Friday, 6 August 2010

FFF55 The Road to Nowhere

This is for Friday Flash Fiction 55. FFF55 is hosted over at Mr Knowitall's blog and we have to write a 55 word story/poem to take part. Stroll over there and take a look.

I've been planning for my holidays and working out a route that will enable the journey to become part of the break - not just a motorway drudge. So apologies for where my thoughts are this week.

I'd also like to apologise in advance to anyone who lives in two certain towns in the UK. I know nothing about either of them and have never visited them. They just sound right. Read on and all will be made clear.

Marlston Hermitage, Stanford Dingley. Theale, Pingewood, Three Mile Cross. Ryeish Green and Arborfield. Elaine counted off the village names on her satellite navigation screen as she drove along the motorway. The words conjured interesting, beautiful places and she pictured each of them in her imagination. What a shame she was on her way to Slough.

And because I don't want to pick on Slough particularly...........

Hatfield Woodhouse, Medge Hall. Sandtoft, Crowle, Temple Belwood. Bottesford Moor and North Ewster. Elaine counted off the village names on her satellite navigation screen as she drove along the motorway. The words conjured interesting, beautiful places and she pictured each of them in her imagination. What a shame she was on her way to Grimsby.


  1. wonderfully captured moment in the journey!

  2. ah - there i start to dream of the big wide world - and the places i want to visit - and the places i don't want to visit at all...nice 55

  3. Ahaaa... now I know what places to visit, and what not to! :)
    And you certainly have picked the perfect names for the "shameful" places :) Again, I too have NO IDEA about these towns, and they might be the best ever! But the names "sound" kinda glum...
    An interesting and lovely 55!!! :)

  4. Love it! Grimsby is a one of the places we often pass through when we are out and about on the motorbike! We have been lost there a couple of times but have fully recovered now I think! lol!

  5. I can't promise that any of the places are any better (or worse) than Slough or Grimsby. But English place names have a poetry all their own.

  6. Betjeman come back you're in vogue again! And he said about Slough

    Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
    It isn't fit for humans now,
    There isn't grass to graze a cow
    Swarm over, Death!

    Come, bombs, and blow to smithereens
    Those air-conditioned, bright canteens,
    Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans
    Tinned minds, tinned breath.

    Mess up the mess they call a town --
    A house for ninety-seven down
    And once a week for half-a-crown
    For twenty years,

    And get that man with double chin
    Who'll always cheat and always win,
    Who washes his repulsive skin
    In women's tears,

    And smash his desk of polished oak
    And smash his hands so used to stroke
    And stop his boring dirty joke
    And make him yell.

    But spare the bald young clerks who add
    The profits of the stinking cad;
    It's not their fault that they are mad,
    They've tasted Hell.

    It's not their fault they do not know
    The birdsong from the radio,
    It's not their fault they often go
    To Maidenhead

    And talk of sports and makes of cars
    In various bogus Tudor bars
    And daren't look up and see the stars
    But belch instead.

    In labour-saving homes, with care
    Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
    And dry it in synthetic air
    And paint their nails.

    Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
    To get it ready for the plough.
    The cabbages are coming now;
    The earth exhales.

    If you want to hear (yes hear!) or read my Friday 55 Flash fiction then click here. Hope you have a good weekend!

  7. ha. i must say i am a wee bitt intrigued as to what got you aire up over these....but i have been in places i would rather not and imagined others far nice 55.

  8. I love it! I am so distracted by my life with 3 boys and work, when I write or read, the brief wordplay attracts me.
    Glad to read your work, and thanks for visiting!

  9. I just love to drive when I travel. My family has been to all contiguous 48 States...By Car!
    Thank you for your guided tour.
    Excellent 55..
    You Rock Morning AJ...
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  10. Ha Ha, even a girl from the States understands the concept of this one! very cute. (maybe even the town's originators knew it was going to be a ghastly place, hence naming it "grimsby"?

  11. As far as I know the name Grimsby comes from Viking words meaning the town of a man called Grim (which in turn meant "the grey-headed one")

    I'm sure it's a great place really.

  12. Why do all the places on the way to one's destination always sound so much more interesting? LOL

  13. Love meeting bloggers from all over the world. Your 55 gave me a taste of elsewhere.

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.


  14. Nice work and I liked Slough as a choice.

  15. Well having never been there it was a great tour. You did this very well my friend. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Friday :)

  16. Thank you for taking us on your little tour :)


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