Random prompts sheet – Tue 21st Jan

Hello. Here are your prompts for today. I’m delighted to say that, going forward, the random prompts will include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. tantara: today’s word is a shortening of the Latin taratantara, an onomatopoetic word that in ancient times evoked the terrible sound of the war-trumpet. When ‘tantara’ entered English in the 16th century, the sound is it suggested was a merry one. “Tantara, tantara, the trumpets sound / Which makes our hearts with joy abound,” wrote Humphrey Gifford in 1580. Today, ‘tantara’ is sometimes used as a synonym of ‘fanfare’, a word for a short lively sounding of trumpets that may also be onomatopoeic in origin.
  2. We would lose power.
  3. The list: World’s best paid comedians (a list of the ten top paid comedians): Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Terry Fator, Amy Schumer, Jeff Dunham, Dave Chapelle, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Iglesias, Russell Peters, John Bishop.
  4. Picture of four people in a garden, all women: possibly two mothers and daughters. one of each sitting in the background looking at the other younger woman on her back with her arms and legs in the air with the other older woman horizontal in the air, being supported by the younger woman’s feet and hands… with the caption ‘This the most action Hannah’s mum’s had in a while…’
  5. Schoolgirls save drowning pal, 11 (with picture of saved girl): Three schoolgirls saved their pal from drowning after she fell in a canal while feeding ducks. Non-swimmer Chloe Collins slipped over at Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes. But Mia Bassett and twins Amber and Jasmine Deering, all 11, dragged her out. Dad Anthony said: “It’s scary to thing what could have been.”
  6. “When I first woke up I thought: These aren’t my lungs.” Veronica Lanzetta on the aftermath of her op.
  7. France: Grapes stolen after poor French harvest. Night patrols have begun in Burgundy wine region of France in.a bid to stamp out grape thieves. This year’s crop has been hit by hailstorms and frost, and vintners have begun a crackdown on grape theft to protect what is left of their vines. Burglars face up to three years behind bars if caught.
  8. Send us your weather snaps.
  9. …a mum on a dating mission.


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