It is Albie’s fascination with the helter-skelter on the pier that first brings him to the attention of George, the owner. The ride influences the whole of Albie’s young life, and even in the midst of war the memory comforts him.
HORSES This is another thread that runs through the entire book. Gypsies have always been horse-traders, and Albie’s affinity with horses strengthens his belief that he might have gypsy blood.
And for your little taste of Tenerife, here is a photo of the HOOPOE that I sometimes see on my walks. Don't you just love his fancy HEAD-DRESS?