I was at a cocktail party in the Cotswald. They're called "drinks parties" in England.

My hostess pointed to a handsome man across the room. "He reads the news on BBC," she said.

"He what?" I asked.

"He reads the news. Don't they read the news in the United States?"

"Not that you can notice. They make it appear they're making the news."

"What a shame. How out of balance."

I nodded and said, "I agree with you."