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Full Circle

Day 3: Nome

Michael Palin - Full CircleTwo hundred thousand dollars for a property on this bare windswept coast still sounds a lot until one remembers that Alaska now has more than gold. Huge oil resources lie beneath the rock-hard permafrost. Already the share of the Permanent Oil Fund, which is what Alaska gets back in royalties, stands at thirteen billion dollars. Not only are there no state taxes but every Alaskan man, woman and child gets one thousand dollars a year back from the state government.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the locals express great affection for this wild place. They emphasize the lack of crime; the fact that, despite appearances, you can safely leave your door unlocked at night.

And, as Nancy Maguire, editor of the impressive local weekly, The Nome Nugget, reminds me, 'Our drunks are the friendliest in the world'.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Full Circle
  • Day: 3
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Nome - Alaska
  • Book page no: 19

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