Mind Games part 25 A dip in the poolMind Games part 25 A dip in the poolI examined the 'Special Offer'. It had two separate rubbers and not just one bent round the front of the barrel, which was good. It had a new standard spring steel 'wishbone', which was at least standard. The blue anodised steel threaded female junction on it were not quite rthe same shade as the ends of the 'male' threaded bolt ends which were clamped onto the rubbers the Rubbers. That was bad. It had a six hundred pound breaking strain braided nylon tether for the spear sleeve. That was standard. It was faded and dirty, that was bad. The spear, a four and half foot long quart inch steel rod sporting a bullet head with a single hinged flange barb on one side spear head looked straight. That was good. The metal wasn't shiny new, that was bad. Trigger mechanism and safety catch were both mechanically sound. That was good. The ring shaped metal 'sleeve' with the groove in it for tying on the harpoon line was firmly attached to said line. That was good
Mind Games pt ' Nine, Sir, Teen, Sir!'Mind Games pt Nine, Sir, Teen, Sir!"Tenser said the tensor. Tenser said the tensor..." the tactless saboteur was being hustled discreetly out through the back doors... "Tension, apprehension and dissension have begun..." And then the unexpected happened; like, whenever didn't it? I heard a slurred counting, As if from the theatre projection booth, 'rrra wun, doo, three four.., like the lead in to 'Tax Man' but then George Harrison's guitar intro to Sgt Pepper's was played into the hall a split second later at deafening volume!As soon as the surprisingly youthful looking spectators had settled back to let the evening roll my ear worm was forgotten and I listened to the music along with everyone else. Most of them thought this was THE 'wind up' signal and not just A wind up. They were clapping to the beat and after a bit the clapping merged into continuous cataract of sound as the entire place erupted once more with wildly appreciative applause. Dr Markram was almost literally cheered
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