[DWJ] Mermaids^Wmer-people (was HP)

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Tue May 15 19:00:20 EDT 2007


Minnow wrote:
>> On May 15, 2007, at 5:41 AM, Minnow wrote:
>>
>>     
>>>> I thought that was the Sirens, not mermaids.  Or do mermaids do that
>>>> too?
>>>>         
>>> They all do; it's what water-dwellers *do* even if they are lorelei
>>> really
>>> and living in a pine-wood on a rock on the Rhine.  Mermaids have
>>> a-comb-and-a-glass-in-their-hand (dipso types that they are! I thought
>>> when
>>> singing that as a child) and leap from the water to clasp pore sailors
>>> round the neck and drag them to a watery doom.
>>>       
>
> and Otter wrote:
>
>   
>> So.  Has anyone else read Tom Holt's _Expecting Someone Taller_?
>>     
>
> Er, yes.  In 1988, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1990, 1991 and a few times since.
>
> If you ever want to irritate Tom Holt, there are two sure-fire ways to do
> it.  One is to suggest that a beat-up small car that runs into even an
> ordinary badger does not just get "a small dent in the wing" and drive home
> afterwards: it gets towed to a bodywork garage to have the front
> reconstructed.
>
> The other is to tell him that rats can't vomit.
>
> I speak from experience here.
>
> Minnow
>
>
>   
Another way to irritate him is to say tell him that Expecting Someone 
Taller is his best book.

Also from experience.

Colin




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