Surrey surreal dogfight

Played hookey for a couple of hours last Saturday and joined a few fellow writers at our hallowed Cliff Cottage for lunch hosted by the wonderful Elizabeth.  She’ll hate me for saying this, (and will let me know in no uncertain terms as she is a subscriber) but she truly is generosity and philanthropy personified.

In the course of our spirited and diverse conversation it came up that a writer friend of ours was ghosting an autobiography.  There’s nothing too remarkable about that as a lot of autobiographies are “ghosted” to some degree.  However, for an autobiography to be successful the subject should be well known or at the very least their name needs to be recognisable.  The subject of this one was unfamiliar and curiosity got the better of me.

Imagine my surprise when a veritable dogfight unfolded before my eyes. Continue reading

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And the winners are … the animals

All the brain-box Mensa members in Banchory must have been washing their hair the other night.  In a ‘scraping the dog-bowl ‘exercise I was invited to make up a team at an SPCA quiz night.  A sucker for anything involving animals I accepted then immediately panicked.  How to shake up my ever-decreasing little grey cells? Continue reading

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The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men … an’ dogs

Who was it who said “Life with dogs is certainly never boring?”  Oh, that’s right.  That would be me … along with a couple of million other dog lovers around the world.

I’ve often thought that Rabbie Burns must have accidentally set fire to the paper on which he wrote “To a Mouse”.  “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men” surely must have had … “an’ dogs” after it originally.

“Gang aft a’gley” they certainly did last week, to quote the Bard further. Continue reading

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