By Pat Jackson
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The sky was a cameraman’s dream; white bushy cumuli. With an Aero 1, Jonah Jones would be in seventh heaven, up there with them. Down to the harbour we went. My friend Hoskin was there, with more than half the village. The tide was high. Our long liner’s 44 Harry Watt challenged by the Savings Bank motor was ticking over, the baited line in its basket, except for the last thirty yards. These were reserved for our congers. The mooring rope to our crate was untied from an old bronze ring in the ancient harbour wall which, we were told, went back to Roman times—an interesting fact that we failed to appreciate at that moment.
Metal can be shaped to ﬂoat. The sea! The sea had brought him to Flaherty and then to Grierson. He would launch his Savings Bank ﬁlm on the ocean, somehow, somewhere. Perhaps a ﬁshing village. He made for Cornwall. He reached Penzance and was not happy that he had found the ideal location. He was fast running out of coast-line. Newlyn wasn’t the answer. He was now approaching Land’s End and then he’d be rounding the corner and heading north-east. Setting out from Newlyn his spirits were at a low ebb, only to be raised a few miles down the road when, rounding the corner, he saw the bewitching little ﬁshing harbour of Mousehole.
K. for some, but not for Harry. Now, he was burdened with a ﬁlm on the Savings Bank. If only to camouﬂage a boring subject he was determined to get the message across in story form. But to be anchored to the premise that it is wise if not virtuous to invest at three per cent so that when you are ready for the grave your capital will have grown suﬃciently to give you a decent funeral requires inspired winching to get that oﬀ the sea 39 A Retake Please! bed. Find the right shape, though, and you can make anything work.
A Retake Please!: Night Mail to Western Approaches by Pat Jackson