Decamot of the month

Winter 2023

Now that the weather's beginning to turn chilly, why not curl up by the fire and write yourself a Winter Decamot that contains the following items:

committee, engine, sun, tree, associate, minor, bridge, closet, habit, ladder

And send it to gs_jackson@hotmail.com for this Winter's Decamot competition. We'll read all that you send us, we'll post our favourites on the Decamot of the Month page.

Recent Decamots

December 2023-FORMULA FOR LIFE

Steve Jones’ friends always assumed his frequent mention of the Class of 66 was a reference to England finally winning the World Cup by beating W...

November 2023-Natural Wastage

Steve Jones hated committee meetings with a passion bordering on the psychotic. To him they were huge road blocks impeding progress.

When ...

November 2023-How Not To Be A Smartarse

‘Nobody likes a smartarse’ said Sally Bower “But I think you might be overreacting. Grady is full of his own importance, but he is gifted. An...

December 2021-A Night At The Opera

“Oh Why Oh Why did I decide to go to the Cheese Cutters Ball dressed as a Harlequin?" ...

October 2021-Outcast

A Decamot about the difficulty of living life as an outsider. ...

October 2021-Sibling Rivalries

According to contemporary wisdom, the definition of an expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less. ...

September 2021-Fool’s Gold

In the Wild West of the 1880's, a man on a quest misses what he's looking. ...

August 2021-EBURY STREET BPI

Desmond D’Urberville is making history! ...

July 2021-Diabolical Variations

Beware! Things are not always what they seem. ...

Decamot of the Month
June 2021-A Bridge Too Far

Bradley Forest couldn’t tell his mastodon from his mammoth, ...

May 2021-Reality Cheque

Quentin finds an unexpected guest in the congregation area. ...

April 2021-The Name’s the Game

Roy Taylor was in the middle of making his trademark puff pastry when his mobile phone rang.

March 2021-Leif's Motif

Join a young man heading westward to seek his destiny.

March 2021-Sense and Sexuality

About an imagined voice on the radio whose destiny was shaped by a happy accident. ...

February 2021-Baker Street Mews

While renovating a property near Madame Tussauds, a developer uncovers a secret leading to a security alert at the heart of government.

January 2021-Playing Under Pressure

A musical prodigy is at the centre of a race against time for her scheduled debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

November 2020-The Problem Solver

Dave goes back on tour one last time, and proves he's still got what it takes.

October 2020-Human Error: A Modern Scandinavian Saga

Twin brothers uncover the truth of their origins after their parents are involved in a tragic accident.

September 2020-Italian Ancestry Part 1

A family heirloom reunites two Italian families when an American visits a McDonalds drive-through restaurant whist on holiday in England.

September 2020-Italian Ancestry Part 2

Events take an unexpected turn and the families end up at the Vatican.

August 2020-Striding out on Salisbury Plain

A rambler finds more than he was expecting when he gets lost on Salisbury Plain.

August 2020-An Impulsive Act

When a top civil servant is caught shoplifting at Harrods, he makes matters worse by trying to defend himself in court.

July 2020-We'll Weather the Weather

A family unwisely chose to go camping in the Brecon Beacons in the off-season.

July 2020-An Alpine Adventure

A heart-warming tale of a grandfather’s devotion to the needs of his autistic grandson via an imaginative usage of Lego.

June 2020-First Among Equals

A seventy five year old finally realises a lifelong ambition of becoming Prime Minister, sort of!

June 2020-A Magical Evening with the Amazing Camelot

It's not really magic. Or is it? Why not read on and decide for yourself.

June 2020-Against the Odds

A young widow masters the art horse race betting, but nearly comes a cropper when she bets against the odds.

May 2020-The Magic of Theatre

Roland heads for the city to follow his dreams. His fears that he won't fit in prove to be unfounded.

May 2020-Legends, Myths and Minor Miracles

An ambitious young Brit drives his dumper truck to Syria with a contract to supply gravel to a wealthy client in Surrey.

May 2020-Embers

Childhood memories are revived for four old school mates when one of them wins a popular celebrity quiz show.

May 2020-Eye of the Beholder

The secrets of modern art unravel when an executor to the will of a renowned superstar is appointed for no apparent reason.

April 2020-The Cabbage Patch

A tale of two warring Mafia families fighting over the rights to a scam of monumental proportions in rural Frosinone.

April 2020-Bombed Out

A heavily decorated General discovers that smart technology is only as smart as its operator.

April 2020-A Whirlwind Romance

A chance encounter on the eve of war. A relationship hastily conducted before combat separated them. Like so many others in 1914.

March 2020-For King and Country

An anxious lover keeps the home fires burning while awaiting news from the front.

March 2020-Modern Times

A young man puts all his talents into making his way in the world.

March 2020-It's All Relative

A performer at the peak of her career taking a little time out to look back on her life.

February 2020-Serenade for Strings and Strangulation

If some spoilt your perfect night, the one you'd been looking forward to for months, what would you do?

January 2020-Neighbourhood Watch

There's nothing quite like showing a bit of neighbourly concern.

January 2020-Holly Goes Lightly

Holly rediscovers the joys of going on holiday.

November 2019-Sibling Rivalry

There's something rotten in the State of Texas.

November 2019-The Nearly True Story of a London Skate Park

One man's act of vandalism is another man's freedom of expression.

October 2019-Gardening Leave

Some people chose to come out of retirement. Others are not given a choice.

August 2019-At Cross Purposes

At Cross Purposes

Inspired by the following Decamot items: wood-pigeon, axle, lumberjack, umbrella, zither, youth hostel, bridle path,...

July 2019-Middleclass Matters

Inspired by the following items:crane, astronaut, pitch, social worker, ketch, saxophone, tomato, Acacia Avenue, taper, auditorium

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July 2019-The Three Musketeers

Decamot inspired by the following items: tyre lever; mausoleum; travelling salesman; fixative; Stoke Newington; marquee; buzzer; major oak; chi...

May 2019-Here be Dragons

Decamot inspired by the following items: buzzer, Komodo Island, crater, exorcist, juggernaut, waterfall, bull, patio, Yachtsman, quiver

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April 2019-Return of the Renminbi

Inspired by the following Decamot items: drainpipe, bureau, abacus, frogman, mosque, Zephyr, blinkers, Wessex, couscous, judge

St...

April 2019-Under Cover

Inspired by the following Decamot items: drainpipe, bureau, abacus, frogman, mosque, Zephyr, blinkers, Wessex, couscous, judge

A ...

April 2019-Fixed Odds

Decamot inspired by the following items: Zither, Racehorse, Santa Barbara, Trade unionist, Fiddler, Airbus, Chalet, Pocket watch, Monument, Chip...

February 2019-What Tangled Webs We Weave

Decamot inspired by the following items: winkle picker, house, weeping willow, mobile phone, Nuclear Reactor, bicycle, The Cairngorms, lighthou...

January 2019-CHANGING TIMES

Inspired by the following Decamot items: Rome, pea, football, policeman, village, John, hospital, battleship, leopard, cushion

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January 2019-When in Rome

Inspired by the following Decamot items: Rome, pea, football, policeman, village, John, hospital, battleship, leopard, cushion

January 2019-Kenny: A Leopard in the Urban Jungle

Inspired by the following Decamot items: Rome, pea, football, policeman, village, John, hospital, battleship, leopard, cushion

Ro...

January 2019-The Auction

Inspired by the following Decamot items: Rome, pea, football, policeman, village, John, hospital, battleship, leopard, cushion

50...

January 2019-Spotting Talent

Inspired by the following Decamot items: Rome, pea, football, policeman, village, John, hospital, battleship, leopard, cushion

Jo...

December 2018-The Problem Solver

Decamot inspired by the following items: Stuart, snow plough, Buckingham Palace, mailbox, shoulder, record store, dumpling, problem solver, tray...

December 2018-History in the Making

Decamot inspired by the following items: Stuart, snow plough, Buckingham Palace, mailbox, shoulder, record store, dumpling, problem solver, tray...

November 2018-An Alpine Adventure

Decamot inspired by the following items: fire engine, atlas, chef, railway arch, robin, The Alps, swimming shorts, doorstep, bowler hat, Christ...

November 2018-Modern Times

Decamot inspired by the following items: fire engine, atlas, chef, railway arch, robin, The Alps, swimming shorts, doorstep, bowler hat, Christmas...

November 2018-Time Well Spent

Decamot inspired by the following items: fire engine, atlas, chef, railway arch, robin, The Alps, swimming shorts, doorstep, bowler hat, Christmas...

November 2018-Almost There

Decamot inspired by the following items: fire engine, atlas, chef, railway arch, robin, The Alps, swimming shorts, doorstep, bowler hat, Christ...

October 2018-Pick of the Bunch

Inspired by the following Decamot items: Witch, Jane, book, Phoenix, teacher, herring gull, a well, tower bridge, boots, pumpkin

October 2018-A Magical Evening with the Amazing Camelot

Inspired by the following Decamot items: Witch, Jane, book, Phoenix, teacher, herring gull, a well, tower bridge, boots, pumpkin

September 2018-Loose Talk

Decamot inspired by the following items: pier; Tupperware; trim trail; Sarah; fish; observatory; cave; train; cup; fan

September 2018-Hot Pursuit

Decamot inspired by the following items: pier; Tupperware; trim trail; Sarah; fish; observatory; cave; train; cup; fan

September 2018-Beach Huts and Bear Hugs

Decamot inspired by the following items: pier; Tupperware; trim trail; Sarah; fish; observatory; cave; train; cup; fan

At the end ...

August 2018-Serenade for Strings and Strangulation

Inspired by the following Decamot items: trainers, garrotte, festival, wedding ring, school, mobile phone, Judge, taxi rank, sack of potatoes, ...

August 2018-Part of the Scenery

Inspired by the following Decamot items: trainers, garrotte, festival, wedding ring, school, mobile phone, Judge, taxi rank, sack of potatoes, ...

July 2018-Embers

Inspired by the following Decamot items: estuary, firefighter, bat, windmill, rambler, jewellery shop, tank, apple pie, monorail, peer

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July 2018-Riverside

Inspired by the following Decamot items: estuary, firefighter, bat, windmill, rambler, jewellery shop, tank, apple pie, monorail, peer

...

July 2018-Striding out on Salisbury Plain

Inspired by the following Decamot items: estuary, firefighter, bat, windmill, rambler, jewellery shop, tank, apple pie, monorail, peer, and...

June 2018-Gardening Leave

Decamot inspired by the following items: javelin, policeman, universe, belt, Jack, forest, flag, skipping rope, Harrogate, river

S...

June 2018-Force Majeure

Decamot inspired by the following items: javelin, policeman, universe, belt, Jack, forest, flag, skipping rope, Harrogate, river

O...

June 2018-An Adventure Begins

Decamot inspired by the following items: javelin, policeman, universe, belt, Jack, forest, flag, skipping rope, Harrogate, river

J...

May 2018-The Best Laid Plans

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
fireworks; evangelist; snooker; cutting edge; Heather; safe haven; basket; grinder; apartment bl...

May 2018-Managing the News

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
fireworks; evangelist; snooker; cutting edge; Heather; safe haven; basket; grinder; apartment bl...

May 2018-For King and Country

Continued from ... A Whirlwind Romance

After Richard's departure, Alfred and Annie ...

May 2018-A Whirlwind Romance

Theirs was a whirlwind romance. A chance encounter on the eve of war that led to a relationship hastily conducted before combat separated them. Jus...

April 2018-Eye of The Beholder

Inspired by the following Decamot items: diva, island, chandelier, egg, sports car, executor, digger, brain, canyon, needle

The e...

March 2018-Magic Roundabout

Inspired by the following Decamot items: box of matches, Carnaby Street, delta, Prime Minister, roundabout, suitcase, tea shop, windmill, archi...

March 2018-First Among Equals

Inspired by the following Decamot items: box of matches, Carnaby Street, delta, Prime Minister, roundabout, suitcase, tea shop, windmill, archi...

February 2018-One Good Turn

Inspired by the following Decamot items: plate, Nicole, train, baker, classroom, East Coast, front garden, nail polish, Taj Mahal, wrapping pap...

January 2018-Foul Word Play

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
crater, weather watcher, tongue, ball, philanthropist, reward, mug, Wales, anaconda, barn

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January 2018-We'll Weather the Weather

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
crater, weather watcher, tongue, ball, philanthropist, reward, mug, Wales, anaconda, barn

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January 2018-The Birthday Party

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
crater, weather watcher, tongue, ball, philanthropist, reward, mug, Wales, anaconda, barn

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December 2017-An Impulsive Act

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
Arthur’s Seat, beach, blogger, Bollywood, chair, mandarin, marrow, necklace, rollercoaster, Chel...

December 2017-Fruit Salad Days

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
Arthur’s Seat, beach, blogger, Bollywood, chair, mandarin, marrow, necklace, rollercoaster, Chel...

November 2017-It's about time

Inspired by the following Decamot items: brass band, serial killer, absinthe, at the edge of a cliff, buttercup, fracking, mathematician, wrecki...

November 2017-Tears of a clown

Inspired by the following Decamot items: brass band, serial killer, absinthe, at the edge of a cliff, buttercup, fracking, mathematician, wrecki...

October 2017-One Still Small Voice

Inspired by the following Decamot items: Camelot, christmas tree, clown, cow, handbag, juggernaut, mariner, match, microphone, moccasin

October 2017-Serenade for Strings and Strangulation

Inspired by the following Decamot items: trainers, garrotte, festival, wedding ring, school, mobile phone, Judge, taxi rank, sack of potatoes, ...

October 2017-The Price of Fame

Inspired by the following Decamot items.

Canoeist, Cushion, farm house, obelisk, pebble, Route 66, spotter, Tobias, trilby, urban myth...

September 2017-Striding out on Salisbury Plain

Inspired by the following Decamot items: estuary, firefighter, bat, windmill, rambler, jewellery shop, tank, apple pie, monorail, peer, and...

September 2017-An Adventure Begins

Decamot inspired by the following items: javelin, policeman, universe, belt, Jack, forest, flag, skipping rope, Harrogate, river

J...

August 2017-Bombed Out

rub of the green, purple hearts, garden centre, snakepit, gravel, red scarf, computer literate, £10,000, bingo, sore feet

"No san...

June 2017-Labour Pains

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
Ferrari, Fred Astair, headquarters, manual typewriter, mug, owl, pilot, tiara, tower, under the c...

May 2017-First Among Equals

Inspired by the following Decamot items: box of matches, Carnaby Street, delta, Prime Minister, roundabout, suitcase, tea shop, windmill, archi...

May 2017-What Goes Round

Inspired by the following Decamot Items:

Bear, clinic, crystal, earwig, juggler, magnifying glass, pendulum, Space Needle, uncle, wart...

April 2017-The Cabbage Patch

Chinese Wall, cooker, cruise ship, Devil's Island, gun, Milan, negotiator, robot, wings, caravan site

The robot with wings took of...

Decamot of the Month
April 2017-Concerto for Mother and Daughter

This story was inspired by the following Decamot Items:composer, gymnast, horn, Jupiter, plaza, printer, revolution, soiled nappy, station clock...

February 2017-Equal rights

Inspired by the following Decamot items:script, artisan, building site, bully, Women’s March, paddle steamer, palm, poster, ribbon, Shanghai

February 2017-Free To Choose

Inspired by the following Decamot items:script, artisan, building site, bully, Women’s March, paddle steamer, palm, poster, ribbon, Shanghai

January 2017-The Magic of Theatre

Inspired by the following Decamot items:
haversack, computer, theatre, carol, sloth, mountain top, trump, country cottage, Joe, spin the bo...

January 2017-The Talented Cat

A non-seasonal Decamot inspired by the following Decamot items:
white bearded old man, north pole, present, red nose, turkey, sleigh, hangi...

January 2017-Dad’s December Army

A non-seasonal Decamot inspired by the following Decamot items:
white bearded old man, north pole, present, red nose, turkey, sleigh, hangi...

January 2017-A Country Stroll

A non-seasonal Decamot inspired by the following Decamot items:
white bearded old man, north pole, present, red nose, turkey, sleigh, hangi...

November 2016-The Amateur Burglar

Inspired by the following Decamot items: invisible, angle-poise lamp, Ireland, decaffeinated coffee, the perfect crime, East Coast, CEO, Jeremy, re...

October 2016-Fool’s Gold

This Decamot was inspired by the following Decamot items: gold, stallion, cadet, misty, rusty nail, green bottle, heady perfume, uniform, glove...

September 2016-Labour's Lost Loves

This Decamot was Inspired by the following Decamot Items: druid, estuary, shaven head, extendable ladder, misapprehension, spectacle, vigil, radia...

August 2016-The Aristocrat

This Decamot was inspired by the following Decamot items: force 10 gale, Swiss Army Knife, pink poppy, plumber's mate, aristocrat, sushi bar, wh...

June 2016-Crash and Recovery

Decamot inspired by the following items: unknown figure, director, parachutist, Scandanavia, hospital, table salt, clock, door stop, skylight, a r...

February 2016-Rodriges’s Legacy

Inspired by the following Decamot items: artist, trench, bin man, sewer, chess pieces, phantom, wishing well, a watch, bomb, tattered book

Rodr...

January 2016-The Nearly True Story of a London Skate Park

The Nearly True Story of a London Skate Park Inspired by the following Decamot items: key, abandoned supermarket, drug lord, brother, rope...

November 2015-Ralf the Mole

Ralf the Mole Inspired by the following Decamot items: golf course, charity shop, mole, Catherine Wheel, dental assistant, TV programme, robo...

November 2015-Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry Inspired by the following Decamot items: waiting room, brother, drugs lord, abandoned supermarket, broken clock, a wall, insp...