The cartoonist’s painful memory

I sat at my workspace, a large sheet of blank paper staring at me, accusingly. I had less than two hours to turn this into a satirical cartoon for the next day’s newspaper. My editor wanted something about the new law that had just been passed in Parliament abolishing corporal punishment in schools. It had … Continue reading The cartoonist’s painful memory

A memorable night at the theatre

It had not been planned, but it turned out to be one of my most memorable nights in the theatre. I had a leading role in the rival of The Schoolboys that was touring some of the smaller towns in England and Wales. The play was a revival of a dreary play that had not … Continue reading A memorable night at the theatre

A new story every other weekday

Hi Guys I recently posted my 50th story on this site, so I thought I’d use that as an opportunity to say a big “Thank You” to all of you for reading them. I’ve been writing stories for years, but it was only in June 2015 that I plucked up the courage to post one … Continue reading A new story every other weekday

The television repairman

Gerald, a gorgeous repairman, turns up late to fix the television set of aging bachelor Mr Sanderson. What happens next is not quite what you expect, but Gerald will never be the same again. The TV Repairman is a Charles Hamilton II story posted exclusively on The Canery website. Read it here

The Gaffer of The Academy 3. Caned-off

A sixth-former facing a detention asks The Gaffer to cane him instead … and gets much more than he bargained for Part one of The Gaffer of The Academy is here. Part two of The Gaffer of The Academy is here. “What do you mean boy, you want your detention next Saturday to be ‘caned … Continue reading The Gaffer of The Academy 3. Caned-off

Footballer’s judicial caning

“One hundred dollar fine; two hundred and fifty dollars to be paid in damages and four strokes of the cane on the bare buttocks. Take him away. Next case.” The twenty-eight-year-old footballer bitterly resented being in this God-forsaken African country. Tony Jeffries was an important name in European soccer and starred in a top club, … Continue reading Footballer’s judicial caning

The Senior Tutor

Nineteen-year-old Liam Thomas stood, hands clasped behind his back, feet shuffling slightly, in front of the desk. Behind it sat the Senior Tutor, a stern man, imperious, dressed in a black academic gown. The Senior Tutor, Professor Adams, was doing his best to ignore the student before him. The professor liked to let the boys … Continue reading The Senior Tutor

The Gaffer of The Academy 2. In the chill of the night

Picture the scene: An empty classroom, late at night. Outside: dark, cold, snowy. Inside: The Gaffer, wearing his gown; me in my pyjamas, trousers around the ankles, bending over a sloping desk at the front of the room. I had no one to blame but myself. The Gaffer had impressed the rules upon us time … Continue reading The Gaffer of The Academy 2. In the chill of the night

Dad’s despair

Clint Chapman woke up with a start and an aching bladder. If he did not get to a toilet very soon he would have an embarrassing accident. Geoff Dawson lay beside him; breathing heavily; in a deep sleep. This would be tricky, Clint was pinned against the wall; Geoff blocked his way. It was a … Continue reading Dad’s despair