CREATIVE Tony Bianchi

NWR Issue 96

Eric 'n' Ernie

‘What d’you think of it so far?’ Asks the little one with the hairy legs. ‘Rubbish!’ says the other.

My father’s sitting with his back to the window. His legs are stretched out in front of him, the left foot resting on the right. He is in fact more lying than sitting, and his body fills the chair. From here he can watch the television without turning his head; he can see me, too, with only the slightest shift of his eyes.

‘Absolute rubbish!’ says the tall one with the spectacles.


Dad laughs. A little cough of a laugh. He rearranges his legs, rests the right foot on the left, gives his nose a rub with the knuckle of his index finger. This is his favourite programme and he is in a good mood. ‘Ha!’ He folds his hands across his belly, across his grey cardigan.

Want to read the full article? Go to our online shop where you can buy an individual issue or take out a subscription to NWR, saving £3.98 on the cover price. Prices start at £16.99 for three issues via Direct Debit, including p+p (UK only).


previous creative: On Mohammed Farid Street
next creative: Three Poems


A brief note on copyright:all authors have given permission for their work to appear online on New Welsh Review's website. Copyright remains with the author. If you wish to reproduce part or all of any article then the permission of the author must be sought, and the author and New Welsh Review credited accordingly.

Contact us:Registered Office PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1WZ - Telephone 00 (44) 1970 628410
© New Welsh Review Ltd, all rights reserved - Registered in England and Wales - Registered number: 02493828
Website design: mach2media and mopublications      Website development: Technoleg Taliesin Cyf.