Kid Journo Establishes Contact with Somali Pirates

It's hard for journalists to reach the roving band of Somali pirates that's been capturing booty on the high seas, even though they have a PR person. A frustrated BBC journalist who couldn't get through to them via telephone ("They usually picked up the phone but put it down again when I said I was from the BBC") gave in to her kid's nagging and let her call the pirates. The number was "under P for pirates" in her phone, naturally. The kid got through, and the conversation went well:

"Hello. Please can I talk to the pirates," said my daughter in her obviously childish voice.

I could hear someone replying and a bizarre conversation ensued which eventually ended when my daughter collapsed in giggles.

This was a breakthrough. Dialogue had been established.