Saturday, 15 November 2008

Saturday Wordzzle # 39 ......

The idea is, every week Raven (View From Raven's Nest) gives you between 8 and 10 words/phrases and you have to create a small but coherent paragraph using every one of them and the same with the mini challenge. You can do either, both or a megawordzzle using all the words, or even all three, it's up to you, you can post them on your blog or email them to Raven. If you join in go to Raven's and put your name on the Mr. Linky so other participants can come visit you.

Here's my efforts complete with my doodles.

This Week's Ten Word Challenge is: palace, hypocrite, canned air, telephone, biscuit, pinball, acorn, customary, fruit juice, waterfall

Twenty-one year old Mia walked into the ‘Acorn Palace’ ordered a fruit juice and popped one of the customary bar snack biscuits into her mouth. She was here for an audition as a singer with the band ‘Pinball’, who had just had a huge number one hit single ‘Waterfall’. Their singer had died from a drug overdose hence the auditions. The group had been around for years, her mother had told her all about them. She listened to the band rehearsing for a few minutes before making herself known to them. The group were really impressed with her voice, Simon, the lead guitarist, said she made a sound like canned air which was really unusual, he was full of flattery and was flirting outrageously with her. Mia got the telephone call from Simon telling her the job was hers and arranged to go back to finalise the details, she asked him if it was ok if her mother came with her as she was a big fan of the group.

“No, probs, hon” he said.

Simon was shocked when he saw Mia’s mother.

“Val, long time no see, how are you babe?” said Simon gingerly “It must be twenty years or more.”

“Almost twenty two actually, like you care, you hypocrite” hissed Val “you’ve already met our daughter Mia haven’t you!”

Mini Challenge: buyer's remorse, lava, haphazard, mildew, soup to nuts

Meldrew Lava hated his name because everyone called him Mildew. His parents told him they had gone through the ‘Babies Names’ book soup to nuts but had been unable to agree on a name for him. Eventually they had named him after the estate agent who’d sold them their dream home. What a haphazard way to name a child, Meldrew could only imagine they were suffering from buyer’s remorse, what other reason would they have for lumbering him with such a name!


Picking up the telephone Joan dialled the plumber she had found in Yellow Pages in a panic.

“Come quick there’s a waterfall coming through my kitchen ceiling!” she cried.

Joan was experiencing buyer’s remorse since purchasing this house, it had been a disaster from soup to nuts, anything that could go wrong had. How the survey hadn’t picked up on the mildew, dodgy plumbing and haphazard electric wiring, amongst other things, she would never understand.

Barry, the plumber, sorted out the leak from the bathroom in no time and Joan offered him the customary cup of tea and a biscuit but he plumped for a glass of fruit juice and a slice of lava bread instead.

Barry was a good listener and soon Joan was telling him about all the problems she’d had since she’d moved into the house.

“I thought it was a little palace when I bought it but things have just gone from bad to worse since then!” she said.

“I do a lot more than plumbing” Barry told her “I can sort out any problems you have if you like?”

Over the next few months Barry worked on Joan’s house until all the faults were rectified. Joan admitted to herself that she had grown very fond of Barry and would miss him being around.

Then Barry told her he played guitar in a group called ‘Canned Air’ and they had a gig at the ‘Acorn’ club in town and would she like to come along? Joan agreed like a shot and arranged to meet Barry at the club.

They had a great night and it wasn’t until near the end of the night that Joan noticed the man who sold her the house there playing pinball. He recognised Joan and asked how she was enjoying living in the house with a smirk on his face. “Hypocrite” Joan retorted “you knew there was all sorts wrong with the house and never said a word!”

“All’s fair in love and selling houses” he chuckled.

Unfortunately for him his boss, Barry, heard what he said and on Monday morning when he turned up for work he was handed his cards.


lettuce said...

"soup to nuts" ha! thats a good one

i really like these graphics

Jeff B said...

Triple winners. Meldrew Lava...bwahahahahaha

Dr.John said...

All three stories were great. I'm a sucker for surprise endings so I really liked the first one. I also love word play and sound alikes so
Meldrew Lava really got me.
Great writing.

bettygram said...

I liked your stories. Poor meldrew. I liked that the seller of the house got his.

Finding Pam... said...

Just brilliant use of the words.
I lovee Meldew...too funny!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oboy! the doodles are back!

smiles, bee

Akelamalu said...

Ah thanks Lettuce :)

Cheers Jeff :)

So pleased you enjoyed them Dr John

I couldn't let that creep of a houseseller get away with Bettygram!

I'm glad you enjoyed my efforts FindingPam :)

Yes I had time to doodle this week Bee :)

Casdok said...

Very clever and also love your doodles!

Melli said...

You are right up to snuff today! All 3 were great -- but I really think the first one is my favorite! ALMOST like Mama Mia -- is that how you chose her name?

The doodles are great this week too!

Raven said...

Well done as always. Loved the last one... and the first one... and the one in the middle... glad to see the return of your doodles too. Canned Air is a great band name.

Linda said...

Yay! The doodles are back! And what on earth kind of name is "Meldrew"?? I wouldn't have cared for it myself either - the poor guy!

Anndi said...

Twist ending!! Yay!

Poor Meldrew *snicker*

What a good chap that Barry!

Oh.. Chicklet is loving your tuneage :)

Travis said...

Three strong efforts this week, but I particularly liked the first one.

Richard said...

More great endings this week.


quilly said...

I love it when stories have happy endings and the bad guys get what they deserved! And I loved Meldrew's name, even if he doesn't. What I love most about it is that it isn't mine!

quilly said...

Oh! But my fave was the first one. Quite a shock for daddy and daughter, I'd say.

Cloudia said...

Oh look!
The REIKI precepts!
You have talent and heart to spare- lucky for us, your lucky readers!
Aloha, Sistah

Akelamalu said...

Aw thanks Casdok :)

I haven't seen Mama Mia Melli is it really like that?

Canned Air as a band name was the first thing I thought of Raven, glad you enjoyed them.

There's a TV character over here called Victor Meldrew - I pinched it from that Linda!

Your Chicklet has excellent taste in music Anndi! ;)

Cheers Trav I'm pleased you enjoyed them. :)

Thanks Rich :)

LOL you definitely wouldn't want to be called Meldrew Quilly!

Ah you're too kind Cloudia, thankyou m'dear. x

tony said...

The World Needs More Rock N Roll Plumbers!

Catch said...

great stories!! My favorite was the first though...just sounds like something that would have happened in my generation!!! lol

Dianne said...

poor melderew ;)

I loved them all but I really liked the rock n' roll story. Mia finds her Daddy ;)

sorry I'm so late, work is a pain this week.

Lulda Casadaga said...

I like the name of that place...Acorn Palace...I'd like to have a drink there sometime!

I tried my hand at this fun word exercise this week. It may become a habit!

Queenie said...

Your imagination still astounds me!!!!!

Akelamalu said...

LOL Rock'n'Roll Plumbers rule OK Tony!

And mine Catch!

I don't think Mia likes her Daddy very much though Dianne :(

Thanks Lulda, you did a great job on yours, I hope it does become a habit for you. :)

Thanks Queenie :)

storyteller said...

Thanks for finding time for doodles. You know I love them as much as your Wordzzles. The drinks look tasty & inviting actually. Way to drop the bomb on Simon ;--)

Meldrew??? Poor kid ;--(

Ah … I love it when someone sneaky gets his ‘just desserts’ …
Hugs and blessings,

Akelamalu said...

I did the doodles just for you Storyteller as I know you like them! ;)

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