Me: Who are those three waiting for?
Nell: Substitute Tony.
Nell: Tony is on holiday so there is a different postman this week.
Me: Dave will be missing him.
Nell: Yes, but as I told David, everyone needs a break and Tony works very hard. Anyway David has enough to occupy him at the moment.
Nell: He and Harriet are working on the campaign.
Me: This isn’t the beaches thing again, is it?
Nell: What do you mean the beaches thing? As campaign manager I object to that, but it’s not surprising I suppose as you are from the opposition.
Me: No, I’m not. I’m actually on your side, Nell. I don’t think dogs should be banned.
Nell: Speak to my deputy then, there may be something you can do.
Me: Is Mutley your deputy?
Nell: Of course not. Poppy is my deputy. There is no point in speaking to Mutley. He can’t hear.
Me: He can hear a little.
Nell: He is nearly 15. Give him a break. Anyway, Mutley is executive chairman so any applications to him must be made in writing.
Me: I see.
Nell: Just talk to Poppy there are bound to be some envelopes that need addressing. Now let me finish my speech. Radio Devon are due here soon.
Me: Ok. Sorry.