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January 5, 2003

Everything but a gun   Just two days after the invasion of Africa, the Rangitiki arrived at Mers-el-Kebir in Algeria. Down the gangplank to a long concrete quay went Ernie, lugging a barracks bag, bedroll, gas mask, helmet, canteen and typewriter.

[Times photo: Jamie Francis]

Sunday Journal: A sudden burst of color
My husband and I owned a small neighborhood pub about 20 years ago. Our regulars were a mismatched bunch: the know-it-all, the accountant, the woman who talked to herself, and the rest. One by one, like moths to a light, they would come out of the evening darkness, ready for a beer, a little conversation and the reassurance of familiar faces. A few might drop coins into the jukebox, drift to the tables nearest the bar and quietly debate the world's problems. Occasionally, one or two would sit alone, lost in thought as cigarette smoke hung overhead like afternoon smog.

Sunday Arts

Time for the replacement shows
Barely a week into the new year and it's already begun: the onslaught of midseason TV.

Original spin
HBO's prison drama Oz had great writing and acting and took storytelling risks long before The Sopranos was anointed a TV groundbreaker.

The news about Huey Lewis
The veteran rocker discusses middle age, possible war with Iraq and the state of the music industry, among other things.

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