Hey swagman, I just remembered a story "told to me by a friend of a friends friend" ...
An old sailor sitting on a jetty watching the boats come and go, chuffin on his pipe and doing what he has done for years. Observing.
Along down the jetty strolls the friend. Leans up on the rail next to the old sailor. Enjoys the sun on his back and the activity.
After a while he decides to strike up a conversation with the old sailor. "Lots of nice boats coming and going"-the sailor nods,
"most seem to have only have a single
guy on them" remarks the friend to the old sailor.- the sailor nods.
"and why would that be ?" says the friend.
"Ah", says the old sailor looking up with a smile, "theyre fishing".
"Really" says the friend, they dont look set up for fishing
, there mostly yachts".
"Yep" says the old sailor, "there fishin allright, fishin for mermaids". "Wont catchem though, see, mermaids, are very discerning." "see much ta the consternation of our boaty lads here, mermaids dont care about the boat,and they dont go for rusty hooks with smelly bait"........