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By Ian Stewart   February 2005

Circumnavigationology

In the early hours of the morning, the next edition of News Interpretational was going to press. All was on track until the sports reporter announced: “I need help with this headline about the round-the-world yacht race between Elaine Mercator and Arthur McLellan. I can’t work out if it should be ELAINE GETS THE GLORY or ARTHUR SNEAKS HOME BY A WHISKER.”

“Tricky,” said the obituary writer, who was the only other journalist around at that moment. “Did you look on the internet?”

“Of course, that’s where I got the story from. But the report doesn’t say who…

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