Monthly Archives: March 2003

A question answered

Q: Why does America need allies? A: So there is at least one army which won’t spoil the war by firing back. Continue reading

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technological superiority

One area in which America continues to rule the world: the manufacture of first-class fly rods. Not all of them are overpriced, either. For my birthday, my wife had our friend Howard Bethel make me a four-piece four weight rod. … Continue reading Continue reading

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nemesis

Well, the morning was rolling along fine, until I had a perfectly classic conversation with an editor. She started by saying “I really love the piece”, and within ten minutes had got to “The boxes are fine. We can keep … Continue reading Continue reading

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good press

Just when I thought the worm book was over in this country, along comes a “delicious review”:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2102-615692,00.html in the _Sunday Times_. And I caught three trout over the weekend, but that is a subject for a later entry. First to … Continue reading Continue reading

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And, while in Sweden

It turns out the whole country has been mapped, online, at an almost unbelievable level of detail. How detailed? Well, on some of “these maps”:http://www.gis.lst.se/lanskartor/ I could point out exactly where you must stand to catch a fish. There are … Continue reading Continue reading

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What midsummer should be like

“These pictures(Folkets Park bands of the Seventies)”:http://www.nyheter.nu/kultur/ bring back a whole lost world. If you don’t have broadband, don’t bother. I’ve never heard of any of these bands myself, but I have no difficulty believing them. Every weekend, on the … Continue reading Continue reading

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mormon romance

Of course, it’s poossible the reason they don’t have sex scenes is that no one wants to write about the passionate couple getting stuck in their underwear. Continue reading

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TV listings

from a “parallel”:http://www.felbers.net/mt/archives/001509.html planet. Continue reading

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there is a god

and I am sorry ever to have doubted this. Andy Bull, whom I knew at the _Independent_, and who later progressed to deputy editor of the _Sunday Express_ has been busted for child pornography. Expect the court to be crammed … Continue reading Continue reading

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how dare anyone

say that Mr Bush is not being “multilateral?”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49361-2003Mar18.html Continue reading

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