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  • Family: Vignette - The Colonel and His Wife (Catterick, North Yorkshire)
    for a few more minutes in bed a decision that will to be impressed upon the Colonel The Colonel accepted the refusal of breakfast easily enough as a form of words she will probably just wait for lunch Grandpa but had trouble acting on it Perhaps he understood the information as merely a postponement of the day s first repast a postponement which sensibly could be one of only a few minutes given that the party were soon to leave for a driving tour of the Butter Tubs The tour would occupy them all for two or so hours after which they would take lunch at a local pub favoured for its competitive prices and its serving of traditional roast dinners in oversized Yorkshire puddings From here there was one more scheduled stop en route back to The Forge a hotel pub run by a man named Alan whose pints of Black Sheep were to the Colonel s knowledge the cheapest in Catterick The Colonel had already counted out the exact change required for three pints of the ale and a white wine spritzer and had left it loose in his coat pocket left hand side He looked forward to stacking the modest collection of coins a graphic illustration of the superb value offered by the North generally and Alan s pub particularly on the bar and sliding them towards Alan in exchange for the drinks With Part One Orders as the Colonel s jobs and activities rosters had become known in the family so clearly posted and with all that they entailed breakfast had best be eaten soon if it were to be eaten at all The Colonel s grandson insisting that it was not unusual for his wife to forego breakfast in favour of sleep twice succeeded in stopping his grandfather from personally checking and double checking whether or not a third oiled begg would be needed The two men sat down to their eggs and tea they chatted for a while The grandson gave assurances that shortly he would look in on his wife and encourage her to prepare for the morning s tour The Colonel nodded approval of this plan insisting all the while that we re very relaxed here and that it mattered little whether they were to leave in twenty twenty one or twenty two minutes time He also gently reminded his grandson that should he or his wife require a shower before leaving The Forge was on a water metre rather than a flat rate Flatware and cutlery were cleared away and the two men took leave of one another for the next twenty or twenty two minutes The grandson went to the guestroom The Colonel headed for the Clavinova When a shrill cry punctuated the low rhythmic thud of Mrs s progress along the corridor it is possible that the grandson thought his granny had fallen That she had fallen was plausible given her age her back her ankles In fact she

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  • Oliver Belas, Author at Litro Magazine
    Todorov once suggested that the trick to writing a successful detective story was being sure not to innovate The great genre work is that which best and most closely follows the rules of its genre to refine the genre he cautioned would be to write literature rather than a mystery But surely this is wrong headed a nonsense logically let alone critically to separate Literature and detective fiction as if they constitute mutually exclusive genres Read more Oliver Belas The author has 4 posts published in Litro Magazine Oli Belas is a teacher writer and independent academic He lives in Walthamstow north east London with his ever supportive and endlessly patient wife Sarah He has written about popular science detective and African American fiction and literary theory philosophy When time and geography allow Oli works with his friend artist Rene Daigle Their first joint effort is the illustrated essay The Enduring Appeal of the Mystery Story published in Litro Magazine and they have plans for some illustrated noir ish fiction Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy

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  • Family: Memorial
    his palm He is taken aback this is far more baksheesh than what he is accustomed A smile cracks his grizzled white bearded face He thanks me profusely and leaves with folded hands A little later one of the caretaker s assistants arrives with a steel bucket full of water and a plastic mug In the past I d use about half the bucket and leave the other half for you Today I have to water for both of us The trees appear contemplative as they loom in front of me The breeze that has sprung up doesn t ruffle them The caretaker s assistant helps with the bucket as I move from tree to tree watering the dark trunks and the brown earth that surrounds the base Once I am done he lights a sheaf of incense sticks and hands it to me before leaving with the mug and the empty bucket I place the incense sticks on the earth in front of each trunk Normally I d count to make sure that no tree gets any more or less But today I don t bother By the time I reach the last one I have run out of incense sticks I could call the caretaker or his assistant and they d gladly furnish more But I don t I simply pick one from each one of the first three trees and make do with them You would have lingered to pray All I do is fold my hands in a sign of respect and walk away to collapse in a stone seat So many times we sat there after paying our respects and allowed the memories wash over us Today the seat seems colder and harder than ever even though it is the height of summer I can make out a coffin with a name lettered in white on the outside waiting in the enclosure where we cremated Dad There will be a cremation there later today I try to think of Mom of her warm smile welcoming me home from school of her chicken curry and chocolate cake of her visit to the temple to implore the gods to watch over me when I left for college in America of her on that night fifteen years ago in Seattle where she sensed her time had come and grasped my wrist with whatever strength she could muster to say Don t ever forget me in a breaking voice I can t All I can think of is you I rise to my feet The dogs watch me as I make my way slowly from the cremation ground The caretaker meets me at the gate to ask if I have any more instructions for him Before coming I had thought of telling him to earmark a spot where we d plant a tree in your memory But I no longer have the heart About Vikram Kapur Vikram Kapur is the author of two novels Time Is a Fire and

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  • Family: Feature Film - Nebraska
    at life The journey is more about David than it is about Woody and it satisfies his need to express the unsaid things before it is too late things that Woody is either too incapable or unwilling to hear Along the way he meets people from his parents past and hears stories that are great revelations to him either because reticence or alcohol has prevented Woody from speaking out about them There is an interesting portrayal here of the generation gap that exists between fathers and sons whereas Woody lived in a world where men were stiff and solid and suppressed the emotional sides of their lives David has grown up at a time where men can express themselves more freely This creates a difficult dynamic between the two Woody can seem brutish at times particularly when he has an intimate discussion with David over a few beers in response to David s personal questions he cannot register any intention behind marrying his wife or having children I figured if we kept on screwing we d have a couple of you However there is a sign of tenderness behind Woody s actions the admittance that his desperate seeking out of the money is because he wanted to leave his children something He represents all the ineffective fathers the drunks the emotionally distant the emotionally incapable the rarely present those who haven t grown up those so wrapped up in their own lives that they forget their duties as a father or aren t aware that those duties exist The script and humour sometimes tries too hard and some of the scenes between the Grant family and their extended family is slapstick and unbelievable showing all the stereotypes of the American hick However the film draws on what are important themes and explores how the modern American family survives amidst joblessness religious divides infidelity alcoholism and tedium About Christo Hall Christo is Film and Media Editor at Litro Online co editor of culture and politics magazine The New Wolf and freelance journalist He recently co edited New Cartography the winning brief for arts charity IdeasTap s Anthology magazine Mail Web More Posts 5 Comments comments Prev Lacking In Magic Blue Wizard Black Wizard at St Mark s Church in the Bowery Manhattan Next Feature Film Cinema Paradiso Related Posts The Best Days Of Your Life Visual Candy Damien Hirst amp Félix González Torres at Blain Southern 10 Things To Do In A Library Other Than Reading Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some

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  • Christo Hall, Author at Litro Magazine
    contemplative film explores individuality the subjective experience and the idle mind Read more Litro Arts Culture Feature Film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser by Christo Hall Christo Hall on Werner Herzog s re imagining of the German legend of a boy raised in a cellar The Enigma of Kasper Hauser re released and showing in London cinemas this month Read more Christo Hall The author has 5 posts published in Litro Magazine Christo is Film and Media Editor at Litro Online co editor of culture and politics magazine The New Wolf and freelance journalist He recently co edited New Cartography the winning brief for arts charity IdeasTap s Anthology magazine Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and

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  • Family: To Become Immortal
    in that basement at her passing not by loved ones but the odds and ends of her mother s failed nostalgia shop Danish salt and pepper shakers mouldy Raggedy Anne and Andy dolls how they found her on a replica of a tapestry purportedly woven in Brussels during the middle ages for Charles V What bothers you is knowing how cola de chancho fritas floated in the little pool with Chakana how the only other attendees at his drowning were a crumpled pack of Galouises a decorative Sarchi oxcart and the faded photo of a seventh grade girl who years ago had moved away Sure it s depressing but what this will show you is liberating it s the details that open portals for death to crawl out 4 Once you ve acquired and jailed in unopened boxes all the little details you can and once the doublewide is too full of those items to get to the bathroom or kitchen it s finally time to travel to Lynnhaven Used Boats in Portsmith and buy an old trailerable Aqua Casa 16 Get the blue one with the missing seat cushions Have them deliver it No matter how they look at you insist that they put it in the pond Take up smoking if you want Menthols Sit on the poop deck and swill warm malt liquor from a tin cup Who needs friends or parents any models of happiness to follow when you have a houseboat Wi Fi instant coffee Do buy a cockatiel but store everything on the tiny dock The boat must be clean and bare at all times Watch the signalling of afternoon light on the water the flashing of it on the twisting aluminium foil surface Ignore the handful of malnourished cows that haven t wandered off that come to lower their mouths to the pond and glower at you and your little floating kingdom Tell yourself you never wanted to marry anyway that you can t be fooled by pain anymore that you know how it s for its own benefit how it s like the way fire will burn everything it can how it wants more of the stuff that keeps it going that keeps it alive Rub your stomach Name your bother and wait for it to emerge A bother change everything The sun rises and sets Years will want to pass Let them It s up to other people now to worry about why the songs of children still linger over burned down houses 5 The last part is fairly simple Float in your circlet Bump gently and frequently against the shore Reach for items on the dock as you drift by It s like an orbit if you think about it And if you concentrate you can feel the moon s gravity pulling at the edges of the pond You can eat when you want but don t sleep too often you have your little bother to think about Peer through

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  • Seth Clabough, Author at Litro Magazine
    professor fiction writer poet and scholar His work appears in places like Sixers Review Aesthetica the Arts Culture Magazine Citron Review Fjord s Review Magma Poetry Quarterly The Chaffey Review New Writing The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing Women s Studies and other places Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted at writers themselves or even those with a particular interest in literature instead Litro believes in reaching the general reader whether they be a commuter someone browsing in a

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  • Family: Fairytale
    you curled inwards furled already our tree root limbs twisted together Legs and arms and hair and beauty Beauty is in the eye of the beholder And we were the beholders Your memory became clouded by romance and foggy misted hillside and dreams and nightmares and truth and lies and love and war and hate all mixed together Christmas pudding Stir it well Make a wish I made a wish Once upon a time and once upon a time and once upon a time we were young And one day the laughter fades into the rook s caw The song of the old mother The song of the forest I am locked out but locked in because there is no door and we do not have a key You cry but I do not know whether it is for loss or for longing or for pain You are curled but you move your arms and your legs swimming against the tide I reach for your hand but meet only claw Curled in Tightly fisted Lifeline hiding from the grim reaper There is no cheating only waiting and waiting and waiting And I tell you a story A story of long ago of youth and innocence and of bitter frost A story of us Once upon a time and I cannot begin because I cannot end because there is an ending Once upon a time the prince and princess wished to make their kingdom flourish because youth is foolish and perfection unthinking Laughter and tears and promises and joy and you began to swell to grow You became bigger almost before my eyes and I was proud So proud But there is rue for remembrance although neither you nor I remember and I rue that I do not remember because we are so beautiful You are so beautiful But the past is the past is the past and we are not in the past You are beautiful now Curved into the foetal position knotty knees tucked up to your chest and I wonder whether you are ready to start again Whether you are not leaving this world but being birthed into the next We have not rue It does not grow in these parts at this time of year We have mallow and bittersweet and corncockle Pink as the skin of a newborn Once once upon once upon a time But this story is too sad There was no happily ever after There is a tiny hole in the ground and the prince and princess are wailing as though their souls are torn by scrapping foxes not the leaden sadness brought only by a tiny hole in the ground and a tinier muslin package lowered in slowly although I the prince wished that it would be done faster faster faster because cold grief made me want to snatch her back and mould my own life into the body of our daughter Stop the purple and the blue and give her pink

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