Treasure Island (discussion starter on creating paradise)

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If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the poor and distraught fisherman to his sea – faring pals – who didn’t have a bed for the night nor anything to eat for supper, their bellies rumbling. In their imagination and wildest dreams, they fantasised about tasty pot roasts, toasted on a spit over an open fire on the beach and sweet sundaes, melting coconut ice – cream in the hot midday sun. Perhaps a palm tree under which to take shade from the heat and pools of salty water in which to bathe. Treasure Island, the fishermen pondered would have fish of every variety – cod and roach, plaice and prawns (with lots of salt and vinegar, naturally).

“Treasure Island for me would be full of fun and frolicks” said the magician to the clown, flipping on a trapeze and waving his magic wand at the elephant. Of course, there would be ice cream cornets and chocolate sundaes, responded the sellers from the ice – cream parlour.

“If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the Robin Redbreast to Father Christmas, imagining Christmas presents of every variety, size and shape with ribbons and bows, patterned paper and parcels under the tree. Perfumes and scents, potions and lotions, everything wonderous in Pandora’s box.

“If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the Easter Bunny to the spring lamb – chocolate surprises and sweets, buttons and biscuits. Tremendous teas and titbit cakes crumbling into the sand, cooking up something special.

The Librarian’s idea of paradise would be full of books, literary texts and manuscripts – with pictures and postcards, indexed, catalogued and ordered from A to Z. “If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the Poet Laureat to the Artist – paintbrushes and paint pots, of every colour of the rainbow and all different shades. Pens and papers, chalks and colouring crayons.

“If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the caterpillar to the bug – lettuce leaves and cabbages, strawberries and raspberries – jams and marmalades.

“If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the jewelry thief to the vagabond cat burglar – pearls and diamonds, of course, rubies and sapphires, emeralds and gold – just like the crown jewels.

“If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the mathematician to the statician – calculus and calulators, algebraic formula and additions, divisions and multiplications. That’s what paradise is. A true heaven of sums and statistics.

“If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the PE teacher to the Headmaster – badminton racquets and shuttlecocks – bouncing balls and frizbies.

“If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the Roman God, Zeus to Diana. Goddess of Love – of course, lots of cupids, shooting arrows and chariots galore. There ought to be roman legions and batallions of centurions – gladiators and Olympic medallions, picking up his gold medal.

“If you could create paradise – what would you put there ?” asked the hairdresser to the beautician – scissors and clippers, shampoos and sets, curlers and coils – with lots of luscious, lovely lipsticks and rosy rouges. Of course, everybody would arrive on time for their appointment – and the taps would run hot water.

Para – dice

Add either – ice, – ise or – ies in place of the dice.

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recipe
Banana Tree Stumps
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups butterscotch pieces
6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 medium bananas
1 1/2 cups finely chopped peanuts or almond brickle pieces

In a small saucepan, combine the butterscotch pieces and peanut butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butterscotch pieces are melted. Remove from heat. Peel the banana. With a knife, cut the banana into 1-inch pieces. Dip each piece of banana into the butterscotch mixture. Lift out with a fork. Roll in the chopped peanuts or almond brickle pieces to coat. Place on a wax paper-lined plate. Chill for 2 hours.
© Jacqueline Richards 2005

Answers : Para – dice
concise; franchise; entice; vice; cries; nice; spice; tries; surprise; nicer; twice; apprentice; despise; fries; paradise

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