Once Bitten
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by mbe
1y ago
‘Tristan’s back soon.’ I turn. ‘Sorry?’ Kate rinses her cloth in the sink. ‘Tristan’s back soon.’ ‘Oh… yes!’ She screws up her face. ‘On the… 18th, I think?’ ‘Oh! Right! I knew it was something like that. An old colleague told me he was back later this month.’ She smiles fondly. ‘He’s so shy.’ ‘Shine?’ ‘Shy.’ ‘I’m […] The post Once Bitten appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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When the incubation period is too short
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by mbe
1y ago
My day off is cancelled, and with it our scheduled first date – a walk in Rock Creek Park. K is a psychologist, so he’s already had his first vaccine shot. His parents, who he’s living with temporarily, have also had theirs. Still, we’d agreed on a socially distanced walk, as a precaution. ‘We could Zoom one evening this […] The post When the incubation period is too short appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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I wanted you
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by mbe
1y ago
I wanted to ask what you thought of the new kitchen stools Whether they look like cheap car seats I wanted to know if you preferred blue or orange And then if you liked the orange   I wanted your advice on Election Day   The lavender you gave me still sits on the end […] The post I wanted you appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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Silver Linings
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by mbe
1y ago
‘Fuck,’ my dad says. ‘Piss.’ He reddens and steals a glance around the kitchen. A couple of Christmases ago, my brother came up with an inspired idea to make the festive period less stressful for the immediate family: he introduced a swear box. Whenever one of us swore, we’d have to put £1 in the […] The post Silver Linings appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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Listen to Your… Chest (Part 3)
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by mbe
1y ago
(Continued from Listen to Your… Chest (Part 2)) The following Friday, at a birthday drinks, I told a friend about the guy off Tinder I’d been chatting to for the last year but had never met. I omitted a few salient details and he looked at me like I belonged at the funny farm. ‘You […] The post Listen to Your… Chest (Part 3) appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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Listen to Your… Chest (Part 2)
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by mbe
1y ago
(Continued from Listen to Your… Chest (Part 1)) Around 8pm on Christmas Eve I got a call from a private number. I picked up. ‘Hello?’ The briefest pause. ‘Hello.’ Another pause, while I let the accent sink in. ‘Hello,’ I said again, heading through to the sitting room. ‘Happy Christmas.’ ‘Happy Christmas. I didn’t realise […] The post Listen to Your… Chest (Part 2) appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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Listen to Your… Chest (Part 1)
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by mbe
1y ago
A few years ago, over coffee, my friend Rachel told me about a junior doctor with whom she was doing her medical training. She praised him to the skies: he was funny, thoughtful, clever and very conscientious. There was talk of her introducing us but it never happened. When he came up on my Tinder, […] The post Listen to Your… Chest (Part 1) appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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Stand-up Comedy
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by mbe
1y ago
When the surgeon stands me up, several thoughts go through my mind: 1. Have I really got to the grand old age of 29 without being able to spot the timewasters? 2. Maybe he’s been caught up in a really long surgery… 3. Really long surgeries are like kidnap, sudden death and being trapped under […] The post Stand-up Comedy appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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10 Signs You’re Nearly 30
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by mbe
1y ago
You’re 29. You go on a date with a guy you met in a club. He’s 25 and, when you reveal your age, he says, ‘Well done.’ You start wondering about felt tip pen as a viable, affordable fix for prominent grey hairs. You decide it’s now or never with giving the dream career a […] The post 10 Signs You’re Nearly 30 appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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Four Reasons Not To See Your Ex
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by mbe
1y ago
‘Four big things have happened to me. I started working at UCL. I had a long-term relationship.’ A pause. ‘Who was she?’ I say. ‘I mean, how did you meet?’ ‘Oh… through friends. It ended – I ended it – before Christmas.’ ‘Why… did you end it?’ ‘It had been going on for two years […] The post Four Reasons Not To See Your Ex appeared first on Mad Blogs & Englishmen ..read more
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