Sweet Kiwi – Speakeasy #109

It surprised me when she started to talk; I hadn’t expected her to take up my offer so quickly without any questions, without hesitation. I watched as Katerina dug her thumbnail into the flesh of an orange and sent a fine mist of citrus into the air. It smelled of summer and warmth and reminded … Continue reading Sweet Kiwi – Speakeasy #109

What’s that smell?

The smell was noticeable, wafting from across the room where my nephew sat, face scrunched up and red, grunting.  Crap... I knew what that face meant.  I put the remote down and called over to him, “do you need to use the potty?”  My sister was trying in vain to toilet train the kid.  They’d … Continue reading What’s that smell?

Happy International Women’s Month!

Happy International Women's Month to all you ladies out there and to the men who love you as well. I'm trying something rather special this month on The London Diaries and theming all of my posts around IWM.  It's an exciting month and there's a lot going on from the WOW13 (Women of the World) festival at the Southbank Centre next … Continue reading Happy International Women’s Month!


I have become my Memom, even though I can’t afford real tissues that fluff up gently from the box like a papery, snow white flame.  No, toilet paper has to suffice.  My Memom’s number one rule in life is “go everywhere with tissues in your pocket or purse.  You never know when you might need … Continue reading Tissues

Swimming in a Fishbowl

A hush descended over the room as Carrie entered from the kitchen.  A svelte, buxom woman in her late 30s, Carrie had played the part of hostess well, ensuring all of her guests had plenty of drinks and canapés and were enjoying themselves thoroughly.  She placed her glass of wine daintily on the sideboard and … Continue reading Swimming in a Fishbowl

The Final Piece

(Note - Sorry about the second post today... I decided last minute to enter the speakeasy's weekly submission competition for the first time ever.  Next time I'll plan it out better... promise!) The magic was all in the finishing touches, the painter thought as he lightly stroked in the gold edges of the blood red … Continue reading The Final Piece

In case I haven’t mentioned it…

I'm working on a submission for a short story contest... my first real submission ever! Writersphere, a brilliant online community for writers, is hosting a short story contest for writers of all ages, location etc.  The grand prize is £500 and being published on their website but, between you and me, I'd be happy with … Continue reading In case I haven’t mentioned it…