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By Alan Judd

A satirical romp throughout the corridors of the international place of work as Patrick Stubbs is published as 3rd secretary within the British Embassy in reduce Africa. Mayhem awaits him - an absent-minded ambassador, a bullying first secretary with a dipsomaniac spouse, and a overwhelm at the police chief's spouse!

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She’s an outstanding maid, isn’t she? allow me be aware of for those who ever are looking to cast off her. i'll simply locate her a spot. ’ Patrick attempted to get Jim to speak extra approximately his activity yet Jim took his questions as utilizing to advertising customers. ‘If I’m quite going to head locations i need to do things,’ he stated, leaning again in his chair and conserving a crimson pencil delicately upright among his thumb and forefinger. ‘I need to pass on from this to an exceptional stint on counter-terrorism that is the expansion quarter every now and then i need to do one other crime task in a senior place. That manner you get recognized. then you definately simply need to verify your face retains becoming. ’ He laughed. ‘I’m probably not very formidable, notwithstanding. I’m no longer silly yet I do silly issues. If i love a role I keep it up whether it’s a no-no. I’ve by no means performed a role I didn’t like simply to get on. I’d particularly sweep the streets, as long as I loved it. You formidable? ’ Patrick suggestion for a second. He had by no means requested himself the query. ‘Not but. ’ ‘Still being silly, eh? ’ Jim flicked the pencil directly to the table and stood without warning. again within the outer place of work a black guy and an Indian attorney have been arguing with one of many taciturn policemen approximately even if whatever have been added. Jim placed his hand on Patrick’s arm. ‘If you’re trying to find someplace to have dinner,’ he acknowledged pleasantly, ‘try the roof eating place of the Lion resort. It’s within the Battenburg Centre close to the place you're employed and it overlooks the full urban. attempt it. ’ ‘I shall. ’ Jim clapped him at the shoulder. ‘Do that. ’ whilst Patrick arrived again he stumbled on that Clifford, faraway from being pissed off that he were away approximately hours, was once affably involved. ‘Everything pass okay? ’ he requested in an undertone. ‘I imagine so, certain. We’re none the wiser, although. ’ ‘Shouldn’t fear approximately that. simply preserve plugging away, that’s the article. HE desires you. ’ He later came upon that while he was once out Sir Wilfrid had thanked Clifford for the assistance and supervision within the subject of Whelk that he assumed Clifford was once giving Patrick. Henceforth Clifford was once in Sir Wilfrid’s eyes joint beneficiary with Patrick in any credits due, and so Clifford used to be often content material. whilst Patrick went in to report back to Sir Wilfrid his establishing comments have been halted via the ambassador keeping up his hand. Sir Wilfrid then tiptoed with intricate warning around the carpet, took a transistor radio from the bookcase, reduced it conscientiously directly to his table and grew to become it on complete quantity to a pop song station. He positioned chairs along the table and beckoned Patrick to take a seat. They confronted one another with the radio blaring among them. Sir Wilfrid cupped his hand to his mouth and shouted. Patrick positioned his hand to his ear. Sir Wilfrid shouted back and Patrick made out the note ‘microphone’. He went to show the radio down yet Sir Wilfrid driven his hand away and moved nearer in order that their knees have been touching. He bellowed without delay and wetly into Patrick’s ear. The gist of what he shouted, rendered but much less understandable by way of the vague telegraphese that he followed, used to be that he was once fearful that his room could have been bugged by way of LASS.

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