Above the Water Line by Joseph James

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We were sure to get a rocket if it had not been so. “You had better go and tell the boss that it is too dangerous to work in this wind, so he can give us another job to do until it is calmer,” my mate said. So off I set on my pushbike down to the yard, and there was the boss which was lucky or unlucky according to how you want to look at it. Now, having had a reasonably sound education and having been in an ‘A’ class, what I was about to say was not in keeping with what I had been taught. ” asked the boss.

The Lid I saw an amusing thing happen one day. Everybody made their daily orders out on a wooden bench or worktop. Then, when the girls were there, one of the lads would place a biscuit tin lid very carefully and quietly to the rear of the girls’ heels. You could not see anything as it was all blurred, but what a reception you got when the girls turned round. They all took it in good part and there was no indecency about it. It was very much like the party game where all the men, along with one woman, go into a room and the rest of the women go into another.

Now re-fix it and do it properly,” I was told in no uncertain terms. I looked at the old man who I have no doubt had seen it all before at some time in the distant past. He smiled and walked away. I did put it right and in doing so learnt a little bit more about life, like ‘pride goeth before a fall’ and ‘if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well’. The Bath Poem We went up to the bathroom I followed close behind And what we saw beyond the door Was furthest from my mind. The door was pushed right open It revealed a lovely sight The bath contained a maiden Her shapely body bright.

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