Busy Monday

We were up early today for a visit from one of my step-daughters and our little grand-daughter. They brought me a nice card for Father’s Day, a cake, and some sweet treats. As it is a sunny day, they sat out in the garden while I jet-washed (most of) the patio. My step-daughter h … | Continue reading


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Songs I Like (43)

Lisa Stansfield arrived on the music scene as a solo artist in the UK in 1989, singing on a record by Coldcut. That same year, she released a solo album that had international success, and included this well-known song. I liked her style, her strong voice, and her short hair. I b … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 20 hours ago

Beetleypete’s Classroom: Lesson Twelve

Get your notebooks out. Here are some useful ancient words that you are going to find very useful in conversation. CLASS DISMISSED! | Continue reading


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Perplexity: A Really Useful Search Engine

Thanks to Elizabeth for finding this. A great resource for writers, or for everyday enquiries. Free to use, and instant, reliable results. Check out the linked post to discover more, no download required! | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 1 day ago

Sunday Smiles

It’s still raining in Beetley, so here is something to smile about. | Continue reading


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Nothing Personal: Part Fifteen

This is the fifteenth part of a fiction serial, in 769 words. He paid in cash for two nights in advance at the small guest house on the outskirts of the city. The female owner must have been pushing seventy, but that didn’t stop her being flirty and personal. “Not seen you here b … | Continue reading


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Mid-June Sunday Musings

Not a great deal to report this week, after a week of feeling quite ill with flu and being mildly depressed by the constant bad weather, I am struggling to find any positives. Overall, I would classify it as a ‘Non-week’. ————————————————————————————— There was one big good news … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 1 day ago

Songs I Like (42)

Some modern pop songs (well, this 22 year-old one) have a way of getting into your head, even when you don’t actually care about the singer, or even like the genre of music they are performing. Being mature enough to be honest, I have to admit this song got into my head, and stay … | Continue reading


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Nothing Personal: Part Fourteen

This is the fourteenth part of a fiction serial, in 797 words. Finishing his second cognac, Clive paid for the drinks on his Tony Scott credit card and walked outside to the taxi rank in front of the hotel. He told the driver to take him to the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. On the … … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 2 days ago

Songs I Like (41)

This song is something fo a diversion for me, and my inclusion of it might well surprise some of you. I was always quite intrigued by the British group, Radiohead. Their frontman Thom Yorke is strange, to say the least, and the construction of their songs is unusual. I don’t actu … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 2 days ago

Weekend Humour: More Paintings Memes

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Nothing Personal: Part Thirteen

This is the thirteenth part of a fiction serial, in 746 words. As he drove out of the airport, the two women in the back were already preoccupied with chatting about the meetings the next day. Like many people used to being driven around, they paid no attention to their surroundi … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 3 days ago

On The Mend

I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and concern during my ‘Flu week’. I think the worst is now definitely behind me, thanks to taking a lot of tablets, and sleeping 9 hours dead sleep every night. Is it any wonder that I caught something though? I have felt cold f … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 3 days ago

Friday Funnies

Sticking with the old paintings because I really enjoy them. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 3 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Twelve

This is the twelfth part of a fiction serial, in 812 words. On the day that Shonagh was due to arrive, Clive was up early. He put the box in the back of the VW, then went back inside to shower, and eat some breakfast. Everything was going around inside his head, and nothing could … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 4 days ago

An A.I. Experiment

I was offered a free photo face-swap app yesterday, so decided to try it. I chose a photo of me with Ollie, (the one on my About page) then a photo of Robert De Niro. My idea was to make it look as if the famous actor was taking Ollie for a walk. It was … Continue reading An A.I. … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 4 days ago

Thursday Chuckles

Back to the old paintings for some fun on a dull Thursday. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 4 days ago

A New Book To Pre-Order

Our great blogging friend and published writer, Liz Gauffreau, has a new book of poetry being published in August. Please click on the link to discover more, and show Liz some support from our community. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 4 days ago

The Car Rattle Resolved

This morning, my car had to be at the dealership to have the annoying rattle investigated. Julie followed me up there and brought me back home on her way to work. The receptionist told me she would phone once the job was finished, or if she had to ask any questions. I hadn’t been … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 5 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Eleven

This is the eleventh part of fiction serial, in 820 words. Two days later, the phone that Alison had given him rang as he sat drinking his first coffee of the day. The screen said ‘Number withheld’ but he answered it anyway. “Hi, Tony. Thought we should meet up and have a chat. I … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 5 days ago

Deserted Or Abandoned

An abandoned lake house in Ukraine. The remains of an old funfair in Japan. Castle Sammezzano, Tuscany, Italy. Nobody lives there. The Chapel In The Woods, France. A disused wartime railway, Taiwan. A theatre left to decay, Italy. 19th Century fortifications, Liguria, Italian Alp … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 5 days ago

Beetleypete’s Classroom: Buildings Special

Famous buildings facts Please click on the image twice to enlarge for reading. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 6 days ago

No Serial Today

There will be no episode of ‘Nothing Personal’ today. Sincere apologies, but I have not been feeling well enough to sit at the computer. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 6 days ago

Cheer Me Up Tuesday

It appears that some of those aches and pains that I attributed to gardening were caused by something else. I went to bed early last night suffering with an annoying cough and the beginnings of a congested head. After 10 hours of solid sleep I don’t feel a great deal better, so I … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 6 days ago

A New Book From Kevin Morris

I am pleased to feature a new collection of poetry from blogger and published writer, Kevin Morris. Biography. Kevin Morris was born in the city of Liverpool on 6 January 1969. Having graduated with a BA in history and politics, and an MA in political theory from University Colle … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 7 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Ten

This is the tenth part of a fiction serial, in 751 words. Before he left the Hampstead house that day, Clive had some requests for Alison. “Can you get me a secure laptop for research? And I will be needing an AK-47, fifty rounds, and one spare magazine. A black face-covering bal … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 7 days ago

Some Chuckles On A Wintry Monday

I checked the calendar to confirm, and it says it’s the tenth of June. It has been raining so hard since late last night that both of us had a disturbed niight with the noise of the downpour, and the temperature is barely scraping 12C at 11am. (53F) It feels like Winter to me, so … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 7 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Nine

This is the ninth part of a fiction serial, in 776 words. Alison slipped her high-heeled shoes on, picked up a tiny shoulder-bag, and headed for the door. “The file for the new job is on the coffee table. Look it over tonight, and bring it to Hampstead tomorrow for us to have a r … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 8 days ago

Songs I Like (40)

Suitable for D-Day weekend, and a sentimental old man like me, this 1938 song was very popular during WW2, for obvious reasons. There have been numerous versions over the decades, and it was also used by the flamboyant entertainer, Liberace, as his personal theme song. Bing Crosb … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 8 days ago

Some Sunday Humour

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Sunday Musings For A Non-Summer

After one warm day last Sunday, the weather returned to March, taking it with us like time-travellers. On some days it was actually colder than in last March. Some of my neighbours had their heating on, and a few even lit their wood-burners. Then there was the rain. On and off, n … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 8 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Eight

This is the eighth part of a fiction serial, in 794 words. During the time he had sat on the bed waiting, Clive had formulated the speech he would make to Owen before he shot him. He had gone over it a few times in his head, and it always ended with him saying “Nothing … Continue … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 9 days ago

How To Find Things: One Of The Secrets Of Modern Life

It has taken me 72 years, but I have finally discovered how to find all those things you had put in a place where you would remember where they were, and then forgot where that place was. The answer is so simple, I’m amazed if hadn’t occurred to me 20 years ago. BUY A REPLACEMENT … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 9 days ago

Saturday Smiles

Back to those old paintings to cheer up a dull morning. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 10 days ago

Things To Think About

I woke up early today, and in a ‘pondering’ mood. So here are some things for us all to ponder. And finally, something historical. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 10 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Seven

This is the seventh part of a fiction serial, in 875 words. Tapping the folder, Alison explained. “Corporal Owen appears not to want to stay silent. He was informed of the charge against you being dropped, and told he would be posted somewhere very remote if he didn’t play the ga … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 10 days ago

Fun For A Sunny Friday

The day has started off sunny here, so here is a mix of memes and cartoons to keep the smiles going. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 11 days ago

Never Forget

I am posting this a day early due to time zones across the world. Eighty years ago tomorrow, the combined forces of Great Britain, America, Canada, and soldiers from over twenty other allied countries (including Free French) invaded German-occupied France with the largest sea and … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 12 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Five

This is the fifth part of a fiction serial, in 799 words. She told Clive her name was Alison. “Leave your kit in the hallway, and follow me”. The room he followed her into reminded him of the office of the headmaster when he was at school. She walked around the desk and sat in … … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 12 days ago

A Midweek Mix Of Humour

Some old paintings jokes and a couple of cartoons. No sunshine yet this morning, but it’s not raining! | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 12 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Four

This is the fourth part of a fiction serial, in 778 words. If he had expected some kind of group to be inside the building, Clive was mistaken. A female RAF orderly showed him into a bedroom at the end of the corridor, gave him a key to lock it, and told him someone would … Conti … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 13 days ago

More Help From Our Helpful Neighbour

Julie recently ordered some cheap waterproof (fake rattan in resin) garden/patio furniture. It came in one large box, and considering it was supposed to contain a 2-seat sofa with cushions, 2 small armchairs with cushions, and a glass-topped centre table, I was dubious that it ha … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 13 days ago

Monday Was Bread-Baking Day

While I was trying to shift weeds from the patio cracks and sorting out some overgrown shrubs in the garden, Julie set-to with baking our bread for this week. We get a choice, one Seeded, one White. As always, they were delicious! | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 13 days ago

Nothing Personal: Part Three

This is the third part of a fiction serial, in 772 words. The day after he was visited by the Captain assigned to help him, Clive was told he had more visitors. The guard telling him had a strange expression on his face as they walked down to the visiting room. It was more than … … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 14 days ago

The Glitch Continues

Yesterday’s issues with logging on to my blog have persisted today. I could not access WordPress from my usual shortcut, and was prompted to log in. When I did so, WP was not happy with my (same) password, and insisted on sending another authorisation code under the 2-step verifi … | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 14 days ago

Why Is England Called England?

My friend Antony sent me this very interesting and informative 17-minute video. It should be of interest to anyone who speaks English and is interested in history. | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 14 days ago

Beetleypete’s Classroom: Lesson Twelve

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Pay attention please, Bradshaw! CLASS DISMISSED! | Continue reading


@beetleypete.com | 14 days ago

In Case I Disappear

This morning, WordPress has decided to pick on me for some reason. In the last 20 minutes, I have been asked to log into my own account no less than 5 times, and been sent verification codes to my mobile, only to be told that they are incorrect when I enter them. I have now … Con … | Continue reading


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