In previous years, Somali pirate ship captain, Ibrahim Abdikarim would have had to appoint head-hunters to scour the seven seas for new hostages, but with economic woes and looming public sector job cuts in Britain, coupled with the weather getting a bit colder, he is being flooded with thousands of applications for the two vacancies that openned up a few days ago.
'I hadn't even advertised yet, so this is all word-of-mouth...it's incredible,' shrugged the 12 year veteran of pirating. 'There are so many worthy candidates, I wish I could take more on, but you know how it is.'
With the number of applicants already edging toward 8,000 and expected to swell further with the announcement of the royal wedding, Abdikarim has a mammoth task sifting through them.
However he insists that he 'wants to be fair', suggesting perhaps some kind of audition process, say in front of some judges, maybe even with a phone-in to decide who among the hopeful has what it takes to spend a year at sea with his crew.