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About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

Flash Fiction Post 137 – A Blessing in Disguise

Afternoon Everyone. This week, I was a little better than last week. I only sat to write this morning and got the idea quite quickly. Then, I managed to finish the story in one sitting, which is not bad for me. Hopefully this one hasn’t suffered by being too rushed! It’s a feel good story called A Blessing in Disguise. Hope you enjoy it. Find all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts […]


Flash Fiction Post 136 – Into the Final Straight

Afternoon all. Here is the next chapter of the serialized novel “Forced Removal”. The story moves towards an ending with all the plans into the final stages of execution. This episode of the story is called Into the Final Straight. Find 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 […]


Flash Fiction Post 135 – Cry Wolf

Hi Everyone. I must admit that my creative juices have been slow the last couple of weeks. I’ve been battling to come up with ideas for titles and content and some of the stories are coming out longer than usual, so they take longer to write. Hopefully they are worth waiting for. This week’s story is called Cry Wolf. Enjoy. Find all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on […]


Flash Fiction Post 134 – Rainbow

Morning Readers. Back from a great holiday, I must admit that I’ve been battling to get back to work, and my writing has been the biggest casualty. I thought of the title for today’s story over a week ago, but I took a while to come up with an idea for the content. It features James Blind, the man from AUNTI, in another of his assignments, where he behaves differently from his usual blood-thirsty approach. […]


Flash Fiction Post 133 – New Era Initiatives

Afternoon all. This will be my last post for about three weeks. My wife, Sandi and I are leaving this evening for an overseas holiday in Greece and Croatia. Not surprisingly, I won’t be doing any writing while I’m over there.  So, here is the next chapter of the serialized novel “Forced Removal”. The story moves towards a climax as all the plans begin to come together. This episode of the story is called New […]


Flash Fiction Post 132 – Best Laid Plans

Afternoon all. Had a busted week last week and this one started that way too. And my story for the week was longer than usual – what can I say – the story just needed more words to get told. Out of my hands entirely!!  So, here, at last, is the story from last week. It features Detective Fletcher in another of his cases and is called Best Laid Plans. Enjoy. Find all the Messages […]


Flash Fiction Post 131 – Seeing is Believing

Afternoon all. Here’s the promised story about Megalodon that I told you about earlier this week. And to give you another idea of the size of this shark, I attach a picture of a life size reconstruction of its jaws that is mounted outside U-Shaka Marine World in Durban. The young lady in the picture is Kerry, one of my daughters. She is 1.73 m tall. The story is called Seeing is Believing. Hope you […]


Flash Fiction Post 130 – Get it out of Your System

Morning all. I’ve been trying to come up with a story for this week for the last couple of days, but with no ideas. Then, this morning I woke up with a story in my head. Weird, right? Anyway, as soon as it got light I sat down and got busy.  The story is called Get it Out of Your System. Hope you enjoy. Find all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts […]


Flash Fiction Post 129 – Barking up the Wrong Tree

Hello folks. Here’s a bonus story for this week. It’s one I’m fairly pleased with. I enjoyed writing it and I hope you enjoy reading it. The story is called Barking up the Wrong Tree. Find 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 […]


Flash Fiction Post 128 – The Power of Creation

Morning Readers. My serialized novel, “Forced Removal” is entering its final stages.  All the Taurian population has been migrated to Androm and the Ring project has reached its half-way point. Jamie and his team discuss the way forward and have decisions to make. This episode of the story is called The Power of Creation. Find all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. […]


Flash Fiction Post 127 – You Can Take a Horse to Water…

Hello folks. My story for this week is a sequel to the Story “Dragon” that I published in Blog Post 83 on 16/7/2018. You can check it out in the Archives if you want a reminder. Today’s story is called You Can Take a Horse to Water… Find 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 […]


Flash Fiction Post 126 – Ups and Downs

Morning Readers. My serialized novel, “Forced Removal” is entering its final stages.  Jamie, with a reduced team, takes on responsibility for the oversight of the Ring Continent’s remodeling project. Not far into it, he discovers that everything won’t always go according to plan. This episode of the story is called Ups and Downs. Find all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s Blog Archives. Remember […]


Flash Fiction Post 125 – Set a Thief to Catch a Thief

Hi everybody. This week I welcome back my intrepid spy/assassin, James Blind, the Man from AUNTI. In this story Blind must uncover and neutralize a threat to all employees of the AUNTI organization. The story title is Set a Thief to Catch a Thief. Find 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 […]


Flash Fiction Post 124 – Color Me Purple

Hi everybody. Here’s a bonus story for this week. It’s a fantasy written in response to the prompt “New Me”. And it’s completely different from a lot of my other stuff. The story title is Color Me Purple. Find 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 […]


Flash Fiction Post 123 – Skeletons in the Closet

Morning everyone. This week I’ve got a macabre little story for you. It deals with the situation of an old man living alone and becoming obsessed with tidiness and secrets. The story is called Skeletons in the Closet. Find 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 […]


Flash Fiction Post 122 – The Ring Continent

Afternoon all. Today, I once more return to the serialized novel, “Forced Removal”.  Jamie and his team embark on the complete survey of the ring continent and the preparation of maps to provide images of their findings. They then meet to discuss their findings and the implications of these. This chapter is called The Ring Continent. Find all the Messages to Government, Flash Fiction stories and “Thoughts for the Day” on Dave’s Blog or Dave’s […]


Flash Fiction Post 121 – Get a Taste of Your Own Medicine

Morning everyone. This week I’m bringing back Detective Fletcher with another murder mystery. Already up to his eyeballs in work, Fletcher told to drop everything when a great friend of the Commissioner of Police dies in suspicious circumstances. The story is called Get a Taste of Your Own Medicine. Find 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 […]


Flash Fiction Post 120 – Bolt from the Blue

Morning everyone. This week I thought about what might happen if a guy had a run of unexpected things happening to him. The story is called Bolt from the Blue. Find 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. Look at the […]


Flash Fiction Post 119 – Hang in There

Morning everyone. My story for this week is a mixture of fact and fiction. The characters are all fictional and so is the story. But many of the details are real. All the display teams exist and are registered with the British Parachute Association. The army locations are real as is the process for joining the Parachute Regiment and rising to entry into the Red Devils display team. The story is called Hang in There. […]


Flash Fiction Post 118 – Beginnings’ End

Afternoon all. Today I once more return to the serialized novel, “Forced Removal”. The initial stages of the Androm project are complete, or in progress, and that frees up Jamie and his team to tackle the most difficult part of the settlement of Androm – the transformation of the Ring Continent from a forbidding desert to a habitable landmass. To paraphrase a quotation from Winston Churchill – “this is not the end. It is not […]