Thursday, 19 July 2012

From a Distant Archive, far, far away. 19.

All this month of July the editorial staff of Bitsnbobs have shut themselves away in the distant archives. They hope to turn up a few gems, but whatever they find THERE will appear HERE.

Mrs Penny dropped a bombshell yesterday – she has decided to relocate The Archives!

It’s going to be an outrageous project.

As you may have gathered SOME of The Archives are housed in caves buried deep in the cliffs where the old fisherman’s hut stands.

No one has yet seen the old fisherman’s hut but we do now have a photo of The Very West Wing of The Archives that lay some way from the Caves themselves.

But the reason for Mrs Penny’s decision – though some have muttered dictate – is neither of these; it is the Old Blue Van.

The Old Blue Van constitutes one of the many explored annexes to The Archives and yesterday whilst rummaging in the unlabeled boxes hidden underneath the stove the following document was unearthed.

Three un’s in a sentence there!

Unsurprisingly Mrs Penny was intrigued.

Then she was outraged.

The intrigue was evident, perhaps – inspiration and source are her speciality; she had been tickled by recent comments that The Archives reminded some people of Miss Dorrit and The Circumlocution Office when the truth remained hidden but known.

The outrage came because she had clearly forgotten these documents and she prides herself on her uncanny memory. Page 29 shocked her.

In an impulsive gesture she announced impromptu plans to relocate and began packing boxes and crates.

She may calm down and reflect on the practicality but she was heard to say that moving an archive is as good as a rest.

And there was a Lost Pacific Coast Headlands real estate brochure on her desk this morning.

For the moment I’ll sit here in the Van and see what happens.

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