Ever since the early 1980s, when Mike Hoare’s Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers were rumbled as coup-seeking mercenaries after one of them wound up in the “something to declare” queue, custom officials have been a tad twitchy.

One of our media contingent ticked “business” instead of “pleasure” on her entry form, and commotion ensued. Being in the business of pleasure she was technically correct, but it took a lot to convince border patrol that, technically, they were in the same business too...

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