Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.15. As I write this, the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is about to start, so let’s get straight down to business.
Club foot (or congenital talipes equinovarus) is a congenital deformity of the feet and ankles. In affected babies the feet point down and inwards, and the soles of the feet face backwards. With early treatment (a series of gradual manipulations to correct the posture and plaster casts to hold each improved position), affected babies usually make an excellent recovery.
Someone who suffered from a club foot was Lord Byron who was born 227 years ago today. Byron’s biography reads like a Boys’ Own adventure story: he joined the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire, for which he is still considered a national hero in Greece; he invented open-water swimming; he was notoriously promiscuous with both sexes; he made a huge contribution to the Romantic poetry movement, including his epic Don Juan. All this before his death from sepsis at only 36. Byron had a great fondness for animals, especially his Newfoundland, Boatswain. Byron commissioned a grand marble monument when Boatswain died from rabies, which is larger than his own monument at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Hucknall.
Here is this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with CLUB and ending with FOOT and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.