Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Find The Fault No 14

Good one this, I think. I won't go on about the slightly Hitler Youth-ish boy, or the fact that there appears to have been a nuclear explosion in the next village. Instead I'll tell you about kite flying at Anderby Creek in 1952. We bought a big red box kite for flying out over the North Sea, one of us being sent down to the shop every ten minutes to buy yet another ball of string. Being called in for lunch we didn't know how to keep the thing airborne without anybody tugging at the line, but my uncle went and got a spare rubber fanbelt from his pre-war Ford. He tied the kite string to it and attached the whole thing to the verandah railing of our bungalow. Round about apple crumble time the line snapped. The string by this time was so long we couldn't see the kite, but after lunch we scrambled down the wooden steps to the beach and followed the line of string virtually to Chapel St. Leonards. We never saw the kite again, imagining that by teatime it was descending in gentle looping circles into a garden in Antwerp.

28 comments:

Diplomate said...

1.Wind direction - Southerly, blowing kite in Easterly pull. Could be to do with small boy's skill at kite flying.

2. Shadow on spire on east side, bright sunon the North - this at either 04.00 hrs or 16.00 hrs is a gigantic celestial fault.

Peter Ashley said...

Keep looking Diplo. But I've now got a feeling this one might be a bit contentious amongst kite flying afficianados.

Diplomate said...

I'm kind of assuming the kite string disappears up the far side of the kite and isn't tied at the base - very poor detail if he's got that in mind.

Peter Ashley said...

Hmm. I suppose I'm going to have to give it to you. To put your comment into the simple vernacular of the answers sheet: "String should be attached to middle of kite".

Diplomate said...

tosser

Peter Ashley said...

What, me or him?

Diplomate said...

oh - you know what i mean - i just think he should have been a little less ambiguous in his draftamanship. You see, the string could well be fixed in the middle of the far side, unseen to us.

Peter Ashley said...

Ah, I see what you mean.

office pest said...

I always thought the string should be tied to the spar side to allow the cloth to billow out the other and catch the wind. So the fault as given is probably right..

But, actually, I think the real fault is that Farmer Goodcrop's haystack has been set alight (again) by his pipe knockings and according to the weathervane (S) the smoke's blowing in the wrong direction (in a westerly wind).

Affer said...

Bravo Diplo! Fast out of the blocks - and getting two of the more obvious faults. Most of you have missed that the clock is showing 4 o'clock on one dial, and 5 o'clock on the other which, with the Lagerglass 90 degree escapement mechanism used in most church clocks, is impossible.

Also the child has macrodactylyl and needs treatment.

TIW said...

I've got it - the lad is clearly wearing lipstick.

Jon Dudley said...

Blimey, you lot are quick off the kite mark!

Peter Ashley said...

Blimey, Jon Dudley. Where have you been? Or shouldn't we ask?

Puddler said...

Definitely looks like a German youth in the vicinity of an English church, on holiday perhaps? My mother has the Hummel figurine that he was obviously sketched from.

Peter Ashley said...

I always get Hummel mixed up with Humbrol.

CarolineLD said...

Well, knowing next to nothing about kite-flying, I'd assumed it was to do with wind direction too. Either that or the lack of anything to stop the loose bit of line just slipping out of the child's fingers and letting the kite escape.

A very timely image, anyway, as the Blackheath Kite Festival was last weekend (although I managed to go at a point when almost no kites were airborne).

Philip Wilkinson said...

Here I am, late again.

Hummel was also a composer. (The name means 'bumble bee'. As some wag commented: 'What can you expect of a composer whose name means "bumble bee"?'.)

The Blackheath kite festival is brilliant - wish I'd been there.

But all this kite-flying stuff is a bit of a diversion. The real answer to the fault-finding conundrum is clearly: church incorrectly oriented - west tower is at east end.

Diplomate said...

PW - as you well know - East End towers are not completely unheard of

martin said...

I'm curious to know what macrodactyl is.. Is it unusually short arms?

martin said...

..or am I being more than usually credulous? Whatever..Its a nice word and should be in a medical dictionary.

Peter Ashley said...

I always thought a macrodactyl was a small dinosaur.

martin said...

According to the on-line medical dictionary,Macrodactyle means having long finger or toes. Wierd,but there we are. I'd go with small dinosaur.

Jon Dudley said...

Sorry...missing without leave...a short sojourn in unmitigated France.

Camilla Jessop said...

I think we should stop concerning ourself with some ghastly child's fat fingers and concentrate on the clock. A village clock showing two different times is serious: one is either an hour late for everything or an hour early. Personally, I like a nice glass of oloroso at 1 o'clock prompt and, if I lived in this village, I would either be unable to concentrate by the time Martha Kearney came on the wireless, or malnourished by having to wait an extra hour for my mid-day muffin.

Toby Savage said...

In that respect Camilla, a broken clock that does not tick is at least right twice ever 24 hours. Like the classic Spike lines 'Do you have the time?' 'Yes. It's written on this piece of paper' 'But that can't possibly be correct' 'It was when I wrote it down!'

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