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What A Wicked Web We Weave... 21 May 2001 Edition
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My goodness -- I bet there are at least a few people who are regretting the day legal action for defamation was ever taken against Alan Brown.

It would appear, according to reports published today, that there will be a run on paper-towels as copious amounts of egg are cleaned up.

"Internet Expert" and chair of ISOCNZ Peter Dengate-Thrush was obviously confused about the answer to an extremely simple question: just when was he was elected to the chair of the society? Of course this then begs the question how many of the other pieces information presented in this issue also subject to "confusion?"

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Dear John - continued
Alas... it looks as if my millions have faded away to nothing -- my good friend John Ogbu has vanished into thin air.

He didn't fax me and he hasn't returned my emails :-(

Maybe he was smart enough to search for my name on the Internet and read the relevant issues of last week's Aardvark?

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to go back to working for a living like everyone else.

An Announcement Pending
I'm sorry but today's column is a bit short because I'm just getting together the details of an exciting announcement that will be made later this week.

No, it's not Internet-related (well only slightly) but it is a bit of good news for all concerned.

Stay tuned -- you'll see it here first.

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