That sentence always brings on the Long Winded Tale Fever...Last Post.
It was a Dark and Stormy Night...suddenly thee old door to the Benbow opened with a crash and there, lit up by a flash of lightening was the Ex Pope Ben (Gun) E Dict...
The Landlord crouched behind the bar in terror as Pope Ben was heard to speak:
"Vy dost that lightening keep following me around!!!!"
"Blimey, dats der best thing vott I ever done gott in himmel...now Landlord, I'll have a stein off the strong stuff, a Brasso chaser and a Chicken Vindaloo"
To be continued...
The smoke wafted gently in the breeze across the poop deck and all seemed right in the world.