Arms full of illustrated encyclopaedias competing to inform, inspire and incite – their titanic clash will be heard for the miles and the years it will take for a victory to be declared.

The merry band went crash bang whalloping up and up and up and out of sight – chased all the while by hungry townsfolk clambering desperately after their edible instruments, aquire taste for the disposed and out of fashion cast offs, hoping for just one more crack at it.