Yearly Archives: 2018


Thought for the Day – 16th October 2018

Thought for the Day 16 October 2018 Today I’d like to start my thought with a jingle I learnt as a kid and have never forgotten. It goes like this: “He who knows not and knows that he knows not, he is a child, teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows, he is asleep, wake him. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, he is a fool […]


Flash Fiction Post 94 – That is the Question

Hi everyone. The boy is back in town after my short holiday. Sunday was a non-day, recuperating from a twenty hour trip resulting in a very late night on Saturday. Monday was catch up day and today I’m able to write again. First I have another story from 12 in 12 – my entry for April 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘Buy or Sell’ and it had to be 750 words long. It’s […]


Flash Fiction Post 93 – Dark and Dangerous

Hi everyone. I’m off on holiday later today. I’ll be away until 14th October so there will be no posts for the rest of this week or next week. Instead, here’s a bonus for this week. The story was my 12 in 12 entry for March 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘The Celebration’ and it had to be 2500 words long. The story is called Dark and Dangerous. Go to the website at […]


Flash Fiction Post 92 – Population Explosion

Afternoon Everybody. Sorry for last week – I had an urgent task to prepare the documentation needed to register my wife’s company for VAT. But now back to the continuing story of the humans taken to terraform the new planet Androm. As the arrival of more ships of humans and close to eight thousand refugees from Taurus, looms ever closer, there is frantic activity aimed at being ready for this influx.  This episode of the […]


Thought for the Day 21 September 2018

Thought for the Day 21 September 2018 Not that long ago, I was listening to the radio in my car. The hosts of the show had a competition going for the best (or worst?) Dad jokes and people were phoning in with their choices. The hosts were then voting on which joke won the prize. For those that aren’t familiar with ‘Dad jokes’, they are usually so bad that, when your Dad tells one, it […]


Flash Fiction Post 91 – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Afternoon everyone. I’ve told you before that, last year, I participated in a writing challenge called 12 in 12, and I also mentioned that I was going to try again this year. The story for today was my entry for January 2018. The ‘prompt’ for this story was ‘The Bridge’ and it had to be exactly 1200 words long. The story is called Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way. Go to the website at […]


Messages to Government Post 5 – Synergistic Consortiums

Hello everyone. Here is my new article in the feature “Messages to Government”. I am, today, focusing on the issues facing South Africa as a nation and what should be done about them. It is a topic, which affects all of us and, clearly, we aren’t doing a very good job of addressing them. I believe we need a radically new and different approach that I am calling Synergistic Consortiums. I hope you find my […]


Thought for the Day 11 September 2018

Thought for the Day 11 September 2018 For several days, I have been trying to come up with a thought for the day. My mind has been a complete blank. Not a single thought that I would even think of writing down. This is a very frustrating situation for someone who likes to write. I’ve been getting very irritable as a result. But this morning, I was sitting in the smallest room in my house, […]


Flash Fiction Post 90 – The Real Work Starts

Afternoon Everybody. The Humans from ship one begin their new life in earnest. The magnitude of the project becomes fully understood and the planning now extends to the rest of the planet. This chapter in their adventure is called The Real Work Starts. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now sign up to my VIP Readers’ […]


Flash Fiction Post 89 – Monster

Morning all. This week’s story is, once again a bit longer than a typical Flash Fiction story. It features a whole new group of characters and I used a prompt to get me started. The prompt was ‘monster’. I didn’t have any ideas to start with so it became a bit of a challenge. But then I had a faint idea and once I got going I got into a bit of a groove. I […]


Thought for the Day – 29 August 2018

Thought for the Day 29 August 2018 I’ve been watching the shenanigans at the metros that have coalitions between normally competing parties and the resulting mess leads me to my thought for today: “Can politicians ever be trusted to put the people they serve first?” Some of you will immediately insist that this is a stupid question – “of course not,” you will answer. Others will rush to defend the poor maligned politicians, saying “they […]


Messages to Government Post 4 – Education

Hello everyone. Here is my new article in the feature “Messages to Government”, I am, today, focusing on a topic which is a real hot button of mine. It is a topic, which often attracts much discussion and argument. And it is very visible at the moment because of South Africa’s widely publicized poor performance in this area. I am of course talking about Education. I particularly hope you find my thoughts penetrating, insightful and […]


Thought for the Day – 22 August 2018

Thought for the Day 22 August 2018 I’ve just read that Cape Town’s dams have reached levels in excess of sixty percent, (Some as high as 90%) the highest levels since 2016. I think that’s great, but it does leave me with a worry that leads to my thought for today: “Will Cape Town be damned by fuller dams?” Sounds like a dumb question, right? I mean, how can they possibly be damned by fuller […]


Flash Fiction Post 88 – Consolidation

Afternoon Everybody. The Humans from ship one are now on Androm and their new life begins with a day of preparation for the immediate future. This chapter in their adventure is called Consolidation. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember that you can now sign up to my VIP Readers’ Group on the Dave Macfie Stories fan page on Facebook. […]


Thought for the Day 18 August 2018

Thought for the Day 18 August 2018 Last night I tried to watch some TV. After a bit of Currie Cup rugby, I got bored and started to channel hop. Up and down and side to side I went without finding a single thing that attracted any sort of interest so I switched the TV off and went off to find a book to read. So my thought today is: “Is TV content a load […]


Flash Fiction Post 87 – The New Gordian Knot

Morning all. This week’s story is a bit longer than a typical Flash Fiction story. It features my detective character, Fletcher, in a rather different case than those that have gone before. It came from another random thought that popped into my head. From nothing at all I thought of the term ‘Gordian knot’. I couldn’t even remember what it meant and had to look it up. Once I had been reminded it turned into […]


Flash Fiction Post 86 – Androm

Morning all. The serialized novel, “Forced Removal” reaches a milestone today. The abducted humans on ship one finally reach their destination in the Tau Ceti solar system – the planet Androm. Not surprisingly, therefore, this 21st installment is called Androm. Read all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. What did you all think of my messages to government and my new thoughts? […]


Thought for the Day – 9 August 2018

Thought for the Day 9 August 2018 Happy National Women’s Day to all who qualify in this category. And, to the men out there, don’t think you can celebrate this day, talk up a storm about all the things that should be done about issues relating to women and then forget all about this until the same time next year. This leads me to my thought for today: “Public Holidays are a pain in the […]


Messages to Government Post 3 – Human Rights

Hello everyone. Here is my new article in the feature “Messages to Government”, I am, today, focusing on a topic which I believe is largely misrepresented and even misunderstood. At any rate it is a topic, which often attracts much discussion and argument. I don’t expect you to agree with my point of view, but I do expect that you think about it before rejecting it out of hand. It may make you think more […]


Thought for the Day – 2 August 2018

Thought for the Day 2 August 2018 My thought for today is a little random. I was thinking about land redistribution. I believe that it is the right thing to do at a moral level, but I think the idea of land redistribution involves a bigger question. That question is my random thought for today: “For what purpose will the land be used?” Why do I think this question is an important one? First of […]