Foreign News: Sociology on the Wing

Grousing isn't what it used to be in Britain.

By the time the grouse season opened in Britain last week, on the "Glorious Twelfth" of August, it was all too plain that austerity and high taxes and a dearth of rich American visitors had decimated the crop of sportsmen. Grouse shooting is an expensive sport; each bird costs its slayer an average of £1 ($4)..Fewer beaters were available; the sportsmen often had to tramp around the moors flushing out their own birds, instead of waiting decently in ambush. There were plenty of birds: King...

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