Changed Times – the compilation

  Readers in the United Kingdom don’t need me to tell them that arguments about leaving the European Union have been raging for more than three years and don’t seem to be resolved yet. Many people who voted to leave the EU (it seemed to me) wanted to return to sometime in the past when … Continue reading Changed Times – the compilation

Changed Times 9. The truck

A glimpse into the near future. Other Changed Times stories are here.   I thought Mr. Whittaker was kidding me when he said if I arrived late one more time he would make me take down my trousers and pants and bend over the back of the truck for a belt whipping. Well, really. I’m … Continue reading Changed Times 9. The truck

Changed Times 8. Just another day

  Click here for all episodes of Changed Times   Mr. Burton heaved a heavy sigh and glared at the three young men standing in front of his desk. Won’t they ever learn? The law had been in place for three years, they knew the rules – and the penalty for breaking them. Osbourne, Rowe … Continue reading Changed Times 8. Just another day

Changed Times 7. Pub landlord

A glimpse into the near future. The series starts here.  The landlord Kevin saw me heaving my shoulder against the heavy saloon bar door. “You’re barred!” he shouted from across the empty room before I even stepped across the threshold. He meant it too. I stood bemused. The bar was deserted apart from we two. … Continue reading Changed Times 7. Pub landlord

Changed Times 6. Birched live on TV

A glimpse into the near future. The series starts here.   The officer stared at the quivering naked buttocks before him. The world was changing. The punishment frame gleamed with its newness. He tried to ignore the camera shooting over his shoulder. He gripped the birch rod tightly and waited for his cue. “Stand by … Continue reading Changed Times 6. Birched live on TV

Changed times 5. At home

A glimpse into the near future. Episode 1 is here. George turned over and pulled the duvet closer to his body. It was eleven in the morning – far too early for the eighteen-year-old to get out of bed. Gently, he reached with his right hand and caressed his bare buttocks. The pain had gone … Continue reading Changed times 5. At home

Changed Times 4. Global Petroleum

Life in the not-too-distant future Previously in Changed Times A glimpse into the near future Neighbourhood watch The police station “If there is any repeat of this, I shall not hesitate to cane you severely,” he said adding with great emphasis, “on the bare bottom.” The three twenty-year-old men standing in front of the desk … Continue reading Changed Times 4. Global Petroleum

Changed Times 3. The police station

A glimpse into the near future Episode 1 Episode 2 Chief Inspector Brown slid open the inspection grill to the cell and looked in. He wrinkled his nose with disgust. The combined stench of beer, sweat, and he was certain a drop of urine, hit him. The repulsive young man was stretched out on a … Continue reading Changed Times 3. The police station

Changed times 2: Neighbourhood watch

  Changed Times 1: A glimpse into the near future is here Mr Scroggins contemplated the two teenagers who stood before him. The young people today, he sneered silently. The two boys shuffled from foot to foot, heads bowed. If they had dared look up Mr Scroggins would have seen the terror in their eyes. … Continue reading Changed times 2: Neighbourhood watch

Changed times 1: A glimpse into the near future

Kenny Hawkins slipped on his new blazer and admired his reflection in the mirror. Pale-grey trousers, gleaming white shirt, striped tie, shiny black shoes. It looked exactly like his old school uniform. But, not quite. Only the badge on the blazer pocket was different. It showed the logo of Global Petroleum, the company that would … Continue reading Changed times 1: A glimpse into the near future