‘Pregnant. Mother. Mother. Pregnant… The future stood waiting. The past stamped and pissed all over it… she imagined Bronwen… down in the belly of The Angel… relentlessly destroying a nameless child for all eternity… until Tessa knew… nothing was going to change anything…’ —- Blackout on Audio. Week 12: Subscribe
“Remember this… I am not your puppy or your slave or your personal whore… and I am not one of your machines… I am a real, live, walking, talking, eating, shitting, fucking, snorting woman. And I am more alive than you will ever be. And… cut!” — Blackout on audio, Chapter 19: subscribe
There are some men with whom women find it easy to flirt, Tessa told Sam. And there are other men with whom women find it impossible not to flirt…
Tessa & Men in Blackout – The Dark Side of the Valleys. Audio Serialisation, Week 10, Chapters 16-17. Subscribe: Blackout on Audio
“I was, once, infected with patriotism.
Overflowing with passion for the mothercountry.
I was raised on patriotism, me.
Yes, yes, me – I’m talking about me.
I was never let alone to contemplate my own identity,
Cos I was Welsh and must never forget.”
Tessa Talks Nationalism in Blackout – The Dark Side of the Valleys. Audio Serialisation, Week 9, Chapter 15. Subscribe: Blackout on Audio
Except for the John the Landlord and Old Man Ron the ex-collier in the corner, when Bronwen walked in the Angel was dead.
“Oy! Watch your language lovely boy!” Ron says.
But… the young lot today, they’re just a bunch of fuckin’ –
sorry, Ron – soddin’ Druggies….
The old miner staunchly unsupports any attack against the young people of today. He can be found up the Angel in Chapter 14,
Week 8, of Blackout – The Dark Side of the Valleys.
Chapter 14 is the favourite for your humble narrator: after listening, comment if you can. Blackout On Audio – Serialisation
‘Gazing into the darkness she knew that out there were the Brecon Beacons, robed in the black starry night, waiting for her to say one word… The reservoir shimmered and flowed as a few cows lowed from somewhere on an invisible slope of grass. When she turned around and looked back at Sam, Tessa was already home…’
Blackout on Audio. Week 7. Chapters 12-13. Subscription-serialization
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