Friday, March 27, 2009
Harold folded the electricity bill into an aeroplane and launched it across the room. It reached the apex of its flight just short of the ceiling and glided down in lazy spirals.
Jasfoup laughed in delight. “Fantastic!” he said. “That was better than the one I showed Lenny in the sixteenth century. He’d never seen one before but true to form he spent a week in his studio designing them and then produced this six foot replica of a Fokker F-16 with paper wings. I wouldn’t have minded, but he was four hundred years ahead of technology.”
“And did it fly?”
“It might have done had Lenny not fixed a catapult under each wing. He launched off the Tower of Pisa and it flew like a brick.”