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Aug 17, 2013
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Volume Six: Home at Mornington Pier, Melbourne.

Volume Six: Home at Mornington Pier, Melbourne.

Good news all round on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week. But before I get into the news, I just want to thank James ‘Paudie’ Horgan for sending on the wonderful picture of Volume Six: Home above.

So now to the news. It all began last Saturday, when Caroline McSweeney confirmed that Volume Six Home had arrived safely in Copenhagen, Denmark. And continued throughout the week, as three other One Short Story To Be Told stories moved, or are moving today.

Gordan (L) hands Volume Three: Grey Skies to Ruairi.

The first of those moves occurred on Tuesday when Gordon Kinsella brought his six month love affair with Volume Three: Grey Skies to an end by passing it to Ruiari De Barra, who will provide Grey Skies with it’s eighteenth home. Gordan and Ruairi kindly sent me the photograph on the left. Thanks for that lads, though I’m not sure if Gordon is happy, or about to go into catatonic shock!
Gordon has promised his feedback on his One Short Story To Be Told experience will follow shortly (hopefully that doesn’t mean another six month wait for me!).
Meanwhile Ruairi is basking in the glory (maybe a slight overstatement) of securing his third One Short Story To Be Told volume. He has previously held Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Two: Wink. Speaking of Volume Two, I’m not sure if Ruairi has posted Wink to Annuska Krautz just yet. But I’m sure if that action has not already taken place, it will soon.
Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return is another story on the move. In fact that move should happen today (and maybe already has), as Steve Meaney assured me earlier in the week that today would be the day he would post the book to James Brandon, whose keenness for this project was highlighted by the swiftness with which his One Short Story To Be Told contract was returned to me. Steve also assured me his feedback would arrrive today, and he has been true to his word. He’s what he had to say, as well as a nice picture he provided (though being a Leeds Utd fan myself, I’m not sure about the jersey!):

Steve Meaney with Volume OneFirst of all I want to say thank you for leaving me be a part of this amazing journey you have created with this brilliant idea.

I must say I found the story Waiting For Life To Return warm-hearted, and it brought a pleasant smile to my face. All I can say is fantastic. I even tried reading Leyton’s mirror writing notes – but found it getting harder the more I got into it! Ha Ha!
Thanks again for allowing me be a part of this. Cheers, Steve Meaney 16th August 2013.
Thank you Steve for being a part of this adventure. And thanks for the photograph and kind words – because these are things that keep me going!
Today has also seen Volume Five: Full Circle begin the next stage of it’s journey. And, in a nice piece of symetary, that move will also bring to an end to another six month love affair. Paul O’ Connor has held Full Circle in his possession since 13th February, and there have, I must admit, been times in that period when I thought Full Circle had been misplaced. But no, Paul has kept it safe and sound. And today will forward it to Sabine Lengger, a lady who resides in Plymouth, England. Sabine is, Paul tells me, Australian and very keen on the One Short Story To Be Told idea. So, I’m looking forward to contacting her. More importantly, Full Circle is looking forward to meeting it’s tenth owner.
All this activity now means, if one counts Annuska Krautz’s ownership of Voluem Two: Wink (which I will) that the One Short Story To Be Told volumes’ have visited ninety four homes since it’s launch on 23rd October 2010. I’m delighted with that, and very excited about reaching a century of homes. All going well, I think that might happen this year. In fact, I have a vision of 100 being reached on One Short Story To Be Told’s third anniversary, or maybe Christmas day. That, of course, may just be wishful thinking. But, hey what’s life without a dream!
See you next week. 88*Googolplex. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.
Aug 10, 2013
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Hi all, and welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told weekly update. To begin with, I’m delighted to announce that two One Short Story To Be Told volumes will be winging their way to a new home in the very near future. And that, just yesterday, I posted the all important (but lots of fun) One Short Story To Be Told contract to the two lucky people. They are James Brandon, who will soon receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return from Steve Meaney. And a lady who goes by the scrumptious name of Annuska Krautz, who awaits the arrival of Volume Two: Wink. Annushka shouldn’t have to wait long, Ruairi De Barra has promised to act swiftly, and Ruairi has a great track record in keeping his word, especially in regard to One Short Story To Be Told. And I’m hoping Steve will prove as prompt as Ruairi.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been interested in numbers and coincidences. And there are a few coincidences in the numbers these two latest moves provide.

First Annushka and James will both provide a 24th home to their respective volumes.

Second, these two newly announced moves will take the total number of homes provided to One Short Story To Be Told volumes to 95 – the same number I have as today’s Friday Forum.

And third, One Short Story To Be Told is now very close to reaching the century mark!

One other piece of news this week. Elle Detonet who, as you know, was the last person to provide Volume Four: Sleepyhead with a home, has forwarded her feedback on the One Short Story To Be Told idea. It is, one has to say, very detailed and, due to the photograph’s Elle provided, colorful. So thank you Elle. Here’s what she had to say:


SleepyHead must have been sleepy by the time it arrived in India – it have travelled all the way from down under, and passed through many hands at Asian customs, before finally arriving in Mumbai in March 2013, after all. Our first trip was to a local temple where I lit candles and bought rosary beads that ended up coming everywhere with Volume Four: Sleepyhead for the remainder of it’s time with me. And it came into my possession at a time where I was myself very sleepy. Living in the madness of Mumbai, where the constant beeping of the millions of rickshaws and cars keep people like me awake well into  the wee hours, I spent many a day hidden under my covers (just like John Winston, the main character in Sleepyhead) praying for sleep to finally come! 



Reading SleepyHead reminded me of my childhood, and the battle my mother had to get me (and my sister) out if bed every morning for school. The snooze button being constantly activated, mother’s endless trips to the room, and our insistence on ‘ just 5 more minutes’ still provide great memories – and Sleepyhead activated them!  
SleepyHead also proved very popular in India for more than the quality of the writing. It is, after all, a beautifully presented book. So when I had it out and about (and I brought it everywhere) locals were always curious to know what I was reading. It drew audiences on the beach,in cafes, and on one occasion kids living in a slum area surrounded me, and were fighting to hold it – even though there was a mini circus nearby!


But my favourite trip with Volume Four: Sleepyhead was to one of Mumbais most famous landmarks: Leopolds Cafe. Leopolds was the local pub for many of Mumbais gansters , and was heavily detailed in Gregory David Roberts (one of Mumbais biggest drug dealers) best selling book, Shantaram. 
photo-4And its fame was sealed in 2008 when staff members and customers were killed when terrorists opened fire on the cafe. Brilliantly the owners refused to be closed down, and opened the very next day. To this day you can still  see bullet holes in the walls.
In conclusion, Sleepyhead was a beautiful read. I read it in one go and loved the story, language and John Winston’s character. Thanks leyton/Stan for a lovely book and idea. And apologies for misplacing such beautiful thing – especially as I had managed to bring it safely from India to Ireland before losing it!
So there you go folks, that’s it for this week. 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte


Aug 4, 2013
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Hey there, and welcome to another Friday Forum that is late arriving. I have to say I have struggled with doing these updates over the past few weeks. And this week was no different. The reason? Well I feel all I’m doing is repeating the same things over and over again.
So this week I’m not going to talk about things that have not happened (although there are many), or indeed about promises made (and made again) but not delivered upon.
Instead I’m going to tell you what HAS happened.
1. James Brandon has accepted Steve Meaney’s offer of being next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, and will soon become the 24th person to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into his life.
2. Ruairi De Barra has announced he is looking for a new owner for Volume Two: Wink. I have had a number of people express an interest in being next, and a decision regarding that matter should be made soon.
And that’s it for this week folks. But just before I’d like to ask for a favour. If you are reading this, and you are one of those people who has promised feedback or to seek a new owner for a One Short Story To Be Told volume, could you please focus your attention on that matter if at all possible this week?
Thank you.
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Jul 28, 2013
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Hello there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to my Friday Forum once again. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot to tell you this week, as the stories published under the One Short Story To Be Told moniker have not done a lot.

James ‘Paudie’ Horgan has been in touch to say he has forwarded Volume Six: Home to Caroline McSweeney in Denmark. But, as Caroline is currently traveling, it will be the end of August before she gets her hands on the story. And Steve Meaney has made a decision regarding the next home for Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. I cannot, however, reveal any detail regarding that decision, as I am waiting for the chosen person to confirm they are willing to participate in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

I am also waiting (and this is proving to be a challenging situation) for Paul O’ Connor to confirm that Volume Five: Full Circle has moved on. You may recall that this move was scheduled to take place on the 10th July, a full 14 days ago now. But, despite a number of emails, I have had no news from Paul on that situation. Am I frustrated? Of course I am. it is difficult to be in a position where I don’t know the whereabouts of one of my books. But it is even more challenging to be in a position where my book may have been given to someone I know absolutely nothing about – particularly when the idea of One Short Story To Be Told is to create and track a journey for my tales. But I need to be patient, and believe that The Universe knows what it is doing – no matter how hard doing so will be!

In other news, I am also still waiting for Gordon Kinsella and Ruairi De Barra to confirm that they have made arrangements for the transfer of Volume Three: Grey Skies. For Derek O’ Sullivan and Elle Detonet to forward feedback on Volume Three and Four respectively. And, even though I spoke to Ruairi De Barra during the week, I have no update on  Volume Two: Wink

Ah, yes I’m getting good at this waiting game.

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Jul 21, 2013
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There’s been quite a bit of news on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week. And for those of you hoping to welcome one of my stories into your home two pieces of news will be of particular interest.

First, James ‘Paudie’ Horgan passed this message to me on Wednesday:

I’m now ready to pass on Volume Six: Home, and continue this amazing journey. I will be in search of Volumes One to Five…even if it takes me years to do. I hope I was not too long reading Volume Six: Home. But like all good intensions, things crop up that are out of your control. I’m now going to to look at the list of potential suitors. A decision regarding who will be next to receive Volume Six: Home will follow shortly.

And then Steve Meaney sent this message regarding Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return:

Hey Stan,  sorry for the delay with Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, but I’ve been up the walls with work (and with my wife breathing down my neck over you and the book ha ha). I finally finished reading, and I will leave it up to you to pick somebody that will treat Waiting For Life To Return with the respect it deserves. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of this journey you have created!

So there are two One Short Story To Be Told stories soon to be on the move. And while James “Paudie’ Horgan is going to make his own decision (and, therefore, leaves you in a position where you can only watch and wait) Steve Meaney is taking a different tack altogether. So, if you’d like to be next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return drop me a line via the blog, Facebook or email.

The other piece of news this week was the arrival of Ultan Finnegan’s feedback on Volume Two: Wink. Here’s what he had to say: Wink awoke my senses and broke the silence I was in. Yet another fine short story to float me along this new voyage. A pleasure it is to sail along and parallel Leyton’s life. I cannot wait to read more of his story and look forward to the receipt if more parts of his interesting rambling a on life.

A big thank you to Ultan for taking the time to pass on his kind words, the blog page dedicated to Volume Two: Wink looks all the better for it’s inclusion!

So, that’s all the news for this week. I’m still waiting for confirmation that Paul O’ Connor has passed Volume Five: Full Circle on to it’s tenth owner, and it therefore follows that all I know about the new owner (if indeed there is a new owner) is they are female and lives in Plymouth, England. There is now news, either, on the proposed move of Volume Three: Grey Skies from Gordon Kinsella to Ruairi De Barra. Hopefully there’ll be news on both these events before next weeks update. And maybe I’ll have feedback from Elle Detonet (re Volume Four: Sleepyhead) and Derek O’ Sullivan (re Volume Three: Grey Skies), too. So until then 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


Jul 13, 2013
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It’s been another ‘I’m Still Waiting’ week for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. But you know what? This is always happens after a busy week, and last week was a busy week. I did send Ruairi De Barra the contract for his forthcoming visit of Volume Three: Grey Skies. But the rest of the week was filled with nothing but my thoughts on the current status of the six short stories I have out in the world.

So here’s what I’ve been thinking.

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return: I haven’t heard anything from Steve Meaney since the week Waiting For Life To Return landed at his front door. And I still haven’t received his contract either. I wonder if he has read the book yet? And I wonder if he has considered who will be next.

Volume Two: Wink: Ruairi De Barra has been great with updates. And his last missive informed me he had three shipmates looking to read Wink. I wonder if any of them have had a chance to do so? And is Ruairi Still at sea? Oh, and I wonder if Ruairi has actually spoken to Gorden Kinsella about being next to receive Volume Three: Grey Skies. Jeepers I don’t think Ultan Finnegan has sent on his feedback for this volume either. That’s a bit odd, Ultan was great with feedback for the other volumes he has had. Maybe I’ll get something from him next week.

Volume Three: Grey Skies: I wonder if Gordan Kinsella has a nice photograph of him with Grey Skies? He is a photographer, after all. And has he thought about the feedback for the blog? And has he actually spoken to Ruairi about arranging a handover? I hope this doesn’t get complicated and drawn out. Speaking of drawn out – I still haven’t received feedback for this volume from Derek O’ Sullivan. I think I might have to accept that might never happen now.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead: I wonder if this volume will ever turn up? Or is destined to spend the rest of it’s life in a bin? Please God that won’t happen. Oh, I need to ask Elle Detonet to send on her feedback. The least I can do for Sleepyhead is ensure I get that. (I acted on that last thought folks, and Elle has promised it will be with me soon).

Volume Five: Full Circle: I wonder if the handover Paul O’Connor informed about last week has taken place? It should have, his friend was due to arrive last Wednesday. He never passed on her name, or an address. So I haven’t sent this lady a contract. Hmmm, I hope this won’t become awkward. But it has been awkward in the past when a One Short Story To Be Told custodian has been someone I don’t know, and don’t have contact with. Stop thinking like this! Paul will be in touch soon. He will give me a name and contact details for the new owner. It will all be fine. And don’t even begin to imagine that Paul won’t send on a photo and feedback – you’re just being silly now.

Volume Six: Home: I’m delighted James ‘Paudie’ Horgan received this volume. I hope he enjoys it. And wasn’t it great that David Daly went to so much trouble to ensure it landed safely in Paudie’s hands. God, it would be great of all the One Short Story To Be Told custodians were as efficient as David. But, hey that’s unrealistic – people have busy lives! Maybe that’s why John Linehan, who promised me a little feedback on this volume hasn’t done so this week. God, this thing can be frustrating sometimes!

So there you go folks. That’s the kind of stuff that runs through my mind on quiet weeks for One Short Story To Be Told. But hey, I created this adventure, so I’m not complaining. And I could have worse things on mind!

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Jul 5, 2013
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It’s been a buy week here at One Short Story To Be Told headquarters (if you can call a semi-detached house in Cork, Ireland a HQ that is!). That busy week has seen news of three of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes out there in the world reach HQ.

First Gordon Kinsella kept his promise from last week, and made a decision on the next destination for Volume Three: Grey Skies. Ruairi De Barra (who himself has been in touch to relate his delight at securing a peek at a third One Short Story To Be Told story), was the man he chose.

Gordon’s announcement was swiftly followed by the news that Volume Six: Home had landed Melbourne Australia, and the home of James ‘Paudie’ Horgan. In his short note James also informed me he has started reading. I hope he enjoys it!

And then, just yesterday, Paul O’ Connor, who has been in possession of Volume Five: Full Circle since early in the year, dropped me a line to say he has read and enjoyed the entire volume. Pail alos informed me he has a friend visiting on the 10th of July, and this visitor, who remained nameless, will be next to carry the baton for Volume Five. Paul did reveal some details about his visitor. It’s a lady who resides in Plymouth, England.I look forward to revealing this lady’s name to you.

The arrival of Volume Six: Home in James Horgan’s house also saw the One Short Story To Be Told adventure nudge closer to a landmark number. James is the 91st person to provide a home to one of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes, so the magic century is now in sight. Of course the proposed moves for Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle will get the adventure even closer. So, I’m expecting an exciting period ahead as I close in on the century of readers. I also expect a few shanningans as people jostle for position in order to be the 100th recipient of a One Short Story To be Told volume. But hey, that’s all part of the fun isn’t it?

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Jun 22, 2013
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Activity is the best word to describe the last seven days in the One Short Story To Be Told week. So here’s the detail.

V2 - Ruairi1. Volume Two: Wink landed in it’s 23rd home, that of Ruairi De Barra, who Kindly sent this pic, and returned his contact – signed twice I’m delighted to say – to me as well!

2. Gordon Kinsella, the current custodian of Volume Three: Grey Skies, in response to a glut of messages from me, promised  that he will make a decision regarding the next step in this volumes journey when he returns home from a work trip next week. I’m looking forward to ensuring Gordon keeps his word!

3. James Horgan’s signed contract arrives at my door. Oh, the joy of knowing that piece of paper had travelled from Cork to Sydney and back again is hard to describe. As the joy the joy James derived from signing it!

And here’s a few things that didn’t happen.

1. Paul O’ Connor, who currently provides a home to Volume Five: Full Circle, didn’t respond to an email I sent seeking an update.

2. Volume Four: Sleepyhead didn’t unexpectedly turn up, and remains on the missing list.

3. Volume Six: Home did not arrive in the home of James Horgan. This leaves me wondering if it is still with David Daly’s brother in law who kindly volunteered to take it with him when returning to Australia. Or whether it is in the Australian internal post. It also makes me realize that I never asked David where exactly in Australia his brother in law lives, so I have no idea how far Volume Six has to travel once it landed Down Under! Man I can be terrible at detail.

4. The contract between Steve Meaney and One Short Story To Be Told in relation to his custody of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return did not arrive at my door. This is odd predominantly because Steve resides within walking distance of my home. I suppose that says much about my – and Steve’s – attitude to walking.

Maybe I should give that some thought!

And finally Derek O’ Sullivan did not forward feedback on Volume Three: Grey Skies, which he relinquished control of in early January. Yes, that’s a full six months ago folks! Never mind, watching Derek take this long to write a short note has an upside. It makes dealing with procrastination a little easier for me.

I think that’s a nice though to leave you with this week. so 88*Googolplex.  leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Jun 14, 2013
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Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. I hope this missive finds you well. And ready to digest all the news that my adventure has for you this week.

And there is quite a bit of news this week, though some of it is news (again) on inactivity.

First Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return has reached it’s 23rd home. It landed in the hands of Steve Meaney last Saturday. Steve has been in touch since to confirm the arrival, and to note that my handwriting is illegible. As if I didn’t know.

Volume Six: Home has also been on the move this week. Currently, if the message I received from David Daly on Monday has been acted upon (and I have no reason to doubt that it has), Home should be in Australia with David’s brother in law. This kind man has acted as an intermediary for David, who was – delightfully – worried that placing Home in the international mail system could lead to my lovely little package being damaged. Anyway the upshot of all that is Home will be placed in the Australian internal mailing system, and will be with James ‘Paudie’ Horgan, who will provide it with it’s seventh residency, shortly. James has also been in touch this week. And it was great for me to hear that the arrival of the One Short Story To Be Told contract provided him with a touch of mirth!

Now, as you know the loss of Volume Four: Sleepyhead has left me with just five stories criss-crossing the globe. And the news on my other three tales (Wink, Grey Skies and Sleepyhead) is all about inactivity this week. This is despite my efforts to contact Gordan Kinsella (current custodian of Grey Skies), an email being sent to Paul O’ Connor (current custodian of Volume Five: Sleepyhead), and Ultan Finnegan promising Ruairi De Barra that Volume Two: Wink will be his soon.

I have to say, that I’m kinda at a loss as to where to go with this situation. Obviously, this whole idea revolves around people passing my books/tales on, and in doing so creating a journey for my short stories. But I’m wondering how best to ensure that is done when those who are in possession prove difficult to get hold of. Now I’m not saying that Gordon, Paul or Ultan are ignoring me – I doubt that very much – and I wholeheartedly accept that they have lives to live (and probably busy ones). But I am left in a bit of a quandary.

If you have any suggestions that may alleviate that quandary, please pass them on. In the meantime I’ll do what I always do when in this position. I’ll contact the people I need to contact, and remind myself that the Universe plays as large a role in this adventure as anyone else. Of course on this occasion I’ll have to keep thoughts of another volume disappearing in the manner that Volume Four: Sleepyhead recently did at bay. Which, no doubt, will not be easy.

So I’ll go and get on with that, and leave you with the photographs that the Adrian Hickey and David Daly provided before they relinquished control of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Six: Home.

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Jun 7, 2013
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Good evening folks. Welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum, which comes to you from a sunny south of Ireland. I must say that the sunshine has helped me deal with the loss of Volume Four: Sleepyhead throughout this week. And I’ve decided to take an upbeat attitude to Sleepyhead’s current status, and believe it will turn up at some point. After all, anyone finding such a beautiful package is bound to make an effort to locate the owner. And there are contact details supplied within.

The other thing that has helped me remain upbeat this week is my other stories (or at least some of them) have been active. I’m delighted to say that Adrian Hickey confirmed Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return has begun the journey from his home in Cobh to Steve Meaney’s abode in Ballyphehane, Cork City. Actually I thought I might have had a note from Steve to announce Waiting For Life To Return’s arrival before today. But I’m certain I will have that soon.

Volume Six: Home meanwhile is destined for Australia, and the home of James “Paudie’ Horgan. No confirmation from David Daly that that journey has commenced. But if it hasn’t already, it will do soon. Davis is not, so far as I know, a procrastinator.

It is possible that Volume Two: Wink will be on the move soon as well. Ultan Finnegan has decided that Ruairi De Barra will be next in line, and I have forwarded the One Short Story To Be Told contract to Ruairi. So the passover (if I can use that word!) is edging closer. In fact, I’m sure Ultan will act when he reads this. Well I hope so anyway.

As for my other two tales. Well Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle remain on sabbatical. This is despite a promise of action from Gordon Kinsella two weeks ago. I get the feeling that he has been so thrilled with the contents of Volume Three he cannot bear to part with it. So perhaps now would be a good time to remind Gordon that he is, by virtue of the One Short Story To be Told contract, committed to passing Grey Skies on to a new home, and that this action is a key foundation in the entire One Short Story To Be Told adventure. Yes, I think I’ll do that this week.

Paul O’ Connor, who currently holds Volume Five: Full Circle in his possession, has not been in touch either this week. I do know that Paul, who you will recall resides in Holland, is employed in an area that requires a lot of travel. So I’m assuming this has played a part in Full Circle’s lengthy  stay. My relaxed attitude during Full Circle’s stay – which translates into ‘Not contacting Paul’ – no doubt has had a greater impact, however. So again, I think I’ll do that this week.

And that’s it for this week. Well apart from the photograph Adrian Hickey forwarded of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return enjoying his garden. I have to say that having photo’s to add a touch of colour to these updates is always great. So thanks Adrian. Oh, and I’ve added this photo to the feedback Adrian supplied about Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return a few weeks ago. o if you want to remind yourself of what Adrian had to say, jump to the Volume One page of

'Waiting For Life To Return enjoying the garden

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