cricket?'' asks the old cricketer when, by chance, he encounters a former county team-mate. But, as Richard Mallinson's story reveals, some questions should never be asked.

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September 18, 2005

Freters And Grean

Is that Grean in the bus queue? Should Freters go back and take a look? In Richard Mallinson's story Freters' walk to the Ring and Rabbit results in a confrontation with a surprising conclusion.

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September 11, 2005

Death On The Slopes

Emotions are white-hot on the icy slopes of Mt Birgarth in Richard Mallinson's intense story.

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September 04, 2005

Favours

Angie von Thorold, the most alluring woman in London, lends her charms to political intrigue in this satisfyingly devious story by Richard Mallinson.

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August 28, 2005

The Poet

Richard Mallinson tells a tale which leaves you thinking that certain poets would be best advised not to attend award ceremonies.

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August 21, 2005

Cult In Culture

The narrator in Richard Mallinson's story is led into error in his book on Tudor music. He regains his self-confidence by becoming an art critic. The delicious final sentence in this short tale will keep you chuckling for a day, and a week.

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August 14, 2005

Edgar Villiers

'What are you reading?' she asked. It was a question the elderly man hated. He usually gave an evasive reply such as, 'Oh, a very obscure work by a Swede.'... Who is this well-dressed woman who questions Edgar Villiers in the hotel lounge? Richard Mallinson's story brings a surprise answer.

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August 07, 2005

Trader

Richard Mallinson tells the story of Trader, who is cheered and applauded by women when he rides through the village.

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July 31, 2005

After Gettysburg

What was the point of talking about the American civil war? Or about any war? Or about anything at all? But a calm silence isn't easily maintained, as the central character in Richard Mallinson's story discovers.

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July 24, 2005

The Actor

Would an actor choose a book which expressly excluded the theatre? Richard Mallinson tells of a mystery in a bookshop.

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July 17, 2005

Tangles

Who was this woman who sat chatting to Dr Larple (ret) on one of the benches by the village green? Richard Mallinson tells a tangled tale.

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July 10, 2005

The Wood Carver

In this story Richard Mallinson distils a family saga into 352 precise words.

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July 03, 2005

A Lesson For Teacher

"Two youths were shunting an old man backwards and forwards...'' Should the teacher intervene? Richard Mallinson's story focuses on a contemporary dilema.

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June 26, 2005

Across The River

What is the narrator of Richard Mallinson's short story contemplating as he squelches around in the mud at the river's edge?

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June 19, 2005

The Private Tutor

There are subtle undercurrents between the tutor and his dark-haired female student in this story by Richard Mallinson.

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June 12, 2005

Memory Man

So just how good is this memory man's memory? Richard Mallinson's intriguing short story poses unanswered questions.

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June 05, 2005

The Rat-Catcher

Richard Mallinson's story features a rat-catcher who crosses the Atlantic, makes a fortune - then reaps the reward of fame and fortune.

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May 29, 2005

The Clack Inquiry Report

So why did the inquiry conducted by J Excel Clack proceed so smoothly? Richard Mallinson's short story revolves around the oldest human weakness.

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May 22, 2005

Mrs Codge

Richard Mallinson introduces us to old Mrs Codge the cleaner - and what a story she has to tell!

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May 15, 2005

The Preacher

Richard Mallinson tells an atmospheric story about a preacher who, evidently, is not as good as he ought to be.

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May 08, 2005

Too Bloody Late

"I've taken a shine to you Miss Shiner,'' said the former cabinet minister... Miss Shiner is an interesting character, but the lost-soul narrator in Richard Mallinson's story is the one who will haunt your imagination.

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May 01, 2005

Beaten Up

"They had beaten me with sticks and kicked me when I was down...'' Richard Mallinson's story present a bleak account of a life lived in carboard boxes.

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April 24, 2005

Bully Colne

Bully Colne runs around with a bad lot - and it seems as though his luck has run out, as Richard Mallinson reveals.

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April 17, 2005

None Of My Business

I heard their voices downstairs and then the sound of the gunshot. I went out to the pub...'' The characters in Richard Mallinson's short story are the sort you never want to meet on a dark night.

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April 10, 2005

Frankly of the Blare

"It'll be the scoop of the year,'' said the man with a face like a rancid mushroom and a smell to match. But Rick Frankly of the Daily Blare did not believe him... Riochard Mallinson tells a story of every journalist's worst nightmare.

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April 03, 2005

Sex In The Jungle

Two elderly literary gents and their young wives are chatting in a pub. Two sleek estate agents at the bar are eyeing up the wives. Where is this leading? Richard Mallinson's short story is as sexy as the conversation.

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March 27, 2005

At The Cottage

A briefcase... A cottage, with firelight making the room glow... A woman with shapely legs... Richard Mallinson weaves a four-episode mystery in 317 words.

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March 20, 2005

After The War

'We don't use lights here' said Big Reg, 'but we do have candles to show us up to bed.' The narrator of Richard Mallinson's story visits Big Reg and his wife Chrissy, war-time friends - and perhaps more than friends?

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March 13, 2005

A Bit Of Fun

"I never expected this to happen,'' said Avis, "it was meant to be a bit of fun.'' Richard Mallinson's story takes you to the brink.

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March 06, 2005

In The Frame

"You must come round for a drink,'' said the woman while buying wine. And the owner of the off-licence decided to take her up on the offer. But what was the woman really after. Read Richard Mallinson's intriguing short story.

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February 27, 2005

Peter And The Alien

So did Peter really see an alien in a silver suit? Richard Mallinson's short story will tease your unease.

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February 20, 2005

The Suspect

The woman in the restaurant had jet-black hair, a full fresh face and supple lips. And the narrator of this story had the ability to read the words being shaped by those lips. Richard Mallinson's short story reveals surprises about the woman and the narrator.

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February 13, 2005

Survivors

Next day, silver-suited Falmer came to claim her, as he did all female survivors (when there were any)... In this enigmatic short story Richard Mallinson gives you freedom to paint your own background scenery.

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February 06, 2005

Uppity Bitch

Of course there would be a police search out for her by now and appeals to the public... But why is the woman in Richard Mallinson's short story on the run?

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January 30, 2005

At The Races

The narrator of Richard Mallinson's short story is smoking cigars and sipping champagne while watching the horses race -but really he's going to the dogs.

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January 23, 2005

Mainly Larkin

"The room was just off the hallway and there in front of me were Dickens, Henry James, Conrad, T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf and even Philip Larkin.'' Richard Mallinson's story goes on a literary flight of fancy.

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January 16, 2005

Poems By Graves

There wasn't much in the small shop with the grimy window. A few bottles, stone jars, bits of furniture, paperback novels at 50p each...and a volume of Robert Graves's poems. Richard Mallinson's story distils the wonder of young love.

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January 09, 2005

The German Girl

There seemed to be an instant mutual attraction between Frank Drayton and the German girl. Where would it lead? Read Richard Mallinson's short story, which reveals an unexpected outcome.

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January 02, 2005

Emmy

Sir Spencer Braxton learns more than he bargained for when he takes a taxi driven by a young woman to Framley Manor, his home on the downs, as Richard Mallinson reveals.

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December 26, 2004

Vic Steyne

'Now, now, prime minister,' said the nurse, 'there's no need to swear.' And what does Mr Steyne have to do with the fact that the prime minster comes round to find a nurse leaning over him? There's mystery upon mystery in Richard Mallinson's short story.

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December 19, 2004

The Housekeeper

Lonely bachelor Frank joined a writer's circle, only to be told by svelte Ivy that his rhymed poetry was terribly old-fashioned. Frank never went to the circle again. But was that the end of Ivy? Accept the implicit invitation to write a continuation of Richard Mallinson's short story.

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December 12, 2004

Zann's Fall

Zan Gevez, a section head in the headquarters of State Security, leads a messy life. But, as Richard Mallinson's short story reveals, his chief is about to help Zan by making his life less cluttered...

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December 05, 2004

The Big One

Undercover police officer Tom Wick had the best of all reasons to thank George Exon, as Richard Mallinson's dramatic short story reveals.

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November 28, 2004

Honeymooners

The young honeymooners in Richard Mallinson's short story didn't expect the hotel proprietor to be quite so friendly.

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November 21, 2004

After The Show

"Soap Star Mising'' said the newspaper placard. "Go on then read it out,'' snapped Rod Snale to his companion. Rod was probably in for a nasty shock, as Richard Mallinson's story enigmatically suggests.

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November 14, 2004

The Inspector

Dr Grinstead doesn't believe in anything as formal as methods - but what kind of hospital is this? Read Richard Mallinson's enigmatic short story, then make up your own mind.

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November 07, 2004

A Test Of Nerve

Richard Mallinson's gripping short story very definitely does not leave you in suspence. Then again, gripping is perhaps an inappropriate word for this situation...

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October 31, 2004

Who Cares Who Wins?

Peter Pastal, turned 60, retired, living in a tiny flat on the south coast, meets Evelyn - but their relationship takes a surprising turn, as Richard Mallinson's short story reveals.

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October 24, 2004

Nurse Allardyce

In this sensitive, sad short story by Richard Mallinson, the highlight of the 85-year-old narrator's day begins when Nurse Allardyce arrives on duty at 10 pm at the care home.

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October 10, 2004

Ex-Wives

The tv critic wrote that he seemed to know more about the theory of marriage and less about the reality than anyone she'd met. And now the character in Richard Mallinson's short, short story is married to his third wife when something else turns up.

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October 03, 2004

Village Scenes

Something is going on which shouldn't be going on in farmer Stykes's barn, as Richard Mallinson recounts in this story.

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September 26, 2004

Good Night, Mr Barton

During his speech on coastal art Barton sees a familiar figure in the audience. What will he do when she speaks to him? Richard Mallinson's enigmatic short story leaves you free to write your own ending.

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September 19, 2004

The New Society

As Conway walked down one of the long white corridors in state HQ he heard footsteps... In this short sory Richard Mallinson opens up a window onto a scary future.

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September 12, 2004

Hold All The Pages

In Richard Mallinson's insightful short story there is consternation in the Daily Blare's editorial conference when a major policy change is announced.

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September 05, 2004

Growing Out Of It

Oh how our opinions change as we grow older! Richard Mallinson's short story reveals the extent of the change when two characters meet by chance after many years.

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August 29, 2004

Interview With Edie

A journalist gets rather more than he expected when he goes to interview Edie Dalton, leader of the graffiti-on-plywood school of artists, in this short story by Richard Mallinson.

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August 22, 2004

Tolson's Creed

In this story of surprises Richard Mallinson tells how Tolson startled the students in his Eng Lit class.

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August 15, 2004

Stonebreakers

There were four men in the stonebreaking gang supervised by Stappe - and Stappe was a hated man. In this taut short story Richard Mallinson tells of the result of that hatred.

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August 08, 2004

Will's Wife

In this short, short story Richard Mallinson presents a domestic drama which spans two years.

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August 01, 2004

The Caller

She sat down by his side, close to him, and stretched out her brown legs... Richard Mallinson tells the story of a man who knocks on the door of a remote cottage.

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July 25, 2004

Creative Process

"I'm going to do what I do every day of my life and that is remember how it was,'' says the holocaust survivor in Richard Mallinson's story.

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July 18, 2004

Falling For Fleur

"Just be careful, that's all, just keep your eyes open.'' Richard Mallinson tells a sinister tale which involves a mysterious death and a warning phone call.

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July 11, 2004

The Ken Blake Show

The first question on Ken Blake's first chat show could not have been bolder. Richard Mallinson tells another polished tale in few words.

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July 04, 2004

Fraulein Friss

The narrator in Richard Mallinson's story is amazed to discover that he knows Fraulein Friss the fortune teller. But what of Fraulein Friss's husband, the chap with the half-crushed face of a failed criminal?

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June 27, 2004

Art Of Biography

Authors seem to be tripping over one another in their eagerness to write the biography of a villain, as Richard Mallinson recounts.

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June 20, 2004

Partners In Crime

When he looked through the peephole there were three of them at the door, dark-suited, looming, threatening... Richard Mallinson's story reveals the grim consequence of crime.

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June 13, 2004

The Long Climb

Richard Mallinson tells the story of a man who had chosen to climb the highest building in town.

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June 06, 2004

Come Home, Walt Dougal

When a private detective goes looking for Walt Dougal he gets more than he bargained for, as Richard Mallinson reveals in this story.

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May 30, 2004

The Last Waiting Room

The room is white - whiter than the smocks they are wearing and any hair they still have. Richard Mallinson tells the story of three old soldiers who meet up in the last waiting room.

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May 23, 2004

Adding Up

Richard Mallinson reveals the unexpected secret of Edgar Parsley, one of the most ruthless financiers of his time.

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May 16, 2004

War And Peace

One day in the first world war men sang 'Rainin, rainin, rainin, always bloody rainin' to the tune of 'Holy, holy, holy, lord god almighty.' In 14 taut paragraphs Richard Mallinson presents the story of a life.

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May 09, 2004

Nothing To Worry About

A private detective is hired to trail the wife of a suspicious husband. The wife turns out to be a woman the detective had known and loved 20 years ago. There are yet more surprises in Richard Mallinson's intriguing short story.

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May 02, 2004

Vincent And Us

Vincent leads two young friends on a madcap scramble down into a quarry. There is a shout, a splash... Richard Mallinson's short story contains surprses.

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April 25, 2004

An Old Murder

So how do the locals react when a well-known national newspaper reporter arrives in their village to investigate a murder of long ago? Read Richard Mallinson's short story, which reveals something of the character of the folk in Birton Biltmore.

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April 18, 2004

How Crest Fell

Crest was looking out of the window of his flat when he saw a woman stab a man in the chest... In this short story Richard Mallinson builds up a large amount of tension with a sparing allowance of words.

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April 11, 2004

The Pools Of Heshbon

The lovely dark-eyed girl had eyes like the pools of Heshbon, says the narrator in Richard Mallinson's gripping short story.

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April 04, 2004

Capolton's Affair

Capoloton makes a surprising announcement at a board meeting. In another of his short, short stories, Richard Mallinson encapsulates the predicament of a man who has become a slave to his emotions.

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March 27, 2004

Mr Rouge And Tommy

Richard Mallinson set himself the challenge of writing short stories that fit onto a single A4 page. He has produced a rich harvest of polished, memorable tales.

We hope to feature all of them in Open Writing. The first story in the series is about a ventriloquist called Reg Rouge, and his puppet Tommy.

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