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hutch0
Date: 2008-04-18 21:35
Subject: if it's friday night, it must be...
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
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...monstrous baby-eating owls!
Actually, there's an interesting (well, if you're me, anyway) aside to this, as Harthill is about half an hour's walk from where I was brought up and I always thought it was in Nottinghamshire - I come from the pointy bit where North-East Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, and North Nottinghamshire sort of come together and the borders wiggle about so much that in some cases it's hard to be quite sure where a particular village is - so I googled it, and bugger me if it isn't in South Yorkshire. It also has a Wikipedia entry, which I looked up, only to find a mention of my village, so I clicked on that link, to discover that the village where I grew up is now described as a `town.' Trust me, that was enough to make me go `hm.'

In other news, England has been assailed by a Continental pong. I'm afraid that, like the recent earthquake, I entirely missed this. I didn't smell anything untoward (or any more untoward than usual, anyway) on my way into work this morning, or during my ciggie breaks outside, or on my way home this evening. Someone at work saw this story and claimed he'd smelled something, but I think there may be an element of mass hysteria at work here.

Tonight I'm not writing again, because I have some NW2-related emailing to do.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-18 21:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"...monstrous baby-eating owls!"

Ahem! The correct spelling is "wols", if you please.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-18 21:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hah! Gotcha! You fell into my cunning trap! The correct spelling is `owls.' Bwahahahahah!!!
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jmward14: Duzell3
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-04-18 22:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Duzell3
"It has swooped on one three year old child, pets and pigeons in its search for food and bird experts have warned it could pose a small risk to humans."

I love the fact that the writer of the article appears to consider humans and children entirely different species.
Hugs and grins,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-18 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know, but that's the Telegraph for you. For years it was the newspaper of a certain class of Briton who sent their children off to public school and didn't expect to see them again until they were in Parliament, or commanding a border station in the Khyber Pass.
I should say here that it's many years since I visited Harthill, but I remember it as a really small, really nice place. They had a lovely church and a very nice pub. The article emphasises its proximity to industrial Sheffield (ten, fifteen miles, maybe) and urban Rotherham, but it's out in farmland and there's a very chunky piece of woodland not that far away, so they're not exactly short of manifestations of Mother Nature. The unusual thing is this owl seems to be wearing jesses, so it must be on the run from an owl sanctuary or a bird-of-prey enthusiast somewhere.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-18 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And you have to love the caption on the first photograph: `The bird's talons can puncture steel.' Bless the Telegraph; if it didn't exist we'd have to invent it.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-18 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:morgan brighteyes

"Didn't he write mysteries for grownups?"

He wrote at least one grownup mystery. I may be wrong, but I think he (wisely) didn't write a second. Certainly the one I read was not . . . completely spiffy.
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RealThog: 'Ronica
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-18 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:'Ronica

How odd. LJ's software has decided my reply to your comment is really a comment on Hutch's original. If you're interested in what I had to say (and most people have the sense not to be) it was:

"Didn't he write mysteries for grownups?"

He wrote at least one grownup mystery. I may be wrong, but I think he (wisely) didn't write a second. Certainly the one I read was not . . . completely spiffy.

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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-18 23:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Really?
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-04-18 23:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Letters have been sent to parents of pupil at the village Junior School advising them to keep children clear of her."

which pupil got the letter, I wonder?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-18 23:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It sounds funny, but the last time I was there, there couldn't have been more than a dozen pupils at the local junior school. I'm amazed the place hasn't been closed down. Really, this is a few dozen houses clustered around an intersection of roads. I'm amazed to find it has a junior school.
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-18 23:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic

When the owl's not there it's described as a-wol . . .
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-19 03:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic

"Really?"

Yes, but both comments were posted as responses to our resident daiquirista.

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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-19 03:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic

"Didn't he write mysteries for grownups?"

Should you want to try mysteries from an unexpected source, there's always Georgette Heyer. Her dozen or so Christie-style detective novels weren't worldbeaters, but (to judge by the three or four I've read) they were by no means duds.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-04-19 11:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can puncture steel with my bare hands, if you make it thin enough.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-04-19 11:36 (UTC)
Subject: as for a continental pong
Nodnol smells so bad that nobody would notice any smells anyway, so I don't know what the complaints are about.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-04-19 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh, reminds me of me.

My own swiss-cheese-like memory has me going from the various Ladybird titles to Harry Harrison, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, and your own good self (my school library had two of your story anthologies on its shelves). As a child, I didn't so much read books, as voraciously devour them. Not much has changed since then in that regard :-)

Oh, and I never cared to read any Milne either...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-19 19:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Whereas I can barely open a packet of crisps...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-19 19:27 (UTC)
Subject: Re: as for a continental pong
True enough. Let's just say I didn't detect any new pongs.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-19 19:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bless you, killingtime. You may go down in history as the only person ever to mention me, Harrison, Asimov and Heinlein in the same sentence.
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