I, Jackdaw Jackdaw, BA (Hons), MComp, DPT, FBCS, Corvus monedula, O.I.D. lighted in front of Alan and asked, ‘Where’s it got to then, that “ark tangent” thing?’

‘Why?’

‘I want to feature it on JACKDAW DOLLOPS.’

‘It’s not finished.’

‘All the better. Both our readers will be grateful.’

Subtle. I am a subtle bird.

Alan opened the WWII footlocker and we watched the moths fly out. He dusted brittle pages and packets until he found the right one. ‘Here it is,’ he said.

I flew up at him and yelled, ‘Look behind you!’

Alan jumped and spun around, then he spun back (it took him a while) to see me, Jackdaw Jackdaw, flying off with the Ark Tangent’s prologue.

‘Works every time,’ I cawed. ‘I am going to post this.’

jackdaw on ark tangent