I have always wanted to use the oldest and tritest line to open a story. And I got my chance to do so in last week's Laker Weekly.
"It really was a dark and stormy night when I joined my friend Karen Wrigley of Hardy and seven others for ghost hunting at Avenel, an historic museum home in Bedford."
Yup, stole Bulwer-Lytton's line and used it in print. I couldn't help myself! Will somebody stop me!!!