Both Sides of the Story - Westminster

Westminster (England, 1993): "Madam Speaker, I —" Baxter groaned and lifted the pen. He stuck the end in his mouth and sucked on it, searching for a better opening line. He crossed out the first words and started again. "Madam Speaker, the —" His pen froze again. "Damn it, why won't the words flow?"

Both Sides of the Story is a collection of short stories from the Tall And True writers' website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead. The collection consists of four self-contained vignettes and a fifth piece that ties together and resolves the five stories. The podcast version is presented in six instalments with an introductory episode. 

Copyright notice: Both Sides of the Story song written by Phil Collins from Both Sides album (1993).

Read Both Sides of the Story - Westminster: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/short-stories/both-sides-of-the-story-westminster

Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com

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Buy Robert's short story collections online:

• Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Fairhead/e/B086HZ36NM

• Rakuten Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/author/robert-fairhead

Podcast Theme and Sound Effects

Royalty-free music from Pixabay.com: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale' – IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non-Troppo, performed by Karine Gilanyan.

Sound effects licensed under Creative Commons 0 from FreeSound.org:

Big Ben Chiming: https://freesound.org/people/signtoast/sounds/259965/

Tearing/Discarding Paper: https://freesound.org/people/GustavoGE/sounds/560081/

Chair Scraping on Floor: https://freesound.org/people/sagetyrtle/sounds/35033/

London Traffic: https://freesound.org/people/mzui/sounds/135095/

Car Horns: https://freesound.org/people/craigsmith/sounds/479995/

Office Footsteps: https://freesound.org/people/conleec/sounds/148466/

Clock Ticking: https://freesound.org/people/gecop/sounds/522119/

Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads produced using Audacity. Thanks to Josh (VoiceOverMaster) Meyer for Audacity recording tips and tricks.

Podcast recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the land of the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation.

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