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Mar 12, 2005 - Lena

'No, no no, no, no' says the hotel receptionist, a portly Mo Mowlan lookalike in a blue pinafore. It was a curious greeting as I hadn't yet asked her anything. The obvious implication is that whatever I might possibly want of her would not be forthcoming. And before I can react she's already back with her nose in a well thumbed magazine. Very Soviet. "But I don't need a room" I plead plaintively, "just the price list". "That's just as well" she chortles "we've been full for weeks - no way I could give you a glimmer of a bed" then without...

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