“The Silver Song of the Lark” – Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 50 | Flash! Friday – Shortlist

The Silver Song of the Lark   The karaoke bar was heaving, so they went to the back, where proper music could be played – through a proper record player. Let the youngsters, gangstas and Beats-wearing hipsters sing what they thought passed for music these days. Shankly sat at the bar, ale in hand, smiling. …

“ReignBow” – Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 44 | Flash! Friday

+ Include Surgery ReignBow Red bulbous noses, menacing clowns, harlequin hats and jesters dance in his hallucinations now. Orange doctors speak of complications of surgery and difficult times ahead. Five minutes here, five minutes there, then jocular chats about rounds of golf and luminous-orange spray tan top-ups. Yellow jaundice creeps across his skin and eyes …

“An Aspirin A Day Keeps The Doctors Away” – Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 44 | Flash! Friday

+ Include Surgery An aspirin a day keeps the doctors away They’d tried everything. Sharp syringes containing liquid colours from Barbie-pink to camouflage-green. Foul smelling pastes. Tablets they stuck places that tablets shouldn’t be stuck. Even surgery. Through their clumsy yellow spacemen suits and Vader masks, they muffled words at me. They said I had …

The Battle of Marathon (Special Mention) – Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 40 | Flash! Friday

1990, London “This is so much more than that song.” “What song?” “Tom-ay-toe. Tom-ar-toe. Pot-tay-toe. Pot-tar-toe. Who the hell says pot-tar-toe anyway?” The Home Secretary knows better than to argue with the PM. Prime Minister Howard stands proud and addresses this sacred home of democracy. “Mr Speaker. They have gone too far. They’ve declared war …