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The Yuppies – a poem

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“My deadlines more important than your deadline,”

she stated, looking him directly in the eye,

“But my deadline is today”, he protested,

with a tired and irritated sigh.

 

“My client’s more important than your client”

she challenged with a toss of her head,

“That’s not true, mine’s just as important”

he said in a tone heavy as lead.

 

“My time’s more limited than your time”

she shouted, stamping her foot for emphasis,

“I need to supervise the kids homework”,

he capitulated, not to would be recklessness.

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

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#Carrotranch flash fiction challenge – Wet Ink

The Parktown Prawn, also know as the African king cricket or tusked king cricket, is found throughout Southern Africa.

According to Wikipedia [and my own experience], “A large specimen may grow to be 6 to 7 cm (2.8 in) or more, with long whip-like antennae extending to about the same length. The exoskeleton is orange to light brown, with darker brown or black stripes across the abdomen. The conspicuous markings probably are aposematic in effect. A large specimen can jump more than a metre high.”

Charli Mills over at Carrot Range gave the words “Wet Ink” as her flash fiction challenge this week. This is what came to mind:

“She sat working on her laptop in the dark. The power was of and she had a deadline to deliver on. The lights suddenly came back on and she looked up. Perched on top of her screen was a huge Parktown Prawn. She shrieked and jumped backwards. The enormous bug jumped to the floor and scuttled towards the doorway. She grabbed a heavy book and brought it down on the creature. When she lifted the book, she saw it was dead. A viscous black substance oozed out of its crushed body. It looked like it was leaking wet ink.”

You can join in Charli’s challenge here: https://carrotranch.com/2018/01/12/january-11-flash-fiction-challenge/

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

Biscuit art

Good morning everyone. This post was supposed to be published last night as my weekly baking post but, as I mentioned in my earlier post, life sometimes gets in the way and I was late, just like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.

Better late than never so here is a sample of the biscuit art that Michael and I have been working on for our new book Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Cave Story and Cookbook.

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So far we have made fighter planes, a windmill, racing cars, sailing boats and old fashioned aeroplanes.

We thought it would make a fun change to show children how to make these simple party treats.

I think Michael is outstripping me when it come to imagination now. Can you guess which ones are his and which are mine?

Have a great Monday!

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

Meet my work team

Did I ever mention that I work in Capital Markets. My little work team deals with the rules and regulations of various stock exchanges. To date I have worked with the listings requirements for Johannesburg, London, Toronto, Australia, New York, Frankfurt, Paris, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Namibia and Kenya. I also have some knowledge of the rules and regulations for Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana. How could you not like such a fascinating job!

I have a small team of ladies who work primarily with me and what special people they are.

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First up is Delightful Donna. She is exactly like Snow White in the Disney Movie. She is quite happy to keep house for all the rest of us and forgive the wicked Queen for poisoning her. A nicer person you could not hope to find and we could not do without her. I am dedicating the song Whistle While You Work from the film to Donna:

 

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Then there is Beautiful Bianca. Bianca has only been part of this team for a short while but is already indispensable. Bianca reminds me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast; she knows there is a beast out there and she is prepared to face him but she isn’t quite sure what she has got herself into. She is also most accommodating of partners and clients who reach out to her for assistance and is doing a great job of getting to an answer almost entirely on her own.

I am dedicating Be Our Guest from this movie to Bianca:

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Lovely Lara is the youngest member of our team. She is a bit like Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. We are keeping her in the dark about the wicked fairy out there and telling her not to speak to strangers but we are also bestowing her with some gifts to deal with her when she does make an appearance. I think, to poor Lara, the rest of us are a bit like the good fairies in the movie trying to make Aurora’s dress – we don’t always agree on the colour!

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Lastly, there is me. I used to think I was the Queen of Hearts – All ways are my way but I have come to realise that I would actually expect my team to paint the white roses red if that is what the situation called for. I have decided that I am more like Alice, when I get to a crossroads and the sigh post is not clear, I will make a choice and decide on a path regardless. Fortunately, the paths I chose usually end up in the right place.

I am dedicating my absolutely favourite Disney song to myself. Painting the roses red:

Of course, I could also be the White Rabbit as I am alway chasing my tail and am invariably late. I also fancy the idea of the March Hare…

Thank you to Disney and Google for the pictures and songs.

Have a great Sunday!

BTW, if you should chance to come across my Mother, do not tell her about this post, she already thinks I am quite mad and write absolute rubbish!

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

I love you, Mom

Sir Choc B&W Day 6

I read a post this morning shared by my blogger friend Kamal from Boundless Blessings and it reminded me of an experience I had with my son, Gregory, when he was about seven years old.

I never smacked my kids so when they were naughty, I used to put them on the naughty chair facing the wall. By the time Greg was seven years old he was to big for the naughty chair so I started putting him in his room for a short time. One day, Gregory, blew pepper in young Michael’s face. He had seen this on a television show and thought it would be great to try this out on his brother. I was furious. Michael is a chronic asthmatic so the pepper in his face resulted in an asthma attack. Of course, Gregory, didn’t plan that but I was still very mad. I put him in his room and locked the door! Greg was very upset, he banged on the door to be let out but I felt he needed to stay there for a while.

When I opened the door about 15 minutes later, I saw that Greg had used a stone from his collection to carve something into the window. I was annoyed until I saw that he had carved “Sorry! I love you, Mom” into the glass. Those marking are still there and I see them whenever I go into his room.

You can read Kamal’s story here: https://boundlessblessingsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/anger-love-have-no-limits/

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town