Maid of all work

Not everything that goes wrong is the fault of Maljie. Now I realise some people hold as an article of faith that Maljie is the source of all the troubles that beset us. Yet it has to be accepted that people are entirely capable of going astray without Maljie’s gentle hand on their shoulder, pushing … More Maid of all work

The Annual Temple Wardens’ Report for the Shrine of Aea in Her Aspect as the Personification of Tempered Enthusiasm.

I admit no responsibility for this document, but I had sight of it prior to the meeting and might even have contributed somewhat. I was present, smiling in as non-committal a manner as possible, while Maljie delivered it at the public meeting. Personally I dread the occasion, we always get the fourth great lie. In … More The Annual Temple Wardens’ Report for the Shrine of Aea in Her Aspect as the Personification of Tempered Enthusiasm.

Having a ball?

Every so often the city is swept with a passion for masked balls. Those of us who have seen it all before sigh, retrieve the mask we placed carefully at the back of the drawer after the last time, and get on with the endless task of supporting our patrons. The purveyors of new clothing … More Having a ball?

A future in cheese

There has always been considerable enthusiasm for peering into the future, and some unscrupulous individuals have made a good living from doing so. Normally they make their money by cozening their dupes into handing over large sums on the strength of predictions of doubtful exactitude. Indeed if the prophecy is carefully worded, virtually any outcome … More A future in cheese

Family

There are few arguments that can rumble on longer than arguments within family. The Clannalds are perhaps a good example of this. Old Topper Clannald was a gentleman. He had a large estate on the south side of the Paraeba Estuary across from Port Naain. He was well to the west of the Port Naain … More Family