Tired of Living but Scared of Dying

The alarm rings at 6:55 AM. I’m already awake I’m awake most mornings when the alarm rings. I slowly open my eyes. My head feels as if I’m in a hospital recovery room, coming round after an operation. I’m almost comatose. I can’t think properly. My wife opens the curtains. Daylight burns into my eyes….


Harry Taylor and his thankless child

Harry Taylor closed his computer and stepped away from his desk. It was Friday and the time was 4:30 PM. He had been working hard on the Kingston deal, which if successful would secure the prosperity of his company for at least another three years. What Harry wanted more than anything was a quiet weekend….


Vincent

A nightmare woke him. He opened his eyes and squinted. Memories of fire and screaming. Sounds of popping and crackling. The room was dark. Was that a real noise he had heard? Maybe it was a dream? He thought it had come from the passage beyond the bedroom door. Stayed in bed listening. Perhaps it…


Gina the Transgender

Geoffrey is a transvestite — correction, a transgender person — who goes by the name of Georgina. He (she) likes people to call him Gina. Geoffrey should have been born a girl. He thinks like a girl, acts like a girl and dresses like a girl. He likes expensive handbags and shoes. His hair is…


The Despicable Computer Hacker

It came like a chill wind. Some hacker had installed a malware virus on my computer and accessed all my passwords and email contacts. They claimed I had been looking at porn sites. They had proof it was me because they had control of the camera on my computer. The images obtained through the camera…


Alfred and his Internet fantasies

He’d gotten himself into real trouble chatting on the Internet, doubling up on his lies and trying to convince the girls that he was more of a man than he actually was. Alfred was a toothless seventy-five year old with a golden voice. He sounded thirty years younger than he actually was. Pretending he was…


THE ASYLUM SEEKER

I was sitting with my friend Yusuf in the Bab al―Salam refugee camp, just a hundred yards south of the Turkish border.  Twenty thousand refugees, mostly women and children, live in the camp.  Yusuf and I ere Syrian refugees escaping the war in Aleppo and trying to get to Europe.  Twenty yards away barefoot kids…


Geekiness and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

I have to admit that I am a bit of a geek where technology is concerned.  From my Samsung Q90 QLED ultra high-performance television, my iPad Pro 11, Nest thermostat, Google Home Hub, through to my Samsung Galaxy S-10 plus telephone, I’ve got them all.  My friends jibe me about my geekiness but I don’t…


The Telephone Call

The telephone rings five times before I pick up.  A monotone voice on the line says: “This a BT information call.  Your Internet has been compromised and will be shut down.  Press number one to connect to the team or press the hash key for more information.” I know it’s a scam call, a voice…


A GIRL CALLED VALERIE

I am 16 years old.  It is the height of summer and I’m sitting with Valerie in an open park shelter with a tiled roof watching my friends play football.  Valerie is not in a relationship and neither am I.  In fact she has only recently split up with her long-time boyfriend, Colin Jones.  Colin…