The reason for lack of personal transport, it turns out and is related most sorrowfully, is due to it being unfortunately broken and impounded by the Gendarmes pending enquiries into nefarious activities.

Tommy Two Toes explains that Sammy Spark, second cousin once removed’s business dealings, though extremely lucrative, are equally nefarious. So often incurring the displeasure of other less than amenable guys hoping to earn a good days scratch, that on many an occasion he finds himself fingered as the subject of reparation despatched with most extreme prejudice.

“One more hit,” Tommy Two Toes tells me growling into his cup and shrugging off the attentions of the Jane leaning over the counter and batting her peepers at him, “…what concerned citizen would give a daisy may? So I hire a couple of hit guys to pay him an unwelcome visit”.