the inimitable Sergeant Pluck from Flann O'Brien's "Sistine Chapel" The Third Policeman
Sergeant Pluck is a man with a mission and that is to save the world from the awful consequences of Atomic Theory -the intermingling of human and other atoms. As Sergeant Pluck says:
"The gross and net result of it is that people who spent most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who nearly are half people and half bicycle."
Sergeant Pluck dedicates his life to confiscating bicycles form the people of his parish. It is for their own good after all!
He should have been guesting for Robert Calvert last week but had to deal with an urgent outbreak of velocipedes in my home town of Corkadoragha, We thank the Sea Bishop for finding time from his busy timetable of terror and standing in at short notice