An Arctic saga of absurdity

First, you get yourself invited for a state visit in a friendly allied country.

Not just a visit of the usual sort: a state visit with a banquet by the queen, and all the pomp and the ceremony that can be mustered.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 23, 2019, with the headline 'An Arctic saga of absurdity'. Print Edition | Subscribe