Stakes are high as two of SA’s biggest bluffers try to outbluff ...

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Stakes are high as two of SA’s biggest bluffers try to outbluff each other

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In the opening act of the maritime drama Captain Philips, two desperate men in the middle of nowhere try to convince each other that they’re much more powerful than they look.

The one is the eponymous Phillips, who is watching a boatload of Somali pirates close in on his lumbering, unarmed cargo ship. The other is the pirate captain, Muse, who has extremely dangerous paymasters to appease back in Somalia, and who’d prefer not to perform dangerous ship-to-ship gymnastics in big swells.

As the distance closes between the vessels, the two men come within range of each other’s radios, and the bluffing begins...

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