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Started this before change to "New Blogger", as backup in case of trouble with digiphoto blog "In a Small Dark Room", or rants & links blog "Hello Cruel World" . Useful - at one stage Dark Room was there, but like the astrophysical Dark Matter, we could't see it ... better now, but kept Just In Case.

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There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and wandering and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy and Sorrow and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought.
Mark Twain (letter to Joseph Twichell after his wife's death)
[me, on a bad day]

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There's a lot of excited people next door in New Zealand tonight where the
big final Lord of the Rings film is having its world premiere. Alas, the
Big Island (or the Western Isle as we are - very rarely - called by some
Kiwis) here (or Oz as we sometimes call it) has to wait, like the rest of us
here on this 'isthmus of a middle state' until St Stephen's Day.

I hope that they did end up putting just some of the 'Scouring of The Shire'
in the coda. It really is, in one sense, pretty much the major point of the
rest, bringing us face to face with everyday, banal evil stripped of glamour
& magic.
The kind we, sadly, often encounter in the selfish & destructive behaviour
of people around us, and then have to decide whether to, say, 'blow the
whistle' on fraud or cheating, like Mr Wigand or Ms Brockovich, or that lady
- was it Enron or one of the other big companies? Both in the book and in
real life they are often left damaged & sadder, rather than the triumphant
heroes in so many stories. Perhaps it was Tolkien's war service that showed
him that so clearly.

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving (drinking "Turkey & Gravy Soda"?)

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