It's the start of the summer season and St Ives is filling up with tourists. This is a conversation my daughter and her friend had with some day trippers a couple of weeks ago as they strolled along the harbour front with the sea lapping at the walls...
Tourists: What's happened? We came last year and there was lots of sand, and the water was right out there (points out to sea).
Daughter: Oh, it's all this rain we've been having, it's made the sea levels rise.
Tourists: Can't your government do anything?
Daughter's friend: They were going to put a plug in the bay to drain the water out, but it's been cancelled due to the recession.
Daughter: The whole town will be under water within ten years, what with global warming.
Tourists (obviously appalled): That's dreadful.
I've never written anything based in St Ives before, but am going to have to now, just to include that conversation. But will anyone believe that it could actually happen?
Fact is so often stranger - and funnier - than fiction which is why stuff you make up so often works better on the page than stuff that actually happened. But somewhere there really are people who don't know about high tide and low tide...