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Fiction / Short Stories: funny, political satire, meaningful, comedy; psychology, sociology, corporations



Also of interest: Meaningful , poems and songs and the Tibestian Undead satire.

When new cars TV holidays leave you empty
When Albert first renovated an old car - when he was still in his teens - he felt an immense sense of freedom. Even then insurance was a ripoff, so he only used it for late summer - July through September. The only experience that matched it for liberty was later, when he lived "off grid", as it were, in a caravan - no rent, no services, close to nature. Slowly, some would say inexorably, the

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climate change, fiction, funny, satire, wholeness, wisdom,


Lesson in manners whilst moving house
Clearly I don't understand sophisticated company (!): Recently, while helping someone move house, I had to ask the new owner if I could use her toilet. The new owners had arrived early ... "You mean the Baaathroom!" she tittered. I was puzzled, as you can probably tell. Never mind, when in Rome, do as the Romans do ... "Certainly madam," said I. "I prefer to use the lavatory, but if it

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fiction, funny, satire, snobbery,


Heaven and Hell - Community Values. Diary of a non-feeding Vampire – (part 3x-b)
Heaven and Hell - Diary of a non-feeding Vampire – (part 3x-b) Imagine, if you can, taking a dog for a walk – having done so, on and off, for over 350 years. Sometimes your own neighbourhood can seem like paradise, sometimes the pits. And it isn’t just the weather … On a  recent walk of mine the whole district was very quiet, and I became aware of the absence of any such values. It was

tags:
alcohol, community, fiction, psychology, satire, TibestianUndead,


Wholeness and Driving - Undead Diary chapter (2x +1)
Another excerpt from my 360+years diary of a reformed vampire The longer you live the more problems people seem to invent – or I am just being cantankerous? I’ll try to be more accurate – people keep inventing further complications. I can’t complain, though clearly I'm itching to! Driving, by which I mean personal ‘independent’ mobility with mechanical aids, is clearly a sort of additional

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debt, fiction, projection, psychology, satire, TibestianUndead, wholeness,


idollartry political satire - money infects democracy
idollartry Of course, no one knew this was about to happen, but a critical mass of people – all ages, both genders, from all countries, some rich, many poor, and most completely indifferent – were carrying the image of a sane, creative, empathic future society. Then there was one more. Suppose the critical mass was one million people (and, for all we know, non human mammals). The million

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awakening, denial, fiction, hope, idollartry, pathological wealth, politics, revolution, satire,


Individual versus dogma - Harraga
Harraga by Boualem Sansal One of the best books I've read recently. Harraga means 'those who burn', in this context it's someone who attempts to illegally immigrate to another country/regime.  The book was written in French, by the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal, and translated into English by Frank Wynne. The book is set mostly in the house (and the mind!) of Lamia. Her house is very

tags:
books, Boualem Sansal, conformity, fear, fiction, freedom, meaningful, psychology, religion,


creepy parking ... and piles satire
Mr Creepy  retrieved his tobacco from under the settee while his wife was busy in the bathroom. He’d brought her back from town and was pleased to discover his parking space across the road hadn’t been taken. No sooner had he reminisced his good fortune, squatting by the settee, than he heard the sound of a large vehicle coming to a standstill outside his house. The road was a dead-end, and

tags:
consciousness, fiction, psychology, relationships, satire,


The Way Between - peace activism as fantasy story
The Middle Way, between fighting and fleeing ... The Way Between by Rivera Sun Everybody loves a good story ... and together, we bring them into the world!  The Way Between blends fun, action, adventure, and fantasy while delivering an uplifting message of waging peace and active nonviolence for a new generation of readers.  Join a creative team of Community Publishers in launching . .

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books, bullying, empathy, fantasy, fiction, freedom, harmony, hope, peace, video,


The Eagle's Throne - Carlos Fuentes
A fine book, set in the very near future. Due to a disagreement with the USA, Mexico finds itself without telecommunications, so people begin writing letters again! This is a problem for hard hearted politicians, because they believe it is unwise to ever commit anything to writing. They like everything that other people say to be in writing, because that gives them power. The principal

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books, fiction, meaningful, politics, psychology,


Know thyself ... or wound others
Even in the tiny, quiet town of Smogdale, UpNorth County, in the UQ (the Untidy Queendom of Little England), the traffic congestion is getting so bad that Kevin the builder has a problem. Despite being a couple of inches short of 7 feet tall, well built and notoriously energetic, he doesn't want to carry his tools 200 yards from his van to his house every day after work. He doesn't want to carry

tags:
consciousness, fiction, projection, psychology, satire, solar, wisdom,


Broke and Free
For hundreds of years the landed 'nobles' of Europe stole the produce of their serfs (slaves) and stole land from each other using the 'patriotic' curse to propel their slaves into war: millions of dead millions of widows millions of widowers millions of orphans millions of sufferers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and worse … much worse , and no treatment or understanding. And they no

tags:
alcohol, consumerism, fiction, freedom, history, politics, psychology, reinventing slavery,


Racist halfwits are offered self-awareness
Racist halfwits are offered self-awareness (!) but decline the offer One of the perks/handicaps of being 360 years young (!) is spotting glaring contradictions. Sometimes this gets me into hot water. For example, a mother and daughter with a 'foreign' accent in a cafe, suddenly confronted by a crowd of young males sporting tattoos and aggressive attire. They want to know if the females are

tags:
consciousness, fantasy, featured, fiction, projection, psychology, TibestianUndead,


fiction - career choices on leaving school
Ivor and Paul were chatting in the barn, out of the (rather unusual) blazing sun, when Ivor's grandson arrived. Ivor made a big deal of greeting him, very warmly, and Paul raised an eyebrow. Alex looked up now and then and smiled, but mostly frowned, his gaze downcast. Ivor caught Paul's quizzical expression and gave the tiniest nod, which Paul had learned to interpret as "trust me, I’ll

tags:
banking, capital, debt, fiction, freedom, funny, hope, housing, politics, satire,


Going Postal – Terry Pratchett
Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett stars petty con man Moist von Lipwig, who has been caught, and is offered hanging or a new job. He takes the job (which beats hanging around) and the Postal ?Service of Ankh Morpork is transformed. Gentle satire from Sir TP. Available as book or DVD. It's often difficult to choose; with the Discworld it's easy - buy both! a film

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books, Discworld, fiction, humour, Terry Pratchett, video,


Unplugged from the Corporate World
Short story - Unplugged from the Corporate World Nearly two years has passed since Paul exited the commercial world, his caravan on Ivor's farm is homely, his own plot of land providing most of what he eats, with surplus salads to sell, and Ivor, being a wise old bird with no paper qualifications realises it's time for the occasional chat with Paul to help the young fellow slow down a bit. "

tags:
alienation, banking, compost, corporations, debt, fiction, freedom, organic, self-sufficiency,


Paradise Found
Ancient Ivor is giving young Paul a lift in his car. Paul chats continually and is agitated about Ivor driving so slowly. "Where's the radio?" Paul asked. There isn't one. After fifteen minutes, Ivor stops in a lay-by. "I need you to be quiet for five minutes. Empty your mind and look at the world. After each minute, or thereabouts, I'll ask you a question." "Okay Gov. You're the boss.

tags:
consciousness, featured, fiction, miscellany 1, psychology, wisdom,


slowest lessons to learn
psychology/sociology - from the point of view of a 360 year old non-feeding vampire. What are the slowest lessons to learn? The answer is easy, the details aren't! Patience and wisdom. A 360 year old non-feeding vampire is still on the journey, and probably will never 'arrive' at this desirable destination ... For example, the most annoying and inconsiderate people will believe absolute,

tags:
denial, fiction, hope, psychology, sociology, symbolic, TibestianUndead, wisdom,


escaping reinventing slavery housing and learned helplessness
The Tibestian Book of the Undead  The Diary (2nd edition) of a 360 year old Vampire  part 6 Turkey, ~1850 'How do you get the first post to stand upright?' asked Ibil. 'Anlamiyorum,' quoth I. I haven't a clue. We were helping a neighbour (Ibil was another of my neighbours). The plan was to tall wooden posts to stand upright, and then thatch a roof on top to keep their straw dry in the

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fantasy, fiction, freedom, hope, housing, reinventing slavery, satire, TibestianUndead,


Consciousness - The World in ones Head
Tibestian Book of the Undead, part 5 I think I was about 50 when I first realised that many people's world is almost entirely in their minds. I'd known for decades that people are complicated, very different .. weird. Including yours truly, of course. The first example I recall was when I'd spent many months rebuilding a barn, as well as having a full time job. I finished making the roof

tags:
consciousness, featured, fiction, funny, hope, satire, Social media, TibestianUndead, updated, wisdom,


Bad advice is freely given
Tibestian Book of the Undead - part 4 (brainwashing, corporate/banking matrix, education, freedom, vampires ...) the diary (2nd edition) of a 360 year old vampire Oh for the days when I used to wander through the lanes on my annual migration from Turkey  to France, and back ... Peace and quiescence, familiar creaks from the caravan as my horse plods along, pausing at particularly lush

tags:
brainwashing, corporations, debt, education, fiction, freedom, matrix, popular, satire, spirit, TibestianUndead, updated, vampires,


all I need is a room somewhere
Tibestian Book of the Undead - part 3 all I need is a room somewhere (banking, buy to enslave, fiction, housing, learned helplessness, monopoly, Rothschild, satire, TibestianUndead, reinventing slavery, ) I've been diverted from my reminiscence - the Napoleonic wars - by today's news. though it is related. Apparently foreigners have been investing dirty money in property (hardly news, is it

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allegory, banking, buy to enslave, debt, fiction, housing, learned helplessness, monopoly, reinventing slavery, Rothschild, satire, TibestianUndead,


Undead, part 2: power, freedom, denial
Part 2 of The Tibestian Book of the Undead (read part 1 first ...) Chapter 3 Why am I writing this? Because I kept a diary, every day after I finally acquired paper, but after a century or so of diligently making notes and musings, someone stole it. I'd like to think it will turn up one day, but judging by my location at that time, it was probably used to light a fire or wipe someone's

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banking, debt, democracy, denial, fantasy, fast food, fiction, freedom, mathemusician, power, satire, Social media, TibestianUndead, vampires,


The Tibestian Book of the Undead
The Diary (2nd edition) of a 360 year old Vampire Chapter 1 I was born in 1645, in a barn. My parents, or rather my mother, lived in a tiny caravan that was pulled by a horse. I can't remember the horses name, but, knowing my mother, it would have had one. Mother made all manner of useful things from wood. She knew every type of tree native to England, and of every land between France and

tags:
Albania, allegory, denial, fiction, France, Freud, psychology, satire, TibestianUndead, vampires,


The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
A Penguin modern classics paperback from 1951. Reprinted 1972.<br /> $6.99 at Amazon, used copies from $0.93. Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye,  Holden  Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical  adolescent." Holden  narrates the story of a couple of days in his  sixteen-year-old life,  just after he's been expelled from prep school,  in a slang that sounds  edgy even

tags:
adolescence, alienation, books, fiction,


DVD, Kiefer Sutherland, Leslie Hope, Elisha Cuthbert, Sarah Clarke, film, thrillers
Recently I was lent the first season of 24 Hours on DVD. It is an interesting idea to portray a story in real time, though an unrealistic amount of action, trauma and politics is packed into 24 hours - that starts at the END of most characters working day - and no-one falls asleep at their desk, or while driving their car! It's a shame there has to be so much violence and suspicion, and every

tags:
books, dvd, fiction, film, photos, thrillers,




Look and Learn story
A day in the life of a 5 year old boy

Funny Short Stories
funny fiction, humour, comedy, funny fantasy, allegory, whimsy

Puberty Nick
funny short stories, family dynamics, contrariness, psychology

Skyelights
funny short stories, satire, homeless

Jungian opposites, A satire of Republicans, psychology, unconsciousness
Jungian opposites, satire, Republicans, psychology, unconsciousness

Tony Blah's Weapons of Mass Deception
Tony Blair, war, politics, deception, satire

Political Satire - George Bush
Politics, satire, George Bush

Malice In Numberland
funny short stories

Military Intelligence, by Oxie Moreon
war, conflict, satire, oxymoron, feminine values

The hero in fiction and contemporary politics
free thinking, political satire, politics, hero

Astral Travels to Planet Meeja
funny short stories, social engineering

Pest Food, comedy, satire
funny short stories, comedy, satire, estate agents, vampires

Diligent Dayv - Postman to President - funny stories
funny short stories, satire, President, politics, psychology

The Freemasons Secret Handshake
funny short stories, Secrets, satire, societies, illustrated stories

King Arthur of Cameldung and his fabled Sword, Expeditor
funny short stories, Arthurian, politics, corruption, Excalibur

The Lay-by of Sissyfoot
funny short stories, satire, landlords

Scarborough Fair story
funny short stories, humour

Aliens Short Stories - Funny Business Satire
funny short stories, commerce, satire

Genetic Engineering goes awry
genetics, satire, aliens, popular science

Mr. Creepy - neighbourhood creep
funny short stories,

The Peoples Republic of Thursleydale
funny short stories, satire, funny, plays on words,

R. Sole esq. - road rage story
funny short stories, satire, road rage, psychology, violence

Kate and dog
dogs, fantasy, short stories, illustrated stories, teens, hermit

Coalition of the Willing Short Story Satire
dogs, fantasy, short stories, illustrated stories, teens, hermit

ninety seven, ninety sex, oops
funny short stories, comedy, mathematics,

Funny fantasy - The Dire Tribe
funny short stories, fantasy, comedy, illustrated stories,

The Compact Tea Leaf Reader - short story
funny short stories, aliens, comedy, geeks, parody, mystics,

Government youth job creation scheme satire
Government, youth, employment, satire

Sigmundina Freud - bosom envy
funny short stories, Sigmundina Freud,comedy, satire, psychology, spoof, envy

Steam Irony - short story satire
funny short stories, irony, satire, comedy

Procrastination, funny short story
funny short stories, procrastination

The Browsers Indigestion - humorous inventors
funny short stories, eccentric, inventors, satire

Institutional Life - comedy short story
funny short stories, Institutions, satire, comedy

Googlebots Rule
funny short stories, comedy, satire, googlebot

Diligent Dayv - Postman to President - funny stories

The Freemasons Secret Handshake

Satire: Political corruption King Arthurs Court

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