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Menoxtra; a little bit on the side

It's time to make Goulash with Grandma again! (Micro-fiction fun...why don't you give it a go?) Use the picture prompt she provides to create simple, shortest of short, stories to tell its tale - kudos gained for using the weekly bonus word. Today that is YARDSTICK


The Jolly’s truck (aka as ‘Roger’) was the yardstick by which all locals learned their parking drill.
(101 chrx)

By any yardstick, the light of the far North could not measure up to the glow of the street lamp.
(97 chrx)

…and now for something a bit different; I am not sure how ‘Granny’ selects the pictures for the prompt, but this week I was caught by the scene… and enlarging the photo was able to make out the name on the door of the truck. Yes, it was what I thought! "John Jolly, Coal Merchant, Kirkwall". I cut and paste some info you may find interesting… 
The business of John Jolly was founded by its namesake in 1902 in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, where the business is still run from today. Originally a coal merchant, it grew by necessity into a shipping firm, dealing with various marine aspects that came its way by virtue of sourcing coal into a remote group of Scottish islands. Today, the Islands are not considered so remote, but still present some logistical challenges for the principal looking to send their vessels here.
John Jolly remains a family run business having been in the same hands since 1978, with the owners involved personally on a daily basis. Our local expertise is second to none and indeed we are unique in that we are genuinely locally based, providing a 24 hours service, 7 days per week.
The combined agency expertise of our operations department totals over 100 years. As well as the above, the Orkney Islands have very strong historical and cultural links with Norway and our chairman, Bill Spence, has acted as Consul for Norway in the islands since 1977.


  1. Good research, enquiring mind, you have! Kindred spirit.

  2. I get a lot of my pictures, including this one, on Morguefile. I also use other public domain sites and, when I'm lucky, I get some from SY participants.

    Although I loved the photo,I had a tough time with it, but you have made it look easy. Thanks for the research. I had unsuccessfully tried to read the side of the truck, so you've satisifed my curiosity as well as providing me with some fine tales.


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