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The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 3W ago

Caught Wrapping!

This month's Derby Telegraph article features some quirky old machinery and the sudden disappearance of a manager!You can find it here on the Derby Telegraph website, but the content is belo...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 1M ago

The Unwrapping of the Anti-Present

A year or two ago, I wrote a Christmas story which featured an Anti-Santa (or, at least someone who pretended that was what they were).  You can find it here, if you're interested.  Writing ...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 1M ago

Oh, Budgie!

Do you remember the 1960s TV Series, 'Budgie' starring Adam Faith and Iain Cuthbertson?  Probably not, I would guess, unless you (like me) are 'a certain age'.My favourite character was defi...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 2M ago

Doing The Christmas 'Do'

This month's Derby Telegraph article is all about a Christmas Social in the early 1970s.  Here's the Derby Telegraph link, but here's the article in the meantime:I'm focusing this month's ar...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 2M ago

Another Brilliant Review for the Christmas Compendium!

I'm really pleased that people seem to like the new collection of seasonal stories 'A Christmas Cracker'.  This latest 5 star review, for example:"I'm ITCS now, due to the author's comedic t...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 2M ago

Cracking Reviews!

Really pleased that my new collection of seasonal stories has already received two excellent reviews. Firstly, this one on Amazon.com:Witty Holiday Fun!"Ah, the musings of Christmas Past. Th...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 2M ago

On the second day of Christmas...

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree.Whereupon, I said to my true love:"Shouldn't this have been yesterday?"  and she said,"That's unexpectedly...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 3M ago

Creeping in for a Crepe!

This month's Derby Telegraph article features an excellent photo of Harold Wesley Ltd,. in its heyday (and at about the time when I was working there) and we get the chance to take a virtual...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 3M ago

Having a crack at Christmas!

Every year, at around this time of year, I promise myself that I will finally get around to compiling a collection of my Christmas stories and, every year without fail, procrastination overt...
The Slightly Odd World of Phil · 3M ago

A Christmas Cracker - the big bang!

Well, after a couple of days of fiddly editing and wrangling with the ever-changing requirements of Amazon KDP publishing, we finally have lift-off.  John Steele has, as always, done a crack...