A Confusion of Jims

Me: Poppy really cares about Dave, doesn’t she?

Nell: She was playing Cheeky Animals behind his back.

Me: But look at the last photo. She is giving him such a loving look.

Nell: Yes, I agree. The last photo shows her true feelings.

Me: How is Dave today?

Nell: He was sick three times in the night and twice again this morning.

Me: Poor darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: Yes. Kennel cough is most unpleasant.

Me: Any news on the dancing?

Nell: Poppy says Stephen Seagull is being surprisingly good for a thoroughly bad bird.

Me: He’s a nasty piece of work, that one.

Nell: The sword helps. He’s lost a few feathers but that’s to be expected.

Me: What about the others?

Nell: My friend Dorothy says the Portuguese Podenco is a revelation.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: They are dancing the Samba, which isn’t the easiest thing for a Salcombe Setter to do, although the red hair helps.

Me: Yes, I can see that it would.

Nell: Apparently Paolo is extremely encouraging and Dorothy is giving it her all.

Me: Good for her. Did you know Jim Broadbent was filming in Kingsbridge yesterday?

Nell: Are we talking about an Old English Sheepdog here?

Me: No, the actor.

Nell: Jim the Old English Sheepdog is an actor. He was in ‘Lassie’ twice.

Me: Well, my Jim is a man. He is very famous. They’re filming ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ which is one of my favourite books.

Nell: We’ll have to go and see it. I don’t think you can say he is your Jim, by the way. It’s inappropriate and Kev won’t like it at all.

Me: I didn’t want to confuse him with Harriet’s Jim, or your Jim.

Nell: I don’t have a Jim.

Me: No. Sorry.

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