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March 28, 2003

I would like to visit Corsica. The pictures in this month's NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC reveal a gorgeous island. The only downside being that local separatists choose bombing as the preferred method of political protest and assassination seems to be an acceptable mode of conflict resolution. However bombers are careful not to target occupied buildings and murder is reserved for local disputes.

Mustn't upset the tourist trade.

My father alternately told strangers that he was Corsican or Sicilian. Only the truly gullible believed him. It was a useful fiction, entertaining to his audience and (I think) a balm against his true origins.