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November 09, 1964
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The Wenlock games were held as usual this summer, attracting 6,000. There was tilting, archery, foot racing and bicycle racing. There were also competitions in embroidery, lampshade making and cake baking.


The Texas millionaire's Sears, Roebuck is Neiman-Marcus of Dallas," which each year at this season puts out a catalog it calls its Christmas Book. In the past it has offered His-and-Hers airplanes and His-and-Hers submarines. This year it is His-and-Hers balloons. Price: $6,850 for His and the same for Hers.

From gasoline service stations operated by Fina, one may obtain pink air for your car's tires and Neiman-Marcus suggests that it might be "an utterly delightful idea" for ballooning, while conceding that propane works better.

If you don't want to get as high as a balloon would take you, the store offers His-and-Hers opium beds. These are twin beds of polished rosewood made after a 17th century Chinese design. They come to $1,500.

Our suggestion to Neiman-Marcus for Christmas 1965: His-and-Hersspaceships to send Him and Her into orbit.


Thanks to an engaging landscape painter from Austria who has been fishing in the foothills of the Andes for 28 years, the best of trout fishing in the Argentine interior is no longer inaccessible. Erick Gornik, in cooperation with Manhattan's Sports Travel Center, has opened the door to southern Patagonia, for everything from a "sissy safari—seven days of easy fishing with no heavy wading or walking, comfortable hotel with hot baths" to nine-, 14- and 28-day campout safaris for trophy brook trout, rainbows and landlocked salmon in virgin waters. Gornik even offers a 45-day tropical safari which sacrifices trout and salmon for such exotic fish as dorado, surubi, manguruyu and chafalote. Hunting for jaguar, tapir and wild pig are thrown in. Price for the sissy safari, including round-trip plane fare from Buenos Aires to Esquel, is $539. The tropical trip costs $2,450.

Southern Patagonia may have the finest trout and landlocked-salmon angling in the world. Brook trout average four to seven pounds, may reach to more than 16 pounds. In two days of fishing in March 1962, Gornik and his son took brook trout that weighed 15�, 15 and 14� pounds, all three topping the listed world record of 14� pounds. But, bivouacked in the Andes without telephone or radio, the Gorniks were unable to have the fish weighed in the presence of witnesses.

Gornik worries about "small fish that in some lakes are thick like flies."

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