The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (or the UK) is a constitutional monarchy comprising much of the British Isles. The UK today is a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures, all with a rich history. In the 1700s, illegal gambling houses hired a special person to swallow the dice if the police showed up. Nowadays, the monarch owns all the sturgeon , whales and dolphins in the waters within 3 miles of land. blue_sky
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Jocko
Jyotsna Paranjape   Where’s Jocko? A touch of dread The food loving cat, with a clock for a stomach, Not there. Touch of dread - he was not there, padding...
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Initiation into the Bed Bath
Bhama Daly   It was one of those typically spring mornings in a north London suburb, with slivers of sunlight desperately trying to break through dense cloud. Marissa Samson walked...
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Weddings and Masquerades
Bhama Daly   Sunlight streams in through the stained-glass window of the old, stone church. Marissa looks at Nigel dressed in his top hat and tails. He cuts a dashing...
Ship Cannon
A Fight with a Cannon
La vieuville was suddenly cut short by a cry of despair, and a the same time a noise was heard wholly unlike any other sound. The cry and sounds came from within...
His Wedded Wife
His Wedded Wife
Rudyard Kipling Cry "Murder!" in the market-place, and each Will turn upon his neighbor anxious eyes That ask:—"Art thou the man?" We hunted Cain Some centuries ago, across the world,...
How the Whale Got Its Throat
How the Whale Got Its Throat
Rudyard Kipling In the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the...
How the Camel Got His Hump
How the Camel Got His Hump
Rudyard Kipling Now this is the next tale, and it tells how the Camel got his big hump. In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and...
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In Praise of Uphill
Jill Peer   Weston Super Mare on a windy day, Blustery gales ablowing, blow me away. Caravans in rows lined up everywhere, We are in our camper so we don’t...
The Country Wife
Mari Wallace   “Dave! Dave! Come quick! There are cows!” Jen’s eyes were wide with astonishment as she pointed excitedly to the brown and white faces peering over the fence....
Thy Heart's Desire
Thy Heart’s Desire
The tents were pitched in the little plain surrounded by hills. Right and left there were stretches of tender, vivid green where the young corn was springing; farther still, on...