January 9, 2006

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MACLEAN’S BESTSELLERS

1. THE PENELOPIAD by Margaret Atwood 1(9) 2. THE LIGHTHOUSE by P.D. James 2(8) 3. THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown 4(125) 4. THE TIME IN BETWEEN by David Bergen 3(7) 5. A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES 5(12) by Diana Gabaldon 6. A PERFECT NIGHT TO GO TO CHINA 7(5)
THE ISSUE IN... 3031
WORLD

THE ISSUE IN...

A British tourist is calling for warning signs on a sandy Australian island popular with four wheel-drive truck owners, after one drove over his head while he was sleeping. “The first set of tires went over me, I was like, ‘oh what was that?’” said Scott Osbourne, who had camped out on Fraser Island.
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MAIL BAG

While 2005 was not much fun for many people, at least your year-end double issue, “Newsmakers 2005” (Dec. 26), was most entertaining. Happy New Year. Dennis McMahon, Burlington, Vt. Your double issue was a dog’s dinner with page after page of snippets connected (or not) confusingly to pictures by little numbers.
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WORLD

A desperate sense of optimism

It’s easy sitting here on my stoop on Magazine Street between Louisiana and Napoleon Avenues to imagine that Katrina never visited New Orleans. My anal neighbour across the street has decided to paint the front of his home yet again, and the traffic buzzes by steadily, almost as busy as it used to be.
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SOCIETY

HOW THEY DO IT IN...

No one can say that Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov Turkmenbashi doesn’t give explicit instructions; it’s just that some of them are eccentric. His latest is to order his government ministers to become fluent in English within six months or face termination.
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HEALTH

Healer to the stars

In the cramped waiting room of Xiaolan Zhao’s Toronto clinic, boxes of herbs vie for space with stacks of oldfashioned file folders. Nothing is high-tech here. Patients sit on mismatched, straightbacked chairs waiting for acupuncture or massage, specially brewed herbal tea and the application of various unnamed unguents.
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THE BACK PAGES

AVIATION SAFETY...ACCORDING TO TV

Airliners in peril have become a major TV subject, the real ones even more than fictional ones (such as the crash that started the hit series, Lost). Last week saw live coverage of two imperiled airliners that made ultimately uneventful landings.
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THE BACK PAGES

FINALLY A BOOK ABOUT...THE REAL KABBALAH

Madonna’s variety, according to the exceedingly polite and erudite Joseph Dan, author of Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP) is still too new to discuss. Instead Dan, Professor of Kabbalah at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, offers a witty and accessible history of what remains a core element in Jewish religious thought.
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