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It’s taken him (them) over a week but AnElephantCant have come up with this ditty about our sail doon the watter, into the deep grey yonder of Loch Long, on the Waverley, and how we sought refreshment and shelter in one of the bars.

AnElephantCant claim he’s a sailor
He doesn’t handle deep water too bravely
He is not keen on boats
Or anything that floats
But he loves a trip with his chums on The Waverley

He is not built for most modes of transport
Not being what you’d call streamlined
He does prefer paddles
To bicycle saddles
Which cannot cope with his wobbly behind

An evening with friends on The Waverley
Meandering round isle and up loch
Seeing bens clad in heather
Ignoring the weather
Is like life in a magic pibroch

We retire inside for refreshments
After two hours we all feel a bit drouthy
We sit for a while there
With no sign of Smiler
He always flees when Rab gets out his moothie

Now it’s true there have sometimes been hiccups
Though the engines run smoothly as clocks
With no yellow marking
It is tricky parking
Or you end up with Scotch on the Rocks

The passengers are locals and tourists
So interesting to study behaviourally
We are calling it time
We have no more rhyme
Just our thanks for the Paddle Steamer Waverley.

Brian also sends these photos from the trip, although the one of the Waverley at Helensburgh Pier which also features a pigeon, must have been taken on a different day (or perhaps different summer) because the sun seems to be making an appearance!

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Also, as I mentioned recently Brian and Phil did a five minute theatre presentation with some special needs kids in East Kilbride based on Brian’s book Jack the Little Giant and the Clock Tower. Click here to view a performance of that.
Brian is the narrator.
I’m thinking another kids’ author, Doctor Seuss here.
The Prat in the Hat?


Giant Leap

And talking of poetic pals, Brian and Phil, they of AnElephantCant fame have been busy doing some good work with special needs kids in East Kilbride. They have several children’s books under the title “Jack the Little Giant” and they have produced a bit of theatre from these that the kids can get involved in.

Jack the Little Giant on assignment.

As the STV website reports:

Scottish writer Brian Cairnduff has embraced the production of his book into a piece of theatre by a Scottish primary school after it was selected to be shown by the National Theatre of Scotland to a worldwide stage.

His series, The Adventures of Jack the Little Giant, was introduced to East Kilbride’s Greenhills Primary School during a workshop last year and inspired the children to recreate the story for the Five Minute Theatre project.

STV are streaming the 24 hour event to a global audience and will include over 200 productions.

Greenburn Primary School – a school for children with complex addition support needs – will perform The Adventures of Jack the Little Giant and the Clock Tower.

Speaking about the theatre project, Deputy headteacher Fiona MacGregor, said: “We are all very excited, it is a great idea.

“The author of The Adventures of Jack the Little Giant series, Brian Cairnduff, came into the school last year along with the illustrator of the books, Philip Burns, to run a workshop with the children.

“The whole school took part in making a giant Jack and since then Brian has maintained contact. He suggested that we enter Five Minute Theatre and it is just fantastic that we’ve been chosen.

“We use new sound technology at Greenburn which allows the children to perform musical pieces and we will work out sound to go with the story.