The Man on the Horse.

  In which a young boy learns about the struggles of the coal miners in 19th century Durham to attain better working conditions.   Thirteen year old Bobby Newton stood on the cobbles staring up at the giant equestrian statue looming up into the air above him. The figure astride the horse on the monument was…

The Horse Taker

In which an Apache female warrior escorts a mother and new-born baby to safety across the desert.      “It is Kushala’s time,” said Lozen. “I must take her away into the hills where the baby can be born safely.”      “But I need you here by my side,” protested Victorio. “You are my right hand,…

Skyhawk

In which a young woman seeks her destiny in the war-torn skies over Soviet Russia. Moscow, USSR, May, 1936.      “I want to soar high in the sky, and glide graceful as a hawk above the earth,” declared the fourteen year old girl, her green eyes flashing with excitement, “and that is why I have…

‘Bulldogger’

In which a young reporter discovers the secret behind a lonely woman's suicide in a phoenix hotel room.       (Phoenix, Arizona, August 14, 1948.)      “What’s the verdict, Doc?” asked the detective sergeant, scratching the itch that had just developed on the side of his neck.      The doctor straightened up wearily from his examination…

Lily: The Finale.

   In which the British footballing authorities plot the demise of women's soccer, and Lily and her teammates set off on a historic tour of North America.  “ST. HELENS GIRL JUST CAN’T STOP SCORING!” was the headline in the local paper.      “Lily Parr, not yet sixteen years old, is the new scoring wizard of…

Lily, part 3.

In which Lily Parr, women's soccer pioneer, and her teammates show off their skills in France and meet Winston Churchill.      The following day at Stockport’s Edgeley Park, the French, perhaps exhausted from their long trip and their efforts of the previous day, succumbed to a 5-2 thrashing.      “What you girls need,” said Alice…

The Vengeance Weapon

In which communities in the north of England are subjected to a Christmas attack from Hitler's dreaded 'Vengeance Weapons'.      “Quiet, boys!” declared Sister Agnes. “No more talking. Off to sleep with you now!”      She felt a soft tug at her sleeve, and glanced down at the small earnest face peering up at her.…

Lily (part 2)

 In which Lily and the Dick, Kerr Ladies meet a team from France.     “You’re in the team, Lily,” declared Alfred Frankland. “I’ve put thee in on left wing. I think tha’s ready.”      “Thanks, Mr. Frankland,” said Lily, her eyes shining with excitement. “I won’t let you down!”     “I know, lass,” replied…

Men Not Slaves.

In which an investigative reporter, seeking the truth about a riot in the California hop-fields of 1913, has an encounter with IWW union organizers.       Marty Reilly was taking his second bite out of a medium rare burger when a shifty-eyed character entered the café, and slid surreptitiously into the seat opposite. Marty glanced across,…

The Shirt

In which the author recalls an ill-fated attempt to be a trend-setter in a small provincial town      It was winter 1965, or maybe it was 1966. The passage of time has dulled my memory, but whichever year it was, I remember the incident itself as clearly as if it were yesterday! On the used…