Britain: Bug in the Blood

No whittling of empire or sag in sterling seems able to weaken the national virus that makes Britons crave distant and sometimes eccentric adventure. Following a long line from Captain Bligh to Sir Francis Chichester, countless modern Englishmen still seek out high mountains or arctic wastes, race over deserts, relentlessly push through tropical jungles. The latest of that intrepid breed—and Britain's new nautical hero —tottered ashore at Portsmouth last week from the tubby 36-ft. yawl in which he had circled the globe alone. Seagoing Greengrocer Alec Rose, 59, declared: "This bug gets into...

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