The Dutch man wants to board the old barge while the Cornish sailors make nervy light of his name which sounds like typhoon. In Indonesian it means hurricane. He`s from Enschede which sounds like älskar dig, the Swedish for love you. In Enschede you can walk down Gronausestraat straight into Germany. He`s a long way from Java and Bali which he would love to return to one day. The deck moans gently to footfall as the incoming tide floods creek mud. The breeze is nothing to speak of. Mangkhut or Ompong do not translate easily into English which Taufon speaks with an impeccable accent. Nobody in Cornwall will be washed away today.


Sandra Tappenden

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