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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 08 Sep 2017, 21:59

For once Raymond seemed rendered speechless by Biggles' irate retort. "Well, er...um...I'm sure you're exaggerating. I've had very good advice about this!"
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Postby Fairblue » 08 Sep 2017, 22:18

"Advice from whom?" Biggles' voice was dripping with sarcasm. "The bean counters or the people who know what they're talking about?"
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Postby kylie_koyote » 09 Sep 2017, 12:32

"Let's go talk this over, over a nice cup of tea," Raymond said soothingly, aware that a mistep could cost him his entire SAP.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 09 Sep 2017, 12:42

"There's nothing to talk about," Biggles replied and said no more, preferring to leave Raymond with very little option. Biggles knew full well that without the SAP Raymond's position at Scotland Yard would be rendered useless.
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Postby Tommy Smith » 09 Sep 2017, 13:07

'No one is indispensible, Bigglesworth'.
"Spare my days! Who wants to be true to life? Why read about what you can see going on around you any day of the week?"
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 09 Sep 2017, 13:26

Biggles had heard rumours from a confidential source that Raymond might be on the next New Years Honours list. "Not even you, sir" he replied blandly, knowing Raymond had heard them too.
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Postby Tommy Smith » 09 Sep 2017, 13:47

The Air Commodore regarded Biggles with an enigmatic smile, then without a further word left. He strolled down the corridor to his own office thinking about where he would lunch. Passing his secretary he called, 'Would you mind digging out the details of that pilot who was looking for work the other day, the one with the friend with freckles, Worrals I think it was'.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 09 Sep 2017, 15:14

As he sat at his desk, he remembered the bug. Bigglesworth had said he would sort it out.
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Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 09 Sep 2017, 22:50

Biggles found his three fellow pilots waiting in their office. Bertie was clutching his butterfly net.

"I say old top, d'you still want me to deal with the beastly old bug in Raymond's office?"
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Frecks » 10 Sep 2017, 08:18

Biggles stared at him in disbelief "You really are bone from ear to ear aren't you?" he replied curtly. "Even Ginger could deal with a bug of that sort. We are looking for a highly trained Russian espionage agent who has infiltrated Scotland Yard not some small flying insect." Bertie looked hurt. He placed the net in the corner of the room just in case it came in handy after all. "What are we going to do then?" he enquired.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 10 Sep 2017, 09:34

"How do you know it's a highly trained Russian Espionage Agent?" Algy butted in. "So far, all you've found is two listening devices. It could be anyone, even HR. I wouldn't put it past them." He looked at Biggles keenly. "It's not like you to jump to conclusions like this."
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Postby Kismet » 12 Oct 2017, 12:54

'They've got the Federal Security logo stamped on them,' Biggles pointed out. 'The Russians are very bureaucratic and mark everything.'
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 12 Oct 2017, 13:37

"Then why haven't you come clean about this before? You've been acting as though you didn't have a clue who placed them there."
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Postby Kismet » 12 Oct 2017, 13:45

'I don't know who placed them. I know where they came from.' There was a distinct difference in Biggles's mind between the two things, if not in anyone else's.
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 12 Oct 2017, 15:13

"Fair enough," Algy agreed easily. "Will Raymond really sack us, do you think?"
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Kismet » 12 Oct 2017, 15:50

'Not if I resign first,' Biggles muttered indignantly. 'I am not having a maintenance scheduler thrust unwanted upon me.'
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 12 Oct 2017, 16:29

There was silence for a few moments. "So what do we do next?" Algy wanted to know.
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Postby Kismet » 12 Oct 2017, 16:52

'I don't know, old boy,' sighed Biggles. 'But Snookums is trying to get an expedition together to hunt for a lost city on a Mediterranean island. We might join that. The weather is good there and there aren't any crocodiles or giant squid.'
'Major Bigglesworth' said Von Stalhein coldly, 'there are times when I seriously wonder if you were created by the devil just to annoy me.'
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 12 Oct 2017, 16:56

"I'm up for that, by jove," Bertie announced enthusiastically. "No bally bananas, but can't have everything."
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Postby Kismet » 12 Oct 2017, 17:11

Biggles switched on an audiobook recording of Anna Karenina to play in the office and went out to lunch. The spies might as well enjoy some classic literature whilst he decided what to do.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 12 Oct 2017, 17:31

Meanwhile, Raymond wasn't having a good day. Somehow, word had got out that Biggles was resigning and all the pilots who had been approached had told Raymond where to put his job. If Biggles was resigning, they said, it must be for a very good reason. Worrall and Frecks were more forthright, telling the Air Commodore they weren't going to give him the opportunity to show how up to date he was by being able to tick some gender equality box on a form somewhere.
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Postby Kismet » 12 Oct 2017, 17:57

Since this had been exactly Raymond's intention, he was not pleased.
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Postby Fairblue » 14 Oct 2017, 20:42

He was also under pressure from the Foreign Office. There was a job on the horizon, one that Biggles and Co were uniquely qualified for. Raymond hadn't yet told them that Biggles had tendered his resignation and the rest of his staff were following him. He looked at the paper which held details of Biggles demand of Smyth's promotion.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Kismet » 14 Oct 2017, 22:51

No. Biggles had to learn that he, Raymond, was in charge. It would be weak to give in now, Raymond decided.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 15 Oct 2017, 01:22

This unhappy state remained for two days, Raymond racking his brain to come up with something which would out-manouvre Biggles.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Kismet » 17 Oct 2017, 12:46

Biggles, meanwhile, had mentioned at the Aero Club, in absolute confidence, to one or two people that he might be looking for a new job, and the offers were rolling in.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Fairblue » 17 Oct 2017, 13:22

This got to the ears of Raymond at his club, where one of two of the members were looking for personal pilots and announced that Raymond's loss would be their gain.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Kismet » 17 Oct 2017, 13:46

Hearing the salaries that they were thinking of paying, Raymond started thinking about freelancing himself. Maybe he could set up a little unit like that one he'd seen on tv. The A team, that was it.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby Tommy Smith » 17 Oct 2017, 13:53

'Well I don't know Joan', moaned Frecks 'I thought it sounded a good job. All that flying, and back up, our own maintenance scheduler. And didn't Raymond say that the job was in the Mediterranean. Sunshine as well'.
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Re: Biggles and the Maintenance Scheduler

Postby kylie_koyote » 17 Oct 2017, 14:17

The more Raymond considered the "A-Team", the more it appealed. He hummed the theme song quietly to himself as he pottered around his office. What was it they said in the opening credits? Oh yes... If you have a problem, and no one else can help...

Gosh, that did sound rather like Biggles and the SAP, come to think of it, Raymond thought. Perhaps there was more to this freelance idea. He sat down with a pencil and a pad of paper and a pocket calculator and began to work out expenses.
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