Three Line Tales – Mary & Maggie


The midnight hour was approaching and Mary met her love of thirty years Maggie as the heart balloon exploded into the sky. She got down on one knee and asked her love to marry her on May 23rd 2015 in Kilkenny, the Republic of Ireland. Oh by the way, she said yes!


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Three Line Tales – Open Door?

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When one door closes, another one opens, thought April. She checked both doors and neither opened. That’s when she turned around and the zombies prepared for their feast.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer By Patrick Süskind Review!

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (1985) by Patrick Süskind is an interesting and original book in the crime and historical genres. It is translated wonderfully by John E. Woods.


Following the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille and set in 18th century France, the young Grenouille, living in the slums, has already an excellent sense of smell. As he grows older he becomes an apprentice to a well-established perfumer who teaches him the tricks of the trade. But soon his obsession with smell becomes overpowering and he has a desire to capture the smell of various objects like wood which is newly-cut. But then what originally was a harmless interest or harmless obsession soon turns sinister when his sense of smell is caught by the scent of a young female virgin and soon he is killing females in the pursuit of the scent he desires for his perfume.


It is quite a haunting and terrifying book. With Grenouille as the main character we see a lot of the book through his perspective and it is harrowing. He is an evil, sexually depraved and very obsessional person and he is also a very egotistical character who believes he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. A very complex and fascinating character for a book, wouldn’t like to run into a real version of him in a darkened alley though! This story takes a look at the depraved mind and can’t have been easy for Süskind to write. It has a very honest and indepth feel to it. The story is also very fresh and original and it is brilliantly written. Grenouille strikes me as a very lonely and isolated character who in a very weird way I think thinks when he captures these women he is gaining a closeness to another human being. While not every person who is lonely, isolated and doesn’t belong is going to go out and kill a lot of people it shows that with some people that loneliness can drive them strange. Though my fear is that some other readers might see this as an excuse to give to Grenouille which I think would be outrageous. While to me it isn’t an excuse, it does show the reasoning behind why he is acting in such a way but there’s definitely something in him too that leads him to act on the weird fantasies which have come into his head. Yes this book is very psychological!


In all Grenouille kills 25 women to try to create his scent and the ending is surreal and just as original as the rest of the book. There is a lot of issues in this story like ambition getting the better of someone and the want to have a purpose and all of these feelings in Grenouille has come to have drastic consequences. That whole thing of ‘to be somebody’ at all costs and Grenouille very much strikes me as being like that. So long feeling invisible he now wants to be very visible and he’s willing to kill to be so. It’s very heavy stuff but amazingly written. There is also the superficial element. Grenouille seems to believe peoples’ lives aren’t worth anything in comparison to creating a scent and that all kind of ties into that whole idea of beauty at all costs. I think there is a bit of a metaphor there. The book very obviously deals with a very important issue of people, women in this case, being in danger from unsuspecting weirdos and Grenouille  would most certainly make readers cautious of possible real-life people like Grenouille which is a very good thing.


Süskind writes here in a very poetic style. At times it reads like a long poem. He leaves no stone unturned and writes a realistic picture of the various difficult and deep topics in this book. It’s a complex and wonderfully written book.


A great read. Brilliantly written.


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Friday Fictioneers: On The Boat






On The Boat


Piero waited on the boat. His breathing was heavy. His leg was shaking involuntarily. Soon a person would arrive. He hoped he would remember all Giovanni told him to do when this first mysterious person arrived …


Piero felt his heart beat. He was nervous and trying not to show it.

“Is this boat free?”

He stopped thinking, turned and smiled warmly at a group of three people,

“Good Morning. It is. We cover much of the city of Venice here at Venice City Tours. My name is Piero and I will be your guide today. May I ask your names?”



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Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Second Real Neat Blog Award!

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Culture Vulture Express has got a second Real Neat Blog Award from Mark at markanthonysblog. Thanks so much Mark. 🙂





1. Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hanks?

Both great actors but I have a bit of a crush on Benedict so I’m going to say him! 🙂


2. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

The 60s because it was a time of so much social change beginning and I love the music and the clothes.


3. Hot or cold weather?

Cold weather, not freezing but cooler weather. I’m Irish, I’m not used to the sun! 🙂


4. Things that remind you of your childhood?

Furbies, tamagotchis, Pokemon, Rugrats, troll dolls, Toy Story, Tellytubbies, Cindy doll, Barbie, Polly Pocket.


5. What show are you currently watching?

I’m catching up on the Rupaul’s Drag Race seasons gradually. I hadn’t watched the show and then I started watching season 6 because I became a fan of Courtney Act in Celebrity Big Brother in the UK and I got hooked and now I’m going through the seasons.


6. Favourite blogger(s)? and why.

Everyone’s blog that I follow because you’re all amazing! 🙂


7. What subjects are your most and least favourite?

Well when I was at school my favourite was English because I always loved reading and writing. My least favourite was Maths. I was never any good at them and a close second for least would have been PE. I quite liked hockey and tennis but the rest especially the fitness tests, no.


Feel free to use the same questions and comment below if you would like to be a nominee and take part. 🙂



Letting Go Of Prejudices & Becoming A Better Person

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Ignorance. Lately it seems to be the most overused excuse for getting out of bother. If I had a cent for every time someone said ‘it’s ignorance, not prejudice’, I wouldn’t have to do the Lotto. But the thing is that prejudice often comes from ignorance. The two are often a side of the one coin. And there is a very big difference between the ignorance of not knowing something which is ok and the ignorance of believing prejudiced myths. For example asking, ‘What is pansexuality?” does not mean the same as ‘Does that mean you are promiscuous?” I suppose in short, it’s common sense to only ask what you wouldn’t mind answering yourself the opposite way around.


Now that I’ve spoken about the terms, let me get to what I want to discuss in this post. I have in the past had a few prejudices of my own which I apologise for and regret. I used to judge what a person’s gender was from their presentation, what their pronouns were, assuming their gender from their pronouns or words like brother and sister and from their voices and though deep in heart I always knew that was wrong, I done it because I was very brainwashed by the society in which I lived. I also used to use the term ‘coloured’ to describe people of colour until I realised it was an offensive term. There was a mixture of brainwashing and ignorance leading to prejudice thinking and speaking in that one. The latter I stopped immediately. It wasn’t as deeply indented me as the first one but I eventually got rid of the two thankfully and apologised in my mind for them as thank god I never actually used any of these prejudices in front of anyone I could hurt. And I guess the point why I’m writing all this is that the reason I got out of them is because I admitted to myself that I was acting in a prejudiced manner and that’s the problem with a lot of people with prejudices, they don’t admit it to themselves and that makes their journey to making themselves better people longer and sometimes they don’t even get there. It is a hard thing to admit but when you do, while of course you feel bad about it, it starts you on your way to recovery.


The problem is that a lot of people get defensive and what that leads to is people making out the way they are thinking is ‘ignorant but a natural way of thinking’ and it is not a natural way of thinking. It all ties in with that ‘everyone is prejudiced’ get out of jail card. Not everyone is and a lot of people have never had any prejudices in their life so that is really used to make a person who has prejudices feel better about themselves. To get out of having prejudices you have to take responsibility. Whether something is the reason or not for you thinking that, that reason doesn’t excuse your prejudices. You need to take responsibility for your prejudices and stop the pity party, the whole victim party and the whole feeling sorry for yourself because someone was upset by what you said. Yes I believe most people in this situation hate upsetting people but I find they hate upsetting themselves more and that’s not a good place to start from.


In addition and I think this is the bit that annoys me the most, they blame people for taking offense to what they’ve said when the most natural feeling in the world when someone is prejudiced towards you or you see someone being prejudiced towards people is to be offended and not like it. People aren’t robots with no emotions and I think people in this situation often forget that or conveniently do depending on the person. They want people to understand them being prejudiced. There’s a massive irony in there. And actually it’s more important to understand that you shouldn’t be prejudiced than to understand prejudice and why people are acting and thinking in a prejudiced way. I’ve actually heard people say that people who get upset about prejudice, even prejudice about themselves, need to ‘grow and mature’. As I said there is much irony in the things people say. Because when you have prejudiced feelings there is an immaturity and a lack of growth in that aspect of who you are. There is also a repression of peoples’ natural emotions here. It’s getting a stage now that feels very unhealthy where people are almost being forced to not take things personally that they do feel personally. When they think people ‘grow and mature’, what people are often doing is adapting to the situation to avoid hassle and the guilt-tripping of ‘the terrible struggle I’m going through because I’m only ignorant and you should understand that.’ Well this is tough love, nobody has to understand you acting in a prejudice way, stop your goddamn moaning and educate yourself and be adult enough to admit to yourself that what you are doing is having prejudices and that it’s desperately wrong. Would you be so understanding if people said prejudiced things about something about you?


If you honestly want to change this aspect of yourself, taking responsibility for your feelings and educating yourself is how you do it. Running away from your prejudices isn’t going to help you. Face them head on. They are there whether you ignore them or not so be brave and when you have got to a point where you are out of the sickness of prejudice apologise to those you’ve hurt or offended and if that isn’t possible apologise in your own mind. Then leave it in the past and don’t fuck up again. Forgive yourself. You will still have regrets but forgive yourself. Face these things you’re scared of feeling head on. I promise you that you won’t regret it.

Friday Fictioneers: Summer Romance




Summer Romance


I sat by the window. My mind intent on writing a book based on that brief relationship I had three summers ago with the woman who stole my heart. My sense of recall comes through my senses. Smelling the heavy scent of her perfume in my nostrils, the sight of her deep green eyes, the touch of her hand which was both soft and gentle and the soft sound of her voice to my earlobes after we made love in my bedsit flat.



She gave me a picture as a parting gift reminding me to fly and take life on.


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