I SUPPOSE IT'S STILL FAINTLY POSSIBLE THAT THOSE WHO ENGINEERED THE mysterious snatching of 4,000 pigeons from Trafalgar Square had only the best interests of the pigeons at heart. There is that ray of hope to cling to.

I can imagine many people in England trying to reassure one another with such thoughts as they read increasingly grim speculation about the pigeons in the morning papers. "Don't look so glum, Alfie," Alfie's wife says, as she puts the eggs and grilled tomato and thick-cut bacon in front of him. "Maybe this was some nice gentleman who has a home for older...

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