It brought him luck last time

“Mum, where’s my tie?”

“Which one?”

“The blue one.”

“You’ve got dozens of blue ties.”

“The one with the white dots.”

“Oh, that one.”


“Washing basket.”

“Washed washing basket or to be washed washing basket?”

“To be washed. Your dad borrowed it and got curry sauce down it.”


“Wear another one!”

“But it’s my lucky one.”

“Sorry, Sam.”

“Any chance…?”

“Sorry, got to take Mrs Talbot to…”

“Oh mum! Why did Dad borrow it anyway?”

“To take a client out for dinner.”

“But he’s got loads of ties.”

“He said it brought him luck last time…”

“Last time! He knew I had a job interview today… in an hour! What am I supposed to do now?”

“You’re going to have to pick something else… what about the black one with the grey…”

“But I’m wearing a black suit. It’ll look like I’m going to a funeral.”

“The job is at an undertakers, Sam.”

“I know but they’ll think I’m taking the pi…”


“Well, it’ll be like me putting on a Welsh accent when I’m speaking to someone from…”

“Wales, yes. Sam. Interview… an hour… tie?”


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