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      5FDBDACB-79B5-40DE-994D-56FC53BCE455It’s that blogging time again…

Here is one of my short stories available from Amazon. You can buy  Short Stories by Gordon Milne and help keep me in the style I demand to be kept in. ( i.e. Not having to  water down the soup!)

                                                  The Kill

He sat in the shadows. It was his favourite time of day, still light enough to negotiate any obstacles but dark enough to keep him unseen.

The path he had walked had been shared with two cyclists, a jogger and a woman walking her dogs. He had kept his head down not wishing to make eye contact, concentrating on the task ahead. The path soon gave way to rougher ground with tree roots underfoot. He looked around and saw that he was alone. He allowed himself a smile as he set about his meticulous preparation.

His thoughts strayed to the last time. He had waited for two hours before his patience paid off.  Wearing dark clothes, he was barely visible in the fading light, a scarf pulled up around his face, gloves to keep his hands warm for the job ahead. He trembled as the adrenalin kicked in. Far better than any drug, he surmised. It was the stalking, not the kill. The kill was the final act, it was unavoidable. Now he was ready again to satisfy his craving, that rush that made him light-headed.

The night was warmer than the last time but still had the same smell carried by the gentle breeze. It was the only time he recognised that smell. It could be the leaves or the grass. Whatever it was, he never seemed to smell it at any other time. He had time to think as he waited. He licked his dry lips and crouched further in the shadows. He pushed the button that lit up the dial on his watch. It was past ten o’clock, his favourite time. Another glance around confirmed he was still alone.

He did not think that it would be much longer now. He smiled as he crouched further into the shadows. He rubbed his gloved hands together to generate some warmth. One time he carelessly let his hands get cold and couldn’t do the job properly. He never made that mistake again, not when he might only get the one chance.

It was nearly midnight when he went through the front door of his house. He was momentarily startled by the voice. She had not gone to bed yet…”How many did you get tonight?”…” Just the one,” he sighed, as he put away his fishing rod in the cupboard…

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5FDBDACB-79B5-40DE-994D-56FC53BCE455             Memories & Regrets…

The year is 1968 and my memories are of hitch- hiking through Switzerland and getting a lift from monks who took me to their monastery for food and shelter high up in the hills with views that were incredible. I could see France, Germany and Italy from that altitude.  My regret is that I don’t know where that monastery is. Hitching down to Italy, my memory is of getting a lift from a farmer and being taken back to his modest house and given my first meal of homemade spaghetti. Until then I thought it only came in a tin. My regret is that I could not find that house today. I have memories of being ordered off the motorway in Italy by a policeman and when I ignored him he drew his pistol and fired a shot over my head. My regret, at the time was that I dived over the roadside barrier and twisted my shoulder when I fell badly. My memory is of driving a world war two truck loaded with fellow travellers and arriving in Venice. My first thought was…” Holy shit, they’ve had a lot of rain here!” A travelling companion and I played our guitars and sang on one of the bridges for money to buy food. I remember some Americans giving us money and saying we were wunnerful.  My regret is that I have no contact with any of those friends. My memory is of hitch-hiking through rural France and finding myself getting food and shelter from a couple with a newborn baby. They made me the godfather of their child and my deepest regret is that I could not find that house even if I tried. There is a forty-five year old person that I would like to have a conversation with. I have further memories of living rough in Paris and trying to get enough food to live on. I can remember a French baguette and water being the only food I had for days. Such was the lack of proper nourishment that my gums bled with eating the crusty bread. My regret is that I have no idea how to get in touch with the fantastic people that I hung out with, especially Patrick from the Faroe  islands. On the rare occasion we managed to get some wine, we would toast the Queen. He always had me doubled up with laughter as he raised his glass and in his best English would say…“God shaves the Queen.” … I wonder where you are now, old friend? I regret I didn’t stay in touch…Memories & Regrets  Meantime, you all…Stay Cheeky.

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        5FDBDACB-79B5-40DE-994D-56FC53BCE455It’s only meeeeeeee…

I know… I didn’t put my hand up and ask to leave the room, but I’ve been busy with end of year stuff… Let’s continue… I had a very scary moment this week and I’m still in recovery. Here’s what happened… I phoned one of the utility companies and the phone was answered immediately by a person…I believe at that moment I may have passed out and I expected the person on the other end of the phone to have hung up, but no, they were still there patiently waiting for me and asking if I was OK…NO!  I was not OK!!!  What on earth could this mean? Was this some new strategy? Where was the music interspersed with the voice telling me my call was important and someone would be with me as soon as possible? I could have had a heart attack. Well, maybe not me because I’m on the senior tour and I can remember when humans answered the phone, but, I could have been someone younger who had never heard of this customer service” as it used to be known. What if it had been a pregnant woman that had been subjected to this type of call? She could quite easily have gone into premature labour! Should I talk to my MP? Well, come to think of it, he’s quite young and would probably think I was mad! I decided the best course of action was to phone this company and complain or at least point out to them that they should be training their staff more efficiently.  I rang the number and was told all the lines were busy and then they put on some music for me to listen to. After 10 minutes of this I had calmed down and on reflection I realised I had been a little hasty. So, be aware, this could happen to you. A human voice could, on very rare occasions answer the phone. My advice to you is, stay calm, take a deep breath and with a bit of luck they might cut you off…

Can I wish all who read my nonsense, a very merry Jingle Bells… Meantime, you all, Stay Cheeky.

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5FDBDACB-79B5-40DE-994D-56FC53BCE455       La Vila Joiosa…Costa Blanca…

On a recent visit to the west coast of Scotland, I found myself on the beautiful island of Mull making my first visit to Tobermory. The painted buildings of many different colours reminded me of the pretty village of   LA VILA JOIOSA  VILLAJOYOSA  on the Spanish Costa Blanca. This village in Spain is where part of my latest book “STILL CHEEKY” is set and has lots of similarly coloured houses.   I understand those coloured houses can also be found in many places. The story seems to be the same regardless of wherever they are on the planet. Fishermen painted their houses so they would recognise them from their boats as they came back from long fishing trips. Another story that goes hand in hand is they painted the houses in different bright colours so they could find them easily when they were a bit worse the wear from drink.  LA VILA JOIOSA  is famous for its chocolate factories. There were many at one time but sadly now only a few. The VALOR factory is open to tour around and learn the history of chocolate making and to sample their goodies. I can recommend a visit. A plate of chocolate with churros will put a big smile on your face and a big mess down the front of your clothing.

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          5FDBDACB-79B5-40DE-994D-56FC53BCE455Just another day at the coal face..

Here’s what happened… My fairly new computer/tablet decides to break down so  I grab my old one (which I’m trying to retire because it is so slow, but what happens if….?)  Well, what happens if duly arrived to pay a visit so I fire up this old one (which is on death row) to report a fault with Microsoft technical (we are here to help because you are a valued customer and by the way “Have a nice day”) staff. I settle down with a flask of coffee, sandwiches and a blanket and proceed to have on-line chat with said technical genius. Now, I should mention that I have googled this fault and surmised that the best way  forward (with this fault) is for my tablet to be replaced. This is based on my visiting endless forums and picking the best 3 answers.  The technical genius goes through his list because that is what he has to do, no matter that it has nothing to do with the fault.  I try and point out to him he is not addressing my problem and he is going over what I have tried many times myself to start my PC and in any case I’m running low on coffee and sandwiches. After an hour he decides to close our chat without my problem being resolved.  ( I guess he has a similar dilemma with his coffee etc.) The next day I am ready to tackle the subject again with another Microsoft technical genius. Again I am equipped with supplies although this time, no blanket. ( It has gone to minus 5 degrees here in Scotland so we are in the middle of a heat-wave.) My new tech. genius wants to go over all this again but I insist…No…No…No… I throw every thing into the mix…My human rights…Discrimination against someone on the senior tour…E.U. regulations…The cost of sandwiches…One hour later I think I’ve got my point across and now I await a replacement PC… Here’s my question… “Why don’t Microsoft train their people to access Google forums?  That way we might get proper answers to our problems.” …This old relic is going for a lie down. Meantime, you all… Stay Cheeky. 

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5FDBDACB-79B5-40DE-994D-56FC53BCE455                   More holidays ‘n’ stuff…

Here’s what happened… My lovely partner who is sometimes referred to affectionately  as “My Burd,” decided she would borrow my kindle and load it with a couple of books from the store… Picture the scene… We are on foreign soil when I ask…” Can I have my kindle, please?”….  “No, I’m using it” …  “But I have nothing to read.”… “There’s a couple of National Geographics  there on the table” … Two days later she says… I’ve finished the books I downloaded.” … “Can I have my kindle please?”… I ask again… No, I’ve found one of your books you downloaded. I’m  going to read that.”   Another day goes past… “I’ve read that book… who’s Seumas Gallacher?” …”Oh, he’s just another writer who has got himself a publishing deal.”  I replied trying hard to hide my envy… Well, there’s this guy Jack Calder who…….” “Woah!” I cry. “I’ve read it and left a review.”  Oh, don’t you want to…?”  “No, would you like to hear about the habits of the African Dung Beetle?”… No.” …. ” How about the Peruvian Fruit Bat?” … “No.” …”Coffee then?” … Ok, let’s go.”  …                                                                        

Like many, I was saddened to hear of the death of Alvin Stardust. I cannot claim to have known him but we did once share a bar.  It was 1963 and I was visiting one of my haunts with a friend ( I was under age of course, but we were known to the bar staff.)  In those days he was known as Shane Fenton and there he was, sitting at the bar. I said hello and he gave me one of his moody guy looks and nodded. I was chuffed, to get a moody guy look and a nod from a pop star in those days, well, he was now my new best friend. ( Well, that’s what I told my mates.)  Like him or not you have to acknowledge that he has a place in the history of British music and will be missed… Thanks for the music, Alvin… Meantime, have a peaceful day and you all… Stay Cheeky.                                           

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                     5FDBDACB-79B5-40DE-994D-56FC53BCE455Fast track me, please…

Here’s what happened… It’s flu jab time again and I’m at the health centre. A clipboard with a questionnaire    is given to me. I have left my specs in the car. “Can you read it out to me?” I asked. “Drink?” she said. “OK, I’ll have a single malt with a touch of water.”  ” How many units do you drink?” she continued. I took a guess… “Smoke?” she asked…  ” You go ahead, I gave up many years ago but I do like a cigar now and again”… Another frown… ” Do you feel you enjoy  good health?”…“Well, considering I am a product of the sixties and seventies, when we drank what we wanted, smoked what we wanted and made love when we wanted ( on a good day it was possible to do all three at the same time)… I consider I have done well.”  I said, looking around to see if a special award was about to be given for being a grumpy old git who is on the senior tour. “We had proper singers back then.” I said, getting into my stride… “Eric Burdon, Tom Jones,  Leapy Lee!!!  The only risk assessments we did was deciding if it was Cuban heels or winkle pickers”… (shoes.) The girl sighs and pushes me to the head of the queue, glad to get rid of me…

I have to tell you that my health centre is the very best that I could possibly wish for. All the staff are lovely and professional.  My scribblings are meant to be humorous and I will embellish stories given the chance.

I still consider myself a “blogging virgin” and when I look around I am amazed at the stamina of some bloggers…One such person writes under the title of Opinionated Man on his website Harsh Reality. I started to follow his blogs and  found out they come at you thick and fast like machine-gun fire. I was about to un-follow but instead I got hooked on his writing, his honesty and ability to blog about any subject…Have a look for yourself…

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