A trip through the Strip

| Mar 5, 2006

A trip through the Strip

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The phone rang while I was in the shower. But that's normal the world over. Abnormality -- by conventional Western standards -- took a few more minutes to arrive. My caller began by inquiring after the health of my family. This is customary in southern ...

| Dec 25, 2005

Born to be wild

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The Gorillarium at Howletts Zoo, near the cathedral city of Canterbury in the southern English county of Kent, is about as good as it gets. If you are a captive gorilla. Or if you want to see one. While many zoos feed their gorillas with ...

| Sep 25, 2005

Specters of alpine delight

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Berchtesgaden lies snug against Bavaria's southeastern border in the shadow of the Obersalzberg massif. Just a cat's leap from Austria, is what the locals say. It is an area both hauntingly beautiful and unquestionably haunted. Cow bells jangle in alpine pastures, but this isn't Heidi ...

Whiteout and wounds in a world of birds

| Jul 17, 2005

Whiteout and wounds in a world of birds

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The first hint of what was to come were the three guys down near the jetty. Their green jackets were streaked with white, and through the binoculars it looked like a sort of tundra-inspired paramilitary camouflage. They had construction helmets on their heads. Again streaked ...

There's big, and Hoover Dam big

| Feb 20, 2005

There's big, and Hoover Dam big

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Take 4,360 cubic meters of concrete (enough to pave a single-lane highway from San Francisco to New York), add 21,000 workers (but deduct an average of 50 a day due to injury or death), stir in 5 million, 8-cubic-meter buckets of cement and 950 ...