In the early 1980s, I and a colleague started a workplace newsletter at the then MAFF Central Veterinary Laboratory where we both worked. The CVL changed its name in the 1990s, MAFF has become part Defra and the CVL is now a UK Government Agency. To fill the scant newsletter content and to assure readers that the newsletter would be published each month, I started a quiz and a regular comic serial. The serial had a veterinary agriculture theme and was inspired by the long running BBC radio soap, The Archers.
The serial developed a cult following among some of its readers and some years later I published it on various writing websites under the penname of Jack Lindsey. Later it inspired the publication of my first novel, Cogrill’s Mill. Followers of my blog and those of you who have bought and enjoyed Cogrill’s Mill might like to read the work that inspired my first forays into publishing so I have posted Umbridge’s first episode below. If it proves popular, I propose to post the remaining six future episodes each week over the next six weeks.
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