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hutch0
Date: 2008-09-10 23:05
Subject: it's going to be quiet around here for a few days...
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Location:the utility room in the sky
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...but don't worry; I'll tell you all about it.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-10 22:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll tell you all about it.

You'd better!

(Like my italics?) ;)
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-10 23:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

realthog bows
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-11 14:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Between you and Hutch, I'll learn to write . . . eventually! :D
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-11 14:51 (UTC)
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You can write perfectly well already . . . so stop fishing for compliments!

xx
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-11 15:15 (UTC)
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I'm not fishing! I honestly think I need to apprentice myself to genius. ;D
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-17 21:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love your italics.
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RealThog: leavingfortusa
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-10 23:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:leavingfortusa

Bleedin enigmatist, ain't we?

Lemme guess: you're going to be the new Harry Potter for the final movie.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-11 14:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, he's going to be Tin Man in the remake of The Wizard of Oz.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-11 18:13 (UTC)
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"No, he's going to be Tin Man in the remake of The Wizard of Oz."

Not Dorothy? He'd make a very dainty Dorothy, don't you think?
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-11 18:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, I was trying to play it safe when I mentioned Tin Man . . . but now that you've gone all candid with your remarks, I must agree: Hutch would make a lovely Dorothy. I can see him now, his hairy feet modeling ruby slippers.
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RealThog: new writings in the fantastic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-11 19:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:new writings in the fantastic

Very fetching. And I can already hear him mellifluously warbling the line: "We're not in Friern Barnet any more, Toto."

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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-11 22:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Say, isn't Colney Hatch Psychiatric Hospital near Friern Barnet? Hmm, explains everything . . . poor Hutch, and him not here to defend himself. This being the case, let's rip it up good!
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RealThog: real copies!
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-11 22:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:real copies!

Yep, he's probably in there right now telling them solemnly that he's Dorothy out of The Wizard of Oz.

And of course none of them will realize it's true.

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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-11 23:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not until he belts out, "Somewhere, over the rainbow . . ." while tossing back half a dozen martinis, one after the other (in his ruby slippers and powder blue smock).
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-11 23:35 (UTC)
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By the way, have you had your scalp ripped off yet?
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-11 23:42 (UTC)
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I have. And while I don't look like a plucked chicken, I did leave behind a goodly amount of hair in the tech's office.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-17 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's not just near Friern Barnet, it's in Friern Barnet. I walk past it to the station every morning. And it's not a hospital any more. About ten years ago or so it was closed down and bought by a property developer, who turned it into luxury flats. What happened to the patients, I don't know.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-18 00:13 (UTC)
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Sounds like a horror flick. You know that place must be haunted. I'll need to look it up on the Net.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-18 15:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are we talking about old Colney Hatch Asylum? I looked at some on-line pics of Friern Barnet, the old asylum, etc. Great pictures. Place looks haunted, definitely. Friern Barnet is charming.

Is North London pleasant?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-18 23:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We are indeed talking about the old Colney Hatch Asylum. The area around it used to be called Colney Hatch, but the locals were so annoyed that they were constantly associated with the asylum that they renamed where they lived `New Southgate.' Back in the day, it was a separate village, but nowadays it's really just the eastern end of Friern Barnet.
The hospital has actually featured in a couple of films I know of. Some of the exteriors for Lindsey Anderson's Britannia Hospital were filmed there, long before it closed, which must have been a diverting experience for the patients. And after it closed there's been quite a lot of filming there, but the only film I know about for certain is a schlocky horror flick called Beyond Bedlam.
Friern Barnet's a bit run-down these days, compared with what it was like when I moved up here about twenty years ago. But everywhere's a bit run down these days, compared to what it was like twenty years ago. Myself included.
There are bits of North London which are really not terribly pleasant, and bits which aren't too bad. Sometimes separated by only a few streets. It's like everywhere, I guess. `North London' is also kind of a subjective thing; I've heard the term applied to King's Cross, which as far as I'm concerned is in Central London. I guess if you were splitting hairs you could say we were really on the borders with London and Hertfordshire (or London and Middlesex if you wanted to be really picky) but I just tell everyone we're in North London and let them make up their own minds.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-19 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is very interesting to me, learning about the Grand Island from one of her natives. It's one thing to read books and articles about England, and another hearing about her from someone who lives there.

So, tell me Hutch, how well traveled are you around the UK? And would you mind very much my picking your brain for info about the land, from time to time? The UK is at the top of my list for visiting, someday, should I ever get over my fear of flying . . .

. . . even if you guys are pinko leftists! ;D
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-19 22:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, I've got about a bit, over the years, although I've only ever been to Wales once and I've never been to Cornwall. Pick away. If I don't actually know anything about a place, I often have an opinion. And when I don't have an opinion, I can usually scare up a couple of unreasoning prejudices.
You would be most welcome to stay with us, should you ever conquer your fear of flying.
And compared to you guys, even the most rabid Conservatives are pinko leftists... ;-)
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-20 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're sweet.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-20 23:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-09-21 03:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you and Bogna ever want to visit Vegas, you're welcome to stay under my roof. My home is small and humble, but also warm and welcoming. (Although I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone in his or her right mind would ever want to visit this god forsaken blasted heath!)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-21 21:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're very kind; thank you.
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