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Greetings, once again I’m writing to you from a rather damp Britain. I’m currently staying in a small town called Penarth in South Wales, where I’m visiting with some of my family. Getting here was interesting, to say the least. I spent over seven hours locked in a metal tube high in the sky with about 300 other people, more than 90% of whom were not wearing masks.

Masks are not compulsory on international flights any longer, but it seemed to me to be a wise precaution to wear one while being in such close proximity with so many strangers, so I guess you could say I stood out from the crowd.

Derek Coleman is a part-time writer who is a native of England and who now lives in Hurricane, W.Va. He can be reached at tallderek@hotmail.com.

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