A Story in 150 words – The Last Bottle

In the early morning sun, she walked along the beach alone. The only people around were anchored off the coast in their fancy yachts that she gazed at with covetous eyes. The waves lapped gently on the creamy white sand and the smell of the salty air combined with the sound washed away all her troublesome thoughts. Then she saw something bobbing about at the water’s edge. It was a bottle, tightly sealed, with a rolled-up scroll of paper within. The note read “Help us, please. Pirates have seized our yacht, The Maria Nova. We are being held captive. Call the police”. As she pulled out her phone and called the police, grateful that she had a good signal, despite the loneliness of the beach, she realised that whilst she had envied those yacht owners, wealth sometimes brought other problems and the covetousness of Pirates put hers into stark contrast.

[150 words]

This story was written in response to the following word prompts:

The Candyman Can.

It’s been some time since I took part in the Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, in fact, it was even longer ago than I realised! I’ve not taken part since the 13th of February. Time flies by, it’s about time I took part again. It’s a fantastic challenge, hosted by Jim Adams.

The Last time I took part, the theme was songs that feature lyrics with the contractions of Can’t, Don’t, Shouldn’t, Won’t. 

Click on the link below to see my post:

This week the theme is Sweet, Honey, Sugar, Candy, Chocolate suggested by Angie of King Ben’s Grandma. 

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

So, in my usual way, I turn to a golden oldie rather than something that’s been in the charts recently. This one is probably a very obvious one considering the prompt and I probably won’t be the only one to choose this song but I had to choose it. It dates from 1971.

The sone, The Candyman, was written for the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Anthony Newley had been a child actor in the UK and had also written songs and released singles and had been in the Rex Harrison version of Dr. Doolittle. He had also been married to the actress of Dynasty fame, Joan Collins. He co-wrote this song but was not happy with the version sung in the film and he released his own version shortly afterwards.

Then the following year, Sammy Davis Junior released his version of this song and it became a huge hit for him.

I tried to find these three versions for you so you can compare and contrast them.

I hope you enjoyed these contrasting versions. Oh, and if you are interested my favourite candy bar is called a Crunchy. I don’t know if that is available in the US, but it’s fantastic.

I hope you enjoy hearing this song again 🙂

I have included these word prompts:

A story in 150 words – Cabbages and Memories

I haven’t written anything new in quite a while but decided today was the day to flex those writing muscles again just to see if I still could..

This short story was written in response to the following writing prompts Memento, Float, Gambler, and Cabbages.

She came across it quite by accident, a memento of a different time, a time of youth. When you are young time seems to float by gently but as you get older, as events take over, time rushes past so fast reality becomes a dream until you wake up and everything you ever cherished has gone.

The faded photograph was a picture of that time when she’d lived in grandeur and had servants to wait upon her. There she stood on her family’s front porch, dressed in white lace for her wedding day, her husband beside her looking young and vital with that roguish grin. How she had loved him, but he’d been a gambler and now she was reduced to her current state. When once she had eaten steak and caviar, now she had nothing but cabbages to look forward to. Cabbages and memories were all that were left.

[150 words]

I hope you enjoyed this story, my first in a long while 🙂

Rotational Avoidance – An Acrostic Poem

So the Word of the Day is Rotation and this strangely correlates to a recent incident at work where we all came together to discuss the fair distribution of a task that no one seems to want to do. The idea was to reassure reluctant people that others were taking their fair share and you’d let the team down if you didn’t do the same…

I observed that Rota’s are not required when the team pulls together and just gets on with it but become essential when there’s one or two that just don’t want to get involved.

I decided to write an Acrostic poem to put this into words:

Rotating word duties more fairly,

On reflection can cause a psychosis.

To be honest, I’d rather drink my tea,

Avoiding all work in the process.

The trouble with rhymes it that it depends a lot of how you pronounce the words where you are. Where I am, Psychosis and Process, while not technically a rhyme sound similar, but where you are that may not be the case…

Terrible Poetry Contest – A Cento Animico.

Chelsea Owens, on her blog, has thrown down the gauntlet in her latest Terrible Poetry contest. Click on the link below to see the post, why not have a go?

A cento is a poem made up of fragments of other poems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cento_(poetry)

I thought I would try my hand at it, but it is a lot more difficult than it may at first appear. Here is my attempt:

The Owl and the Pussycat went to see,

the Elephant (Though all of them were blind),

Like Love, unkindly passing by.

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among

A host of golden daffodils, they dance.

The reprieve papers are not signed, behind.

It was a poignant portrayal of the effects.

A collage of fragments of poetical objects.

I have included fragments from the following poems:

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear,

The Blind Man And The Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe

The Way It Is, by William Stafford

I wandered lonely as a cloud, by William Wordsworth

Reprieve, by Alison Prince

I have also included the following word prompts:

Song Lyrics Sunday – Don’t let the Sun Catch you…

Last week I didn’t take part in Jim’s fantastic challenge, I took part the week before when the theme was songs featured in films that made the charts

Click on the link below to see my post:

This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics with the contractions of Can’t, Don’t, Shouldn’t, Won’t. 

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

I had a good think about the theme this week, and like others was torn with angst about trying to choose something less obvious. In keeping with my usual taste in music, which is towards those golden oldies of the past, I have chosen a song that encapsulates the theme, and also it’s a song that may not be that well known but is beautifully poignant. A song made famous by Gerry and the Pacemakers in the 1960s in the UK with the apt title “Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying”, and the soulful melody and lyrics often mean you’re in danger of doing that very thing. It’s a definite tear-jerker. You’ll catch the thread of the story the lyrics convey, it’s basically that rubbish things happen, have a good cry but don’t cry for too long, pick yourself up and then keep on living. It’s a good message but not one we are always in a good place to hear.

Lyrics

Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’
The night’s the time for all your tears
Your heart may be broken tonight
But tomorrow in the morning light
Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’

The night-time shadows disappear
And with them go all your tears
For the morning will bring joy
For every girl and boy
So don’t let the sun catch you cryin’

We know that cryin’s not a bad thing
But stop your cryin’ when the birds sing

It may be hard to discover
That you’ve been left for another
But don’t forget that love’s a game
And it can always come again
Oh don’t let the sun catch you cryin’
Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’, oh no
Oh, oh, oh

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Fred Marsden / Gerry Marsden / Les Chadwick / Patrick Maguire

The Song was written by the members of the band in 1964 and originally released in February by another artist but it failed to chair, then in April 1964 the Band released it themselves and it went to number 6 in the UK charts.

Gerry and the Pacemakers performed the song on their first US television show, The Ed Sullivan Show on 3 May 1964. The group’s earlier UK hit singles – “How Do You Do It?“, “I Like It“, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “I’m the One” – were then reissued in the US to follow up its success, but “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” remained their biggest hit in the United States

I hope you enjoy hearing this song again 🙂

I have included these word prompts:

Not Posh

Whenever people hear me speak

They sometimes say I’m posh,

But my ancestral home is not antique

It’s an accusation I need to quash.

No privileged upbringing had I,

No wealthy relatives to spoil me

Home was one step above a sty

With not a single lacey doily

But despite my lowly start

Where riches were hardly fated

I turned out to be quite smart

As I learned to be educated.

Fearfully Forgetful.

People often say I’m forgetful,

I suppose that must be true

I find I’m frequently regretful

Of all the things I’ve failed to do.

When I said I’d visit someone

Only then I don’t appear

Its certainly not much fun

to let friends down, I fear.

There goes forgetful Freddie!

I hear that quite a lot

I’d tell you who’s made me so unsteady

But Frankly, I just Forgot!

Written by Kristian Fogarty 08 February 2022

Song Lyric Sunday – If you wanna know, Cher has some great advice.

Last week I took part in this fantastic challenge, the theme was Tribute songs that were written in memory of someone.

Click on the link below to see my post:

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs featured in films that made the charts

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

I have to say, the theme this week is absolutely brilliant! It sent my mind whirring as there are so many great films with some fantastic music. I was faced with a quandary. Should I go with something more traditional, like Moon-River by Henry Mancini, sung by Danny Williams for the film but also performed brilliantly by Andy Williams? Or Should I go with Ennio Morricone and use Gabriel’s Oboe from the Mission? Then I remembered one of my favourite Actresses who is also a Singer, someone who I have been surreptitious about being a fan of in the past, has often sung a song in a film that has become a hit. The person I refer to is Cher.

When this particular song came out, I used to dance along to it, secretly in my room, watching like a hawk to make sure no one could see me. I was never the cool kid at school, but my one consolation was I had no pressure to act cool, if I did something weird like sing along to Cher, then I had no street cred to lose.

The one i’ve chosen is The Shoop Shoop Song, that was featured in the film “Mermaids”.

The film came out in 1990 with Cher in the main role along with Bob Hoskins. Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci played her daughters. Set in the 1960’s the film was about a young single mother with two kids who move to Massachusetts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaids_(1990_film)

The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) was written by Rudy Clark and first released in 1963 by Merry Clayton but it didn’t chart. It was later recorded by Betty Everrett in 1964 who had a hit. It was later recorded by other artists and then Cher’s version for the film Mermaids became a number one hit in the UK, only her second since Sonny and Cher “I’ve got you, Babe”. Apparently in the US, it did not do quite as well. It may not be a majority view, but I consider Cher a fantastic actress. Her performance in the film Tea with Mussolini is my particular favourite of her roles.

The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)

Does he love me, I wanna know
How can I tell if he loves me so?

Oh, no, you’ll be decieved
(Is it in his sighs?)
Oh, no he’ll make believe
If you wanna know
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
If he loves you so
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
It’s in his kiss


(That’s where it is, oh yeah)Oh no, it’s just his charms
(In his warm embrace?)
OH no, that’s just his arms
If you wanna know
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
If he loves you so
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)
Oh, it’s in his kiss


(That’s where it is)Whoa, Hug him and squeeze him tight
Find out what you wanna know
If it’s love, if it really is
It’s there in his kiss

Oh no, that’s not the way
You’re not listenin’ to all I said
If you wanna know
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
If he loves you so
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)
Oh, It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)

Whoa, Hug him and squeeze him tight
Find out what you wanna know
If it’s love, if it really is
It’s there in his kiss

Oh no, that’s not the way
You’re not listenin’ to all I said
If you wanna know
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
If he loves you so
(Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop)
It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)

Oh, It’s in his kiss
(That’s where it is)
Oh, yeah it’s in his kiss
(It’s in his kiss)
(That’s where it is)
Ooh, it’s in his kiss
(It’s in his kiss)
That’s where it is

It’s in his kiss
That’s where it is
Ooh, it’s in his kiss
That’s where it is
Ooh, oh it’s in his kiss
Oh, oh, it’s in the kiss
That’s where it is
That’s where it is

I hope you enjoyed this post.

I have included the following word prompts:

Laugh Along with a Limerick – An Artful Sketch

Esther Chilton on her blog has set a challenge to write a Limerick containing the word Crush. Click on the link below to see her post and take part in the challenge.

Here is my attempt:

On my art teacher, I had a slight Crush

He asked to see what I’d drawn in a rush.  

So, I showed him my sketches

But men are such wretches!

What he said just made me quite blush!

I also wanted to include the Word of the Day: Sketches