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ALBI TROSS and the PILOT

Pilot thumbed through a few pages then stopped at a passage and put his finger on some lines of text to read out aloud.

" Here we are." He said. " You will be able to tell when you getting near land because you will come across seabirds." The pilot looked at Albi. " You are a seabird aren't you."

" Well I am a bird." said Albi puffing out his feathers. " And don't tell everybody but this stuff all around us is the sea. So I guess I must be a seabird."

" In that case, where is the land?" asked the pilot.


Pilot turned the book round to show Albi the page where it clearly said seabirds indicate the presents of land as seabirds always know where the land is.
Albi looked at the page, it was full of words but there was also a pretty picture of a seabird.

It seemed to be a picture Frank Murtle a rather grumpy Herring Gull he had once met in the North Atlantic.

"That's Frank" said Albi.

"Frank." said the Pilot. " What's Frank?".

"That picture in the book, it's Frank." said Albi. " I met him in the North Atlantic.".

" I'm not interested in Frank." said Pilot. " I want to know where the land is. The book says you know about things like that.".

" Well I don't." said Albi rather shirtily " I could tell you about waves, although I don't like to show off, I know more than most people know about waves.".

"Don't mention waves to me." said Pilot. " I've seen more waves in the past few days than I want to see for the rest of my life.".

" I know a song about waves." said Albi..

" Is it a good song?" asked Pilot..

" I think it is. " said Albi..

Pilot rummaged about for a while in the bottom of the rubber dingy until he found the emergency piano.

As it was rather an old rubber dingy it was a rather old piano, the sort with brass candle holders screwed to the front.


As the day wore on and the evening fell and the sun began to set. Pilot played the piano and Albi, sitting on top of the Piano, sang songs about waves.

It began to get quite dark so Pilot lit two candles and put them in the candle holders on the front of the piano.

Albi then sang the ballad of the Ancient Albatross. A song handed down through many generations of his family, it was about an ancient Albatross called Jason, who was condemned to wander the six seas until he found the golden feather.

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