Peter / Nikolai,
I think I should be the one to apologize here, as Nikolai seems to have been offended by one of *my* unreflected shoots from the hip --hey, sometimes I'm in the mood for joking. If the joke comes across bad, I appreciate it when people tell me that it has, offering me an opportunity to clear things out. In this case, the only part saddening me is Nikolai deciding to unsubscribe as a consequence of one simple remark, that wasn't even serious (let alone 'reflected' criticism)...
Thanks for these comments. Glen has pointed out to me, off-list, the same thing. As I was the one who mentioned Glen by name (as neither Bertrand nor Jeremias did) I must acknowledge that leaving the 2nd-level quotes from you in my reply to Nikolai gave completely the wrong impression. I owe Glen an apology for shooting from the hip.
Peter -- Peter B. West <http://www.powerup.com.au/~pbwest/resume.html>