A short story…

for Friday Fictioneers





Leonardo Tauriello’s pizza tasted deliziosa! He wiped his cheesy lips and picked pieces of slimy tomato from his lap. 

A coach hissed a halt. The door rattled open releasing an eager batch of tourists. After the oohs and ahhs abated he introduced himself. Then, his joke.

‘Why does The Tower of Pisa lean? Because it’s Italicized!’

As the groans died down he launched into his lecture. Some listened, others gazed around. 

Having photographed themselves propping up the monument, they returned to their coach where he stood in hope of the odd Euro or two.

Just time for some tiramisu before the next lot arrived!


leaning-tower-anne-higaThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Anne Higa for the photo.

Click Signor Rana to join in the fun!






I returned home from visiting my daughter and her family in Scotland a couple of days ago, and on Friday I’m travelling to Dubai to stay with my son and his lot for a while. Appologies if I don’t get to read everybody’s work this week!

40 thoughts on “A short story…

      • Sadje Mar 3, 2022 / 15:57

        You’re welcome Keith. I wouldn’t either but perhaps we don’t have what it takes to be one.

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  1. Iain Kelly Mar 2, 2022 / 13:52

    Not far off my experience of Pisa – see my obligatory ‘holding up the leaning tower’ photo on my story! Made me chuckle. Hope you enjoyed Scotland, I think you might have managed a couple of dry days in there! Enjoy Dubai.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 3, 2022 / 15:51

      The weather was reasonably kind, even saw some sunshine! This time next week I’ll probably be wishing for clouds, it’s getting pretty warm out there!

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  2. Dale Mar 2, 2022 / 14:32

    That was a fun and corny one (and there is nothing wrong with that)! Happy travels, Keith!

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  3. parikhit Mar 2, 2022 / 15:50

    Because it is italicized 😀

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  4. Michael Mar 2, 2022 / 16:01

    I liked cheesy lips. Although myself I prefer my pizzas folded like a Cornish pasty

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  5. Denise Hammond Mar 2, 2022 / 16:49

    Very clever. Now I’m hungry! Have fun on your travels and stay safe.


  6. trishsplace Mar 2, 2022 / 23:19

    Love it. Started of reading in my best Italian accent 🙂 and loved the trick of it leaning because it is italicised. Perfetto!


      • trishsplace Mar 3, 2022 / 19:51

        Ha! Yes, perfect time to have a go at recording the story. Thanks Keith.


  7. Bill Mar 3, 2022 / 08:47

    Well done, Keith. Fun read, as usual. Enjoy your time with family. 🙂

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  8. James McEwan Mar 3, 2022 / 16:20

    A true story in one way or another. I notice that Leonardo snacks a lot on the job or else his meals are interrupted by work.
    Are Euros really odd?

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  9. plaridel Mar 3, 2022 / 18:43

    most tourists go there to have their picture taken and leave as quickly as they have come. well, they don’t have the luxury of time. more sights await. 🙂

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  10. Margaret Mar 5, 2022 / 12:22

    Leonardo’s got his script down pat it seems, and the tourists seem to be missing something in their experience of travel. Well described.


  11. granonine Mar 5, 2022 / 16:42

    I love your humor, Keith. And happy trails to you 🙂


  12. msjadeli Mar 6, 2022 / 04:55

    Another fun read. I can see him very plainly. Glad to hear you’re not letting any moss grow under you, Keith. So nice you are able to visit family around the world. Hope you nabbed some good ones in Scotland and nab some more in Dubai.


  13. Anita Mar 6, 2022 / 08:38

    Super, Keith!
    ‘Why does The Tower of Pisa lean? Because it’s Italicized!’- Never thought of this before!
    Now will ask this & test other’s knowledge 🙂


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