Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegience

Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us COUNTRY.

Frau Engle, Kasse, Migros

One of the lovely ladies that serves at the cash desk in our local supermarket. I have known her for years and yes, she is Swiss. Although who cares where she is from, she does her job well and she is part of my shopping routine. Our shop ladies do not always wear patriotic aprons when working, but this happened to be the year when Switzerland, together with Austria, was hosting the European cup.

Where do I stand with my patriotism? To be quite honest, nowhere. I lived the first twenty years of my life in London, England and the rest, now approaching 47 years, in Switzerland. Do I stand up and do what English do when I hear the British National Anthem – No. I do not even know what the British do when they hear the National Anthem, except for standing up. If I hear the Swiss national Anthem, do I sing along. Although I really like the tune, I still do not know the words, a bit complicated for my English brain. Mr. Swiss finds I am not patriot and I admit it, I am not. If England and Switzerland play against each other in soccer game, who do I support? Basically I do support the Swiss, although they rarely have a chance of winning: just a fact that you have to support someone somewhere along the line.

I just do not do patriotism, I do tolerance. I have my likes and dislikes in the world. We are all human. The British prime minister, what’s his name, wanted to go to war – again against a country somewhere near Israel (that’s a problem for a start), but the majority of the members of parliament said No, so a very disappointed prime minister went home with worries if he might be re-elected in the next election. I am not discussing whether this was right or not, but I am sure that David Cameron’s (yes that’s the bloke I mean) main problem was getting things organised to his idea.

So not being patriotic, I do not have a lot to say. I pay my taxes in Switzerland, because I live here. I even paid taxes in England for a couple of years before I left. I have a pension from Switzerland and even a small amount from Great Britain (thanks to the advice from the Swiss government telling me how to do it). I know I can be counted lucky living in a safe, bank friendly Switzerland where you only know it exists if same rich people in other countries decide to hide their money there, when it can become a little embarrassing for the Swiss politicians, as they are not used to making international decisions.

So for a while I will bury this patiorism thing. Today is the first day of the Swiss Wrestling championships in Burgdorf. You have never heard of them – that is where patriotism starts in Switzerland – no-one has ever heard of them. OK, you have a circle of sawdust, two grown men dressed in a patriotic shirt with edelweiss embroidery, wearing strong trousers and training shoes. Over the trousers they wear a sort of special short trouser with a belt (the belt is important), made again of strong material. The idea is that one of the men land on their back on the sawdust when the other man grips them by the belt and pulls them down. The man on his back loses. The top winner of the game goes home with a bull. Not just a bull, but a bull that he can use to breed other cows. A special bull with mega dangly bits.

This is a short version of the whole patriotic fun. Burgdorf is in Emmental, where my husband’s family have their origins. Before you ask, he is not a Swiss Wrestler, he prefers to play drums in a modern jazz group. Anyhow here is a patriotic film all about Burgdorf and the dialogue is about the Swiss Wrestling, known in our funny German as “Schwingen. You will not understand a word, I do as this is the language I speak, but have fun.

and now I am sure you are longing to see a Swiss Wrestling match. Who knows your country might want to do it as well. We carry out our fights on sawdust.

I do not usually plaster my daily blogs with videos, but this is an exception. After all today we are supposed to be doing patriotism.

Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegience

Some patriotic Pingbacks

  1. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Under the Monkey Tree
  2. Wishing my home country Malaysia, Selamat Merdeka | littlegirlstory
  3. Daily Prompt: Country | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  4. Canada Sucks and I Don’t Want to Leave : I Pledge Allegience | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  5. Duncan the Sushi Roll #5 | Neva Samaki
  6. No country should exist | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  7. Daily Prompt: Pledge Allegiance | Motherhood and Beyond
  8. Daily Prompt: Country – What Country Means to Me | USS Hornet (CV-12)-A Father’s Untold War Story
  9. Pledge Allegiance | Flowers and Breezes
  10. Pledge | A Good One
  11. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance « Mama Bear Musings
  12. There Are Better Things Than Patriotism | The Jittery Goat
  13. Canadian post card | DCMontreal
  14. Daily Prompt : Being Indonesian? I am deadly Proud of It! | bambangpriantono
  15. 158. Questionable Allegiance | kevindeisher
  16. Country | Rebecca Barray
  17. Patriotism: Yes or No? | pork juice & paper towels
  18. Patriotism | A mom’s blog
  19. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | I really just pretend to know stuff
  20. Daily Prompt: Country – Our America by Shannon Holloway | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  21. Country | The Nameless One
  22. A small stitch from the fabric of Canada | Patchwork Ponderings
  23. We agree to celebrate our life… | Vampire Maman
  24. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Likeness Of Something
  25. Two countries | Life is great
  26. #Patriotism in #Murica | floatingsheep
  27. RPMAS
  28. Daily Writing Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  29. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance « Vicariously Poetic
  30. Daily Prompt: To pledge allegiance and mean it | SERENDIPITY
  31. The Death Of National Pride | Liars, Hypocrites & The Development of Human Emotion
  32. My Country……(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  33. Of thee i sing | contrailsonmyheart
  34. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Nature Wisdom Journey
  35. Daily Prompt; I Pledge Allegiance | terry1954
  36. My top five things about being British… | My Top Fives…
  37. Editorial: Reflections of loyalty on a holiday weekend | The not really news blog
  38. DP Poem: “Pledge Allegiance”… One Nation Under God!!! | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  39. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | The Daily Post | The Blogging Path
  40. Republicans are more patriotic than democrats | The Flavored Word
  41. Britain Sucks – But I’m Still Proud Of It |Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Quinn Harkness
  42. the patriotic call of the mightily dollar | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  43. Letter to My Soldier | anniethinksabout
  44. I’m Canadian Eh! | Along Life’s Road
  45. Crazy for the Red, White, and Blue | A Day in the Life
  46. Daily Prompt: I Pledge [Corporate] Allegiance | My Atheist Blog
  47. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance all My Life to the Magic Colours, Red, White and Blue | Phoenix Flights
  48. “I Pledge Allegiance” | Relax
  49. England, My England | Life & Times
  50. Daily Prompt: I pledge Allegiance ~ To Know the Meaning | For the Love of Images
  51. Allegiance Breeds Bias | Cheri Speak
  52. Cuba: An Introduction | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
  53. A Canadian in America | Amy Warren
  54. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance! | The Geeky G4mer
  55. Cannotdo Reactor | Her Broken Nibs
  56. I pledge allegiance | the scroobious pip
  57. Daily Prompt: Our Country ’tis of Thee | One Starving Activist
  58. Ideals And The Standards Of Love | Wise Counsel
  59. Daily Prompt: I Do Not Pledge Allegiance / Country | @ The West Gate
  60. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | BulgingButtons
  61. I Pledge Allegiance — No, This Is Not the Same Post | Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America
  62. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | LADYBOY PROMPT
  63. Love thy neighbour. | Forlorn Hope: A Diary Of A Broken Heart
  64. Am I really very patriotic? | Rob’s Surf Report
  65. What does loyalty really mean? | Legends of Lorata
  66. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | MKG- Memories-Keepsakes-Gifts
  67. Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance | Basically Beyond Basic

Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky

Are writing prompts a useful exercise, or do you find them to be too limiting and/or hokey?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SNEAKY.

Snakes

By reputation snakes are sneaky. Luckily I was separated by glass from this one at an exhibition in the nearby town of Biel/Bienne – see my reflection with the camera in the background?

It was a long odyssey I took upon myself before I arrived in the Elysium fields of WordPress. Yahoo 350 collapsed, Multiply went to the traders and eventually collapsed and via Blogger (which is a sort of solo act with a few spectators few and far between) I found my place in WordPress. I had actually been in WordPress for some time, just using it as a backup for my stories and poems in case something would happen. Something did happen and so I had my foot on the Blogger and the WordPress banks of the river. This exercise became tiring on my legs. Eternal splits was not my thing and then I discovered Daily Prompts. Some magical signal struck me from the computer terminal, a finger reached out and penetrated my brain, or perhaps it was just by chance that the words “Daily Prompt” were illuminated on my computer.

Actually I just happened to see it at the right time being in the right place. With my usual motto in life, you have nothing to lose; I did my first daily prompt and discovered I was not alone on my journey. There were others, lost blogging souls that had arrived at the haven of prompt, not only prompt now and again but daily. My intention was perhaps not to do it daily, but being a golden oldie, and not having anything better to do with a lost hour in the afternoon, I arrived. I soon realised I was not the only wandering deity in this world of blog. I have even got to know some other bloggers, through their masterpieces of writing. We all have a different view on the topic, but that makes life interesting. I do try to read other daily blogging prompts, time permitting.

Even my felines look forward each day to the appearance of the daily prompt on their pawpads, hoping that Mrs. Human will give them a chance to unfold their views on the human race, or bring the world of feline closer to all of us. This eventually lead to the result that I was forced at pawpoint to create a WordPress Site for my felines, although unfortunately it has been somewhat neglected. My felines prefer to play where the action is, on my blog. Now and again I sneak a copy over to the feline blog for their faithful followers.

As far as being a useful exercise is concerned, I say a big YES. Living 46 years in a country where I speak Swiss German all day, and very rarely English, I have discovered the chance to renew and deepen my knowledge of my maternal language. To be honest, now and again I look for the English meaning of the German word to complete my prize suspect blogs. Another help is auntie Internet with her supply of synonyms and antonyms, to ensure a versatile choice of words (here I am divulging the secrets of my daily prompts).

As far as being limited is concerned, I do my own thing most of the time but the prompt is there as a guide line an anchor when the seas of blog get choppy. Whether they are “hokey” or not, I am not sure, not knowing this word. The Free Dictionary on Internet tells me it means, corny, sentimental, contrived, phoney. This has complicated the problem, so I say make your own mind up about hokey. I do not feel hokey about anything here.

And now to psychologically prepare myself for the next Daily Prompt. It is twenty-four hours away, but time passes quickly when you are a golden oldie and you never know, it might be your last daily prompt. I can see the grave inscription now “She is no longer amongst us, but her Daily Prompts are still present” or something in that line of things.

Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky

Some Sneaky Pingbacks

  1. Sneaky Questions Require Sneaky Answers | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  2. Daily Prompt: | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. Daily Prompt: Sneaky | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  4. Daily Prompt – A Little Sneaky | Kate Murray
  5. Thoughts on Blogging | We Live In A Flat
  6. You Prompt Me [Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky] | unknowinglee
  7. Daily Prompts; Aren’t Perfect, That’s The Bloggers Job | The Jittery Goat
  8. To prompt or not to prompt, that is the question… | The Rider
  9. Clowns To The Left of Me, Jokers To The Right | JuSt ViSiTiNG THiS PLaNeT…
  10. A Little Sneaky | Geek Ergo Sum
  11. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky « Mama Bear Musings
  12. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | Motherhood and Beyond
  13. An honest answer from randomness | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  14. Sneaky | A mom’s blog
  15. Nothing wrong with a little nudge in the right direction | thoughtsofrkh
  16. Just a spoonful of prompting can make the writers pen note down, in the most delightful way! | The life of T
  17. sneaky is as sneaky does | wannabepoet
  18. On Prompts & Writing | The Temenos Journal
  19. Rolf Harris: maybe he was tying down more that just his kangaroo | DCMontreal
  20. Sneaky: A Prompt About Prompts | suzie81’s Blog
  21. A Little Sneaky | Shilpa Sharma Online
  22. Sneaky | Hope* the happy hugger
  23. Those Hokey Writing Prompts And Why I Need Them | Bright Tuesday
  24. Daily Prompt – A Little Sneaky | Joe’s Musings
  25. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | Of Glass & Paper
  26. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | The Daily Post | The Blogging Path
  27. Daily Prompt: A little sneaky but more than a bit odd | SERENDIPITY
  28. “A Little Sneaky” | Relax
  29. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | College Girl Dai
  30. Sleepers, for me, always WAY more fun than flashy or fancy. | Lord Aoshi’s Latest Finds
  31. Delicate Revenge | shame
  32. A Little Sneaky | The Nameless One
  33. How about them Daily Prompts! | Everyday Adventures
  34. Daily YouTube Find-30/8/13| Football Skills | The Educated Illiterates
  35. Daily Prompt: A Useful Creative Writing Tool | The Silver Leaf Journal
  36. Get Your Sneak On! | An Upturned Soul
  37. Sneaky Is as Sneaky Does…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  38. A Little Sneaky | Flowers and Breezes
  39. The exception | Life is great
  40. Daily Prompt: To write or not to write, right? | My Atheist Blog
  41. Sneaky? (The Room of Requirement) – exlibrismachina
  42. Warm and Fuzzies | sayanything
  43. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | Far from Done
  44. Daily Prompt – A Little Sneaky | incoherent muses
  45. Daily Prompt: I’ll Show You Sneaky | Sogna Grandezza
  46. I’m Still a Good Person Even Though I Don’t Believe in (Your) God | momasteblog
  47. The Value of Daily Prompts | Real Life Co.
  48. Day 23. A Sneak Peek. | Forlorn Hope: A Diary Of A Broken Heart
  49. Daily Prompt: SNEAKY SENTINELS | Phoenix Flights
  50. I love them as a whole | djgarcia94
  51. How do I really feel about writing prompts? | Rob’s Surf Report
  52. Lone Starlet – Alhambra, Granada, Spain | alternative.reality
  53. new to the party and wearing my best ambivalence | genusrosa
  54. Prolific prompts. | A Girl with a Piano
  55. Daily Writing Prompt – Sneaky? | The Laughing Nanny
  56. A little sneaky but more of a bushwhack « RPMAS
  57. Prompt Inception : A Little Sneaky | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  58. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | To Breathe is to Write
  59. Daily Prompt: Let’s Get Brainical | One Starving Activist
  60. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky » My Life, My Way, My Words
  61. The sky’s the limit | Life & Times
  62. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | ModrenHippieMom
  63. Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky | cognitive reflection
  64. Patrick Stewart Like You Have Never Seen Him Before. | Forlorn Hope: A Diary Of A Broken Heart
  65. Three Good Reasons to Participate in the “Daily Prompt” | Cheri Speak
  66. Groundhog Day, in August | The Novice Gardener
  67. A Prompt About Prompts | Along Life’s Road
  68. Kind of Useful | Kind of a Bum
  69. What if I was prompted? | Okay, what if ?
  70. Write on Time, Always Prompt | My [redacted] Journey

Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55

Take the third line of the last song you heard, make it your post title, and write for a maximum of 15 minutes. GO!

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SPEED.

Fine for fast driving
It is not that I am unmusical, I love music, all sorts. Hard Rock, Jazz, Chansons, even Opera and Classic. By the way can someone tell me who Miley Cyrus is? After skimming through some answers to this Daily Prompt, it seems he has the monopoly on modern day music. Do not forget, I am a Golden Oldie and am not up to date with everything in modern music life. I do remember the late Amy Winehouse, a very good singer, and mainly because many said I resemble her (only looks, not voice).

Am drifting of the subject (one of my hobbies), but basically wanted to say that I very rarely actually listen to a song when I am houseworking, writing or doing other things for the benefit of local mankind and felines. At the moment I am listening to the lawn mower as Mr. Swiss has decided the grass is again growing too fast.

Sorry to disappoint, but there will not be a third line as a title from a song I was listening to, and if there was it would probably be in German or Italian, very rarely English. So let us continue with speed. I do not mean methamphetamine, C10H15N as I am a little on the wrong side for drugs at my age. I gave up smoking fifteen years ago and I never smoked cannabis, although I did have a couple of plants in the garden. They were so nice with the five fingered leaves, but I had to throw the male plants away as they were not so nice to look at. What are you thinking? Of course they were only growing for their aesthetic beauty.

The speed I mean can be seen in the photo. My first fine for driving too fast on a Swiss road. Actually it was one of the quieter streets in the village, but somewhere they had a hidden camera or electronic speed registering machine. You just cannot trust anyone today, even the Swiss police – it was very sneaky of them, especially as the fine was addressed to Mr. Swiss. Was he annoyed, not really, he never drives to fast, but he understands all this kilometer speed stuff. I grew up with miles per hour.

Mr. Swiss opened the envelope (that was a mistake). We had two cars at the time because we both belonged to the working population. He worked about 50 kilometers away from where we lived, and I worked a mere four kilometres further along the main road. The car registration number was clearly printed on the form, so I could not talk my way out of it. I had to admit it was me. It was really only about a mere eight kilometres too fast. I was not trying to be a second Michael Schumacher, just driving to work. Now who looks at the speed when only driving a four kilometer distance? I did not, so the fine arrived ten days later by post amounting to Forty Swiss Francs. Luckily this was in the year 2008, today it would probably be twice as much.

Note I hid our address in a photo programme. We do not want any begging letters sent by Internet pirates viewing my world famous blogs in WordPress. They might steal my brilliant ideas and I really do not want to conduct a court case against them for plagiarism. I did not bother with hiding the name, there are thousands with the same name in our country. In the telephone book in one certain village the name Gerber is 90% of the population. I also added a Polaroid frame to make it more authentic, although the Swiss police can confirm that this really happened.

Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55

Let’s sing some Pingbacks

  1. Need for Speed | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  2. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. I’m Just Livin’ By My Own Feelin’s | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  4. Can’t Drive 55 – I told you ’bout all those fears | Geek Ergo Sum
  5. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | MyBlog – solaner
  6. Whats your speed? | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  7. Daily Prompt- Dancing With a Bear | readingwithafeather
  8. Hop on the Back of My Bike | Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | likereadingontrains
  9. They got nothing on you, baby [Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55] | This is ME, you know.
  10. Oh, All My Friends Are Turning Green [A Vignette/Flash Fiction] | Ramisa the Authoress
  11. Who else is going to bring you a bottle of wine? I can’t drive 55… | The Rider
  12. Thank you | A Teacher’s Blog
  13. Eu vou juntar as avenidas / I’ll gather up the avenues | Never clip my wings
  14. Daily Prompt: Proof Through The Night | One Starving Activist
  15. A little absurdity | A mom’s blog
  16. And the parking lot was our first date | Motherhood and Beyond
  17. I Can’t Help Myself | Tony’s Texts
  18. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 – ‘Cause I’ve Got To Be Free | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  19. I can tell by the way she lows | mostlytrueramblings
  20. Daily Prompt:When our friends talk about you all that it does is just tear me down | For the love of sharing awesomeness
  21. It’s Our Party We Can Love Who We Want [Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55] | unknowinglee
  22. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 (We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus) | Amelie Lockhart
  23. Caught In A Landslide – Daily Prompt | Linda Long Writes!
  24. “Can’t Drive 55″ | Relax
  25. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 « Mama Bear Musings
  26. Now You’re Playing With POWER! | Lord Aoshi’s Latest Finds
  27. Daily Prompt: “No Matter What You Been Through” | Creative Mysteries
  28. Have You Ever Seen A Show With Fellas on the Mic With One Minute Rhymes That Don’t Come Out Right? | Not a Punk Rocker
  29. Akeed ragaa w law bainy w baino blad – 5 min stream-of-consciousness | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  30. 156. I Knew Before You Got Home | kevindeisher
  31. On Fire | Hope* the happy hugger
  32. Nothing You Could Do | The Jittery Goat
  33. When I Leave this World, I’ll Leave No Regrets | Beats of Pieces
  34. I just run back to you…. | dawnyhosking
  35. Daily Prompt: And in the dark I have no name | Winding Road
  36. WE RUN IN THIS TOWN | ayimas
  37. Daily Prompt: So long, it’s been good to know yuh … | SERENDIPITY
  38. Daily Prompt – White Jet trails across the blue sky | Joe’s Musings
  39. Eat Your Fruit Loops in the Dark | A Day in the Life
  40. there’s no one quite like you, you push all my buttons down | wannabepoet
  41. We Can Learn To Love Again – Why No Relationship Is A Waste Of Time | suzie81’s Blog
  42. Out for all that I can get | mentalrollercoaster
  43. You Go To School And You Learn To Read And Write | Clive’s Blog
  44. There’s nothing you won’t do for money? | Life is great
  45. I’m feeling dead and gone | Hasta Que mi Corazón Explote… | Until my Heart Explodes…
  46. There’s nothing you won’t do for money? | Blognovic’s Weblog
  47. The Daily Post’s Prompt of the Day | Pitman’s General Store
  48. Beauty I’d Always Missed With These Eyes Before | The Laughing Nanny
  49. Daily Prompt: Will your bachelors of arts help you get by? | cinnwriterblog
  50. I Grab My Pen… | An Upturned Soul
  51. EAR WORM – TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS | Emotional Fitness
  52. How strange that I don’t know you at all. | thealiciacook
  53. I Wait For You | Sogna Grandezza
  54. All I Have Needed Thy Hand Hath Provided | My Bipolar Life
  55. Time is made from honey, slow and sweet | I Dream of White Rooms
  56. Can’t Drive 55 | The Nameless One
  57. Finally I Can See You Crystal Clear|| Wedding Day|| Daily Prompt | Mind My Mind But…
  58. Daily Prompt: Donne leur la main | verena cave
  59. You Were The One | Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  60. Soulache | shame
  61. Daily Prompt: And she’ll say I’m in love with a beautiful man that I don’t hardly understand at all | Reinvention of Mama
  62. DP: Can’t Drive 55 | A Blog’s Life
  63. Daily Prompt: Today I Heard You Say Maybe it’s Okay | Heron There & Everywhere
  64. I Knew She Would Meet Her Connection…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  65. And The Only Line I Can Think To Say Is… | sayanything
  66. ‘And if you’re further up the road, can you show me what I still can’t see?’ | Curious Jac
  67. I was dancing when I was aaah | Jambo Robyn
  68. The Seaweed Is Always Greener In Somebody Else’s Lake | Upstairs Productions
  69. Would it change you? | Life & Times
  70. Speed | Northwest Frame of Mind
  71. I Got The Bass For Your Face | Compass & Quill
  72. Shady and a tempered dame | Everyday Adventures
  73. ♪I know you can feel it, I miss you just a little too much♪ » My Life, My Way, My Words
  74. “But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical” | my dearest cassandra
  75. Won’t You Wrap the Night- Daily Prompt | laurenevonn
  76. I’M SUCH A MESS | hastywords
  77. And the saints we see are all made of gold. | A Girl with a Piano
  78. Daily Prompt; Can’t Drive 55 | terry1954
  79. All I think about is you | lifespreadthick
  80. Daily Prompt: Now I’m Closer To The Edge | Me: A Wannabe-Superhero
  81. My Beat Makin’ Machine Fuckin’ Up | NobsLyfe
  82. Daily Prompt: But swimming in your water is something spiritual | mommy&everything
  83. Weep, Little Lion Man | Conversations
  84. What If This Mountain’s Just Too High | The Bottom of a Bottle
  85. You Know, Anklebiters | Molly Greye
  86. “Looking Kinda Spooky and Withdrawn” | Required Writing
  87. Maybe that’s the way I should go | Alastair’s Blog
  88. Ninety Miles an Hour | The Road Less Paved
  89. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  90. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 « The Neophyte Photographer
  91. “And I, I can’t promise you” | Love in the Spaces
  92. Daily Prompt: Well, I walk in the air between the rain through myself and back again Where? I don’t know | My Atheist Blog
  93. When I Want to Run Away, I Drive Off In My Car | Waiting on a Word
  94. I Told You About All Those Fears | My Very Own (Public) Notebook
  95. SUMMER’S HERE AND THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR DANCIN’ IN THE STREET | Words We Women Write
  96. Such A Color | Edward Hotspur
  97. Be slovenly for a day | Parents Are People Too
  98. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 | Let There be Peace on Earth
  99. ‘Cause I’m the Type of MC with the Most Pizzazz | The Silver Leaf Journal
  100. The crazy war in my mind remember: You see, You got magic. | Simply Simplistic Complexities
  101. Daily Prompt: I’m Talking Loud, Not Saying Much | freed from the matrix
  102. Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55 (Far away from all the trouble) | Basically Beyond Basic
  103. “I’ve found you find strength in your moments of weakness” | My [redacted] Journey
  104. Daily prompt: and when i asked you to go for a ride | The Road 2 Cute Shoes
  105. As It Is | Wiley’s Wisdom
  106. If I Fall For You, I’ll Never Recover | Rein Rant N’ Rave
  107. Daily Prompt: A Song Of Love Is A Sad Song | Overcoming Bloglessness
  108. Even Your Emotions Have an Echo | Simple Smiles
  109. “And there’ll be love in the bodies of the elephants too” | Words Are Hard
  110. Her hips move and I can feel what they’re saying, swaying | Legends of Lorata

Weekly Writing challenge: Leav’em wanting more

Go for a classic genre of suspense: write a horror story, using the break to build tension as your readers move to the next page.
Weekly Writing Challenge: Leav’em wanting more

The Writer sat at the computer and studied his next challenge. Challenges were important to him. He had completed every challenge to perfection. He had learned to follow every sign, every information, every instruction on the template. He knew what he was doing and now for the first time he could use the so-called More button. The one that had been staring at him for so long. Two think lines enclosing three dots. The Writer knew it must be something important. Something his blogging sensation needed to sooth the prickles that tickled the back of his neck when he was ready to blog, to partake in a worldwide experience, reserved for only those that knew.

This time he was writing without making a draft in his Word page. He was not even using the Wordpad. Just to be certain it would work, he wrote direct into the posting system. He could take no chance of strange codes, programmes, text forms, taking over his perfect work. A Java text configuration would have been poison, death, to his creation. His fingers trembled as he touched the keys, waiting for that important moment to impart a continuation of his story. The perfection of his text. A solution to the tense atmosphere he had developed in this, his so important text, releasing the tensity of his presentation. How long could he persevere, maintain the atmosphere hanging in the balance until the unfolding of its true meaning appeared on the next page where more would be waiting.

It was now or never and so he pressed the dubious button, the More, as a release to his nervosity.

It was now or never

Blogger Creative Challenge: Humble

Common Corncockle (I think)

Just a humble weed
Growing where I seed
I am so small and slight
but for room I have to fight
Stretching out my roots
spreading all my fruits
I am humble, oh so small
Your garden is my call
One day you have a surprise
The humble will demise
I will take over what you sow
The other plants will go
I am just a humble weed
Growing where I seed

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Daily Prompt: Ready for your Close-Up

Cast the movie of your life.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SUPERSTAR.

Pat 16 years

Stop laughing please, yes this teenage beauty with the curves in the right places (before everything went South) is me, dressed in one of my Marks and Spencer sexy nighdresses. Unfortunately this photo only exists for I, me and myself, taken by mum when once on holiday, and was never opened to the public, otherwise I would now be telling you all how I won my first (and only) Oscar. Based on this photo, casting me in my younger days, of course, Brigitte Bardot with a dark wig would be the nearest thing, I am sure. Back to reality, things turned out different.

Having a private discussion with Mr. Swiss, whose opinion I nearly always value, we came to the conclusion that if a film was made showing me as I would be today, then it seems that Barbara Streisland would be the best fit. It seems we have a strong resemblance concerning the size and shape of the nose. Needless to say there were a few moments of silence, between me and Mr. Swiss for a while, but I got my revenge.

Who will play Mr. Swiss in the film of my life, no-one other than……. Bruce Willis. Ok it all started when he stopped cutting his hair, finding it was cheaper to do it all with an electric hair trimmer. Takes no time in the bathroom, there is no problem about where to leave the hair parting, and above all, I like it. I am sorry to say there are no photos to this effect. Mr. Swiss wishes to remain anonymous, a guiding figure in the background: he also said that his rôle would only be that of a supporting actor and wishes only to appear in the credit titles. At least Bruce Willis will be a cheap solution, if I only need his name at the end. Mr. Swiss just added that in his younger years he had a remarkable resemblance to Jean Louis Trintignant. Unfortunately this French film star is now over eighty years old. I contacted him, but he turned the opportunity down, as he is now only accepting awards and not available for active film work.

My sons decided they do not want to appear in the film of my life. I suggested Brad Pitt and George Clooney to take their parts, but they said no. That is a mum thing, and not something that sons would like to be.

My feline Nera, was immediately there with her paw in the air, but I had to disappoint her. Garfield is a male feline, a tom cat, and has red fur. I do not have any cats with red fur. I suggested Felix the cat, but she threw a bowl of tuna fish at me. When she does that, the answer is definitely a hissing No.

I decided that George Raft would be ideal as my dad. They can both dance, although the voice may not be authentic. Dad is more in the Bing Crosby direction. Helen Mirren is definitely the choice for my mother, she was Queen Elizabeth II in a film and so she would definitely meet my requirement.

So there we have it, the film of the year. WordPress are you reading me. Please make the necessary connections and I will only accept Quentin Tarantino as the director, I like his satirical lines and weird stories . I am sure that would fit the bill for the film of my life.

I nearly forgot – here is a Barabara Streisland lookalike.

me

When I think of it, what has Barbara Streisland got that I have not? OK, she can sing, but otherwise I could dub my singing voice. I think I will do it all by myself. My chance to thank everyone when I receive my long expected Oscar.

Daily Prompt: Ready for your Close-Up

Pingbacks of some of my favourite films

Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats

You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us VICTORY.

chicken

“Felines, what is that sitting on the table? It looks like a golden chicken.”

“It is a golden chicken Mrs. Human, a reward for your services as official slave to my esteemed self, Tabby my litter sister and assistant, and Fluffy, our honourable apprentice. Not every feline slave is awarded such an honour by the court of Bast, and you should now show your gratitude by preparing a speech to be delivered to the local feline population. They are awaiting you wise words outside in our territory.” And so spoke Nera the chief feline.

I took a peek through the window and was astonished to see the complete feline population of the village sitting outside.

“But Nera, I am totally unprepared.”

“No Problem Mrs. Human, I though you would be, so I wrote it myself, you can just read it.”

I began

“It is with pleasure that I receive the award of the golden chicken for my constant labour to ensure that the three felines that own me are satisfied and happy. I had a long road to take to achieve this balance of give and take, but it seems that I have achieved the perfect result with giving and my felines find that taking for them has been a reward worth waiting for.

It is not an easy task to become a perfect slave, fulfilling the wishes and giving my best for the felines that adopted me. All beginnings are difficult, but thanks to the guiding paw of Nera, my chief disciplinarian and slave master, I have achieved perfection in my task and today receive my reward, the Golden Chicken.”

Here I had to pause whilst the felines clapped with their paws and meowed in approval. I then continued.

“I would not be standing here today, were it not for the support and encouragement of Nera, my slave driver and her team. Thanks to their guidance I soon learned that just serving one helping of tuna fish per week does not qualify to become a true feline slave. It is to be served at least three times during the week. Vitamine pellets are no substitute for tuna fish, but are to be regarded as an addition to the feline diet.

The feline tray is to be emptied regularly and no traces of the recycling process are to be left. Feline fur should be brushed immediately from the surfaces of their cushions. Their places of relaxation are to be revered and treated as blessed, a quiet place for meditation and restful sleep. Their territory is to be regarded as a sacred place, where no other felines are to tread and it is my duty to ensure that this rule is obeyed.”

The last sentence was greeted with a few hisses amongst some of the feline spectators, but Nera put them to order with protruding claws and threatening gestures.

“And now it seems, after receiving this token of recognition for my eternal duties to my three felines, the prize will now be cooked and served to all felines present at this presentation. May Bast be with you all.”

I found it strange that an award I had received will now be taken from me and served to the feline audience. Whilst they were tearing pieces of flesh from the bones of the chicken I had a few words with Nera.

“Nera I do not get this. I read the speech you prepared. I cannot say I was entirely in agreement with the words, but now all the felines in the neighbourhood are eating my prize.”

“Mrs. Human, we are felines, you are our slave. Since when do slaves get the breast of the chicken. There might be a wing or some of the parson’s nose left for you, if my feline colleagues agree.”

Today I learnt something: never trust a feline when they want to give you something. There is always a drawback somewhere.

Daily Prompt: I’d Like to thank My Cats

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