About ellacraigwrites

Ella Craig was born in Bristol and raised in South Gloucestershire where she trained as a lab technician. Fancying a change, she moved to Devon and worked in call centres, shops, and as an office temp along with a brief stint as an artist’s model (she kept her clothes on). Ella now lives on a farm in Bulgaria with her husband, three dogs, two cats and a flock of feral chickens. She published her first novel, Sunday Girl, in March 2019.

One-Liner Wednesday – Sweet Dreams

LindaGHill hosts One-Liner Wednesday.
This is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same theme.
Check out her blog for the rules, read other one-liners, and join in the fun!


Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

Gloria Steinem

Song Lyric Sunday: This Not-So-Charming Man

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, and Seductive.
The song must contain a reference to the prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Mr Crowley was co-written by Ozzy Osbourne for his 1980 debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz. The song is about the British occultist Aleister Crowley. A man renowned for his outrageous behaviour and flouting of social conventions. A bit like Mr Osbourne!

His version is a bombastic sub-prog rock assault on your eardrums. But if you really want to be creeped out, listen to this a cappella version by Swedish group The Cardigans.

This track appeared on the B side of their 1995 pop single Carnival. The Cardigans are probably best known for their song Lovefool, which was used on the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s film Romeo + Juliet.

Anyhoo, ready to meet the Charming Mr Crowley?

Mr Crowley
What went on in your head?
Oh, Mr Crowley
Did you talk with the dead?

Your lifestyle to me seems so tragic
With the thrill of it all
You fooled all the people with magic
You waited on Satan’s call

Mr Charming
Did you think you were pure?
Mr Alarming
In nocturnal rapport

Uncovering things that were sacred
Manifest on this Earth
Conceived in the eye of a secret
And they scattered the afterbirth

Mr Crowley
Won’t you ride my white horse?
Mr Crowley
It’s symbolic, of course

Approaching a time that is classic
I hear maiden’s call
Approaching a time that is drastic
Standing with their backs to the wall

I wanna know what you meant

Songwriters: O. Osbourne / R. Rhoads / R. Daisley
© Blizzard Music Ltd

Fibbing Friday 30th July 2021 – All at Sea

Frank (PCGuy) and Di (Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday. To join in, write a post with your answers to the 10 questions below and tag it “Fibbing Friday” or #FibbingFriday. Then link back to Fibbing Friday so that others can enjoy the answers and join in too!

The rules are simple – truth is not an option, but lies, silliness, and surrealism are.


What is a skiff?
A badly rolled spliff.

What is a liner?
A linguine miner.

What is a ferry?
A member of Roxy Music

What is a destroyer?
Anything that tempts you off your diet.

What is a cruiser?
A firm that makes cast iron cookware.

What is a galleon?
A posh gallon.

What is a pedlow?
A depressed foot doctor.

What is a kayak?
A floating commode.

What is a schooner?
A sub-standard crooner.

What is a coracle?
A cold seer.

One-Liner Wednesday – This Sporting Life

LindaGHill hosts One-Liner Wednesday.
This is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same theme.
Check out her blog for the rules, read other one-liners, and join in the fun!


A quartet of quotes for your sporting delight!

Apologies for the cynical edge but I am not a fan of sports. Except for rugby – who can resist 30 grown men rolling around in the mud together?

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.
Casey Stengel

If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?
Vince Lombardi

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Heywood Broun

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
George Orwell

Song Lyric Sunday: I Like Driving in My Car

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
automobile, car, jalopy, vehicle.
The song must contain a reference to the prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Time for a little Madness, an English two-tone ska band. They formed in 1977, broke up in 1986, and reformed in 1992. And they are still gigging and performing today.

Their music is laced with humour and bounces along like a Space-Hopper on speed. But don’t be fooled: they tackled some deep subjects such as teenage pregnancy (Embarrassment), death (Cardiac Arrest), animal testing (Tomorrows Dream) and Depression (Grey Day).

But today’s pick is a straightforward piece of fluff about a guy’s love of driving. This isn’t my favourite Madness song, but it is so infectious and fun, you’ll want to crank up the old jalopy and take your better half out for a spin.

The video is typical Madness mayhem, but the best bit for me is the car – a white 1959 Morris Minor. My dream car, but only if I can have it in British racing green.

First fun fact of the day: The lads hitching to Coventry in the video are members of fellow ska group, Fun Boy Three.

Second fun fact of the day: They used to be in another fellow ska band, The Specials.

I’ve been driving in my car, it’s not quite a Jaguar
I bought it in Primrose Hill from a bloke from Brazil
It was made in fifty-nine in a factory by the Tyne
It says Morris on the door, the GPO owned it before
I drive in it for my job, the governor calls me a slob
But I don’t really care, give me some gas and the open air

It’s a bit old but it’s mine, I mend it in my spare time
Just last week I changed the oil, the rocker valves and the coil
Just last week I changed the oil
Last week it went round the clock, I also had a little knock
I dented somebody’s fender, he learnt not to park on a bender, ha ha ha

I’ve been driving in my car, it don’t look much but I’ve been far
I drive up to Muswell Hill, I’ve even been to Selsey Bill
I drove along the A45, I had her up to 58
This copper stopped me the other day, you’re mistaken what could I say
The tires were a little worn, they were OK, I could have sworn
I like driving in my car, I’m satisfied I’ve got this far

I like driving in my car, it don’t look much but I’ve been far
I like driving in my car, even with a flat tyre
I like driving in my car, it’s not quite a Jaguar
I like driving in my car, I’m satisfied I’ve got this far

Songwriters: Cathal Joseph Smyth / Christopher John Foreman / Daniel Mark Woodgate / Graham Mcpherson / Lee Jay Thompson / Mark William Bedford / Michael Barson
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC