Ah, Bonjour mes amis. I am Tweedle le Grand, Capitain of ze school of pilot fish taking Sarah and ‘er beautiful petit bateau, Serendipity, to Maurice. She asked to me if I would like to say bonjour to ‘er ozer Tweedles so ‘ere I am. Please excuse me, I am not good wiz making ze, ‘ow you say ‘th’ or ‘h’ sounds. I am a French fish, after all.
Anyway, I am ‘appy to be ‘ere and very pleased to be wiz Sarah. It all started when I saw ‘er coming back from ‘er, ‘ow you say, ‘warm up lap’. Ze fish wiz ‘er zen said she ‘ad gone off Souz, but wanted to go to Maurice . Parfait! I ‘ave family in zat very part of ze world. Originally I am from France, but ‘ave recently been round ze globe on various voyages. Once I started wiz ze magnifique Ellen Macarthur. Oh la la! She is so fast – none of us could keep up.
So zere I was in Fremantle when Sarah was preparing to leave again. I gazered a crew and ‘ere we are – one ‘appy family! Serendipity is such a beautiful petit bateau – such fine lines. We ‘ave ‘ad a wonderful adventure already. One sees so much at zis gentle pace. In fact, zese last days we ‘ave been doing ze laps of ze boat as it is so slow! But when ze wind blows good, oh la la, zey love to surf. Zen we ‘ave trouble staying togezer! Especially ze young fish – zis is ze first ocean for lots of zem.
I would like to ask you all to be ‘appy and not worry about us. Sarah and ‘er dear Serendipity are ‘aving a lovely time ‘ere. You ‘ave my word zey will both arrive in Maurice very safe. I am very good wiz ze sharks also – you only ‘ave to turn zem upside down and zey sleep right away. Easy as un, deux, trois.
Bon. We will see all of you in Maurice, I ‘ope!
Msr. Tweedle le Grand
I was too tird to write, tjought you might like it straight from the fish’s mouth tonight instead. Thanks for all the jokes etc. S x
Xtina – Yes, I saw it too while pulling my all nighter at the oars. Very cool. Learn something new every day.
Theresa White – But I can’t write the book until I know how the story ends! I have hours of dictaphone recordings though. Rum punch because when in Rome –
Barry Gumbert – Love that one by Frost.Great choice.
Mary Paton – Similarly excellent books by Brian Keenan & John Macarthy, too. The ultimate has to be Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’.