The Faraway Tree Again

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Fairblue » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:57 pm

Erich looked down his nose at them. "I do not eat thos little cabbages," he said, and pushed his plate away.
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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:27 am

Biggles, Algy and Bertie attacked their meal with gusto, reminiscent grins on their faces.

"Sorry, Erich, old chap," commiserated Biggles unfeelingly, "but they're obviously English school dinners. This does take me back!"

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Post by Fairblue » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:33 am

"I hope there's spotted dick for afters," Bertie declared, as he cleared his plate.
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Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:36 am

"Mmmm," agreed Algy enthusiastically. "That would go very well with the thick custard the prefect was talking about." Von Stalhein decided to ignore them. He wondered if he would ever be able to accept the English and their various eccentricities.

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Kismet » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:57 pm

There was Spotted Dick and Jam Roly-poly to accompany the thick custard. Von Stalhein allowed it to be edible. The British men had third helpings. If they had been wearing belts, they would have had to let them out a notch or two.
'Major Bigglesworth,' said von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'

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Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:06 am

Although Ginger hadn’t been to a public school, he declared the dinner, and especially the pudding, to have been every bit as good as the ones his old nan used to make when he was a wee boy.

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Kismet » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:24 am

Once convinced that he couldn't squeeze in another morsel, Biggles decided to find a quiet spot near the border where he could blow up his balloon and look for signs of Marie.
'Major Bigglesworth,' said von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'

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Post by Fairblue » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:29 am

He also wanted to ask Ginger why he'd decided to come up the tree instead of staying at the bottom as he said he would, in case they needed rescuing.
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Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:44 am

“That’s a good question, chief,” replied Ginger with a grin.

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Fairblue » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:41 am

"Well, you've had your dinner, so you'd best trot down again," Biggles told him. "We really need someone on standby in the real world......just in case."
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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Kismet » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:02 pm

Having watched Ginger reach the little ladder down to the Faraway Tree, Biggles led the way to the low wall separating the Land of School Dinners from the next. He intended to make his balloon rise from behind a small stand of trees which would conceal him from those feasting on their school dinners.
'Major Bigglesworth,' said von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'

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Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:14 pm

Biggles found what he thought would be a suitable spot and began blowing up the balloon. He was rather looking forward to this unorthodox method of flying.

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Post by Kismet » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:24 pm

It shot into the air, carrying Biggles with it, quite unexpectedly. Biggles clung on with one hand and gulped as he looked at the patchwork of lands spread beneath him.Some were quite distinct, while it was impossible to make out the details of others. The ones towards the centre were moving. Biggles was reminded of leaves swirling in a stream.
'Major Bigglesworth,' said von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'

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Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:29 pm

He realised it was not going to be as easy as he’d first thought to identify the Land of Bargains. And he still had to figure out how to navigate his balloon . How could he make it go in any particular direction?

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Fairblue » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:22 pm

He wondered if the School Prefect would know and looked around for him.
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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Kismet » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:19 pm

'Air, air all around, Lower me safely to the ground,' Biggles ordered. Nothing happened.
'Major Bigglesworth,' said von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'

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Post by Fairblue » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:26 pm

He tried it again, with a different inflection this time. Still nothing happened.
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Post by Kismet » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:09 pm

'Air, air all around, Let me safely to the ground.' Again, nothing happened. The men beneath began calling up variations for Biggles to try.
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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:55 pm

The School Prefect came trotting up. He wanted to know if Biggles' had asked permission of the Head to go balloon flying this afternoon. He told Algy that going up without the Head's permission was a very serious breach of the rules and that was probably why they couldn't get the balloon to obey Biggles' request to come back to the ground.

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Kismet » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:02 pm

Biggles was apologetic whilst thinking oh how much he disliked officious school boys ordering him around. However, his arm was tiring so things were getting desperate.
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Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:06 pm

"What should we do?" asked von Stalhein practically. Part of him was quietly enjoying seeing Bigglesworth in this predicament, but he did not want to see his erstwhile enemy suffer serious injury.

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Fairblue » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:45 pm

"You'll have to stay up there until he decides you can come down," the Prefect said pompously.
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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Kismet » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:49 pm

Air, air, all around, return me gently to the ground.' Biggles said, unwilling to wait for the Headmaster. This time he had said the right words so he drifted down to join the Prefect.

'Now then,' he asked. 'How do we get to the Land of Bargains from here? I need to find somebody.'
'Major Bigglesworth,' said von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:01 am

LWell, you can’t get there from here,” replied the School Prefect at his pompous best.

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Re: The Faraway Tree Again

Post by Kismet » Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:24 pm

'So where do we go to enable us to get there?' Biggles asked. 'How do we get from one Land to another? Do we hop over the wall or are there gates?'
'Major Bigglesworth,' said von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'

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