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Brian H.
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Topic: New Member
Posted: 10 May 2013 03:04

Skimming over the threads, saw your welcomes so decided to drop in and say Hiya. So. Hiya. heh heh, Bri.

Topic: New Member
Posted: 20 Apr 2013 15:54

Hey, Maggie is it?(If I may?) (waves back) What you up to? Hope you're scribbling. I've been on another site I go to, for most of the day, but have been writing me stuff as well. B

Topic: At Rumple's request: Discussion of 'The Belle of Catawba Street'
Posted: 19 Apr 2013 15:22

Sorry for coming so late to this particular party, but I have the perfect excuse of only being on here for a week now.


Wherever racism(R) rears its ugly head, you'll get a reaction for or against. Hopefully the latter. As someone who's suffered over the years, thru direct and indirect R, let me tell you I loved your story! Anything/anyone that deems itself/themselves too big for parody deserves over and beyond what's normal in my opinion. The best way, other than violence,(which to my mind never solves anything) to really let these parasitic creatures know how we feel about their inherrent stupidity, is to laugh or lampoon them. This is what you've done here with your marvellous story. If I could score you 10 for your preface, story, and content, then it would be the easiest 10 I could ever give. I'm not aiming this comment at anyone in particular, because by its very existence here, this story invites comments whether for it or against it.

Let me be more precise. I've suffered, repeat, suffered due to this R. I've had to fight my whole life through it. I've even had to defend my two daughters who, in anyone elses view, are white. Yet because of who their Father is(me), they've suffered. I haven't heard about people suffering, thru second hand information. I haven't seen evidence of it on the news and sympathised with the poor people this happens to. I've suffered. My family have suffered. I learned, eventually the hard way, the best way to beat racism is to laugh at it. Back in the 70's Mel Brookes showed the way forward, by lampooning the crass stupidity, ignorance and holier-than-thou attitude of R.

So let me say, any story like this that grabs R by its stupid head and shoves it up its own ignorant arse is brilliant in my book! If you have more, bring em on. Your writing in this was flawless. I can't congratulate you enough for this one. Seriously impressed. Best regards. Bri.

N.B. You all may be wondering why I've chosen to represent racism as R like this? It's because I've wrote it hundreds and hundreds of times over the years through articles in local papers and letters that it hurts my fingers typing it. That's all. Thanks, Bri.

I hope this hasn't offended anyone at all here. This isn't aimed at anyone. I just feel so strongly about this, especially as the shoe is on the other foot, as it were, and my karma is finally coming back round to kick R's arse. B.

Topic: New Member
Posted: 19 Apr 2013 06:20

Thanks. Great pic. Love the colours and the atmosphere. She's ok as well. Not too sure bout the lion unless it's Aslan. Bri.

Topic: End of the Line
Posted: 19 Apr 2013 05:13

Yet despite all of your noble efforts. I'm now at the end of the line. Yippee!

Topic: New Member
Posted: 19 Apr 2013 03:57

Songs sung at Westoe Colliery

"I am a week-end miner, and I'm rich as I can be
I've worked a hundred extra shifts
But I'm always home in time for tea."

heh heh.

Topic: New Member
Posted: 18 Apr 2013 04:33

Gawd! I'm bored! Someone write something. Entertain me! hee hee.

Topic: New Member
Posted: 17 Apr 2013 15:30

Nice to finally make your acquaintences(that sooooo isn't spelled right! hee hee) Am off now to the "critique" thread. See you's "out there." Bri. x

Topic: New Member
Posted: 17 Apr 2013 03:25

Hello all. Brian here. Bri to my friends. Enjoying the site and the surrounding creativity. (For once, I'm lost for words, can't think of owt to say) hee hee. Will leave it there and see who says hello? Hell we may even get a good chat going. Resp, Bri.

Topic: A Message to Authors
Posted: 12 Apr 2013 10:32

Thank you for the easy-to-understand guidelines. I'll try to keep behind them. Bri.

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Talk's Cheap

Hello all. I'm trying something out here. It's an 'internal musing.' I think it's called? Most of my stories so far here have been about nostalgic-look-backs, so I thought who better to ref nostalgia, than an old person? So I wrote a first draft and sent it in pm to a good friend, who's a critic, who ran over it with a wagon, reversed back over it, then ran it over again just to make sure! I...

Added 28 May 2013 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 2 | Avg Score 4.5 | Views 1,214 | 5 Comments

One Door Closes . . .

One Door Closes. . . I spent the last six months in my failure-of-a-marriage, tying up loose ends. Divesting myself of all that I'd gained in twenty years. We all accumulate things, to keep under the banner of, “what-if ?” We'd had all our hurtful arguments. Each trying to score points off each other like a weird new X-box game. Except as far as I was concerned this was no game I...

Added 27 May 2013 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,281 | 3 Comments

Doing a Few Lines

When I first started using the forums I'd been on another site and someone used a term that's in this piece. When I first wrote it, I did it in Hallmarked poetry. But the words came thick and fast and soon I had too much. So I made it bigger. And bigger. Till eventually you have the story you see here. I've based it on a reporter telling the newbies what it was like "In de old days." It uses...

Added 16 May 2013 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 6 | Avg Score 4.5 | Views 1,159 | 9 Comments

Perilous Socks

Perilous Socks Do you want me to buy you, girly-girl socks? For if I'm not careful, I'll start to buy frocks. Not that it matters or is of alarm, because guys in dresses don’t do any harm. You might think it weird to see me so dressed, but this is what I do to prevent getting stressed. Its never the garb, the dress or the skirt, the brassiere, the panties or even the shirt,...

Added 13 May 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 1 | Avg Score 3 | Views 1,465 | 3 Comments

Journey Underground and the Men of the Mine

Journey Underground and The Men of the Mine Grumpy old men on the 4am shift. Would mumble and grumble, till given short shrift. But jokers and jesters and pranksters would then follow, making bitter pills of work, more easier to swallow. We'd cram in the cage like fish in a tin, until they couldn't jam, any more of us in. You’d feel the chocks clunk, away from the keps, ...

Added 12 May 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 2 | Avg Score 4 | Views 1,140 | 5 Comments

Three Uses of the 'F' Word

Three uses of the 'F' word Downward looking I faced the floor, I'd really had enough I couldn't take any more. Colour of my skin was "colouring" my life. I decided that day I'd take my life. Not a decision taken lightly, I'd thought on it daily, my life to take, I'll do it for my own sake. (thinks) . . . rope . . . ? Son of dubiously chaste mother. Cast-off from a...

Added 11 May 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,094 | 1 Comment

'Doing' Words

'Doing' Words Superlatives and adjectives, are words that do describe. A verb-ing word is a doing term, behind which I can hide. Full stops and commas - I infuse, with words to halt or pause. Without such things, I'd soon be seen writing un-verbose ? I get so tired of trying to be, thought of inter-est-ing, I use the words upon my page to try to say some-thing. ...

Added 10 May 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 3.57 | Views 1,763 | 9 Comments

The Trees are Weeping

The Trees are Weeping The trees are quietly crying today. They weep for the Ashes, or so they say. From Denmark it was sighted, English Counties have been blighted, It's cursed, they said on the news. Their tears are falling to the ground. Waterfalls of leaves, russett and brown. Who cares for them, or even gives a hoot? Why, we do, of course. They're under our boots. ...

Added 07 May 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 16 | Avg Score 3.31 | Views 1,424 | 7 Comments

Steve in the Canteen

Steve in the Canteen Steve when he's eating doesn't make a sound, for his teeth are in a bag, on the table or ground. He sucks the filling through his bread and the butter, he makes no sound, except the words that he mutters. “ Mfwmf!" I'll hear him trying to say, as I dodge the bits of sandwich heading my way. I'll tell him some jokes, and when he starts to choke, ...

Added 06 May 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 3 | Avg Score 4 | Views 1,556 | 5 Comments

My Old Boots

My Old Boots My 'monkey boots' when I was growing up were like two of my own best friends. Hardly a day did we spend apart, wherever we'd walk or wend. Two rugged bits of cobbled leather with scuffed up toes and laces, with cardboard inside from the wear of the slide, on the ice or the gravelly traces It's with a sad heart when dad gave a start as he saw the state of my boots. He packed...

Added 05 May 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.4 | Views 1,165 | 9 Comments

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thanks for the add
04 Nov 2013 13:14

you have been missed!
03 Nov 2013 07:58
Hey, Bri! Just posted an excerpt and wanted a critique on how the excerpt is, comments are sweet, but, feels as though a genuine critique is missing! Hope I can hear your brutal honesty soon!
29 Jun 2013 20:41
Thank you for your comments and suggestions on improving my stories.

07 May 2013 06:27
Hey Brian...just stopped by to wish you a very Happy Birthday and hope you had a great day...Cheers...
05 May 2013 18:28
Oi! bri! lacking the graphics, will describe: an eagle, wearing a headband, beads, and a fringed vest, extending two distal feathers in a peace sign, in the company of two female sheep, wearing nothing but fleece and dopey grins. All to say, "Hippie Birdie Two Ewes."
Hope Your birthday was marvalon!
05 May 2013 18:22

happy birthday!
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