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Miho leans out over the Lotus Pond to get a good photo of one of the bright-red flowers when the camera slips out of her hand. Standing next to her, I instinctively lean forward, stretch out my hand (my reflexes, even if I say so myself, are very good) and pluck the camera out of the air with ease.

Just like a movie, the action is in cliched slow motion. But then it suddenly jerks into fast forward like an old Charlie Chaplin flick as I trip over one of the large stones lining the side of the pond and fall flat into the mire.

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