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THE LIGHT THAT ALMOST FAILED by Monty Wells.

Did you ever hear that story

Of a dark and stormy night

When the famous Eddystone lighthouse

Failed to show a light?

Technicians, electricians,

They came from all about

To try to find the reason why

The beacon light went out

But these bright boys were baffled

They hadn't got a clue

'Til one bright 'sparks' apprentice said

"I'll tell you what to do...

Beneath the Menai Bridge, they say

On Anglesey's fair shore

There's lived an old Dutch hermit, Hans,

For sixty years or more.

His thinking power's marvellous

His reasoning is great

They say he once told someone

Why railway trains run late!"

A messenger was sent forthwith

To find the brainy sage

And brought him back within a day

Despite the old blokes age.

They told old Hans the problem

Then stood back beneath his spell

They watched the old goat scratch his head

And scratch his bum as well

He cast his eyes around the room

Along the floor and wall

Then ambled to a corner

To a meter black and small

He studied it intently

And then produced a bob

He put it in a little slot

And turned a little knob

And lo! The Eddystone light shone forth

Old Hans had used his brains

The hermit from the Menai Bridge

Had saved the shipping lanes

He said "Should this occur again

My duty I'll not shirk

Give me a call and you will find

Menai Hans will make light work!"


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