the disappointed lute player Picture

This is the first story about the airfield.

One of the first inhabitants on the airfield, the lute player believed that he was there to set an example to the rest of the airfield community. He believed in morals, in hierarchy and values. He believed in glod and baad, nature over nurture (though only when 'nature' is controlled by morals) and he believed that civilisation was a greater glod than an uncivilised airfield. He believed in evolution and progress - usually understood as 'improvement of one's day to day life by airfield machinery'.

His ambition was to grow his wings, to play his lute in the most structured and rhythmic way in the herethen afterlife, and to be known in airfield mythology as a 'seraphonic angle'.

The day he was flattened by a joy rider in a four wheel drive in the middle of the airfield, he welcomed death as he knew he was going to the corner of the airfield that the community called 'herethen'.

The lute player was greeted by the gatekeepers of herethen (also of hellthen) and cockfanwy took him to his room. After showing him the sign which prohibited him from playing his lute, the lute player asked why.

Cockfanwy explained that, although he had attempted to live a 'glod' life, the lute player had made a fundamental error in his beliefs. The airfield was actually run by the madam and she controlled things, including runaway four wheel drives. The lute player had got on her nerves with his self righteous whining and she wasn't impressed by his stories about a great 'glod' who lived in the sky or about his rantings about 'nature'. The madam loathed nature. So she had decided that he couldn't play his lute any more and she had a sign placed in his room to remind him.

This is a genuine photographic record of the moment when the lute player saw the sign and became disappointed. After that, he was always known as 'the disappointed lute player'.
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