The Pink Bolly

Creative Writing Ink Prompt September 18th

The Pink Bolly by Justin Tuijl

There was something quite wrong. For some weird reason my brolly was now pink. I was sure when I’d set out it was black, just like all the other people with umbrellas. As I walked along the street, I became more and more disturbed that the thing above me was definitely turning pink. People passing me with their black umbrellas were starting to take notice, but not enough to stare; they just looked down and scurried away. Something was very definitely amiss. I had left the Ministry of Culture about ten minutes before, it had not been a good meeting.
            The President of Culture had greeted me in his office. It was on floor 101 of the Ministry, the top floor. The big windows looked out over the rain soaked city that spread as far as the eye could see. I had been waiting in his waiting room for what seemed like hours. President Jangle stood by the window. There were no chairs. I stood in the middle of the room holding my pen and notebook.
            “Mr President-“
            “Call be Bob.”
            I already felt off guard, no chairs, no table and he had asked me to be familiar by using his Christian name. I knew this was likely, as everyone used his Christian name in the general public, but I hadn’t expected him to ask me to use it. I guessed it was, in truth, to make me fell exactly how I was feeling: worried.
            “I’ve been sent to report, to ask questions.”
            “I see. Questions are fine.”
            “I represent others…”
            “Go on.”
            “Since we left the union of states and became the country of culture, we have become the poorest country. Food shortages, medicine shortages…”
            The president just watched me, expressionless, it was unnerving.
            “What’s your name?”
            “Come now Archie, the people voted to leave the union. Trade’s up with the non-union countries.”
            I could not deny that, but the shortages spoke for themselves. “But what about this culture? Anyone who speaks up is marked.”
            “My friends are in key positions in the ministry, we have you worked out, we know how to stop the rebels being removed. Soon your number is going to be up.”
            “By all means, go forth and do your worst.”

            I had left the ministry of culture. The rain was pouring as usual. And now the brolly was going pink, I knew the missile strike was coming. I was a pink marker in a sea of black brollies. People were giving me a wide berth. They all knew. It looked like my friends in the ministry had let me down.


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I wrote this book for my university degree, I'm going to give it away for free Tuesday 20th Aug to 25th as a Kindle book, then retire it, so that will be the last chance to get it.

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Lochcarron Church roof repair campaign

Lochcarron East Church, or the Old Parish Church, is a 180 year old building in the Highlands of Scotland owned by Justin and TyLean Tuijl.

We purchased it in May 2018 and have been working on it since in order to turn it into a venue for events and functions embracing the local community and the wider community of friends of the church and tourists.

The roof is in a bad way, it has been left for 30 years without being maintained. It is suffering from "nail sickness" which is because the nails that hold the slates on are rusting and one by one the slates are falling to the ground. This is because we are a few meters from the salt water of the Loch. The owner before us bought the property 13 years ago but was unable to do any repairs due to ill health. We want to save this 180 year old building in order to open it to the public for events and so forth, this space should be used. Community and wider, we are on the tourist trail, the NC500. 

We already have local roofers working for us and we can raise a certain part of the cost ourselves. We are also applying for grants. Due to a death in the family we are a lot tighter on funds than we were. We desperately want to save this building and have just caught it in time, as big holes are developing on the roof just recently, we will patch for the winter and start the roof in earnest in the spring. We have purchased our own scaffolding.  We have had quotes for the roof which range from £50.000 to £100.000. It all depends how rotten the wood is.

Saving this iconic building for the future is our main aim. It will be here long after us all, if the roof is saved now. Please see our social media and website, Thank you! Justin and TyLean.

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