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Like most of my colleagues stranded in the doldrums of dissertation writing, I evolved many special procrastinatory techniques, honing to a fine edge what had been hitherto merely a mild proclivity.
Britain's best conciliatory efforts are urgently needed to persuade Russia and China not to use their vetoes and, especially, a maverick France not to set out her own procrastinatory agenda, because if President Bush can be persuaded to abandon regime change as an objective, this unexploded firebomb is more likely to be peacefully disarmed and great dangers averted.
Ackerley takes this chronological discrepancy blithely in stride: "Nearly a quarter of a century may seem rather procrastinatory for making up one's mind, but I expect that the longer such rites are postponed the less indispensable they appear and that, as the years rolled by, my parents gradually forgot the anomaly of their situation.