Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Retro Zabe

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A new coffee shop has opened in town with an ambience to appeal to the young and those that enjoy a trip of nostalgia down memory lane. I hankered after a princess when I was a school kid. All my friends had them – the original transportable.

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© irene waters 2015

We had one of these at home and my parents could see no need for music in the house that didn’t come from either this or the old bakelite radio in the kitchen which, if we were lucky we could tune to pick up other countries in the world, firing our imaginations.

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Ours was also a “His Masters Voice” – I don’t know whether there were any other brands around.

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This made me reflect on the revisioning of these old musical items which once blasted out songs like “How much is that doggy in the window?” and in our family lots of classical music and operettas. And here are these machines, broken and yet in their broken state give me the pleasure of hearing the songs of the past echoing around in my head.

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© irene waters 2015

The cafe is small, cosy and intimate which is lucky because if you had to look for fifty different record labels to check whose coffee you had ……

In response to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo

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99 Word flash fiction: Disoriented

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The conversation floated around Horry like swirls of mist. Some came at him thick and fast. Too fast for him to make sense of. Others came slower allowing time to respond. Slowly, deliberately he managed a few words before the fog rolled in again. Mute, head hurting, he saw them stare, willing him to make another sound. Increasingly less time passed before they started chatting to each other. If only this cloud fogging his head would go. If only they would go.

 ” Leave.” Stunned, they obeyed his order

Catching snatches of conversation as they left, Horry smiled.

“demented”,

“disoriented”

 

In response to Charli’s prompt:

January 28, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about disorientation. A character could be lost in the maze of the mind or in a storm of unexpected traffic. What are the sounds? The sights? The smell? Explore the different ways confusion can be expressed and how it can create tension, provide relief or move a story forward.

Respond by February 3, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

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Shadow Shot Sunday: Shadows at the dog party

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The shadows fell as the dog party got underway. There were treats for dogs and humans alike. Some of the home-made dog treats looked so delicious I watched as humans seemed keen to eat them as well.

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© irene waters 2015

There were around thirty dogs. The last party six months earlier had a roll up of 36 dogs. Amazing to see such a variety of sizes playing together . They sorted themselves in to those that liked to run, those that liked to eat and those that liked to sit at their masters feet. Not one nasty word was heard from dogs (or humans for that matter.)

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Penny, at 12 weeks old stole the most gorgeous dog present award.

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Bundy found a female who had dressed to impress with a ribbon in her hair but apart from accepting pats from the owner he couldn’t have cared less.

A fun afternoon in the shadows.

More shadows can be seen at shadow shot sunday 2.

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Silent Sunday: Waterfront living

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gaining Depth

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Aratiatia dam in New Zealands North Island provides a vision of depth which we were not expecting. After a morning on the jet boat we were having a lazy drive not expecting to come across something this spectacular.

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© irene waters 2015

The dam is supplies water to one of the many hydro electric power stations and is opened four times a day to send 90,000 litres per SECOND, yes per second down the otherwise almost dry riverbed.

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© irene waters 2015

When dry there are some pools of water which are the most spectacular colour.

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From one of the lookouts which you can get to along an easy walking bush track.

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© irene waters 2015

Even then Roger and I managed to get separated. He is at the corner of the lower lookout whilst I had managed to find myself at the upper one.

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© irene waters 2015

Some people didn’t want to stay at the lookouts and had climbed down closer to the river awaiting opening.

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© irene waters 2015

The first gate opens.

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© irene waters 2015

The water starts to flow

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Note the pool at the base of the gate is now visible as the other gate opens.

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© irene waters 2015

Now fully open

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the level rises

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Depth in the river

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After 30 minutes the gates shut

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leaving the depth of water to make its way downstream until once again only pools remain.

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Skywatch Friday: 30th January 2015 Noosaville 5.51 pm

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Friday Fictioneers: The Business Venture

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Quickly scanning the document John signed the bank papers. He was safe as he was not the only guarantor and  glad to help the Pacific islanders in their business venture that would take two years to complete.

The snails were ripe for transport to the French market. Fat and juicy. Carefully packed in the refrigerated container they waited on the wharf for the ship. The islanders were excited. The snails would fetch a good price. 

The wharf manager, to conserve costs, cut the power. The snails boiled in the tropical sun and their own slime. John discovered he was sole guarantor.

word count 100

Every Friday authors from around the world gather here to share their 100-words and offer constructive crit and encouragement to each other. This creates a wonderful opportunity for free reading of very fresh fiction! Readers are encouraged to comment as well. Join Rochelle and see the others

 

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