Dear Diary,

I’m bored of my recent blogs.  Let’s have something different.  Here are 5 settings of classic showdowns that form the finale of epic stories:

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The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

('Crossing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct' by Marek Isalski)
(‘Crossing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct’ by Marek Isalski)

A quick glance over her shoulder, and Angharad saw the shadows of the men appear far behind them.

“We have to hurry!”, she shouted, but by now their horse was utterly exhausted and their pace was slowing.  Without saying a word, Matthew took the stern rope in his hand, pulled himself up and over the roof of the boat with the other, and jumped onto the path.  He spun around, wrapping the rope across his torso, and then he hooked it over his shoulder and pulled.  His dark face crumpled into a frown as his back hunched over and he forced his way forward; his bulk now another stumbling dark shape against the reddening sky. Continue reading
(‘Broadcast – The Long-Playing Record’ by Hans Dinkelberg)


Dear Diary,

There’s been a run of music business related posts recently, and… I know that you’re not fantastically interested in the music business.

It’s okay, you don’t need to apologise.

You’re a diary.

You want scandal, and…

Okay, you want basically just want scandal.  You want salacious gossip, inappropriately revealing detail.  You want, in a word, intimacy.  Because of course you’re not just a diary: you’re a pillow book.

And of course I’m happy to oblige.  I enjoy writing that stuff more anyway.

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