Last year, Paul and Rachel Chandler of Kent were given an opportunity most of us could only dream of. While drifting along in their yacht near the Seychelles, they were invited to set sail with a group of real-life pirates from Somalia.
"At first we were simply thrilled" said a notably traumatized Mrs Chandler. "We thought it would be all rum, singing, and effeminate men prancing about in lacy shirts. You know, rather like those dinner clubs at Oxbridge".
The reality, the couple were soon to discover, was nothing like their expectations.
Instead of sailing the seven seas on foppish errands of plunder and mischief, the couple were forced to toil in the ships bowels, deprived of sleep, and physically abused on a regular basis.
"I was expecting more animatronics," said Mr Chandler. "You know, like at Disneyworld. But we were just cut off from all communication with our families and given very little to eat."
"That may be a cultural thing," added Chandler. "I understand there isn't much food in Somalia."