Zoe has named her new theater 'Oh Crumbs!' To get the place spick and span new, hours of work cleaning, decorating, tidying will have to be carried out so 'Oh Crumbs!' is a very appropriate name. When wondering where she start, Zoe remembered the advice Pearl gave to Crabby in one of The Shellies adventures; 'Why you should always start at the beginning, it's as good a place as any.' Crabby didn't bother to reply he simply walked over to his fun box to find the meaning to phrases like 'spick and span - new.'
Rolling up her sleeves, Zoe took Pearl's advice and started playing music to work to.
The moment has arrived when Zoe is awarded her prize for winning the poetry competition. Whilst she had hoped to win free games of skittles or rides on the dodgems in fact she has won.....
Watch the video to discover what the prize is.
As soon as Splash saw The Shellies message board he walloped back along the sand to deliver the message: 'Quick, quick. Skipper says that he has found something beginning with 'E' in the reading room.'
'I bet that he has seen an elephant !' shouted Barnacle.
'But what would an elephant be doing in the reading room?' questioned Crabby.
'Looking at books of course!' suggested Pearl.
Everybody apart from Crabby thought this was indeed possible. Crabby stormed off to read the message board for himself. Upon returning he grumbled, 'elephant my foot. They have found some epigrams.'
'Oh! do they look like elephants?' enquired Star.
'No,no, no, they are much shorter, their ears aren't that long and they don't have trunks,' answered Barnacle.
'What fiddlesticks,' interrupted Crabby, 'epigrams aren't animals, they are witty or clever sayings some are poems.'
'But Crabby if they are clever or witty sayings, how do you know what they are?' giggled Pearl.
Just as Crabby was about to answer, Barnacle blasted, 'Ahoy shipmates! Whilst surfing the net I've found a few epigrams. If you hadn't been chit chatting Crabby you could have caught a few yourself.'
Straightening his waistcoat Crabby gave a loud whistle, smiled and quietly suggested that Barnacle recite the epigrams.
Winking at his pals Barnacle commenced: ' Lets start with this:
'There once was a woman named Bright
who traveled much faster than light.
She set out one day
in a relative way
and came back the previous night!'
Laughter rang out loud from the pals.
'I wonder if Zoe knows what she has won yet? asked Splash.
Crabby replied, 'I heard a whisper that she has won the mystery prize.'
'Gosh how lucky,' sighed Pearl.
After a few moments the Merry Crew returned to their search for epigrams. Barnacle suggested that a song might help them along and before Crabby could object the music commenced.
When Hoof asked if anyone had heard if Zoe had collected her prize yet; he was greeted by sighs and head shakes.
'More importantly does anyone know what prize she has won?' quizzed Rainbow.
Shrugs of shoulders and mutterings of 'No not yet' was the only response.
'Never mind, if you listen in a moment, I have a few tasks to help take your mind off prizes and such stuff and nonsense;' smiled Crabby.
Not giving his pals any time to object he swiftly continued, 'When we talked about Lord Flash I forgot to mention one of his friends, John Byrom. He was a poet, inventor and a man of mystery. Your tasks will be to find out more about his exploits. I will divide you into two groups, one will be led by me and the other by Skipper.'
Whilst Crabby paused for breath, Barnacle whispered, 'Tweedledum and Tweedledee eh!'
Pretending not to hear this remark, Crabby continued, 'Pearl and Barnacle as you are forever telling us about the surf perhaps you should be in the group surfing the net for information some of your friends can join you. The rest will search in the Lighthouse reading room to discover information. Skipper in your own time, march your group off to Lighthouse Corner. The rest follow me.'
Skipper's reply of, 'Aye aye, Tweedledum.' was the signal for many of the Merry Crew to start chuckling.
Fun on the Cobbles would not be complete without the resident clown. Skipper reminded his pals that the clown is better known as 'Jolly Jack.'
'Like the Jolly Jack which you sang about in the song Muckle Flugga Fair?' asked Rainbow.
'The very same clown. Where do you think I got the name Jolly Jack From?' replied Star.
'But I bet you haven't heard of Lord Flash though?' laughed Skipper.
Allowing the others time to shake their heads, he continued: ' He was a well known clown, wit, poet, jester, playwright and general prankster in the 18th century. He is supposed to have been buried in Maggoty Woods in Cheshire. He got the nickname 'Lord Flash' from one of the characters in his play 'Hurlthrumbo.'
'I wonder if the Cobbles fair is open yet,' sighed Barnacle before adding, 'that is where Jolly Jack is usually to be found.'
Authors Ian and Marie.