Bryan Hemming

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Mr Scrubbly’s lucky, five pound note

Mr Scrubbly set his big brass alarm clock for two o’ clock in the morning. A time he knew Mrs Grubbly would be fast asleep and snoring like a big, … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 5 Comments

Mr Scrubbly’s glasses go missing

Mr Scrubbly couldn’t find his glasses. He looked and looked and looked, and kept on looking but still couldn’t find them. He looked on the table by the side of … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 7 Comments

Mrs Grubbly’s and Mr Scrubbly’s Saturday Morning

Mrs Grubbly wouldn’t get out of bed. “It’s Saturday,” she said to Mr Scrubbly each time he told her she’d better get up. The whole house was higgledy-piggledy with the … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mrs Grubbly’s Valentime’s Surprise

Clink-clank. Mr Scrubbly heard the letterbox and sat up with a start. He looked towards the hallway to see a big white envelope flip-flop onto the coconut mat by the … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

An American Husband – An American Trilogy 3

“Our Betty should never’ve wed ‘im in fust place,” announced Betty Touchette’s mother. “Any normal gal wi’ nowt fer brains but old tripe woulda knew it were doomed fore they … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Life imitating literature

When I first wrote Old Miguel and The Circus about a decade ago, I was trying to stretch suspension of disbelief to its very outer limit. Old Miguel’s tale of … Continue reading

December 26, 2013 · 4 Comments

Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix

Apart from being the title of one of the all time greats, Purple Haze was also the name of an acid tab sold around London in the late 1960s. Both … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

El Levante

Sometimes it howls in for a couple of days, at others it rages a week or more. Nerves tatter and tempers fray. A wind like no other, the longer it … Continue reading

June 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

An American Abroad – An American Trilogy 2

Out of all the places there was to go, I never did figure out why Betty wanted haul our asses back to Leicester. In my book it stank. Just the … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

An American Trilogy – The New Teacher

Like a pile of autumn leaves scattered by a sudden gust, the realisation reached every corner of the playground in a trice. The moment he stepped through the gates of … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Enough for a Lifetime (Some you never win, some you always lose)

Four hundred and eighty pounds in fifties and twenties, two fifty euro notes, three twenties, a ten, a couple of fives and a handful of mixed loose change. Where had … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · 2 Comments

My Beautiful Aunt

Whether skiing woodland trails, or hiking mountain ranges, Aunt Helga knew nothing if not to be the centre of attraction. For her it was the most natural place in the … Continue reading

June 2, 2011 · 5 Comments

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