A Story from DLR and Tramlink

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Post by GuyBarry » 14 Sep 2015, 15:59

"I see you have a new housekeeper, Richard. Is the young LADY WELL?"
"Indeed. Mum, this is Crystal."
"I knew the last one wouldn't last long. My intuition never FAILS."
"WORTH ran off with her. You know, that policeman I invited round to dinner."
"Why were you inviting the police around? Was he from Special BrANCH, OR A GEneral enquiry officer?"
"I spilt some honey in the roaD. AN 'E' ROAD as well - one of the major Euro-routes. It caused a major traffic jam."
"Well it's just as well you weren't carrying a load of amMO, OR ROADs round here would be impassable!"
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Post by RobbieM » 14 Sep 2015, 17:35

Richard carried on chatting with his mother whilst Crystal popped to the butcher’s. Before long she was back, declaring her trip was obviously successful: “AbracadABRA – HAM!”

“MOSS has disappeared!” said Richard’s mum. “Crystal, you’re doing a real good job here. Last time I came round, there was moss growing on the window lEDGE.”
“LA NEutralisa!” said Crystal. “It’s one of the best moss-removing cleaners around! Doesn’t the window-ledge look as good as NEW?”
“HEY-ho, it does indeed! Before you came, the ledge looked like it had a permanent SHADOW. MOSS tends to have that effect. But now, well, I’ve never seen anything so WHITE.”

FIELDing more and more compliments, it appeared Mrs Bromley was really warming to Crystal.
After you, madam - I'll wait for the next direct train to Mill Hill East.
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Post by GuyBarry » 14 Sep 2015, 20:06

"Did you study at college, Crystal?" she asked.
"Yes, English Literature. AUDEN, SHAW - they were my favourites. TIM PERLEY was my lecturer. He used to work at the Department of MEDIA, CIT."
"YUK! That's a terrible place. How did you get on with him?"
"Not very well. I really wanted to write a noVEL."
"O, PARK that idea. There are too many aspiring novelists around."
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Post by RobbieM » 14 Sep 2015, 21:44

“I really like the novels of MARTIN S. CROFT", said Crystal. "Almost as much as I like Auden and SHAW.”
“AND CROMPTON is another author to be recommended. I recently picked up a novel of his at the book EXCHANGE.”
“QUAYside Book Centre, perchance?”
“That’s the one, down by the HARBOUR. CITY centre bookshops have nothing compared to this out-of-town gem. Isn’t it in a nice location between the water and our two beautiful parks? I went there last week because they were having a SALE. WATER, PARKs, and a good bookshop all in the same area. What more could one want?”
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Post by GuyBarry » 16 Sep 2015, 13:39

"It's lovely. Have you met the manager, Chester CLAYTON?"
"HALLowed be his name! He's a good MAN, CHESTER. AIRPORT novels aren't his sort of thing - he'll only sell serious fiction, not books full of sLANG."
"WORTHY of a medal in my opinion."
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Post by RobbieM » 16 Sep 2015, 18:35

Just then, they spotted someone else walking up the path, wearing a bright red hat, with a yellow pomPOM ON. Another ring at the doorbell, and Mrs Bromley answered this time.
“Greetings” said the visitor, in a husky voice. “I’m BESS ESOTH – BARNstaple born and bred. Is this the home of Richard Bromley?”
“Yes,” said Mrs. Bromley. “I’ll just fetch him. That’s a beautiful hat you’re wearing I must say. And your voice is very – ‘deep’”.
“Ah,” said Bess. It’s been like that since I had the sEX-CHANGE.”
SQUAREly, Mrs Bromley looked at Bess, and…
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Re: A Story from Metrolink

Post by GuyBarry » 16 Sep 2015, 19:42

...thought she recognized her.

"Weren't you once known aS AL FORD? QUAYSide worker? Or perhaps it was AL TRINCH. AM I getting confused?"
"I don't really like to talk about that part of my life. I live up in Scotland now - Blair AtHOLL, IN WOODen lodges. It's a very simple existence."
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Post by RobbieM » 16 Sep 2015, 22:42

“I bet it’s lovely up there,” said Mrs Bromley.
“Indeed”, said Bess. “I hire the lodges from a local bagpiper. He just loves his pibroch music. The lodges are built of the neWEST WOOD, chopped from the splendid local FIRS.”
“WOODen lodges are wonderful. I must go and stay in one myself. What’s the name of your friend, the one who plays pibROCH?
“DALE. RAILWAY STATION is very near to the lodges, so it’s not difficult to get there. I’ll give you Dale’s card… …here you are, he’s simply known as ‘PibROCH DALE’.
“TOWN CENTRE far away from the lodges?”
“Pitlochry’s your nearest town – just eight miles away. It’s a super place, though the accent takes a bit of getting used to. Even the cows have a distinct NORTHERN ‘MOO’. Really, though, it’s a great holiday location. In fact, this is why I’ve called. Mr Bromley’s scout troop are planning a holiday up there in the summer, and since I happened to be down SOUTH, CHAD DERTON my host suggested I came and met Richard face to face.”
“Well, let me fetch him for you – er – what’s going on outside?”

The last thing Mrs Bromley expected to see was a horse galloping towards the house…
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Post by GuyBarry » 17 Sep 2015, 12:38

"Get out of the way, or we'll all go for a BURTON!"

ROAD traffic was once again held up outside the house. There were jams stretching all the way to NortHOLT. TOWNsfolk were furious, and at the local MARKET, STREET traders packed up and fled.

"Don't panic," said Bess. "I'll just give its nose a ruB."

ROADWAYs in the area instantly started to clear as the horse obediently came to Bess and stopped.

"That's amazing," said Mrs Bromley. "How did you do that?"
"I have an natural empathy with animals," said Bess, looking in the horse's noseBAG. "ULEY in Gloucestershire was where I learned to calm horses. You never know when it might come in useful."
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Post by RobbieM » 18 Sep 2015, 15:47

“Oh, Thank you!” said Jane, dismounting from her trusty steed. “I thought he wouldn’t stop!”
“Jane!” said Richard. “I’m surprised to see you turning up on this – new form of transport. Where’s your car?”
“Well, it’s been interesting trying something NEW. I SLING TONs of dirt in the windscreens of cars behind me when I ride this thing. Oh Richard, you’ve got to help me! I was as good as kidnapped by Beck Enham – you remember, Syd’s mum? She insisted I went junction-spotting with her.”

“Junction-spotting?” enquired Bess. “This isn’t the crazy Beck I used to know in Barnstaple when I was a young lad called Albert?”
“You know her?” asked Jane. “She started this crazy hobby in Exeter, so it’s very likely.”
“Has a particular taste for rodents?”
“The very same! Well, she lives in London now, and is married to a reasonably sane bloke, with two er, interesting children. I met her recently, and she dragged me out on a junction-spotting expedition to Waltham Abbey earlier. Only before we got there, we, er, ‘had an accident’. She’s stuck on a traffic island.”

“Oh, Beck,” said Bess, “Well do I remember her! There were six of us. Me, bRAD, CLIFF, Eric, Mitch and Beck. She took us out on one of her expeditions, to Lynmouth, and the experience scarred us all for life. I remember her saying, in a manner which was very brASH: ’T ON / UNDER LYN East River’. Confusing, to say the least! So, she never grew out of it” said Bess. “Well, you know. It sounds like she needs our help.”
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Post by GuyBarry » 19 Sep 2015, 11:38

"I'll see if she's tried to contact me," said Jane. She switched on her phone and read a text message:

'Site of crASH: 'T' ON MOSSley Street. Escorted by police from crASH TO N. WEST.'

"She's with the police. What can we do?"
"I'll drive you up there," said Richard. "Did she say where?"
"Somewhere north-west of Mossley Street. That's all I know."
"We'll find her."

At that moment, PC TRAFFORD BARlow was asking Beck a few questions.

"You say that your friend suddenly cracked and seized the steering-wheel. Where was this?" asked PC BARLOW.
"MOOR ROAD, I think," said Beck.
"And where is she now?"
"She went into a cemetery, then vanished."
"So the scent just went cOLD?" TRAFFORD asked, a little sceptically.
"I couldn't contact her. She switched her phone off. No idea how she got out of the cemetery."

PC Barlow sighed. It had been a difficult day. First the runaway horse and now this...
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Post by RobbieM » 21 Sep 2015, 22:32

And when he thought the day couldn’t get any stranger, he then spotted the contents of Beck’s lunch box. A rather damP EEL! HALLucinating? He must have been! “Excuse me, Mrs. Enham, but you wouldn’t have been eating elvers today, would you?
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Post by GuyBarry » 22 Sep 2015, 14:57

"Of course - the food of QUEENS. ROAD junctions can be hard work to spot - I need plenty of nutrition."
"You spot junctions too? I thought I was the only one. Have you got the definitive guide by ROBIN S. WOOD - 'ROAD Junctions of Britain'?"
"Of course. Never go out without it. There's the other one as well by ChriS HUDE - HILLary, my daughter, gave it to me as a birthday present."
"That's amazing. I go through the alphabetical index - I've done all the ones WITHIN 'G' TO 'N'. I started when I lived up in Nottinghamshire, in EaST RETFORD."
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Post by RobbieM » 22 Sep 2015, 23:25

Just then, who should turn up? It was Alan. Seeing a policeman questioning a lady, he suspected he must have found the right place. When he heard them discussing junctions, he knew for certain.
He introduced himself to PC Barlow and Beck.
“Jane phoned and told me everything,” said Alan. “I thought I’d come to give moral support. She’ll be along with some friends soon.”
“How did you get here?” asked Beck.
“I came by Tube; took the PICCADILLY. GARDENS were lovely along the line to Oakwood.”
“What were the junctions like?”

Before Alan could come up with a suitable response, Richard’s car turned up at the scene, along with Jane, Mrs. Bromley, Bess, and Crystal. They approached from the WEST. DID S. BURY realise what was going on as he walked home from his church?

They got out of the car and introduced themselves. As Beck shook hands with Bess, her mood suddenly changed. Memories came flooding back as she recognised this person standing in front of her from her Devon days. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife.

“Albert!” she said.
“Well Beck, I actually now go under the name of…”
“Albert! You broke my heart. Remember Lynmouth? The day we…”
“I’m trying to put the past behind me. That’s why I’ve had a, er…”
“And that’s why I’ve taken to consuming lots of, er…”

It seemed apparent that certain events many years ago had scarred these two people very badly, and they’d each dealt with it in their own way. Could they now face their past lives, with a little help from their friends? Fortunately, there were a couple of folks around from that most wonderful of organisations – the Women’s Institute!
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Re: A Story from Metrolink

Post by GuyBarry » 23 Sep 2015, 18:28

For Beck, it was a sensitive toPIC. "CAD! I'LL Yet get my revenge. You broke us uP."
"REST!" W.I. CHarm was all that was needed as Jane skilfully defused the situation. She had always been a sheet anCHOR.
" 'L' TO 'N' was the section I had most trouble with," said PC Barlow, not sure what to make of the situation. Suddenly he received a phone call.

"Hello, this is eD ROYLSDEN, from the solicitors NEWTON, HEATH AND MOSTON. I'm speaking on behalf of my client Mr Coomaraswamy, who is a TaMIL. 'N' ROW at the football stadium is where I'm speaking from."
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