What takes people so long to pull away from traffic lights? The lights onto Malpas Road are red for over four minutes, and green for seven seconds. The same people use this road every day – they know the routine. So when the lights go from red to amber you’d think they’d be ready to move. But no! The lights go green – and no one moves. One second, two seconds – the driver in front shuffles through the gears and looks around, then creeps forward. Three seconds, four seconds – and the second driver is now scratching through the gears and shuffling forward. Five seconds, six seconds – and the third driver looks up from their phone, shifts gears and creeps forward. Seven seconds – and the lights are red again. Gaaaddddd!!!
If the army can move a column of tanks in one clear movement, why can’t more than three cars get through a green light in seven seconds …?
Published by Brendan Gerad O'Brien
Born in Tralee, Co Kerry, I now lives in Wales.
As a child I spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry where my uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness Maker’s shop which was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters. It was there that my love of words was kindled by the stories of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered in for a chat and bit of jovial banter.
I started writing short stories based on those characters and had twenty published in various anthologies and eMags over the years. I’ve now self-published them in a collection called Dreamin’ Dreams which is available through Smashwords.com and Amazon.com, and also as stand-alone items through the same medium.
My first novel, a thriller set in Wales during WW2 called
Dark September is published by Tirgearr Publishing.
Gallows Field is my second thriller and set in Ireland during WW2, and is self-published with Amazon and Smashwords.com
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