A Conversation for The Great English Summer

Pedant alert!

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Apologies for being a bore but according to my recollection (Oh, all right ... And Project Gutenberg) the Water Rat (Ratty) quotation excerpt should read 'There is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' Slightly different emphasis and no 'ly' on absolute. Why do I care? Because if this source (h2g2) is quoted, as often happens, the incorrect version gains acceptance and we start to lose an important truth. And it's so easy to check your facts isn't it? Or is that against the spirit of the guide?

Still, nice article and as an ex-pat living in Australia, confirmation that my folks made the right choice! I promise to be accepting of any criticisms when I get to authoring my own articles. Honest!

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