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A thousand-kilometre drive through the Karoo gives one a lot of time to think. Scrub, fencing, phone posts and pylons hypnotically flash past the eye, the roads run dead straight to the horizon. The incessant mental buzzing that access to the global media generates inside my head was stilled. It was just as well. I needed a lot of time to calculate my indefensible carbon footprint, and a lot of time to digest England’s biggest ever defeat in an international…

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