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Author Topic: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)  (Read 524701 times)

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6285 on: September 18, 2019, 09:22:18 PM »
Thank you all. I tried to keep the description to a minimum. I plan another, far less violent update, soon, as all the characters converge on London.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6286 on: September 18, 2019, 10:06:25 PM »
Super stuff Chris,

I'll have to go to writing school to try and keep up.

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers:


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6287 on: September 19, 2019, 04:55:05 PM »
Super stuff Chris,

I'll have to go to writing school to try and keep up.

Cheers Chris (weave)  :beers:

Thank you but your recent stories have been excellent.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6288 on: September 19, 2019, 09:15:53 PM »
Admiral Trevelver was sitting at his desk, in his small office in an anonymous building in Whitehill, reading a report which aroused in him very mixed emotions. On the one hand, a known KGB agent was dead and indubitably so; a quantity of orichalcum which said agent had had, in a specially shielded briefcase, had been safely retrieved after being very carefully returned to that briefcase; and his accomplice, a low-grade Cornish criminal, called Alan Poldory, known to have recently moved to London, had been conclusively identified. On the other, a very promising young naval captain, who was a very good friend of the Trevelvers, a family who had very important long-standing friends in London, was still comatose, although expected to return to consciousness soon; any notes which the Soviet spy had had had yet to be discovered; how the orichalcum got into the hands of the Russian agent was also still to be revealed; the present whereabouts of Poldory, who might reasonably be able to provide information concerning these other highly important matters, were still unknown; and two of British Transport Police’s finest had disappeared, very probably due to accidental exposure to the orichalcum, the where and when of their reappearance was, as yet, also unknown and their senior officers were getting very impatient to learn just what had happened to them at Taunton station, information that he had been instructed by the Prime Minister to only share on an utmost need to know basis.

Lastly, the authorities in Sonmel had point-blank refused entry to anyone from the mainland to investigate how a quantity of the red-gold metal had left the island and got into the hands of the KGB. A matter of the gravest international consequences. On the plus side, however, several of Special Branch’s finest had made excellent progress at West Porthsea town and quayside finding and interrogating the confessed local accomplices of the KGB man and his helper, Poldory; this very motley crew also seemed to have been involved in illegal smuggling activities using the Sonmel train ferry, unbeknownst to its captain and senior offices, let alone the Sonmel authorities. Arrests, though, were, he had been promised, imminent and the admiral felt confident that he would soon be in a position to categorically promise the Sonmel authorities that the quay area was now as secure as could be against any future illegal activities without having to provide any embarrassing details of serious and, seemingly longstanding, lapses in security there.

Above all though, there was one increasingly major cause of the utmost vexation for the admiral, the continued absence of Whitehall’s special scientific advisor on the distant island of Rockall where he remained out of reach of any available form of communication. To cap it all, that had left the admiral almost totally reliant on the Doctor’s granddaughter, a mere slip of a girl, who seemed to be constantly on board trains to and from Waterloo requiring him to depend on encrypted notes to communicate with her delivered by a couple of security-cleared train guards. Yet, this teenager was the only person who could calculate the likely time and place of the reappearance of the two missing policemen. Moreover, the calculations had required the very careful measuring and weighing of the red-gold metal using highly specialised equipment operated by highly trained and very well-paid laboratory technicians with the highest possible level of security clearance. Most unsatisfactory!

And then there was that, no doubt brilliant but also highly annoying Scotland Yard detective, DCI Snatcher, with whom he would soon have to meet again and who would, undoubtedly, demand answers to some questions which the admiral would much rather have left unasked. Still, he reflected, as he ‘phoned for a pot of Earl Grey with Rich Tea biscuits for one, all those of concern in this matter were either in London or on their way there for what he confidently expected would be the grand denouement.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6289 on: September 19, 2019, 09:22:38 PM »
DCI Snatcher?
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6290 on: September 20, 2019, 06:33:23 AM »
DCI Snatcher?
Sounds like a Snappy pseudonym  :D
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6291 on: September 20, 2019, 09:40:30 AM »
It was indeed a 'Freudian slip' on the Admiral's part. DCI Snapper and he have very different personalities and ways of working.
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6292 on: September 20, 2019, 10:44:27 PM »
 :hellosign:
  Many thanks Chris all excellent stuff, I'll be sure to keep a lookout for the missing policemen when passing through Taunton on the way home.   :D
      regards Derek

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6293 on: September 22, 2019, 11:32:37 AM »
:hellosign:
  Many thanks Chris all excellent stuff, I'll be sure to keep a lookout for the missing policemen when passing through Taunton on the way home.   :D
      regards Derek

Many thanks, Derek. More soon.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6294 on: September 22, 2019, 11:33:46 AM »
After a long time, the NGS has reintroduced the kit of the Gresley BG. I have found a photo. of one, April 1964, at Wadebridge in an Okehampton to Padstow train so definitely suitable for Cant Cove & Penmayne.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6295 on: September 22, 2019, 11:45:05 AM »
After a long time, the NGS has reintroduced the kit of the Gresley BG.

My little piggy eyes lit up at this, but I've just checked and according to the NGS website they are still out of stock. Does anyone know anything more?

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6296 on: September 22, 2019, 01:05:41 PM »
Alas, there were some but they must have sold out, again, after a LONG time being out of stock. We can only hope that there will be another batch of these lovely model kits, soon. I'd like to have three: one each in BR Crimson, BR Lined Maroon (or should that be plain Maroon?) plus BR Blue livery.

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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6297 on: September 27, 2019, 05:26:14 PM »
“I think that now is a good time to hand out these", announced Susan, reaching into her black and white Mary Quant handbag to withdraw a small plastic pouch in a matching design. “I think you'll remember these, Sylvie, Eli, and Sofia. Captain Grenville and Sophia, I presume the Admiral has briefed you about these personal communicators?”

They all nodded as Susan handed out the tiny white earpieces.

“Good. Now, we can all stay in touch.”

The earpieces in place, they all found that they could, silently, communicate with each other by thought alone.

“With our hair suitably arranged, ladies, no-one will be able to detect them. They work on piezoelectric power, constantly charging as you move your head.”

“Thanks, Susan. Now, I think it's time we all learnt about who you two are and why someone, I presume the Admiral, thinks we require protecting and from whom?”

“Yes, indeed, Susan,” responded Captain Grenville. “Well, I am who I said. I am a friend of your Jeremy, Miss Trevelver. A very good friend, in fact. We went to school together and, yes, I work for the Admiral.”

“So, how is it that we have never heard of you?” asked Eli.

“A good question, Miss Guillou, but easily answered. My work is top secret and takes me all over the world, so Jeremy and I hardly ever meet, these days.”

“Okay,” replied Eli, with a frown. “But who is your ... friend?”

“I can answer for myself. I am also who Captain Grenville said but I also work for the Admiral and, in this matter, Torchwood. I have British nationality, from birth. My father is British and worked for the government in a variety of top-secret roles in the Second World War and after. That is all even I know. My mother is a Ruthenian from what was the far east of pre-war Czechoslovakia, Carpathian Ruthenia. She was a famous athlete but also a secret agent for the intelligence service of the Czechoslovak Government in Exile, and, of course, after fleeing from the Communist takeover in 1948, the British, which is how my parents met. Like most people from that forgotten multinational area on the border between Central and Eastern Europe, she spoke many languages and she ensured that I do, too.”

“Indeed, you do, Sophie! Like a multinational native. But, of especial interest for us, now, one of those many languages is Russian.”

“It's not THAT much of an achievement, Russian is similar to Ukrainian which is pretty close to Rusyn or Ruthenian, which is my mother's mother tongue,” explained Sophie with a very becoming smile.

“Why Russian?” asked Sofi.

“Because we have very good reason to believe that not only was a KGB agent behind the attack on poor Jeremy but you three are also at very substantial risk of kidnapping and interrogation for the reasons which I already stated. Sophie, here, is trained in martial arts to expert level. If she was allowed to publicly compete, no-one who has seen her practicing doubts that she would be a champion many times over!”
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6298 on: September 27, 2019, 05:39:53 PM »
Quit your day job and start writing thrillers Chris. You could be the next Fleming!  :D
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Re: Cant Cove (and Penmayne)
« Reply #6299 on: September 27, 2019, 05:52:11 PM »
Chris, this is getting betterer and betterer! (That confused the spell checker  :)).
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