Alphabetic chain … my letter “D”… yours…”E” (The Chain Game-Alphabet Soup)

I find myself caught in an alphabetical chain game started  appropriately by Adi, who is new to me. I am not a great fan of chains but I do like alphabet games…being a lifelong Scrabble player. I was nominated for the challenge by KG who had the letter “C” posting some photos of coffee, a camera, clouds and cassettes (check it out).

Just seen I have to post all the previous letters so here is B is for benefaction

The rules copied and pasted from Adi’s post are:

Objective: The goal is to complete the alphabet using a word starting with each letter. The game goes in order, post by post, starting with A as the first post and ending with Z as the last post. Once you find the word for your post, you must write a little something related to your word. You have complete freedom in how you want to creatively approach this: short story, personal relation to that word, poetry, etc. You can write whatever you want regarding your word. Finish the post by tagging 3 people for the next letter.

You do not need to know the word in advance. I looked on scrabble word finder for words starting with X  and I found xerosis, which I discovered to be a condition causing extremely dry skin. The idea I had was to tell the tale of a man suffering from xerosis who was placed in a leper colony due to his abnormal appearance. He then transforms into the leper messiah – one who preaches to the lepers. So you can be as creative as you want to be in writing about your word. Or you can strictly stick to talking about the meaning of the word ; the choice is yours.


1. First poster in the chain always starts with A (anyone can start a chain). Otherwise pick up at the next letter in the alphabet.

2. Write something in relation to your word. The word can be a focal point or merely a thematic element; creative writing pieces are welcome. Personal experiences, thoughts on the meaning of the word, and why you like a certain word are also welcome. This part is intentionally left open to the writer; do as you wish.

3. Leave links to the previous alphabet posts in alphabetical order.

4.  Tag 3 fellow bloggers for the next letter.

So I have the letter “D”, not my favourite letter because it is my brother Danny’s initial (sibling rivalry and all that jazz).

What does begin with D? Denmark, dandelions, daffodils, Dickens, Dodge, draft, ducks, dragons, doves, Dar es Salaam, dirty, diecasts, December, De Lillo, da Vinci, De Tomaso, DeAgostini, Drybridge Market, doubles, Dinky Toys, drugs, drawing, dreams…

D is for Dove

My only tattoo is of a dove, a symbol of peace…

my dove tattoo, when it was freshly inked

If my letter were “P” I might explore “peace” more…I am not especially interested in doves as birds but more their symbolism. I got the tattoo on my fortieth birthday, my gesture to “mid life crisis”, it seemed more appropriate for me than going out with a woman half my age or getting a Harley Davidson Motorbike. That was 10 years ago, when I was saddened by all the wars…ten years on living in the Middle East, there are wars all around in the North there is the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, in the south there is IS taking vast swathes of land and misery in Iraq and Syria and recently conflict in Yemen has erupted. Here in Georgia, there are two frozen conflicts with Russia concerning the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia 😦

D is for Diecast

My hobby as many of my followers will be aware is collecting diecast cars, indeed I have a separate blog to cover this interest. Die casting involves injecting a metal alloy (usually Mazak or Zamak)  into an extremely accurate mould cavity, the casting equipment and the metal dies represent large capital costs and this tends to limit the process to high volume production. In England the major diecast car manufacturers were Matchbox, Dinky and Corgi.  On my first birthday cake I had a Matchbox car and on my third birthday cake I had three… My earliest memory is being on a train with a Matchbox Car Transporter, so this hobby connects the 50 year old me with the child I was.  For thirty years from 14 to 44, I didn’t have a great passion for collecting model cars, I had other hobbies and interests (travelling, following bands, studying …),  coming to Georgia I started collecting small cars again. I get as excited now, at 50, finding a model I’m looking for as I did back when I was 9 years old. I have over 500 model cars in varying scales and brands but my favourites have always been the 3 inch sized Matchbox cars. Matchbox are still found today, but they are no longer made by Lesney in England, they are made in Thailand by Mattel (who incidentally also produce Hot Wheels, Matchbox erstwhile  rivals). D is for Dinky, I know lots of collectors love Dinky but I only have one in my collection, I always preferred Corgi (the ones with the windows) to Dinky.

Some old Corgi cars in my collection

Some old Corgi cars in my collection made in the sixties. Renault 16TS, Ghia L6.4 and Jaguar E Type

D is for Dodge

Dodge is one of the brands of the Chrysler group. Dodge made many American Muscle Cars including the ’69 “General Lee” Dodge Charger in the “Dukes of Hazzard“. My Dodges are a mix of Matchbox and Hot Wheels, no General Lee yet.


Dodge Diecasts

Now I should nominate three fellow bloggers for the next letter “E” or “e” not the easiest of letters for beginning words in English:

  1. Jane because I saw you just blogged about Earth Day and because I love your posts.
  2. Joel because you are a fellow diecast collector and one of my first followers
  3. Uncle Spike because you are in neighbouring Turkey and I love your take on life

Good luck!

Feel free to start your own chain or pick up with E from my post even if I didn’t tag you. And if I tagged you please don’t feel you have to continue the chain…I don’t believe in any superstitious nonsense about bad luck if you break the chain.


    1. Plenty of options with D, the dove is indelibly inked on my shoulder… although even ten years on, I am still sometimes surprised in the shower to see I have a tattoo…

      1. 😀 I wanted a tattoo for a long time now…might be the mid life crisis that is fast approaching 😉 I hope I get one sooner because knowing me, I might back off any minute.

      2. A tattoo is permanent…if you know what you want…wait…at least a year…if you still want it after a year get it….but have it somewhere you can cover up (not the hands or head) and also choose your tattoo artist with care. I went to one of the best in England, I’d seen her work and been impressed.

      3. Yeah.. Last year I decided to get one and did the waiting until now and finally got the design ready… All I need is a good tattoo artist. Definitely not the head or the arms 😀 Hopefully will do it this year.

  1. Interesting idea Jim… I’m not very into chain events to be honest, but I’ll tell you what, to prove I’m not a complete bore, I’ll try and do something ‘e’ related shortly 🙂

    1. I’m not really into the chain thing either…don’t feel obliged to come up with anything…I nominated you because I love your posts…if the chain is unbroken there should be about 80 posts for “e”…

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