All in a morning’s work…

4 Oct

This morning, as is my habit on a Sunday, I have been for a cooked breakfast at the pub and worked on my latest book. Fuelled by endless mugs of coffee, I had a good morning’s work. Afterwards, I retired to the town library. I generated the passage below. It won’t make much sense shown out of context but it’s indicative of the folly that I’ve been constructing. And it pleases me more than it ought to. 

The town library

The town library on a bright Sunday morning

Corridor Coach 21F – communal

Nature of activity: 21F-1 (table tennis – zentrabaan), 21F-2 (table tennis court – nuumr een), 21F-3 (jenga), 21F-4 (bar billiards), 21F-5 (skittles), 21F-6 (air hockey), 21F-7 (table football), 21F-8 (Subbuteo), 21F-9 (blow football), 21F-10 (kaffekommbijnstaadjon), public toilets and washroom.

Ice hockey was football’s main rival in the VHR.  It was another of those sports at which Noorii punched above its weight.  For six months of the year, the lakes and rivers were frozen over.  You could say we had a climatic advantage, then.  All five cities had their iishokkiistaadjon.  The stadium in Tarrinstøy was sponsored by the kommbijnfabrikk, located on the eastern side of the city, and so its team played as Kommbijn Tarrinstøy.  Members of one faction within the ekksodus movement were supporters of the ice hockey team and argued for the train to be named after it.  They lost out to Vikkturavnas.  Perhaps it’s just as well.  Had they triumphed, our city-state would now be known as ‘Combine Harvester’.  

Ice hockey is a sport that cannot be accommodated on Lokomotiv.  If the kommbijnstaadjon has a successor then it will be found in Corridor Coach 21F.  Here the compartments have been given over to games more appropriate to life onboard the train.  Citizens may take part in recreations ranging from table tennis to skittles.  They indulge our nostalgia for the verdant, viridescent lawns of Noorii.  And located in Compartment 21F-6 you will find the air hockey table.  

And now I’m off to dig on my allotment – it’s a beautiful autumn day here and such moments have to be seized. 

All words and images © PSR 2015


5 Responses to “All in a morning’s work…”

  1. Mari Biella October 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    It doesn’t make much sense out of context, but I like it all the same! Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday, Paul.

    • Paul Sutton Reeves October 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks, Mari! It may not make much sense in context either… we shall see. Have a great Sunday too.

  2. masgautsen October 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely Sunday morning. Hope the rest of the day will treat you well too!

    • Paul Sutton Reeves October 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

      It was pretty good, Maja, and thank you. I hope your Sunday is a great one too.

      • masgautsen October 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

        It is very good!

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