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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 00:03

There were many,ore and it was the Dean who finally rescued him, bearing him off to dine at the top table in style with the Masters.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 02 May 2018, 00:07

The Dean congratulated Biggles on his talk. 'I think you pitched that just right for the boys. Do you have to do this sort of thing often?'
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 00:11

"Thisis is the first time I've ever been asked to do it," Biggles replied ruefully. "They remind me of what I was like at that age."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 02 May 2018, 00:13

'I'm sure you were the delight of all your masters,' the Dean said diplomatically.
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 00:14

"Yes, I believe I was a bit of a prig at times," Biggles remarked, catching the Dean unawares, who had expected a polite disclaimer.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 02 May 2018, 00:21

Biggles grinned at the Dean's expression. 'I was born in India, and whilst I learnt many things there, how to deal with other boys my age wasn't one of them.'
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 00:25

The Dean beamed at Biggles' words. "India? But that's splendid. I was born there too. Near Chini, in Garhwal. My father was an Army Chaplain."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 02 May 2018, 00:27

The Dean and Biggles enjoyed the rest of their meal very much. They knew some of the same places and even one or two of the same people.
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 00:29

After the meal, Biggles was invited to take coffee in the Staff room. "Well, what passes for coffee these days," the Dean apologised.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 02 May 2018, 00:33

Biggles was tempted. But his squadron was moving in the morning and he needed to get back.

'I'm afraid that duty calls,' he smiled, thanking them for the invite then making his goodbyes.
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 00:39

Preparations were well under way when he got back. He took some time to go and see Ginger and Taffy.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 02 May 2018, 00:45

Taffy was bored and unhappy the squadron was moving. 'Can I come back with you? I'm much better, look you.'
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 00:54

"Not until you're cleared by the MO," Biggles told him."You can be company for Ginger."
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 02 May 2018, 00:56

Taffy grumbled, but had to accept this.
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby StoneRoad » 02 May 2018, 11:12

Ginger then made a similar request, as he also wanted to get back to Rawlham.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 11:34

As he was clearly still running a temperature and his eyes were bright and feverish Biggles told him not to be stupid and to stay where he was.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby StoneRoad » 02 May 2018, 11:56

And you need to be company for each other, he reminded Ginger.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 02 May 2018, 12:09

As the MO walked in at that juncture neither Ginger nor Taffy thought it prudent to reply. Instead, Ginger sneezed and Taffy closed his eyes.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 03 May 2018, 00:26

Biggles went to find Algy to discover what had been done, what still needed to be done and to await the arrival of the unexpected crisis which always happened on these occasions.
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 03 May 2018, 08:28

Algy had left nothing for him to do and the things to be done couldn't be done just yet. As this wasn't his Station, there were none of the usual administrative tasks which might have claimed his time. Algy persuaded him to sit down in a quiet corner of the Mess and recount his experiences of the morning.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby StoneRoad » 03 May 2018, 09:32

"Are you maybe worried that one or two might be thinking about copying how you and I got into the RFC ?" asked Algy
Biggles was silent for a moment or two more ...
"No" he replied, slowly " at least, I don't think so, flying is a lot more complicated than when we started"
Algy grinned slightly "and I think they might check up a bit more carefully than in the last show !"

But I do hope there are some pilots for the future at that school.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 03 May 2018, 16:14

"Unfortunately, there will be," Biggles sighed.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 04 May 2018, 13:09

'You're a dismal Jonah today!' Algy accused.
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 04 May 2018, 14:17

"Knowing that some of those young men are likely to be dead in less than a year doesn't exactly have me brimming with mirth," Biggles countered.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby StoneRoad » 04 May 2018, 19:07

And, unfortunately, it will not just enemy action that kills them - there are plenty of prangs at FTS and OTUs. Biggles reminded Algy.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 04 May 2018, 20:14

The two remained silent for a few minutes. Finally Biggles sighed, drained his tea and stood up. “I’d better see how Toddy is getting on with packing up the office.”
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 05 May 2018, 22:13

Algy watched him go, frowning. He thought that Biggles was more upset by the Ginger situation than he'd suspected.
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 05 May 2018, 22:22

He was disappointed in Ginger too, although in one way he was glad to see Ginger get distracted by a girl.
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Re: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Kismet » 06 May 2018, 12:22

And, boy, was Ginger distracted. Hearing he was in hospital, the lovely Fiona had turned up to visit.
'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: Have Your Cake and Eat It

Postby Fairblue » 06 May 2018, 12:24

Complete with a very interesting looking tin, the contents of which would bring a smile to Ginger's face.
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