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'The worst thing about the future, ' said a young friend of mine, 'is that it's so boring. It's always on television and, if you miss that, it's in the Sunday newspapers - what's really interesting is the past. The guys just can't get enough of it. Everyone I know is obsessed with shooting radar into the ground to find old tombs, digging up plague pits, reconstructing Roman cities, X-raying skulls, counting teeth?'.