The Mysterious Ore: The flight of the watchmaker

The Mysterious Ore: The flight of the watchmaker

1. Any project must be blue-printed in full detail and approved by University staff before implementation. Any project requiring more than twenty tonnes of iron must be approved by the Chancellor.

2. It is permitted for other people’s tools to be on workbenches at other than straight angles. It is not necessary to rearrange them in their owners’ absence or without their owners’ permission.

3. Protective gear, especially a face mask, is not acceptable attire outside of the workshop. Civilian clothes are not to have any tears or burn holes in them. Please consult Miss Felicia for appropriate clothing.

4. University domestic facilities such as the steam network and hot and cold running water are not for experiments, nor do they need to be re-engineered or improved.

5. Seemingly illogical arrangements in the world may be caused by patterns not yet revealed to us. Understanding comes before improvement.

— A plaque in Andrew Parson’s workshop.

Gentle Reader,

This part of our account is written by Mr. Andrew parsons himself. I have to admit that I did slightly abridge it, but if I would not have done so, our account may well have been titled “The application of turbine engines in contemporary airships” and  subtitled “Brief trip to Africa”. When I have the time, I will put Andrew’s notes in order and send them to Captain Gaskin for his consideration. It would be a shame not to.

Yours truly,
Alan Wadcroft.


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