Joe Jackson is a middle-aged man, who's very skinny. He lives in a big house, which is very old and dirty, in Leicester. Joe works in an office, which deals with insuracnce, in London. He drives a Ford Orion, which he bought very cheaply. Every year Joe goes to a seaside town called Bognor, which is in the South of England, for his holidays. He stays at the Grand Hotel, which is very expensive, on the sea front. Last year he met a woman called Mabel, who'd just left her husband, while he was on holiday. Joe and Mabel want to get married but Mabelís mother, who is very old fashioned, is angry about their plans.

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