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James lived in a small cottage, along a small country lane.
He liked to hang out with his buddies, each day they would go sailing.
He hung his sailing gear on his washing line, and watched it blow in the morning sun.
There was a competition taking place next week, he had to win it.
His competitiveness always amused the rest of his sailing buddies to no end.
They took it all in good fun.