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Date: 2008-05-16 00:35
Subject: we are...
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Music:be bop deluxe
...77,459 words. And that concludes the Estonian bit of the book, and thank Christ for that; I thought I was going to be stuck there for weeks. Onward now to the London bit.
I want to apologise to the villagers - particularly the non-residents, so to speak, who keep getting these updates for a book they're not interested in and will never ever read - for these fiddle-faddling thousand and two-thousand word updates on their fpages. It must be very tedious. All I can tell you is that I'm dragging myself through this book by my fingertips, and the wordcounts keep me going.
Having said that, if you don't mind I'm going to take a couple of days off now. I'm very tired.
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Date: 2008-05-16 23:18
Subject: if it's friday night, it must be...
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Music:blackmore's night
Well, not quite, but it turns out that sloths have been unfairly maligned down the years for being, well, slothful. According to the BBC, new research has revealed that, far from spending all their lives fast asleep, in the wild sloths don't sleep any more than other creatures, and spend the rest of their time partying and driving Porsches. Indeed, in the wild a sloth can do the hundred metres in under thirteen seconds. Okay, I made that up, but you get the idea. Turns out the little furry bastards have been kidding us along all these years. No doubt when they feel the time is right they'll turn on us with lightning-swift ninja moves and that will be the end of human civilisation.
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Date: 2008-05-16 23:30
Subject: reading the news...so you don't have to
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Music:blackmore's night
First up in this roundup is something which sounds like the plot of an Irwin Allen disaster movie. Billions of ants have invaded Texas. The kicker to this story is that the ants like to chew on electrical equipment. It's the end-time, I tell you.

From Australia, news that, while making dinner, a doctor in Darwin cracked open an egg and found a gecko inside. I love the way Dr Beaumont explains this mystery.

And finally, it seems as though Monty Python was right, there really was a Norwegian Blue parrot. Except it lived 55 million years ago and, um, nobody know what colour it was. Still, full marks to the Telegraph for spotting a good headline.
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