Neels Blom Writer at large

Spare a thought for vultures. They are vilified creatures, associated with death and decay, and ugly, yet the environmental service they provide is invaluable. Without them, rotting carcasses will stink up the place and cause a resurgence of the miasma theory of disease. Take tow-truck operators, scrap-metal dealers and marine salvagers. They are vultures all, but without them the freeways will be clogged with wrecks, the railways will become viable and a flotilla of Davy Jones lockers will wash up on Llandudno beach. The thing about vultures is their keen eyesight: they can spot a dying thing many kilometres away, then they hang around ominously. Marine salvage master Nick Sloane has spotted just such an opportunity. Capetonians are dying for a decent shower, so he offers them an iceberg, far-fetched from Gough Island. There are some problems with the plan, such as the tendency of icebergs to explode. Another disappointing thing is that it would sit at some point over the horizon s...

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