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Nell: I’m going to need a lie down.

Me: Why?

Nell: I thought Mutley’s news was bad enough.

Me: What’s happened?

Nell: He was supposed to organise a sturdy modern cruiser but now we have a tall ship.

Me: You mean the old fashioned sailing vessel?

Nell: I do.

Me: Hopefully the captain will know how to sail her.

Nell: Which is where we come to the second problem. The captain.

Me: Why?

Nell: He is a Shiba Inu.

Me: A what?

Nell: He’s called Hiroshi Takeda. He comes from Japan and he has a wooden leg.

Me: I hope we can call him Hiro.

Nell: So that’s all you are worried about?

Me: Well, no, but it would be easier.

Nell: Good grief! We are about to set sail on a tall ship with a Shiba Inu. Oh, and let’s not forget his brother, Ken, who is an Akita Inu, first mate and bigger than David.

Me: Ken?

Nell: It’s a popular name in Japan. Be thankful. Poppy insists they are experienced and the best we can get at short notice.

Me: I can’t wait to meet the crew.

Nell: They are all corgis and don’t speak a word of Japanese.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: Just pull the curtains please before you leave.

Me: Yes, sorry.

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