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hutch0
Date: 2006-09-19 13:27
Subject: shameless self-promotion
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Location:here, there and everywhere
Mood:gratefulgrateful
Music:sullen muttering
For anyone who's out there listening, my short story `The Pavement Artist' is in the latest edition of The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. And a fine-looking book it is, too. I've only had a chance to dip into my complimentary copy, but so far my favourite story is Howard Waldrop's `The Horse Of A Different Color (That You Rode In On)' with Kim Newman's `The Gypsies In The Woods' a close second. Mostly, though, I just sit looking at the book and grinning. When my copy arrived I did the Happy Dance and put my back out.

I notice that the story about the Sudanese man forced to marry a goat (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/4748292.stm?lsm) is still the most-emailed story on the BBC's news website, even after a week or so. It's actually a story which surfaced back in February, but apparently one of the tabloids picked it up and ran it as a recent event, which aroused interest, so to speak, all over again. Which is strange, because as far as I recall the story didn't cause any interest at all when it first ran, and now suddenly everybody's emailing it to everybody else.

I'm also a little confused - although there's probably a perfectly good explanation - about why, when their Prime Minister was outed for lying, the protestors in Budapest went out and burned down Hungarian state television rather than the Parliament building. Seems kind of counter-intuitive to me. If Tony Blair was caught lying, would we necessarily march on the BBC? Still, the footage of the lone water cannon I was watching just before I went to bed last night was a classic of its kind; hosing down anybody in its way, to no great effect, and then running out of water. I still haven't managed to find out what happened to the guys inside.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2006-09-19 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You gotta admit, it's a funny story.
The probably needed to circulate a while before geometric progression brought it to the attention of enough people to affect the email rankings. For example, now that I know it's out there, I HAVE TO mail it to Greg. *g*
Hugs and grins,
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2006-09-19 14:09 (UTC)
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Personally I think it's that line: "...as far as we know, they're still together." That brought the house down over here.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2006-09-19 14:15 (UTC)
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Yep. That line's a definite keeper. Sort of defines what we Yanks think of as understated British humor. Kind of broad, we are. *g*
Can't wait to read more on the Hungarian situation. When Greg and his father visited Budapest on their way to the ancestral home in Slovakia, Greg said it was like traveling through Kafka, burrowing right through the pages. You couldn't even board public transportation without facing arrest or the demand for a bribe. Why wouldn't they hose the state TV studio when they were really mad at the parliament. Makes perfect sense in a Budapest sort of way.
Hugs,
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2006-09-19 22:05 (UTC)
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I finally got it sorted out. As far as I can make out, the protesters went to the television station to have some kind of statement read out on air, the broadcasters refused, and tempers which I suspect were already more than a little frayed got lost. Which actually makes perfect sense and I apologise for making fun of the protesters earlier.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2006-09-19 14:22 (UTC)
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PS, Will be hitting a bookstore today. Will try to pick up THE YEAR'S BEST while I'm at it. Looking forward to reading "The Pavement Artist". *bg*
Hugs,
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2006-09-19 22:07 (UTC)
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Read the Waldrop; it's wonderful.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2006-09-20 00:46 (UTC)
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Will do as soon as Duzie allows. Greg and I have acquired a cat, the one found wandering the halls in Teri's apartment building. Great cat, but Teri's allergic reactions were killing her. I'm not allergic to cats, but the litter does me in. Hoping the pine stuff will keep things clear here.
The cat and Greg are currently watching RASHOMON (sp?) together on the sofa. It's so cute. Teri says Duzie will have us trained in no time. I'd LOL, but I suspect it's all too true. :-)
BTW, thanks for the clarification on the Budapest situation. I still cling to my theory it was partially the Budapest Effect, however.
Hugs,
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2006-09-20 14:25 (UTC)
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We tried some kind of piney woodchip litter as well, but it was so light that within an hour it was all over the flat. Then we tried some stuff made of recycled newspaper and that was even worse, so we went back to the good old clay stuff, which doesn't go much more than a foot or so from the litter tray.
Personally, I don't think cats `train' their owners. It's a lot closer to brainwashing.
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Teri
User: qnotku
Date: 2006-09-19 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your story (and the others too, I promise.)

hugs,
Teri
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