17 July 2002 23:17
Hello Team [Hi, Liz]
I refer to his condemnation of "the noisy helicopters" flying between Penzance and the Scillies. Now why do I suspect that perhaps Cyril isn't a native Cornishman? Sounds like the sort of bloke who moves into an area and wants to change everything. [When Jelly was on the Isle of Man the Manx used to call them "wheni's", as in 'when I was in London we had this, when I was in Birmingham we did it that way'. To which the traditional response (in Manx or English depending on personal preferences) was "Well, you can have it all just how you want it when you get back on the boat and bugger off back where you came from!"]
"Stressful" and "plainly heard indoors" are two of the
ways he describes the sound of "these machines." How stressful does he
imagine life would be for the islanders if the sick-bucket formerly known as the
Scillonian [Still is. Called the Scillonian (part III),
that is. The sick-bucket theory would be hard to prove as (worst luck) Vile
Jelly is a good sailor]. [You had to be, the Isle of Man Steam Pirates
would sail in almost any weather. Force 9 was the worst I experienced - VJ] was
their only mode of escape. "Why is a helicopter allowed to get away with
it?" is another gem, inferring that the chopper sets out with malice
aforethought. Cyril suggests they fly at higher altitudes until this
"unacceptable racket" can be sorted. Perhaps he'd like them to fly out
into the channel from Penzance and do a wide sweep round to the islands, that
way they'd only be bothering those annoying fishermen whose chugging little
boats irritate the life out of everyone, and those noisy dolphins.
19 July 2002 10:43
Actually, with a name like Gascoyne he quite possibly
is Cornese (there is a bit of a Breton influence from the days of old when the
local fishermen used to trade with the Bretons in mid-Channel for certain ...
ahem, duty-free items!).
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