If you will cast your minds back to our previous episode, Ladies and Gentlemen, you will recall that Moses and myself were sent packing on an all expenses paid trip to the Suez Canal with instructions to report our findings back to Judy. And, as a man of the utmost honour, those words and illustrations were duly sent into the office for publication, as requested.

The fact that the following was published in Judy a week later was a mere trifle, a mis-understanding, an error of judgement. It was almost as though the ever young and lovely Judy was hinting that I had absconded with the funds entrusted to me which were intended for a journey half way round the world.

‘Pon my word, even if I had hidden myself away at a London lodgings for the duration, is one canal not as good as another? Are the Limehouse Cut and Bow Creek not suitable substitutes?

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