GENIUS AT WORK

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Flying Through Time and Space: The Travelocity Website recently offered cheap air fares to Basel: "Tickets must be purchased by August 27th for travel August 12 through December 15." So some consumers needed a time machine to qualify for those tickets.

Just Leave Home Without It: From a recent e-mail message sent to U.S. customers by American Express, touting the joys of London: "Experience the changing of the Guards; stroll through the Convent Gardens; or take in a Broadway show." A Broadway show while visiting London's West End theater district? Yeah, and buy some Big Macs while you're at it. And there are three (count 'em) things wrong with 'the Convent Gardens.' 1) It's Covent. 2) It's Garden (singular). 3) No one says 'the Covent Garden.' Except the travel pros at American Express.

Licensed and Bonded: The recent opening of the British National Museum of Photography Film and Television, in Bradford, was memorable in part because Pierce Brosnan attended. It was also memorable because smooth, suave Mr. Bond, who performed the opening ceremony, struggled endlessly with a three-liter bottle of celebratory champagne, only to have the cork break off in his hand. Message to M: take away the man's license to chill.

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