In his travel show Himalaya Sunday night, Michael Palin visited an astrologer who, armed with precise information about the actor's birth, informed him that he had been an elephant in his previous life. Palin was respectful of the astrologer's work, discussing it politely and gently explaining his long-held belief in self-determination. When he could have flatly said: "I'm afraid you're wrong, sir. I was a python."
Listening to A Prairie Home Companion Saturday night, live from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, I was reminded of the travel story I ran on the clinic back in the early 90s, with black-and-white photographs by the author, Mark Chester. As a Travel section cover story it was as unusual then as it would be impossible today.