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Author Topic: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)  (Read 509800 times)

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5550 on: January 01, 2019, 01:07:42 PM »
   Alighting at Reading General station, after a brief nap, Fermin stopped by an empty station bench and, pretending to adjust his shoelaces, checked that no-one seemed to be following him, before making his way through the crowd to the station bookstall where he asked for a map of Reading and a box of the very best matches, as he had practised with his friend.

   “Excuse me, young lady,” he requested the clearly middle-aged and rather plain looking woman behind the counter, giving her his most winning smile as he handed over the money for the map, “I need to buy a most special book and don’t know Reading, could you, please, place on the map the best bookshops for me, yes?”

   Taken by the handsome young man’s smile, the woman thought for a moment then, opening the map, neatly marked three dots with a pencil.

   “There you are, young man, but the best one, in my opinion, is . . . this one,” as she neatly circled a dot on Broad Street. “If they don’t have the book you’re looking for, I’m sure that none of ‘em will.”

   Fermin thanked her profusely, told her to keep the change, pocketed the box of “Swan Vestas” matches, carefully folded the map so that he could see follow the route from the railway station to the circled bookshop then handed over his single ticket from Paddington at the barrier. Checking his watch and seeing that there were only two people queuing for tickets, Fermin joined the line whilst carefully surveying the people passing by, then bought a 1st Class single to Marton Hinmarche which he carefully placed in his shirt pocket. Remembering to check the road traffic, first right, then left, whenever crossing the town’s busy roads, he quickly made his way to the bookshop. There should be plenty of time, Annie Rae had assured him, at Paddington, after asking at the Enquiries window, before his friends, José Maria de La Vega and his daughter Sofia, Xurde Valdez and his son Pedru and daughter Catala, arrived at Reading General on the express from West Porthsea Town and Quay.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5551 on: January 01, 2019, 01:08:52 PM »
What is this 'most special' book which Fermin is going to buy?

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5552 on: January 01, 2019, 01:55:18 PM »
What is this 'most special' book which Fermin is going to buy?
Perhaps it's about the Marton Hinmarche timewarp.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5553 on: January 01, 2019, 02:16:47 PM »
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5554 on: January 01, 2019, 03:31:08 PM »
Thank you, Laurence and Martin, but no, you're not even close. 8-)

Basque, Fermin Muguruza, is a friend of Catala and Pedru, having met Pedru at the University of Salamanca, particularly noted for its language studies. Fermin and Pedru are now business partners in the "El Gaitero" restaurant (although Fermin seems to much prefer being a fisherman supplying the restaurant, drinking and chatting up girls to being a manager). Having Basque friends and relatives on both sides of the border between France and Spain, Fermin knows how to avoid the attentions of the authorities but, especially, those working for Franco's regime; the French authorities preferring to let Basques alone, as long as they cause no trouble on French soil.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5555 on: January 01, 2019, 07:38:03 PM »
   In the locked lavatory compartment of the BCK of the first special train to Paddington, behind 70021 "Morning Star", Susan sighed to herself. Whilst she greatly enjoyed being a seemingly carefree teenager in ‘Swinging London’, with her very good friends, try as she might, she could never wholly forget who she really was. If her Grandfather was correct, and she had had no reason to doubt him, she was one of the very last of her kind, thanks to their hurried escape, when she was aged fifteen, into exile from their own people in "another time, another world", the Time Lords’ home planet of Gallifrey, in the "forty-ninth century". Despite asking her grandfather, more than once, Susan had only been told that that he had done something to seriously annoy the other Time Lords and, so they had needed to get as far away from them in time and space as possible. London, 1962, seemed to suit them both.

   There was, though, something which had long been troubling Susan and which she could no longer ignore as the train took them ever closer to their final destination, and that was her grandfather’s highly surprising seemingly supreme disinterest in travelling to Marton Hinmarche – normally, fixed in 1958, Huw Jenkins, had informed her as if that was hardly something worth remarking on – to discover just who the other purported the Time Lords were and, in particular, the one who called himself Doctor How. Susan, had been informed by the Trevelver’s Head Butler that his friend, Beresford Hall’s Butler, Bill Wilson, had told him that there were also Doctors Who, Where, Why, When, What, and Which. However, confident in her ability to persuade her grandfather, Susan had, unknown to him, blithely accepted, on his behalf, his invitation to attend and did not want to let her friends down. She had, in fact, promised Jenkins that she knew how to get him to attend.

However, despite all her very best attempts to engage his powerful curiosity, her grandfather still stubbornly insisted on remaining in London, where they had already been for five months before Susan first met Sylvia and Eli, on Carnaby Street. He was still trying, he insisted, to mend the TARDIS, which needed a faulty filament replacing and could spare no time to go to Marton Hinmarche for the grand opening of the Interrogative Seven Restaurant, on Saturday, August 5th, 1961, instead of the original date of 4th September, 1959, but he was sure that she could safely pass with the other guests through the time shift, to Wednesday 2nd August 1961, and look after herself at Beresford Hall. Susan had thought it wiser not to inform her friends that they would be travelling back from 1962, once they neared Marton Hinmarche. Without a TARDIS, Susan was unsure of just how this would be achieved and had thought that this, alone, would have been guaranteed to pique her grandfather’s interest . . .

Only Sylvia and Eli knew something of Susan’s telepathic powers and, in particular, her ability, like her grandfather, to communicate with the TARDIS with their minds, as they had witnessed the previous month. However, the TARDIS was, once again, stationary, at the “World’s End” pub in the King's Road, where her grandfather had taken a bed-sitting room in preference to I. M. Foreman’s junkyard at 76 Totter's Lane, Shoreditch. “The temporary repair which enabled her to travel to and from Cornwall was, just that, my dear, temporary,” he had explained to her on the pub telephone. “Unless I can make a permanent repair, we will be stuck, here, in 1962, when we have a whole universe to explore. You go with your friends and let me know what happens when you return. You know how to contact me, should you need to. At my current rate of progress, or lack of it, we will still be here in 1963!”

Bending over the bedraggled man slumped in the corner, Susan checked that he was still unconscious. Satisfied, she sighed, again, then placed her thumb and adjacent finger at the bottom of each of her Mary Quant designed white pearlised oversized oval earrings where the surface was broadest and, closing her eyes, slowly, began to steadily rub them.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5556 on: January 01, 2019, 07:56:52 PM »
There are now no icons at the bottom of the post or a 'Thank You' button, so  :thankyousign: for the above.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5557 on: January 01, 2019, 08:11:25 PM »
Here is the M7 (photographed earlier at Cant Cove) passing Trepol Bay on the way to Port Perran, Truro and West Porthsea
27DCD465-3376-4500-916D-0A53C8A3452E by martin scane, on Flickr
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5558 on: January 01, 2019, 08:25:14 PM »
Many thanks, Martin.

I'm sorry, DannyBoy, I don't know why there are now no icons at the bottom of the post or a 'Thank You' button but thanks. 8-)

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« Reply #5559 on: January 01, 2019, 10:08:30 PM »
   It did not take long for Fermin to find the bookshop and to buy the book which, now carefully wrapped up in brown paper and tied securely with string rested safely in his canvas shoulder bag with its straps securely buckled. Soon he was back at Reading General station, seated in the Refreshments room, with a pint of cask-conditioned Simonds “Hop Leaf” Bitter in front of him. He had been warned that English ale was warm and pale brown compared with the cool, tart, golden Asturian and Basque cider he was used to, back home. He picked up the heavy glass and sipped its contents cautiously. It had a strong, fresh character with a pleasant hoppy bitterness balanced by a malty sweetness which, as he became accustomed to it, he found unexpectedly enjoyable. In fact, to his surprise, the mug was soon empty and he was about to order a second when he checked his watch. The express from West Porthsea Town and Quay was due in five minutes.

Quickly, he put on his winter coat and shouldered the canvas bag, checking that the precious book was still inside then that the straps were, again, secure before walking out onto the platform to wait for the train announcement. He had just time to cross to the correct platform as with a warning blare from its horns the big green sloping nosed diesel loco. brought its train of maroon coaches into the platform. Eagerly, Fermin scanned the disembarking passengers for the de La Vegas from Izaro and the Valdezes from the Principat de Guin, completely forgetting that he had meant to be waiting for them in the station buffet, as stated in the telegram sent on his behalf.

Xurde Valdez, as usual, was the first to appear, closely followed by Pedru and Catala Valdez,  eager for the first sight of their good friend. Jose Maria de La Vega and Sofia de La Vega were close behind, followed by a porter with their luggage stacked on his trolley and Marielle Kerbriant.

“There he is!” cried Pedru. The two friends embraced before Catala gave Fermin a hug and allowed him to kiss her cheeks. “You rogue!” cried Pedru.

“We thought we’d lost you,” added Catala, grinning. “Now, you have to tell us EVERYTHING!”

“My dear,” admonished her smiling father, “NOT everything! Now, Marielle, where and when does our next train depart from? Once we’re all safely aboard, Fermin can tell us what he’s been up to!”

“Oh!” cried Marielle, “I’m so sorry, I completely forgot with all the excitement, not to mention those “Brandy de Jerezs”. We should have stayed in our carriage which is . . .” she looked back, “at this very minute being detached by that steam loco. and will be transferred on to our next train to Oxford and then onto the final one for Marton Hinmarche!”
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5560 on: January 02, 2019, 07:04:23 AM »
 :thankyousign: Chris

The story is begining to unfold.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5561 on: January 02, 2019, 08:46:20 AM »
:thankyousign: Chris

The story is beginning to unfold.

Thank you, Laurence.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5562 on: January 02, 2019, 09:42:11 AM »
One of the highlights of every Christmas Eve is the "Cornish Gourmet Land Cruise", a specially assembled 1st Class only (CLPG and GWS members are able to travel in the very limited 2nd class accommodation in the compartments of the BCKs) special train of BR WR Chocolate & Cream stock, commencing and ending at Penmayne formed of two portions, the first of which works to / from Wadebridge to / from Penzance via Trepol Bay, Newquay, Port Perran, and Chacewater; while the second works to / from Wadebridge to / from Exeter via Halwill Junction and Okehampton. This year, 1962, additionally, there is an RMB Mini Buffet plus BCK worked to and from Durscombe, Somerset, via Exeter and Templecombe.

The train was hauled from Penmayne by a "Warship" class diesel-hydraulic which took the second portion on to Exeter.

The 1st portion:







A BG, containing supplies of food and drink, divides the two portions and will work through to Exeter.

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The 2nd portion:





The RMB and BCK for Somerset:



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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5563 on: January 02, 2019, 05:25:24 PM »
The first portion of the train, which included several notable passengers, was photographed on Christmas Eve passing Trepol Bay (in both directions) by a local enthusiast who is eagerly awaiting the development of his “snaps” by Messrs Boots Ltd of Newquay.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #5564 on: January 02, 2019, 06:39:59 PM »
Many thanks, Chris, for these excellent photographs of the 'Cornish Gourmet Land Cruise'.  I hadn't realised that the D800s were permitted to work to Penmayne.

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