Hello, good evening and welcome to Micro Bookends 1.17. I hope you all like a good political scandal.
On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested inside the Watergate building in Washington, D.C, the office of the Democratic National Committee. The men were connected to President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign, and had been caught planting wire-taps and stealing secret documents. Nixon’s knowledge of the incident was in doubt, but he certainly tried to cover it up by paying off the burglars, trying to stop the FBI from investigating, and destroying evidence. Nixon resigned from office, was pardoned of any crimes by President Gerald Ford, and continued to proclaim his innocence until his death. In 1977, Nixon was interviewed by British journalist David Frost, whose surprisingly thorough preparation and interview technique laid the whole scandal bare for the American public, and elicited an apology from Nixon.
The interviews were dramatised in the 2006 play, Frost/Nixon, which was itself adapted into a film of the same name in 2008. Frost was played by Welsh actor Michael Sheen (who celebrates his 46th birthday today) in both productions. Sheen has had a very successful career on both stage and screen, being nominated for four Olivier Awards for his work on stage, and a BAFTA for his portrayal of British Prime Minister Tony Blair in The Queen. Sheen being a Welshman, and today being the eve of the opening game of this year’s Six Nations Rugby Championship (when England are probably going to be taught a harsh lesson by Wales), let’s celebrate Wales’s proud coal-mining heritage with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with WATER and ending with GATE 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.