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westofyou
02-06-2006, 10:26 AM
http://robots.cnn.com/2006/US/02/06/message.bottle.ap/index.html

NAPEAGUE, New York (AP) -- A boat captain who sent a message out to sea in a bottle says he received a reply from Britain -- accusing him of littering.

"I kind of felt like no good deed goes unpunished," Harvey Bennett, 55, told the East Hampton Star.

The plastic bottle was one of five that Bennett placed in the ocean off New York's Long Island in August.

Last month, he excitedly opened a letter from England, and was stunned by the reply:

"I recently found your bottle while taking a scenic walk on the beach by Poole Harbour. While you may consider this some profound experiment on the path and speed" of "oceanic currents, I have another name for it, litter.

"You Americans don't seem to be happy unless you are mucking about somewhere," says the letter, signed by Henry Biggelsworth of Bournemouth, in the southern county of Dorset.

registerthis
02-06-2006, 11:12 AM
Seems to me the Englishman's beef is with his fellow countrymen Gordon Sumner, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland for advocating the practice.

ochre
02-06-2006, 11:31 AM
Seems to me the Englishman's beef is with his fellow countrymen Gordon Sumner, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland for advocating the practice.
oh, the Brits know of mucking about. They practically invented it.

Johnny Footstool
02-06-2006, 11:32 AM
oh, the Brits know of mucking about. They practically invented it.

India, Africa, and North America.

Caveat Emperor
02-06-2006, 12:11 PM
India, Africa, and North America.

Palestine was their little debacle as well.

Johnny Footstool
02-06-2006, 12:43 PM
Yeah, they had a big hand in the demarcation of several countries in the Middle East.