November 1, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

Bless the British for mastering the art of finding unique foibles among the lifestyles of the famous. In the London Times Online, Brian Clarke uncovers the strange angling habits of author, biographer and historian Thomas Birch (1705-66), who liked to dress up as a tree. Of course Mr. Clarke himself is not beyond using cows to screen his approach. This is a wonderful piece.