"the hague: a dutch navy grumman tracker aircraft which was taken to Libya on an unauthorised flight by a dutch sailor on march 7th, on thursday returned to valkenburg naval airbase near here. (the sailor, 21-year. 3:�-, 8:5� 39 = (, took the plane from malta to benghazi. he is reported to hav been given asylum in Libya.)"
And: "holyhead, wales—the 400-ton dutch coaster Lenie was olated cove near here today after being accompanied by the Lifeboat the Lenie made for holy-head for a keel examination, she is not making water."
The best plan is not to read this at all and forget about the rest of the world. The daily news garble only titillates; it does not inform.
One also should be well prepared for a swarm of tourist propaganda in Surinam, for the country is belatedly trying to make itself out as a sparkling oasis of sincere native folkways in a desert of ersatz, grasping Caribbean vacation spots. To this end, a convention of foreign travel agents was recently assembled in Paramaribo, and a news release about the event proudly pointed out that "shy, barebreasted Amerindian maidens posed for them at the placid village of Bigi Ston." The truth of the situation is that there are precious few "shy, barebreasted" females remaining in Surinam, and of those who do cavort about in the Rudi Gernreich manner, it must be said that when you've seen two you've seen 'em all.
Finally, the visitor to Surinam should be prepared to pay. This is no primitive country of goggle-eyed natives eager to shine the white massa's shoes for a penny. Paramaribo, once a haven for buccaneers, retains much of its heritage. A small room in a good hotel can run more than $20 a day. Guided trips into the interior to fish for tarpon or hunt pingos cost up to $100 a day. There are gambling casinos, but they are leased to sophisticated U.S. interests and operated by Latins who tend to regard every gringo as a mark, inviting him into after-hours card games "just among us friends, se�or," and then attempting the kind of cheap jiggery-pokery that was pass� in Las Vegas 15 years ago. Surinam can be a pleasant and rewarding place for the vacationer, but only if he remembers the essential fact about its cities and its jungles: in Surinam the hunter is often the hunted. This can be exhilarating, as in a Graham Greene novel, but sissies had better stay home.