Guilty pleasures

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Photo curtsy of Dale Rogerson

He spent the day in his shed, the sun cast a warm glow over his pride and joy: a Victorian Cropper printing press. Many times he stroked the lustrous finish, if he could have burnished it more, he would have. The persistent chime of the house bell finally got through.

Yes officer.

Mr McDuff:


I am afraid I have bad news, is there someone who can join us.

No officer only the wife, and she is dinning out.

There was an explosion Mr McDuff…

Mr McDuff, do you by any chance know: the man she was dinning with.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    Infidelity and an explosion! Poor MacDuff

    1. Michael Humphris

      MacDuff spends far to long in his man shed, but then sometimes so do I…!!!

  2. Iain Kelly

    That’s a double blow to knock you right down! Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain,

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Perhaps if he’d spent as much time with Mrs. MacDuff as he did with his printing press…sad tale. Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Rochelle, You have echoed my thoughts on McDuff…

  4. bearmkwa

    What Rochelle just said… I’ve actually printed on one of those Cropper presses. It was a royal pain to set up text to, but the result was awesome. What I wouldn’t give to have one of my own. Then, maybe, I could afford to print some of my writings. Great story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Bearmkwa I love that you have used a Cropper press, but sadly McDuff loved it to much, and so neglected his duty towards his wife

  5. draliman

    Oh dear. Too late he’ll regret spending so much time in the shed. It sounds like she had a much more guilty pleasure.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You have hit the nail right on its head ‘so to speak’. Thank you Draliman

  6. Abhijit Ray

    Was it Mr. McDuff who was responsible for the explosion? The ending is full of suspense.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now there’s a question. I don’t think the explosion was down to him. But I love that differing readers see differing scenarios.

  7. gahlearner

    Oh dear. Of course he should have paid better attention but it isn’t his fault that date of hers apparently blew up the building. Great descriptions, Michael, I love that press.

    1. Michael Humphris

      McDuff loved it to much and neglected his wife. With this story I love that differing readers have come up with differing scenarios

  8. msjadeli

    You left a lot of room around your story for conjecture. Maybe she was covered by a big insurance policy and he can buy another press to polish…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now there’s a thought. It has made me happy that differing readers have come up with several differing scenarios regarding what this story.

      1. msjadeli


  9. granonine

    Not a good day for McDuff.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Certainly not …

  10. patriciaruthsusan

    Poor Mr. McDuff. His wife has died while cheating on him. It’s a double dose of bad news. At least the police don’t seem to suspect him. A good story and well come, Michael. —- Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Poor Mrs McDuff also 🙂

  11. patriciaruthsusan

    Sorry, Michael. That word in the comment after “well” is supposed to be “done” not “come”. 🙁 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      No need to be sorry; I am always getting caught out by words, Mike

  12. Tannille

    More than one bang in this story…

    1. Michael Humphris


  13. Shweta Suresh

    That’s what you call adding insult to injury. Poor Me. McDuff.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comment, thank you Shweta

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