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Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:13 pm

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Chate & Greeting Thread 1 - September, 2003

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Kip Carter - Sep 25, 2003 6:36 pm

Edited Jan 12, 2006 2:40 am

I changed the title of this thread from -- Greetings/ Chat Discussion Thread - Read My Opening to Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Sep 03 to 26 Feb 04). - Kip

I have established this thread for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads.  All posts to this thread will be deleted every so often as the numbers build.

I will eventually have the chat-type posts deleted from the other threads.

The reason behind this move is we are averaging almost 300 new posts per day on this Forum which would be 9,000 posts monthly. A huge number of these posts are adding nothing to the discussion threads but more posts that need to be read. When a new person comes to this forum, they are faced with over 28,000 posts which is mind-boggling. And when you get to some of these threads, much of what is there is not adding anything to the discussion. I hope this makes sense!


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Hem Hem - Sep 25, 2003 7:42 pm (#1 of 2753)

Kip, is this thread only for chatter that comes up in the course of discussing something on a discussion thread, or is it for general off-topic chatter of any type?

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Madam Poppy - Sep 25, 2003 7:46 pm (#2 of 2753)
Edited by Sep 25, 2003 8:47 pm

Well, goodness me! I think that I'll have to be one of the first to write a post here.
Thanks Kip, I feel that a thread like this is an important part of making the Forum one big happy family.
It will give us a chance to meet and greet our fellow Harry Potter friends.

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Kip Carter - Sep 25, 2003 7:49 pm (#3 of 2753)

To both Hem Hem and Madam Poppy,

Yes, this is a generic thread for those who feel that they must post something to any discussion thread regardless of whether it is adding to the discussion.

Just remember the posts here are going to be deleted every so often!

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Madam Poppy - Sep 26, 2003 7:29 am (#4 of 2753)
Edited by Sep 26, 2003 8:30 am

OK Kip, maybe you need to make it clearer what this thread is for. I understood that this was to be the thread for Happy Birthday greetings, "what should I name my kitty?" and my daughter is moving comments.
I would like to see the "Tell About Yourself" thread ONLY be a list of new members and their personal information. Scrolling through the clutter of welcome greetings (while friendly) can be time consuming.
I enjoy the friendly banter and chit-chat between my Forum friends and hope that this will be the one place where we can do this.

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Ticker  - Sep 26, 2003 8:56 am (#5 of 2753)

Well, golly - I feel like posting something random just because I can.

Happy Birthday!

Fido.

Fall is a great time to move (last week's hurricane excepted)!

I agree this thread is needed. Madam Poppy, I would like to see some lee-way on the Tell About Yourself Thread. Most new people only feel comfortable divulging minimal info initially. I would like to see people coming back to add more about themselves. It is a great way to get to know each other, especially when one doesn't have the ability to read all the threads where character is revealed. Sometimes a new intro is a springboard for more details about an established member. But I agree, we could be a bit less chatty there - OK, especially me (sheepish grin).

Now that I've gotten all that off my mind, I'll pop in on the rest of the Forum I can tackle in 20 minutes.

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timrew - Sep 26, 2003 9:41 am (#6 of 2753)

Hi Kip. I must add my apologies for adding all those posts to the 'Introductions' thread. All I was doing was updating my info; but then, a lot of people wished me happy birthday; and I felt it would be churlish not to thank them.

Once again, sorry. And any future birthdays I have will be posted here!

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Susurro Notities - Sep 26, 2003 11:00 am (#7 of 2753)
Edited by Sep 26, 2003 12:02 pm

Ticker was so nice to me when I posted in the "Tell about Yourself" area. It made me feel welcome. Although I would like to see that area less congested I wonder if short welcomes could/should continue in that area but further discussions or birthday greetings...(no offense meant Tim) could be moved here. At any rate I see this new thread as a bonus. It is one more area for someone new like me to get to know those I am conversing (debating) with.

So Ticker how's the baby wait? When is she due?

Madam Poppy, how is your daughter's Reno trek going? Has she arrived?

Belated Happy Birthday Tim!

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Ticker  - Sep 26, 2003 11:39 am (#8 of 2753)

Thanks for asking Sussuro! The "baby wait" is somewhere between Love-My-Freedom Avenue, Give-Me-My-Body-Back Street, and I-Can't-Wait-To-Hold-You Boulevard. Her due date is Nov 12th, but I'm predicting later. Really, this pregnancy has gone quite well, but I'm about ready for it to be over. Pregnancy is certainly the unique experience I hoped for. It's motherhood that scares me...

Madam Poppy - I find myself wondering what you will send your daughter once she gets a new address. :-)

*Hands Tim a trick birthday candle, so he has to keep coming back each year to blow it out.*

Have a super year!

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Pinky - Sep 26, 2003 11:58 am (#9 of 2753)

Well, ok Tim, but I'm going to get mighty suspicious if you have another birthday in the next few months!

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Sinister Kittens - Sep 26, 2003 1:16 pm (#10 of 2753)

Sorry Tim - I should have posted a belated Happy Birthday earlier - though I was reading threads at work - oops, naughty me! and Ticker, hope everything goes well November 12th (same birthday as my other half, so I have a natural liking for scorpios!)

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timrew - Sep 26, 2003 3:20 pm (#11 of 2753)

At my age, Pinky, I only need one birthday a year - not two or three!

Or, better still, make that ONE birthday every four years!

And thank you to everyone that's wished me a happy birthday!

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Kip Carter - Sep 26, 2003 7:18 pm (#12 of 2753)

Tim,

I do not blame you or any of the people who try to make this Forum a friendly family place to be for the problem. I blame myself...for not providing something like this a long time ago so that we could keep the Tell About Yourself thread one that is informative. I am guilty of welcoming mew members who post there too.

Some respond to the chat-like posts and others do not. It depends on the individual and how they perceive the Forum. Some are still on the Forum when they are welcomed and return to see who arrived only to find that someone has just welcomed them here. Others just never return once they have posted about themselves. Or when they do finally make it back, their original post is so far down that they do not go back and see what was said after their post.

Maybe this new thread will be the answer, maybe it will not do the trick; however I wanted to try it and see if it works.

Thanks for trying to accept the blame. You are a good man, Charlie Brown! I will always think of you as Scrambledeggs!

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Susurro Notities - Sep 26, 2003 7:25 pm (#13 of 2753)

I have a question. I am sure this is obvious but what does IMO mean? Thanks

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mischa fan - Sep 26, 2003 7:27 pm (#14 of 2753)

In my opinion, IMHO is In my humble opinion.

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Susurro Notities - Sep 26, 2003 7:42 pm (#15 of 2753)

Thank You

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schoff - Sep 26, 2003 8:21 pm (#16 of 2753)

Okay Susurro--That is really cute! I think I might permanently borrow it...

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Susurro Notities - Sep 26, 2003 9:21 pm (#17 of 2753)

schoff,

I gift it to you. http://www.clicksmilies.com/

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schoff - Sep 26, 2003 9:27 pm (#18 of 2753)
Edited by Sep 26, 2003 10:28 pm

Unfair! I'm not at home! When I can finally use some of my cool smilies, they're not here! When I can add to my list, I can't!

I don't want to wait to update my list! I wanna do it now! :stomps feet in frustration:

*calms down* Thank you Susurro!

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Susurro Notities - Sep 26, 2003 10:38 pm (#19 of 2753)

Does anyone know the date that the preview or teaser about OoP was released? It was a short snippet from the beginning of the book.


Your welcome schoff.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Sep 26, 2003 10:40 pm (#20 of 2753)

It was January 15. I remember because it was the day before my friend's birthday. That and the fact that I wrote it down on my calendar because I was so excited.

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Madam Poppy - Sep 27, 2003 2:32 am (#21 of 2753)

My daughter Karla arrived safely in Reno! *Big sigh of Relief!* They left Charlotte on Monday at 7:00 and arrived at the same time in Reno on Thursday night! One hamster died in route *Burial in dumpster* I think that the others are sick too...(they can become ill if overstressed.)
My computer is down again. GRR so I'm going through Smilie withdrawl. Aghhh

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Madame Librarian - Sep 27, 2003 4:51 am (#22 of 2753)

Madam Poppy,

It's too bad Hagrid wasn't on call to help with the hamster. Or, does he only deal with magical creatures. I'll bet he's a softie for all the little (and big) beasties. Glad your daughter arrived safely. Moving is suuuuch trauma.

Ciao. Barb

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Caput Draconis - Sep 27, 2003 5:01 am (#23 of 2753)

Hola!

Hem, just wanted to tell you that your avatar is very funky. I convinced a friend to buy it in a giant print, which now hangs above his desk.

Very Happy

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Denise S. - Sep 27, 2003 9:03 am (#24 of 2753)
Edited by Sep 27, 2003 10:28 am

Re: release of OotP snippet
Abby: "It was January 15. I remember because it was the day before my friend's birthday. That and the fact that I wrote it down on my calendar because I was so excited."

Hm, Abby, you really ought to add that to the YKYAHPFW thread .

Zelmia, who on Earth is that lady in the picture??

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Sinister Kittens - Sep 27, 2003 12:40 pm (#25 of 2753)

Caput Draconis - I have been wondering esp. since seeing your avatar - can I put a picture of my sporting team in place of my so called 'sinister kittens' (okay well, their emblem?) Oh and mischa fan, maybe this is just a UK thing but I had IMHO down as In My Honest Opinion, weird how things translate, yet ultimately mean the same thing... ;-)

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Caput Draconis - Sep 27, 2003 8:03 pm (#26 of 2753)

SK, I don't see why not. Smile Unless of course your team is in direct opposition to mine, that'd be completely unacceptable, hehe. I sincerely doubt you'd follow the rugby down here, so all is well. Very Happy Avatar away!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Sep 27, 2003 9:09 pm (#27 of 2753)

Hey, Denise, perhaps I will.

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Jim the Potty - Sep 28, 2003 2:06 am (#28 of 2753)

wow, we've finnaly got a thread for random pointless posts...thanks Kip!

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Hem Hem - Sep 28, 2003 8:26 pm (#29 of 2753)

Thank you for the compliment on the avatar, Caput! I had used this same Escher sketch as my avatar at ezboard, but I was too lazy to get it when we moved back to WX. Whatever, it's up now!

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Madame Librarian - Sep 29, 2003 3:24 am (#30 of 2753)

HemHem, I know it's a famous Eshcer work, but it could be something sold in Diagon Alley--a "twinquilla" for getting double the amount of homework written. Just a goofy idea...

Ciao. Barb

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Madam Poppy - Sep 29, 2003 3:39 am (#31 of 2753)

Hey, I made over $500.00 from my Yard Sale last Saturday! Piles of things we didn't need are finally gone!
Now if I could only get my computer up and running again...

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Denise S. - Sep 29, 2003 2:20 pm (#32 of 2753)

Wendelin, you changed your avatar!

*gasp--again!*

...Well, I s'pose I'm not one much to talk, am I?

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Caitlin McCoy - Sep 29, 2003 3:17 pm (#33 of 2753)

*I humbly herefore state that all avatars I use shall be of the anime persuasion*

~Caitlin

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Hem Hem - Sep 29, 2003 3:43 pm (#34 of 2753)

Abby, who is that in your new avatar? Is it also Howard Carter?

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Slytherin Prefect - Sep 29, 2003 3:51 pm (#35 of 2753)

And my avatar will never change. ^_^

On the other hand, that 'second line of information' of mine that changes biweekly.... ^_^ -_- ^_^

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The Great Abbycadabra - Sep 29, 2003 7:45 pm (#36 of 2753)

Of course it is, Jackie! As if I would change. This is too Howard Carter, though he's much younger in this picture than the last one I had up. He can't be much more than twenty here. He was 48 in the old one. Yay! Random acts of trivia! I live for such things.

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Caput Draconis - Sep 29, 2003 10:59 pm (#37 of 2753)

Cool, Abby! Look at him there, back in those days of innocence, curse free and whatnot... Smile

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The Great Abbycadabra - Sep 30, 2003 6:27 pm (#38 of 2753)

Well, considering he never was cursed, yeah, he was all nice and curse-free.


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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 1, 2003 5:45 am (#39 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Oct 1, 2003 6:56 am

Some of you may have 'heard' Dr Filibuster (Sue) & myself discussing the origin of my avatar, & the theme music surrounding it! That is.... everytime she sees my avatar the theme music goes round in her head.

It's a picture of a dog called Roobard, from the cartoon Roobarb & Custard. Many of you won't have heard of it, so Dr F has requested that I place this link here to the Roobarb & Custard website, so you can all listen to the theme song & get it stuck in your heads as well, everytime you see my avatar. Enjoy

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 1, 2003 6:02 am (#40 of 2753)

FF - I already giggle everytime I see one of your posts. I don't think I could stand to hear that music again and imagine the wobbly drawings! lol

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 1, 2003 8:33 am (#41 of 2753)

Woohoo, yet another life 'enriched' by my avatar.... well maybe not enriched, but at least I get a giggle outta ya

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Madame Librarian - Oct 1, 2003 2:08 pm (#42 of 2753)

OK, everyone, wish me a pleasant evening. Husband's out of town, no laundry, no cleaning, no dinner to cook, no book annotations to write, so I'm settling in for a viewing of CoS (2nd time ever). I'll catch ya later.

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 1, 2003 3:49 pm (#43 of 2753)

Kip et al...thank you for this thread. I am unable to use the chat section of the site so this is ideal for me to ramble.

Hey Barb...so how did it go with the Chamber of Secrets?

Ok I'm now going to ramble on....

Tim, happy belated birthday. Also, look at me and tell me that you've never thought about Ernie driving the fastest knight bus in the west and he looks like Benny Hill.

If I could do avatars I'd probably have an exploding firework. Infact I'd probably have a new one each week. A Catherine wheel would be cool for starters. I could also pinch TFG's because a "filibuster" was another word for pirate.

Did you see the link on WWW.The-Leaky-Cauldron.org recently to the actor playing Neville? His web site has some lovely photos. That picture of the cast who are Ginny, Fred, George and Seamus is smashing...just how I imagine the characters. I'm suprised nobody has used it here yet.

Finally I reccommend one and all to listen to Forever Fawkes' theme tune. It goes something like...Nenene nah, nenene nahh, oh well it's very catchy.

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timrew - Oct 1, 2003 3:56 pm (#44 of 2753)

Thank you for the greetings, Doc! And I could well imagine Ernie looking like Benny Hill. But try not to give Steve Kloves ideas!

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Madame Librarian - Oct 1, 2003 5:33 pm (#45 of 2753)

Dr. F, you have a lovely voice. Catchy tune, too.

Enjoyed my filmic (?) evening with CoS. Still don't think those spiders looked authentic, the little ones, not the bigger ones.

CoS is one order of magnitude better than PS/SS. Caught the feel of the books better. We see more classes, more interaction between characters. Hope the next continues the trend. When does PoA come out? If CoS is nearly 3 1/2 hours long, how the heck are they going to squeeze PoA into a time frame that doesn't extend into my bedtime? I'll need a Starbucks break.

Ciao. Barb

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shepherdess - Oct 1, 2003 5:46 pm (#46 of 2753)

POA?! What about GOF and OOP?!

To Paul Brown: I have thought glass blowing would be sooo cool ever sense I saw a guy doing that at the Henry Ford Museum when I was in elementary school (sooo long ago)!

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Madame Librarian - Oct 1, 2003 5:54 pm (#47 of 2753)

shepherdess, I can only ponder the relatively near future. The films of GoF and OoP will boggle the mind!

Ciao. Barb

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shepherdess - Oct 1, 2003 9:39 pm (#48 of 2753)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FORUM!!

All hail Steve!!

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Hem Hem - Oct 1, 2003 9:42 pm (#49 of 2753)

BUTTERBEER FOR EVERYBODY!!!!!!! Happy birthday! Wow, it feels like I've been here for years, and I've only been here for six/seven months!

Someone, bring in a really cool emoticon for the occasion!

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Hem Hem - Oct 1, 2003 9:49 pm (#51 of 2753)

Knew I could count on you for the icons, schoff!

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Madam Pince - Oct 1, 2003 10:06 pm (#52 of 2753)

Oooo...Ooooo....I LOVE the Calvin and Hobbes icons! My all-time favorite cartoon! I miss them soooooo much!

Slytherin Prefect -- saw an item in a catalog today and thought of you. It was one of those catalogs with gifts for people who have everything. Anyway, it was a really cool-looking staple-puller that was designed to be a serpent's head (staple-puller part was the fangs, etc....you get the idea.) Very Slytherin looking. I'll bet Lucius Malfoy has one.

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Detail Seeker - Oct 1, 2003 11:03 pm (#53 of 2753)

Ahh, now we know, what happened to all the treasures from the Black Mansion...

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 2, 2003 1:28 am (#54 of 2753)

Excellent Scoff..... knew we could count on you I didn't know it was the forums birthday, aww bless....

Dr F, your version of 'my' ahem... theme is better than the original..... hee hee!

Happy Belated Birthday Tim (even though it was weeks ago now ) & thanks for all your witty retorts.... however to the rest of us, I advise you not to be drinking anything whilst reading them.... My keyboard still has the remnants of tea in it (sticky keys... lovely! )

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Madame Librarian - Oct 2, 2003 3:41 am (#55 of 2753)

Two things I really, really enjoy--the Forum and my ballet class--share a birthday! Wow. Must be some strange and wonderful magic involved. Happy, happy everyone. Keep up the thoughtful and witty posts.

Ciao. Barb

Edit: I just have to crow a bit, 'cuz this is so weird. My son, Jordan, a sophomore in college, hosts a campus radio show once a week on Thur. mornings. He is a real rookie at this, but has really wanted to do this. The show is webcast (www. wmfo.org select the off-campus option) and I'm listening to it right now for the first time (he just started). He spins mostly blues and funk stuff, and there's probably a minimum of chatter. So, I'm listening right now, and it is sooo coool to hear my kid on the radio. My goodness--I sound just like Molly Weasley, don't I?

Ciao again. Barb

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 2, 2003 4:48 am (#56 of 2753)

Hey Molly, I mean Barb (wink wink)

Tried that link but it didn't work. Ah well! I wish him luck in his radio show though. AND theres nothing wrong with a mum wanting to 'crow' about their kids successes.... after all, thats what Mums do...

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Ticker  - Oct 2, 2003 8:05 am (#57 of 2753)

Whoopie!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEXICON FORUM! (Ditto what schoff said.)

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Ticker  - Oct 2, 2003 8:27 am (#58 of 2753)

Just zipping through a few threads & saw Zelmia's avatar. Last week my family & I did a movie marathon with This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show. All we have to do is rent the new one about the Folk Musicians - and will this weekend.

Zelmia, if you ever read this, thanks for making me smile all over again!

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Madame Librarian - Oct 2, 2003 8:30 am (#59 of 2753)

A Mighty Wind is the newest one. Hilarious and soooo nostalgic. "Best in Show" is better, though (IMO, of course).

Ciao. Barb

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Rose Marie Zadorojny Vilella - Oct 2, 2003 8:46 am (#60 of 2753)

Happy Belated Birthday Tim! Um, when was it exactly? Sorry, I hadn't even seen this thread, I don't have internet at home so I come to this cybercafé, it's infront of my house, it's not exactly cheap so I usually only have time to post messages on Snape and Sirius and few other things, I didn't know about this thread.

What exactly do we do here?

OH, and Happy Birthday to the forum as well!!

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timrew - Oct 2, 2003 9:54 am (#61 of 2753)

Thank you Rose Marie! It was on the 24th September.

And a Happy Birthday to the Forum also!

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Jim the Potty - Oct 2, 2003 10:18 am (#62 of 2753)

Voldy ---->

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 2, 2003 10:34 am (#63 of 2753)

Happy Birthday to you!!! and a great day it is too. My triplets are 5 today. Hip , hip, hooray! We'll celebrate together.

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timrew - Oct 2, 2003 1:54 pm (#64 of 2753)

On Saturday morning I'm off to Portugal for two weeks holiday; so by the time I come back I reckon there'll be about 2,000 posts for me to read.

Now THERE'S something to look forward to!

The holiday should be quite nice as well......

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Madame Librarian - Oct 2, 2003 1:57 pm (#65 of 2753)

Bon Voyage, Tim! We'll miss you and your astute commentary.

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 2, 2003 3:56 pm (#66 of 2753)

Happy hols Tim, are you going to research Salazaar?

Mrs Sirius, how on earth do you get time for your Potter fix with young triplets? Hope they had a smashing birthday. How many cakes did you have? If I had triplets we'd all probably still be in pjamas, dressing gowns and slippers... from the first birthday!

I've got carried away with talk about accents on the Tonks thread, so I came here to ramble on a bit more. It makes me smile when I try and think of all our accents on here, especially when something slips through on somebody's post like a spelling mistake (often phonetic) or a saying.

About the anniversary, well done Steve, look what you created. My own first post birthday is on 5th November, Guy Fawkes night. I read the threads for a couple of weeks before that. Steve was first to post with a reply from Denise "noveil4me" We love lists on here so is there a list of original members that are still active? Slytherin Prefect, Prefect Marcus, Kip, WJ....

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shepherdess - Oct 2, 2003 3:58 pm (#67 of 2753)

Tim,

I hope you have a great holiday! (Just don't decide to stay!)

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timrew - Oct 2, 2003 4:06 pm (#68 of 2753)

Thanks Barb, thanks Doc, thanks shepherdess. I'll tell you all about Salazar (Slytherin), president of Portugal and Headmaster of Puercowarts, when I get back (ok, it's Spanish - I don't know any Portuguese).

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shepherdess - Oct 2, 2003 4:11 pm (#69 of 2753)

You probably will in a couple of weeks!

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Marè - Oct 2, 2003 4:30 pm (#70 of 2753)

Happy holiday Tim! Be back soon, It will be hard to have to miss your superb posts, they always make me smile!

And about the accents Dr F, I'm glad we can communicate by writing, just try to imagine what it would be like if the entire forum got together. I think I wouldn't be able to understand half of the members

And, on another note, check this site: http://heifong.phase.org/memes/omname.php
It's how I got my second line, I quite liked it, becuase of the cauldron I got. Sounds a bit magical

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Susurro Notities - Oct 2, 2003 6:15 pm (#71 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 2, 2003 7:16 pm

Happy Birthday Forum. THANK YOU STEVE. THANK YOU Hosts: Lexicon Steve, NoVeil4Me, W J, and Kip Carter AND Moderators: Caput Draconis, Carina, Denise S., Detail Seeker, Dumbledore II, Hamuera, Hem Hem, Kathy Lynch, Lumos!, Marè, Marie E., Matt Allair, Meg L., mischa fan, Pinky, S.E. Jones, Saralinda, shepherdess, Sly Girl, Slytherin Prefect, and Wednesday Weasley.



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Susurro Notities - Oct 2, 2003 6:21 pm (#72 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 2, 2003 7:22 pm

Ticker I can't resist sending you these: Hope all is well.

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mischa fan - Oct 2, 2003 6:25 pm (#73 of 2753)

Tim you will be missed while you are gone, I only hope you find time to post while catching up on all the messages that are going to pile up for you.

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Lily’s Eyes - Oct 2, 2003 5:48 pm (#74 of 2753)

Good bye for now...Until the next book

I think we have just about squeezed all the topics dry! How many of you are still lurking around hoping that someone will post something NONE of us have thought of? I have for the past few days. I think that everything that could have been discussed has been discussed in one way or another.

Come on...there has to be SOMETHING!! ...or not.

I have nothing more to say on any topics, and have read enough to get my wheels turning. I am going to take leave of you for a while, and it’s been fun reading and posting. I will be back when the next book comes out, for then there will be new ideas and new theories and such.

I have had the misfortune of arriving a bit late to the forum, (I have been coming here for about a month now) and the pleasure of reading everyone's predictions...heck, I've made a few myself! Thanks for being nice to me, and goodbye for now.

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mischa fan - Oct 2, 2003 6:51 pm (#75 of 2753)

Bye Lily, sorry to see you will be leaving. I hope you check in from time to time to see how we are doing. If not, bye until book 6

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schoff - Oct 2, 2003 6:54 pm (#76 of 2753)

Geez, LilyP. That reminds me of the story about the US Patent office refusing to give any more patents in the late 1880's because they thought everything had already been invented!

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Hem Hem - Oct 2, 2003 6:56 pm (#77 of 2753)

Lily's Eyes, you don't think we're going to come up with any great revelations over the months/years? Stop by again, maybe after a JKR interview or something...I'd be shocked if we didn't have any more amazing theories and junk.....

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Susurro Notities - Oct 2, 2003 7:00 pm (#78 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 2, 2003 8:07 pm

Oh my. Oh my my. Oh my I hope.... Well I hope you come back soon because new ideas are happening here everyday. One has only to "see the miraculous in the common"

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 2, 2003 7:59 pm (#80 of 2753)

Hey Tim, have a great holiday. Maybe you'll pick up some Portuguese and maybe some info about JK's time there. Come back tanned and ready with new theories:-).

Lily, do well in you ventures. But remember the theories of the Giant Squid? where did that come from? you just never know when a great theory will materialized on Lexicon.

Now that the girls are 5, I feel like a groundhog on February 2. sticking my head out of the hole into the daylight for the first time to look around. The HP books for the last 3 years and the Forum and Lexicon for the past year, have been a big part in helping me cope.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 2, 2003 9:02 pm (#81 of 2753)

Happy Birthday, Forum and Tim and the triplets anyone else I may have forgotten. Sorry if I did. It's weird having been here for a year, especially since I lurked for so long before joining up, though I do remember the first day this was around. Talk about a lucky strike. I was bored and decided to check into the Lexicon to see if anything had been updated, and I wandered in here. Been pretty obsessed ever since.

Lily, do try to check in every now and then. I know what you mean about the posts, they do tend to dry up occasionally, but sooner rather than later someone will have an epiphany and it'll be back up to speed.

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 3, 2003 1:49 am (#82 of 2753)

Hey Tim, I'm going on my holidays this weekend too. Two weeks in Gibraltar & Spain... hey not far from Portugal! Tell you what, you can do some research in Portugal & I'll keep my eyes open for any 'DE' activity in Spain

I will miss the forum for those two weeks (might find a cyber cafe... hee hee) Guys please try not to post too much stuff in my absence, I still haven't caught up on all the threads (I plan to do just that today, it's my last day of work & I feel like I'm on holidays already ) - Ahhhh the benefits of working in a software house... free internet all day... woohoo... it might be the only benefit however!

Dr F, I had the same thought as yourself whilst reading your posts on the Tonks thread. You have no idea the number of times I've had to edit my posts to remove the word 'ye' (or 'ya') & replace it with 'you'.... it's an Irish thing. Hee hee, hopefully ye will all know what I mean if I do type it Just for the record, I have a Northern Irish accent .... thankfully it's nothing like those you hear in the Hollywood films

I'm planning to take my collection of Potter books with me on hols.... might mean less clothes... but its worth it.... wish I had a paperback version of OotP though....

So after rereading them all again back to back, you never know I might come up with a few more theories.... if I do find a cyber cafe, some theories might be sangria induced however... so you might want to ignore them.....

Have a nice holiday Tim.... 'see' ya all when I get back!

Now back to catching up with the forum....

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Rose Marie Zadorojny Vilella - Oct 3, 2003 1:54 am (#83 of 2753)

Mrs.Sirius, I hope your kids had a great birthday! Also Tim, have a great holiday and try to go to a cybercafé or someting over there, we'll miss laughing at your funny posts, you know!

Lily's eyes: I also understand what you're saying, but you should reconsider. New things are bound to come up before the sixth book, if not new then we'll probably elaborate on theories we've already come up with.

Not only that, but I see this forum as a place where I can communicate with people that are just as anxious to read the next books as I am. It's sort of like moral support for me (I don't have anyone close by right now that's read the books, my sister's away and my other sister Mary Jo's read the books but she's not too interested in talking about them). I hope you do have someone close by to talk to about the books, but even if you do, it's nice to have a whole bunch of them.

I suggest you come here every once in a while, at least. Hope to see you soon!

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Joost! - Oct 3, 2003 3:21 am (#84 of 2753)

Have a nice holiday Tim and Fawkes...

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 3, 2003 3:37 am (#85 of 2753)

Thanks Joost,
I will miss you guys though..... hopefully I'll come back fully refreshed, with a few more theories......

BTW, does anyone know where I could buy a pair of Phoenix size sunglasses ... hee hee, just kiddin - see I'm in a holiday mood already

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 3, 2003 4:00 am (#86 of 2753)

Have a nice time guys.

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 3, 2003 7:30 am (#87 of 2753)

Thanks SK...

Taa-raaa chucks... (tries to do a Burnley accent.... ask Dr filibuster about that one!)

I'm off on me holidays wayhey..... Fawkes sings to herself 'we're all off to sunny spain... viva espania'

Ta-ra means... see ya's!

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Denise S. - Oct 3, 2003 8:38 am (#88 of 2753)

It's late, so many apologies, but a belated Happy Birthday to our wonderful Forum, and then a very merry un-birthday to the Forum for today .

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timrew - Oct 3, 2003 9:33 am (#89 of 2753)

Thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy Holiday! Have a good 'un yourself, Fawkes!

This is my last post (lone trumpet call!) for the next two weeks - so take care, everyone. Try not to go TOO mad on the posts (as if!), and I'll be in touch anon.

Bye for now!

Tim

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Rose Marie Zadorojny Vilella - Oct 3, 2003 12:01 pm (#90 of 2753)

Fawkes Forever, you're going to Spain??? Which part?

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Joost! - Oct 3, 2003 12:09 pm (#91 of 2753)

I think you're too late, Rose Marie, Fawkes probably won't answer that in the next two weeks, but she's also going to Gibraltar, so I guess she'll be somewhere in the south...

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 3, 2003 1:43 pm (#92 of 2753)

Shepherdess once did a brilliant post on the general themes this forum had covered. It's amazing the pieces of information we discover whilst looking up details for our conversations here....who was it who researched Neville's plant? And the stuff on saints and Romans?

I posted a comment on the Tonks thread regarding her accent (from Stephen Fry, the narrator of the books) We were getting too off topic so I thought I'd come on here to mention a couple of interesting sites I found whilst looking for examples of accents.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a link to a place where you can key in the accent I was searching for and get an instant example. Maybe I'm not the best person to look because of the fact that I don't get sound on my internet. I did come across these though, and thought they may be of general interest...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/asguru/english sorry, I had to edit the address as I can't do a direct link. If you go to this site and use the search function in the top right hand corner for "accents" then scroll down and opt "accents" you will get a rather funny example of several British ways of speaking...just not the one I was originally looking for!

And a British Library link where one of the voices you CAN listen to instantly is Florence Nightingale from 1890, one of the earliest muggle recordings ever! Remember Dumbledore would be about 50 years old in 1890. http://www.bl.uk arghh! I had to shorten this address too. If you do a search on dialects and accents you will get there!

By 'eck that was a palarvor..perhaps I should have just offered to telephone you all up and do the different voices over the phone.

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Madame Librarian - Oct 3, 2003 6:00 pm (#93 of 2753)

Wow, Dr. F., you are a tenacious researcher. Thank you for all your hard work!

I should probably just plan a trip to Britain and enjoy all the various accents, slang and dialects first hand. *sighs in wishful thinking*

Ciao. Barb

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LilyP - Oct 3, 2003 10:14 pm (#94 of 2753)

Wow, I haven't read this thread in several days, and it looks like I really missed out. By the way, I don't hold the same feelings as Lily's Eyes. I'm here for the long haul!! As far as I can tell, we're just getting started here! At least one response mistook Lily's Eyes for LilyP. I'm not going anywhere. I'm jealous of those who are off on vacations. That sounds wonderful!

So, does anyone have any suggestions on good HP literary criticism books they've read?

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schoff - Oct 3, 2003 10:22 pm (#95 of 2753)
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Uh, that was me... My bad!

Sorry LilyP! I'll try harder at the names. I usually try hard to get the right person when I'm addressing them. Obviously, I need to try a little harder!

As to your question: Have you read The Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter? It's a little out of date, now that OoP is out, but it's still pretty good. I really liked how it pointed out little lines that JKR puts in to make the story complete. You don't even notice most of them when you're rereading the books for the 8th time! It also does a pretty complete work-up of nearly every line that could be used to figure out both the book storyline and the 7-book storyline, even if I didn't agree with all the conclusions it came up with.

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LilyP - Oct 3, 2003 11:19 pm (#96 of 2753)

Hey, no problem. I figure it was an easy mistake. I'm actually reading The Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter right now. I agree, I don't always agree with their conclusions. Plus, I get frustrated when I pick stuff up and they glance right over it. But I guess that's why I'm here. Thanks, schoff, for your suggestion. It's a good one.

Any other Literary criticism suggestions out there?

I'm trying to fill my reading time with more HP. It may sound pathetic, but I keep trying to start new books, and I just can't get Harry off my brain. I start comparing the characters to those in JKR's works. My newest is East of Eden, Steinbeck, and I can't seem to get past the first 50 pages. I've tried starting it three times. I keep picking up the next HP in the series.

Hi, My name is LP and I'm addicted to Harry.

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Denise P. - Oct 4, 2003 6:21 am (#97 of 2753)

I really enjoyed "The Hidden Key to Harry Potter" by John Granger. While he discusses the fact that he believes JKR is a modern day Christian writer, that is really not the focus of the book and I think anyone would enjoy it. Again, he makes some predictions for book 5 (which didn't pan out) as well as 6 and 7. It was well worth the read. If I am not mistaken, John and our very own Lexicon Steve are currently working on a book together about Harry Potter.

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Pinky - Oct 4, 2003 7:23 am (#98 of 2753)

Hey Denise - you usually rotate your avator through all your kids. Er... the last few haven't looked like the rest of your kids... are you sure they're yours?

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Denise P. - Oct 4, 2003 8:24 am (#99 of 2753)

I don't have any recent pics of the kids. I will get some of my dogs and birds to scroll through next Razz

This is Dawson, my rescue rottie with a full tail. He is a sweetie pie.

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Rose Marie Zadorojny Vilella - Oct 4, 2003 12:10 pm (#100 of 2753)

How sweeeet! Dawson is adorable, I love dogs, I've got three at home (well, not exactly home, they're in Belgrade with my parents, my dad was posted there two years ago). They're called Blondie and Bully (my dogs,hehe),mother and daughter..then there's Milka, she's a fat german sheppard, I'll put the pics here when I get some. Very Happy
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shepherdess - Oct 4, 2003 12:24 pm (#101 of 2753)

Oooh, I love dogs! But Denise I'm looking forward the birds! Didn't you say you have cockatoos-I like them too! (Am I remembering correctly?)

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Denise P. - Oct 4, 2003 1:27 pm (#102 of 2753)

I have a cinnamon cockatiel named Piper. She is 5 years old. We also have a whiteface dutch blue lovebird. He is technically a peach faced lovebird and the whiteface dutch blue is his color variation, his name is Shadow. Stone Fort's Eternal Hope, CD, CGC is Daria, my other rottie. Last but not least is Sandi, a brown Siberian Dwarf Hamster who is 19 months old...old and not much longer left probably.

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Ricky Warner - Oct 4, 2003 9:18 pm (#103 of 2753)

I have a Border Collie named Molly, she is so fun.

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W J - Oct 4, 2003 9:23 pm (#104 of 2753)

Hi Ricky and welcome back! Have fun!

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Ricky Warner - Oct 4, 2003 9:41 pm (#105 of 2753)

Hey WJ, I remember your picture.

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Denise S. - Oct 5, 2003 9:41 am (#106 of 2753)

Who could ever not remember her picture??? ;-)

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Slytherin Prefect - Oct 5, 2003 2:04 pm (#107 of 2753)

Speaking of pictures, Denise... I miss the squid kite. ^_^

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Ricky Warner - Oct 5, 2003 4:27 pm (#108 of 2753)

Denise S. Also rings a bell. there was Denise S. and another Denise when I was here before.

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Carina - Oct 5, 2003 4:33 pm (#109 of 2753)

Denise P is still here Ricky. She changed her name to NoVeil4Me, but she's still the same Denise. You'll recognize her when she stops posting pets and starts posting kids again.

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Ricky Warner - Oct 5, 2003 4:46 pm (#110 of 2753)

I probably will. Thanks everyone for being so nice. Everyone here is so welcome and open. Really great community we have here. imagine if HP had never got big? Or JK never decided to write. That'd be half my life gone. That’s scary.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 5, 2003 5:00 pm (#111 of 2753)

:😭:

I'm drowning! We had the catch-up and everything (I got down to only about 1,000 posts left to read), and I log on today and, and, and there's nearly 5,000 posts I haven't read. I can't even keep up on the threads I check every day. What am I gonna do?!?! Aaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

And I even missed out on the fact that the Forum had its first birthday.

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W J - Oct 5, 2003 7:47 pm (#112 of 2753)

Gina, if forum members feel the need, we may try to have a "Catch up with your unread threads" day each month or so. We have grown very large in a short period of time and many people find the number of new posts each day to be overwhelming (I know I do). So don't fret too much. We may give you another chance to catch up in a few weeks.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 5, 2003 7:51 pm (#113 of 2753)

Well, Wendy, my penchant for melodrama aside, another catch-up day would be a good thing, I think. I might need a whole week, but never mind...

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W J - Oct 5, 2003 7:56 pm (#114 of 2753)

A whole week might cause a riot!

By the way, I love your cat picture. That's a cute little fellow.

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Denise P. - Oct 5, 2003 8:33 pm (#115 of 2753)

Fella? Wendy, take off those shades and look again Nymphadora is surely a female!

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W J - Oct 5, 2003 9:21 pm (#116 of 2753)

Oops! Right you are, Denise! She's a cute little sweety!

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Sassi Fras - Oct 5, 2003 11:11 pm (#117 of 2753)

Hey Marie, I like your new fairy. Very cute.

And Carina your bunny is a little too cute...I thought he was a killer. Heehee.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 5, 2003 11:40 pm (#118 of 2753)

Well, obviously, the cute bunny is trying to lure you into a false sense of security. I still wouldn't get too close to it, if I were you.

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Ricky Warner - Oct 6, 2003 4:26 am (#119 of 2753)

Yeah, has anyone seen Monty Python and The Holy Grail. I am pretty sure most people have. The Killer Rabbit! Dun Dun Dun!

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Susurro Notities - Oct 6, 2003 7:35 am (#120 of 2753)

On the Extreme Effects of Harry Potter in the Real World there was a suggestion made that the term Newbie should not be used on this forum as the term might result in a new member feeling they lack the knowledge to post. I would like to go on record as a new member who doesn't mind being called a Newbie. I thought it was sort of an endearment.

This forum contains references to Latin, ancient literature, advanced genetics, obscure history, and scientific theory, intimidating no matter what someone new is called. I felt that the term Newbie gave me sort of a license to be initially stupid! Just wondered what others think.

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 6, 2003 7:38 am (#121 of 2753)

I don't mind the term Newbie at all. Like you Susurro I always thought of it as a term of endearment, everyone makes mistakes - especially when your new at something!

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mischa fan - Oct 6, 2003 7:43 am (#122 of 2753)

”This forum contains references to Latin, ancient literature, advanced genetics, obscure history, and scientific theory, intimidating no matter what someone new is called . . .”

I agree Susurro Notities, so let’s not make it more intimidating then it needs to be.

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Marè - Oct 6, 2003 8:04 am (#123 of 2753)

Well, there is off course the question: "What is a newbie?"

To a member who has been here for a month, a new member who has been here for a week is considered a "newbie". For a member who has been here for a year, a month old member is still consider as green as an apple., so would be a newbie. When the month old member starts calling the newbie newbie, for some people this is very confusing, because then the newbie is calling the newbie newbie!
Now for a newbie this is not a problem because most of the people came in before him or her, but for the grandpa's and grandma's of the forum this can be a severe problem, because what to do when a newbie tells a newbie, who was calling newbies newbies, not to call the newbies newbies!
It has the potential to become very confusing!

The point is that no-one knows when you are considered a newbie.

And can I say that I just love this thread!

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Gina R Snape - Oct 6, 2003 8:09 am (#124 of 2753)

Yes, Wendy, a whole week would certainly cause a riot.

Thanks for the compliment about my new little one. Nymphadora is indeed a girl. Had she been a boy, she would of course have been named Severus...

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Ladybug220 - Oct 6, 2003 9:41 am (#125 of 2753)

Your new little girl is very cute Gina! She looks just like my youngest girl, Firenze. Of course my kitty doesn't know that Firenze is a male but I think it is a name that could be for a male or female and Firenze is Florence in Italian. Of course, I do the Jim Dale pronunciation (long e at the end) and not the italian way. But your girl is very cute and I am sure that she is providing lots of entertainment too!

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Jim the Potty - Oct 6, 2003 12:08 pm (#126 of 2753)

Denise and Liz, what is this "Save GOF" thing about??

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Madam Pince - Oct 6, 2003 12:10 pm (#127 of 2753)

Good question, Jim. I wondered myself but thought I must've just missed something on a thread.

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Jim the Potty - Oct 6, 2003 12:11 pm (#128 of 2753)

I've missed a lot of stuff on threads, I can't be everywhere at once

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shepherdess - Oct 6, 2003 1:11 pm (#129 of 2753)

Nor can anyone else, Jim. That's why I recommend an occasional "read only" day.

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 6, 2003 2:05 pm (#130 of 2753)

Save GOF is a campaign to urge Warner Brothers not mess with the fourth movie. How can they possibly turn it into a two and a half hour film?

Check out the fourth movie thread on this forum now.

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Madam Pince - Oct 6, 2003 2:09 pm (#131 of 2753)

Ah. Makes perfect sense. I also am very, very worried about how they're going to do the movies of GoF and OoP. They, well, I won't say "butchered," but they pretty substantially messed up CoS, I thought, and look how short it is. So, I join the "Save GoF" league!

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 6, 2003 8:43 pm (#132 of 2753)

I had lunch today in new pub in Old Saybrook CT. Nice little place with a war-era Britian theme. The children's menu has some wonderful fare: Hogwarts Hamburgers, McGonagall Macaroni & Cheese, Dumbledog, Muggle Grill Cheese, Hufflepuff Wings to name a few. I liked that, so how it just made lunch that more fun.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 6, 2003 8:46 pm (#133 of 2753)

Say, Mrs. Sirius, how much does a ticket to Connecticut cost these days? I must say, I have a sudden craving for Muggle Grill Cheese.

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Wendelin the Weird - Oct 7, 2003 12:01 am (#134 of 2753)

Hmmm.. in regards to the Save GoF idea, I thought I heard somewhere that they planned to make it into two films... kinda like the Matrix Reloaded thing, where its split into a "to be continued" type thing.

{Wow... my writing is so prolific at 3 am isnt it? *snort* A "to be continued thing" honestly... *rolls eyes*}

HAA!! A Dumbledog?!

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 7, 2003 12:15 am (#135 of 2753)

Hi Wendelin - I heard the same thing - GoF is just far too long (and packed with too much detail) to be one film!

Mrs Sirius (No pun intended here but, are you serious?) - did they have Slytherin Snake Shakes?

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Madame Librarian - Oct 7, 2003 3:57 am (#136 of 2753)

Hmmm, Mrs. Sirius, what about...um...adult fare--hot butterbeer rum (yuk, doesn't sound that great, does it?), Fantastic Fire Whiskey, hey, even Zombies?

Sorry, it's too early to try to be clever.

Ciao. Barb

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Ricky Warner - Oct 7, 2003 5:54 am (#137 of 2753)

If GoF is too long, then imagine OoTP and 6 and 7! I will not watch any more of the movies. I just wont. They have ruined my idea of the first two movies and I don't want them ruining my idea of my second favourite.

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Jim the Potty - Oct 7, 2003 8:51 am (#138 of 2753)

I have signed the petition and changed my portrait+second line of info

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Gina R Snape - Oct 7, 2003 9:31 am (#139 of 2753)

Hmmm. How about a Snape salad? Weasley Waffles? Madam Poppy Pancakes? mmmmmmm Now I'm hungry.

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Jim the Potty - Oct 7, 2003 10:05 am (#140 of 2753)
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Following certain comments on the Potty HQ thread (Marè "Potty HQ" 10/2/03 5:43pm) I submit to you the following 'pink and fluffy' voldy eyes:



Comments?

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 7, 2003 10:24 am (#141 of 2753)

That's briliant Jim...go and treat yourself to some super spicy sizzling salamander snacks at Mrs Sirius' pub!

Just avoid the Trelwaney tripe, I've heard it's not as good as she makes out.

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LilyP - Oct 7, 2003 12:22 pm (#142 of 2753)

Mrs.Sirus. Wow, that place sounds great. I think I would have ordered off the children's menu. I would like to try butterbeer. I imagine it's something similiar to a cold version of hot buttered rum.

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Madame Librarian - Oct 7, 2003 12:27 pm (#143 of 2753)

I've heard that Hagrid's Haggis is to be avoided at all costs.

Anything made with Dumbledore's Select Bumblebee Honey is delish!

Ciao. Barb

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Wendelin the Weird - Oct 7, 2003 12:34 pm (#144 of 2753)

For Ricky Warner...

In response to the ? in the other thread, I used to RP at JMs but I left to start my own site. I was known as Professor Fauna O'Dennoughy (still am... *wink*) What is your character name?

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Madam Poppy - Oct 7, 2003 8:05 pm (#145 of 2753)

I would definitely like some Poppy Pancakes!
Welcome back Ricky!
Grrr, my computer has been out for over a week. My husband (The Repair Man) managed to save my Favorites and a few other Documents but my hard drive was pretty much toasted. I'm scared to see if my Smilie Word Document is still there. *Sniff Sniff* I may have to go out searching for Smilies again. It's good to be back.
I was also gone to a conference with my husband. We stayed on the ocean in Newport, Oregon. Beautiful place once the misty fog floated away our second day there.

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Ricky Warner - Oct 8, 2003 1:52 am (#146 of 2753)

Well at least some things are saved. Smile (sorry I don't know any smilies)

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LilyP - Oct 8, 2003 8:24 am (#147 of 2753)

Poppy - are you from Oregon?? I grew up in Salem, and now live in the Puget Sound. It's nice to hear about someone else from this part of the world.

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Jim the Potty - Oct 8, 2003 11:23 am (#148 of 2753)
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Wow LilyP, that new picture of yours is SO uplifting, it really brightened up my day when I saw it! *turns off sarcasm*



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LilyP - Oct 8, 2003 11:32 am (#149 of 2753)

Yea - it's not great, but it's the only Lily picture I've found so far. I'm still looking. I'm just proud that I've finally moved into the picture age. Next I'm going to try smilies.

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mischa fan - Oct 8, 2003 12:17 pm (#150 of 2753)

Welcome Back Madam Poppy it is nice to see your smiling face.
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Susurro Notities - Oct 8, 2003 5:54 pm (#151 of 2753)
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Norbert, How is the house coming along? Have you experienced bat season yet? ...........................................................................................

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Denise S. - Oct 8, 2003 7:15 pm (#152 of 2753)

SP: "Speaking of pictures, Denise... I miss the squid kite. ^_^"

Aww, don't worry--I don't plan on abandoning it! I just wanted to get the word out about the horrible butchery (yes, butchery) that WB had thought to subject GoF to. The Flying Squid will come back when final word about the movie is received.

As an interesting side note for all the *ahem* newer members, the previous squid picture came from an old "Dumbledore is the Giant Squid" comment regarding the "We must have crossed in mid-air" quote of Dumbledore's (PS/SS regarding getting Hermione's note about Quirrel/Voldemort). The Flying Squid was an answer to this little problem .

Ricky Warner: "Denise S. Also rings a bell."

Yay! I was remembered!

Regarding SaveGoF.com, please tell anyone and everyone about this--last I checked, the number of people signing the petition had fallen. Their original goal was 100,000 by Oct. 31. Please, even if you're not a huge fan of the movies themselves, just humor the rest of us who still hold out hope for future movies and go sign it . SaveGoF.com Thanks!

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Joost! - Oct 8, 2003 10:37 pm (#153 of 2753)

Well, Denise, I signed the petition. Even though there's no way I'm going to sit through a 3.5 hour movie...

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Wendelin the Weird - Oct 8, 2003 11:06 pm (#154 of 2753)

I signed it!! I also started a thread on my RP site, asking everyone there to go sign it as well... so hopefully that will add another 100 or so! ~_~

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Marè - Oct 9, 2003 12:45 am (#155 of 2753) è

How can the numbers have fallen??

PS I signed it too.

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 9, 2003 1:22 am (#156 of 2753)

Okay - I signed it, and under my real name too!

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Ricky Warner - Oct 9, 2003 2:00 am (#157 of 2753)

Okay, I signed it. I personally would be glad to not watch the thirs and following movies ever, but I am doing it for you people.

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Madame Librarian - Oct 9, 2003 3:07 am (#158 of 2753)

Re the petition: I'm in. (I was one of those who got "Trek" back.)

Ciao. Barb

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Ladybug220 - Oct 9, 2003 4:20 am (#159 of 2753)

I signed the petition

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Denise S. - Oct 9, 2003 6:17 am (#160 of 2753)

Many thanks!

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Ricky Warner - Oct 9, 2003 6:41 am (#161 of 2753)

Denise S, what are we arguing against? What is Warner Bros (My last name!) proposing and what are we proposing?

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shepherdess - Oct 9, 2003 9:16 am (#162 of 2753)

Ricky,

WB wants to make GoF a two-and-one-half hour movie-which is definitely not long enough to put in all the important stuff (in other words-butcher it). We are asking them to either make it a 3 1/2-to 4 hour movie (possibly with an intermission), or make it two 2 1/2 hour movies.

And I signed it too.

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W J - Oct 9, 2003 1:54 pm (#163 of 2753)

I signed it.

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Emily - Oct 9, 2003 2:26 pm (#164 of 2753)

Welcome new members!Smile Don't forget to visit the Potty HQ thread and sign up! Denise- I'm number 17052 on the petition! I'm also sending a letter in(I hope...), and I plead with all of you to go, too. We just can't have a 2-1/2 hour GoF! *Turns off ranting* OK, I'm good now, but I still want you to go to Potty HQ.

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Hem Hem - Oct 9, 2003 4:49 pm (#165 of 2753)

LilyP, you live in Puget Sound? In the Sound, or near the Sound?

I live in Seattle...and Madam Poppy lives east of Seattle...somewhere...I think we're the only Washingtonians on the forum, though.

Good to see you back, Poppy! I hope your computer gives you a break already one of these days...the forum misses your smilies in your absence.

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LilyP - Oct 9, 2003 6:18 pm (#166 of 2753)

I'm in Lynnwood. It's good to see others from around here.

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Ticker  - Oct 9, 2003 6:31 pm (#167 of 2753)
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<------been a "newbie" for over a year now...

...and can't believe there are actually people who read all the threads - I've over-extended myself on around 6 or 7, with an occasional chat! You people rock - & the rest of you do too, just not as hard. Smile

PS Thank you Sussuro for the smilies. I am looking as round as I feel - and the smily face is about the right "round". You parents of multiples have my undying respect. (Happy Birthday to the triplets!) Of course, I'm amazed at anyone who has kids - especially more than one. Now the mind boggling experience will be mine as well. (OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!)

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Susurro Notities - Oct 9, 2003 7:12 pm (#168 of 2753)

Relax. Look around at all the nincompoops who do just fine at parenting. Remember Harry. Parenting really is all about love.

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 9, 2003 9:48 pm (#169 of 2753)

Breathe Ticker, breathe. Trust me you'll get through it. If I can, anyone can. As for the Butterbeer at the Pub, I looked for it as soon as I saw the kids menu, but no such luck. I think I may ask them to add it as well as some of your suggestions, this place is worth going back to if for no other reason.

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Madam Pince - Oct 10, 2003 11:01 am (#170 of 2753)

Zelmia, saw your "avatar lady" on 'Friends' last night and thought of you! That actress cracks me up. I've also seen her on 'Frasier' and in 'Legally Blonde' but I don't recall the reference you mentioned for her. At any rate, makes me smile and think of a Forum Fan!

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Madam Poppy - Oct 10, 2003 1:25 pm (#171 of 2753)
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Madam Poppy is back and has most of her Smilies too! Yes Lily, I'm over here in Wenatchee. Prefect Marcus (Mark) was also from the Seattle area, though I haven't seen him since Book 5 came out.
My computer has a few problems left, *sigh*. I ready to hit it! "Can't live with them--can't live without them!"



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Denise P. - Oct 11, 2003 6:21 am (#172 of 2753)

I don't live there any longer but I graduated from high school in Renton. In fact, my 20 year reunion is this weekend in Renton. Obviously, I am not attending.

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 11, 2003 8:39 am (#173 of 2753)

Just out of curiosity...how old are you Americans when you graduate from High School? Do you start unversity at 18?

I know movies such as Grease don't give us a realistic idea. Or at least I hope not!

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Denise P. - Oct 11, 2003 9:31 am (#174 of 2753)

It really depends on your birthday, most graduate at 18 but you do get some at 17 or 19. You can begin University after you graduate from High School.

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W J - Oct 11, 2003 11:22 am (#175 of 2753)

I'd like to just comment that children start school in the U.S. at about age 6 and there are 12 grades/years in the process leading to graduation at about age 18. After that, they can go to a university or go to vocational/trade schools.

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shepherdess - Oct 11, 2003 12:17 pm (#176 of 2753)

6 and 12? How about 5, and 13 including kindergarten?

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W J - Oct 11, 2003 4:41 pm (#177 of 2753)

That works too.

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Denise P. - Oct 11, 2003 6:37 pm (#178 of 2753)

Not all places have a K though and in Kentucky, the kiddies start pre-K (mandated by the state) at 4 so they have 4-18 and 14 grades

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wormsé - Oct 11, 2003 7:07 pm (#179 of 2753)

I thought pre-k was only mandated here in Kentucky if you have some sort of special needs, or are considered "at-risk". The kids have to go through some sort of screening process before they are let in to the programs.

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Denise P. - Oct 11, 2003 7:13 pm (#180 of 2753)

They may have changed it, I am working off 10 year old laws. When I was student teaching, it was the first year that all 4 year olds in KY were required to be at school. I taught a mixed group of K4 and K5 kids and what difference! It may not have worked and the law was then changed back, not sure. Even though I did my student teaching in Kentucky, I actually live on the TN side.

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W J - Oct 11, 2003 7:14 pm (#181 of 2753)

Celestina W.,

There are not that many Masters programs in Library Science across the U.S. but you can find one at www.ala.org (American Library Association). There is an Education & Career button that takes you to career information and a list of accredited university programs. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I got a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and after that I went on to complete a Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science (CLIS) at Louisiana State University. The MLIS is the most commonly required degree for all professional librarians, although the names of some degree programs vary, such as Master of Information Studies in Florida.

School librarians need to take some education courses and get certified as a K-12 librarian. Some states require public librarians to also get certifications which usually involve passing a competency test and getting continuing education every 5 years. Academic librarians (that's me) don't require certifications usually, however, continuing education, involvement in professional organizations, and professional development activities are part of my job description. I am considered a faculty member and I have teaching duties.

I advise you to become as technology savvy as possible during your undergraduate program. I update our library web pages which include our access to licensed online databases and e-books, I am the system administrator for our library management software, I manage our online catalog of resources (used to be called a Card Catalog), and I am the state representative for our campus with the E-Learning committee at our state offices. Online resources are all important to our students so we have to keep their access obsticle-free, but at the same time we can't let unauthorized users access those resources. You have to learn the technology.

Librarians in Academic and Public libraries usually specialize within the field. For instance, Catalogers manage the catalog of resources so that patrons can access the materials available, Reference Librarians specialize in finding information from a variety sources, Children's Librarians specialize in services to children in Public Libraries, Access or Circulation Librarians manage user accounts and the loaning of materials to users, User Instruction Librarians teach patrons to access all the resources, Administrators manage the people and budget, and then there are Serials, Library Software Systems, Collection Development, Acquisitions, and other specializations. I am at a small institution so I am several of those things.

Decide where your interests lay and you can find a niche in one of the Library Science specializations. Plus, about half of all professional librarians are within 10 years of retirement age, so there will be high demand for librarians in the future. There is already a shortage.

That's probably more than you ever wanted to know, but I love my profession and what I do.

Lexicon Steve is a school librarian and aren't we proud!

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Madam Minh - Oct 11, 2003 7:58 pm (#182 of 2753)

Hi everyone! Just finished reading this thread, just signed the petition.

About the movies: Watched P/SS twice, wasn't quite pleased with the choice of actors, specially Ron, nor with the Norbert storyline etc... Now everytime I pass by the CoS DVD at Blockbuster, I just can't bring myself to rent it, I don't want to be disappointed, and my books are at home in France, so I couldn't get a dose of the right stuff if I am. Can any of you trusted advisers, well, give me advice?

By the way, this thread is a good idea, gives an opportunity for an impressed and shy "newbie" to post without fear! (I guess it's right if you call yourself that, isn't it?)

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Susurro Notities - Oct 11, 2003 8:30 pm (#183 of 2753)
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From one Newbie to another - I like the term. I also liked the movies but I saw them before I read the books. I suppose my viewpoint will forever be warped because the movies brought me to the books.

ADVICE:

Go to your local library. Take out CoS. Read it. Rent movie. Watch it.

FIND:

 Departures from book.

Good depictions from book.

Things to re-read in book.

Small things you never noticed in the book (were they really in the book?).

Hints.

Clues.

Post all your ideas here so that we can benefit from your research and you can have many nice debates!

PS. Are you a French citizen now living in the USA? If so - WELCOME to the USA. If not WELCOME anyway!


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Madam Minh - Oct 11, 2003 8:47 pm (#184 of 2753)

Hi Susurro Notities, nice font by the way.

Well, I might just do that, thanks!

I'm a french citizen on a long stay here.(I wouldn't have let my precious HP books behind if I'd moved here).I came in NY Aug 1st, leaving on Oct 30th. I'll miss Halloween!

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W J - Oct 11, 2003 8:48 pm (#185 of 2753)

Madam Minh, think of the movies as the ultimate fanfiction. They are not exactly like the books but they try and tell the same story. They can never be exactly like the books and if you expect them to be, you will be disappointed.

There is mixed reaction here on this forum about the movies. Some people like them and some don't. I suggest you scroll down to the movies section of this forum and browse through the CoS movie thread. It might help you decide.

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Susurro Notities - Oct 11, 2003 9:00 pm (#186 of 2753)
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Madam Minh, I hope you are having a wonderful time here. What have you seen? I am in Michigan which is not a major desination for foreign tourists but it should be. The Great Lakes are beautiful. (I am a bit biased, can you tell?) Sorry you will miss Halloween. Do the French celebrate Halloween? How? (Sorry about my ignorance)

I like the font too - Thanks. (Papyrus)

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Madam Minh - Oct 11, 2003 9:30 pm (#187 of 2753)

WJ - I read several threads (or parts of them, anyway) about the movies, but I'll rent it anyway, if only for the JKR interview.

Susurro - I have seen nothing! I'm here for a job, actually, and haven't been able to go and visit outside the city. I haven't seen much in town either, because I'm not much of a tourist. I like to walk, though, rather than taxi or metro, and I look upward at the high buildings and stuff. I'd love to see the lakes. They seem so huge on a map. Does it look as if you're at sea when you're on the shore?(Here's for my ignorance!)

About Halloween in France, I'm glad you asked. We've been celebrating it for the last 5 or 6 years, but in a very commercial, let's-do-what-the-others-do kind of way. Europe is very influenced by the american way by way of the movies, and stores and other non philanthropic organisations jumped on the train. After all, we didn't have any money-spending holiday at that time of year...If things keep on going in that direction, we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving in a few years.

Sorry for this rambling...As for the "how" part of your question, kids have costumed parties at school, stores sell pumpkins and baby carrots (packaged as "Halloween Treats"!), and you can see witches, bats and Halloweeny stuff everywhere. But no trick-or-treaters yet.

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mischa fan - Oct 11, 2003 9:40 pm (#188 of 2753)

Madam Minh As for the "how" part of your question, kids have costumed parties at school, stores sell pumpkins and baby carrots (packaged as "Halloween Treats"!), and you can see witches, bats and Halloweeny stuff everywhere. But no trick-or-treaters yet.

Just wait until the candy companys find out about that.

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shepherdess - Oct 11, 2003 9:45 pm (#189 of 2753)

I'm not Susurro, but since I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, I can tell you that, yes, the Lakes are HUGE, and in most places you can't see the shore on the other side. So it does indeed seem like you are on the sea. In fact, I don't know why they are called lakes and not seas, considering even the smallest is bigger than many actual "seas" in the world.

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mischa fan - Oct 11, 2003 9:57 pm (#190 of 2753)

Lake: a considerable inland body of standing water

Sea: a body of salt water of second rank more or less landlocked

So I think to be a Sea it must be salt water.

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Madam Minh - Oct 11, 2003 10:02 pm (#191 of 2753)

Actually, I think maybe the kids trick or treat a little, but only in their building or very close neighborhood. No kids in my building, and never a knock on my door on Halloween night.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 11, 2003 10:08 pm (#192 of 2753)

Heehee, if someone over here gave us baby carrots, they'd probably get their houses egged. But all the power to you for staying healthy!!

And Madam Minh, I absolutely ADORE your avatar! That was totally one of the best episodes of The Simpsons ever.

And, wow, that's a lot of work to become a librarian. My list of things to do for that is much shorter. Probably because Library Science is only my minor. I figured that since I spend all of my free time at the library, I might as well get credit for it.

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Madam Minh - Oct 11, 2003 10:20 pm (#193 of 2753)

Thanks Abby. It just mixes 2 of my preferred sources of entertainment, I couldn't resist. I saw the episode more than a year after I picked up the picture, I thought it was fanart at the time.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 11, 2003 10:23 pm (#194 of 2753)

Heh, well that must have been a nice surprise to find out it actually existed. We recorded it when it came on originally. We're big dorks that way.

Oh no! The evil Lord Montymort! Beware! heeheehee

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Madam Minh - Oct 11, 2003 10:42 pm (#195 of 2753)

You know, I recorded every Simpson episode ever aired in France, then the station started completely messing up with the order in which they aired and I ended up missing a lot of new episodes, and having 3 times the same. So I stopped recording. Then I saw the Treehouse/HP episode and didn't have a tape ready. *sigh*You're so lucky. *big nerdy sigh* Maybe I'll catch it on syndication while I'm here, though.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 11, 2003 11:39 pm (#196 of 2753)

Yeah, they do show it occasionally. I saw it a few months back. I know here, they're going through them and it's only in the third or fourth season at the moment. Hopefully, though, you can catch it. Good luck recording it!

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Joost! - Oct 12, 2003 1:28 am (#197 of 2753)

What! There's a Simpsons-Harry Potter Episode?!? Why wasn't I told about this?

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Madame Librarian - Oct 12, 2003 5:03 am (#198 of 2753)

Celestina W, W-J's wonderful, comprehensive post above about becoming a librarian should answer your questions. In the area where I live (Chicago suburbs) there is essentially one university that offers an MLA program. There is one on-line program with the Univ. of Illinois.

I came to the job I have from a different route. I have a BA in English, and then worked for 15 years on the advertising/writing business (corporate American all the way--glad to be out of that). I did a small bit of free lance writing, too. When my son was ready to start school (age 5 here, BTW), I talked myself into a job with our local public library, and started in the Readers' Services department. When you think of the librarian who sits at the desk in the area where the circulating books are, that's me. Not Reference, not Cataloging, though I now can handle a miminal amount of that on the days I work at the smaller branch library in our suburb (we have a main location and 2 small, store-front branches in Evanston).

I love what I do because I connect people with books. They ask, we discuss, I suggest, etc. I write reviews, give book talks, put up displays, and so forth. I love both fiction and non-fiction books, and I've got a bit of a reputation for the librarian who loves to read and review gruesome disaster books often dealing with plagues and emerging diseases (think Hot Zone or The Demon in the Freezer).

If I had it to do over again and there was a closer, less costly MLA program nearby, I'd be there in a flash. W-J is right--get those tech skills sharpened. Today's admissions requirements are heavily weighted in that area. Even in my area of Reader's Services, the reliance on computer skills is huge. I've learned a great deal on the job, so to speak.

It is a very rewarding profession, though nobody gets rich being a librarian.

Sorry this is so long, but I guess everyone can see I'm passionate about my work.

Ciao. Barb

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azi - Oct 12, 2003 6:01 am (#199 of 2753)

I haven't seen quite a few series of The Simpsons yet because I don't have digital etc. And as BBC2 haven't bought the other series I'm stuck with repeats until Channel 4 take over some time, which I sure was supposed to be about now. Obviously not.

So I haven't seen the Harry - Simpsons episode yet either. I'm so unfortunate!

You know, Madam Librarian, I was going to apply for a Saturday job in my local library but the stupid council sent me the application form the day after they had to be in. How weird is that? It would've been good money too. About £5.80 an hour whereas most teenagers get £3. Slave labour this working business! Smile

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Denise S. - Oct 12, 2003 9:29 am (#200 of 2753)

Way back when, someone posted to a thread saying that there was going to be an episode of the Simpsons that included JKR and several HP-related themes, and that it was scheduled to be released around October. Does anyone know about this? Is it happening soon, or has it already happened?
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Madame Librarian - Oct 12, 2003 9:43 am (#201 of 2753)

Azi, that does sound pretty good. I'm not sure what our teen employees get, but I know that sometimes the position open, what we call "shelver," is boooring, unless you can work fast and stop to read a bit. Good luck on a job, though.

Ciao. Barb

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Marie E. - Oct 12, 2003 10:19 am (#202 of 2753)

Denise, I think that episode is airing soon. Let me check around a bit.

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Celestina W. - Oct 12, 2003 11:03 am (#203 of 2753)

Thank you very much, W J and Barb. I've been reading about various programs and degrees, etc., but it's nice to hear from people who have actually been through it all. I'm looking at English or English lit. for my undergraduate degree; is that good, or should I go with something in the technology/computers area? As of now, I'd like to be a children's librarian in a public library. But, I'm only a junior in high school, so I still have a while to decide.

Thanks again!

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Madame Librarian - Oct 12, 2003 11:38 am (#204 of 2753)

Celestina, I would never dissuade someone from being an English major. There are many electives you could take that would sharpen your computer skills, in addition to non-college courses for incidental training. I may a bit old-fashioned, but a solid grounding in literature, including the all-important writing skills is never a bad way to go with if you plan to be in a Liberal Arts program.

Ciao. Barb

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W J - Oct 12, 2003 2:03 pm (#205 of 2753)

Celestina, if you plan to be a children's librarian, then a good solid foundation in English Lit is a good start. I would also suggest that you take some Children's Lit courses if they are available in the Education department of your university. At the very least, tell your advisor at Library School that you want to be a Children's Librarian and she/he will let you know which courses to take. You will need to know how to interact with children and some basic principles of early childhood education, I think. Good luck!

Everyone, there is a new Simpsons Halloween DVD out that has 4 Halloween specials on it, including the Harry Potter spoof. I just got it last week at my local Sam's Club.

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Madam Minh - Oct 12, 2003 10:22 pm (#206 of 2753)

About the Simpsons DVD: Woo-Hoo! Thanks WJ!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 12, 2003 11:11 pm (#207 of 2753)

Ooh, DVD...

The episode of The Simpsons with JKR isn't going to be until next month, I assume. I believe the season starts with the newest "Treehouse of Terror" episode on November 2. Keep in mind though, I could be wrong.

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Susurro Notities - Oct 13, 2003 5:43 pm (#208 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 13, 2003 6:44 pm

Zelmia, You've had major plastic surgery on your Atavar. Who is the vision in yellow?

She got her good looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon. Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)

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Susurro Notities - Oct 13, 2003 8:25 pm (#209 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 13, 2003 9:33 pm

Madam Minh, The lakes are very big and edged with large sand dunes that are held in place with beach grass, very beautiful. The swimming is great, often wavey. ....The water near the shores ices over in the winter. There are many lighthouses up and down the shores.

Thank you for the information on Halloween in France. Hope we continue to hear from you when you return to France. (Pardon my dual posts.)

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 13, 2003 8:57 pm (#210 of 2753)

LevTRox, just so I don't go insane from curiosity, would your hero be Leo Tolstoy? I love guessing things like this. I'm a big history nerd who likes doing research. If I'm wrong, please tell me, and I'll go off again in search of very famous Russians. It's pretty interesting, actually.

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Susurro Notities - Oct 13, 2003 9:20 pm (#211 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 13, 2003 10:20 pm

I would like to thank Kip and NoVeil4Me both of whom selflessly spent time trying to help me instead of visiting with some very pleasant folks in the chat room. Thank you also to all the people in the chat room who suffered through the fix Java attempt, everyone was very nice about it. One more thank you goes to Sly Girl for her defense of debate! The kindness and camaraderie exhibited on this forum are extraordinary. I feel lucky to participate. (Ok my Sally Fields moment is over and I'll stop posting on this thread for a bit too!)

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Princess of Cliffies - Oct 13, 2003 9:56 pm (#212 of 2753)

How do you get the smilies to work?



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Princess of Cliffies - Oct 13, 2003 9:57 pm (#213 of 2753)

It didn't work!

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schoff - Oct 14, 2003 1:14 am (#214 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 14, 2003 2:14 am

Princess--

Change the http://www.click.... address, delete the " alt="" />, and put a > at the end.

< img src=http://www.click-smilie.de/sammlung0903/engel/angel-smiley-008.gif >

If you want to learn more, then check out this post.

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Princess of Cliffies - Oct 14, 2003 9:02 am (#215 of 2753)

Thanks so much, Schoff!!! trying this.....



Yay! it worked!!!

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W J - Oct 14, 2003 12:24 pm (#216 of 2753)

Here's how you can use the new built-in "smiley" icons.

You type a keyword like "smile" enclosed within colons. For example, suppose one of the keywords was "snort" -- then you would type:

:snort:

... and it would automatically show up as a snorty icon. Since there isn't a snorty icon, it doesn't. But there ARE all of the following:

smile
frown
grin
angry
chagrin
eek
wink
neutral
ooh
confused
sheepish
worried
asleep
eyeroll
cool
coolfrown
sealed
pbpt
sillygrin
goofy

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Madam Minh - Oct 14, 2003 2:53 pm (#217 of 2753)

Susurro: Thanks for the pictures! Makes me want to see the real thing. (And thanks WJ for the smileys!)

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Hem Hem - Oct 14, 2003 9:35 pm (#218 of 2753)

Is anybody here following the baseball playoffs? Who are y'all rooting for?

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Susurro Notities - Oct 14, 2003 9:55 pm (#219 of 2753)

Cubs

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Madam Pince - Oct 14, 2003 10:56 pm (#220 of 2753)

Bummer of an evening for you tonight, then, Susurro! My sympathies.

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Caput Draconis - Oct 15, 2003 2:35 am (#221 of 2753)
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Ooooh! This time of year is great for me, because I love watching baseball, but our coverage (I'm in Australia) is somewhat limited during the main season - come playoff time, it's a whole new ballgame. Now the thing is, I watched my first World Series in '99, Braves and Yankees, and became quite partial to Derek, Joe, Tino, Roger and the boys. And the 2000 subway series was GREAT. Does Bobby Valentine still coach the Mets? Anyway, I'm not sure if being a Yankees fan is a good thing...I know we have rugby teams here that everyone (except supporters) hate, just because they are who they are. I was talking to some people from Seattle about the Mariners, and mentioned that I followed Yankees games as much as I could - they were less than impressed. So...what's doing? Help me...

Lol, Ricky - national speak like a pirate day? Have I missed an established tradition of my homeland? I thought it was just a radio thing...

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Madame Librarian - Oct 15, 2003 3:52 am (#222 of 2753)

Cubs, but I'm just a fair weather fan. Can you believe that Marlin come-back yesterday? Sheesh. Can you imagine how that guy who tried to catch the fly ball feels now? OMG.

We live just outside Chicago, and before we went suburban, we lived in Wrigleyville, 4 block from the ballpark.

Ciao. Barb

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fidelio - Oct 15, 2003 5:25 am (#223 of 2753)

Caput Draconis, Bobby V was fired by the Mets at the end of last year--they had a horrible year, so out he went. They had a horrible year again this year, so they fired the General Manager, who handles the business end and trades for new players etc. They are now playing with a few of their older players and an awful lot of very young ones. Mike Piazza spent most of the middle of the season out with an injury, and things were generally bad.

No Seattle Mariners fan will be impressed with a Yankees fan. Neither will a Red Sox fan, but then you had probably guessed that already! The Yankees are a deeply loathed team--it's one thing to be a winner, but people appreciate gracious winners [sportsmanship, and all that] and Yankees fans often aren't. Joe Torre is, though, so a lot of people who will carp about the Yankees are quick to follow up by praising him. There's also a general feeling that people, especially people outside of New York, who are Yankees fans are fans just because they have a great record and are well-known. According to this school of thought, a fan should love their team through thick and thin, which is why real Cubs fans and Red Sox fans, who have been showing up through all the years of disappointment disdain those who are now paying attention just because these teams are in the play-offs. If you can't explain in detail the Curse of the Billy goat [a Cubs issue] or list the many times the Curse of the Bambino has kicked in to destroy Red Sox hopes at the last minute, you aren't even a possible fan, in their book! If you can't describe the feeling of deep existential despair felt by the entire Red Sox Nation when Bill Buckner let the ball go between his legs in the 1986 World Series, you are either under the age of 18, or a faker. It's funny how people get carried away by these things--and I know I'm not immune! Of course, our reactions when JKR killed off Sirius is probably about the same--How could she do that--but we'll be back for Book 6!

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megfox - Oct 15, 2003 6:56 am (#224 of 2753)

Oh, fidelio, thank you for that wonderful explanation to our foreign friends about the baseball loyalties and frustrations of being a Red Sox (Or Cubbies!) fan!!

I think you all can tell who I am backing - and I am anything but a fairweather fan...I would be disowned fom my family if I rooted for anyone else! And I am always the first one to say, "Oh, you just wait til next year, the Sox are gonna KILL 'EM next season!" LOL

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fidelio - Oct 15, 2003 7:20 am (#225 of 2753)

Considering that my Cardinals beat your Sox back in 1967, that's very kind of you, Meg!

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Gina R Snape - Oct 15, 2003 8:37 am (#226 of 2753)

Well, I have less than zero interest in sports. But, I did hear the Yankees won against the Red Sox in the latest game. :evil grin:

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Madam Pince - Oct 15, 2003 10:26 am (#227 of 2753)

I love sports -- pro football and college basketball especially. But I have found in recent years that I am so disgusted with the owners of "my" teams, that I almost can't like them anymore, even though I have been a lifelong fan. I deplore the commercialization and the "big money buys everything" mentality. It is just the antithesis of what a team should be all about, to my mind. And if one more ballpark or bowl game gets named something like "Taco Bell Nokia Sprint Gateway Field," I'm gonna be ill.

Ok, that's my rant for the day.

By the way, if you haven't seen the one-hour special "The Curse of the Bambino" on HBO recently and get a chance to, you should. It really captures the poor Sox fans' situation. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.... (But I don't like the Yankees either, so...)

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Emily - Oct 15, 2003 1:58 pm (#228 of 2753)

Madame Librarian- what suburb? I lived in Naperville for 9 years.

P.S. WJ- did you mean that I just had to type one of those words in in colons to get a smilie? I tried it, but it didn't work. Or is there some site I have to go to first? So complicated...

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schoff - Oct 15, 2003 2:04 pm (#229 of 2753)
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Yes, Marauder5. You need colons on both sides of the word.

:smilie:
:worry:
:shifty look:

If you want to make a simple grin, then it's : grin : Only without the spaces.

But it only works with the words WJ listed.

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Carina - Oct 15, 2003 2:05 pm (#230 of 2753)

Marauder,

Say you want this smilie->

Put the word "goofy" between a set of colons like this -> :put the name of the smilie here:

Schoff beat me to it!

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Madame Librarian - Oct 15, 2003 2:45 pm (#231 of 2753)

Marauder5, I've lived in Evanston since 1989. Before that I was at Waveland and Lake Shore Dr., just a few blocks east of Cubs Park (we could hear the cheers when good stuff happened).

Ciao. Barb

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Joost! - Oct 15, 2003 11:41 pm (#232 of 2753)

Just to add something to the baseball thing, Holland just beat France at the World Championships with 11-0 yesterday! I realize it's not the World Series, but we Europeans should have something to cheer about...

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 16, 2003 12:35 am (#233 of 2753)

Joost! There's always my beloved football... (that's soccer to everyone in the US). That makes me cheerful, sad, disappointed, ecstatic... okay you can see where i'm going with this.

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Joost! - Oct 16, 2003 12:42 am (#234 of 2753)

I hope you're not a Newcastle supporter, then...

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 16, 2003 1:15 am (#235 of 2753)

No. Far too North for me, I'm right on the South Coast. Pompey (Portsmouth) fan. Do you follow football then?

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Joost! - Oct 16, 2003 1:24 am (#236 of 2753)

A little, I've got a collegue who's very disappointed that Newcastle United bumped NAC out of the UEFA-Cup race.

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 16, 2003 1:43 am (#237 of 2753)

UEFA is reaching far too high for Pompey right now. We only got promoted to the UK Premiership last Season, so all my hopes are firmly placed on staying up right now! Where abouts are you then?

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Madame Librarian - Oct 16, 2003 6:23 am (#238 of 2753)

A large and hearty "thank you" to the hosts/moderators for correcting the spelling on the Trelawney thread topic heading. Aaaah, I feel so much better.

Ciao. Barb

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Gina R Snape - Oct 16, 2003 7:50 am (#239 of 2753)

heh, heh. You truly fit your user name, Barb.

On a side note, I've noticed a lot fewer "what happened to my post?" posts. It's nice to see so many people playing nicely and appropriately...

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Madame Librarian - Oct 16, 2003 7:55 am (#240 of 2753)

Gina, I'll take your comment as a compliment; thanks. Actually, I think it was the editor in me that need the spelling fixed. I did that for 15 years before becoming a librarian.

Yes, I've noticed how pleasant everyone is. We all seem to enjoy trading ideas and friendly debate.

OK, everyone--give yourself 50 points for civility and cleverness!

Ciao. Barb

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Celestina W. - Oct 16, 2003 9:08 am (#241 of 2753)

I just have to get my nose into the baseball discussion here...

First of all, my sympathies go out to all the Cubs fans. I was one of you for a week or so, since my Twins got knocked out by the evil Yankees (more on that later). Well, next year, huh? Minnesota sports fans understand the concept of "next year" pretty well, I think. I was alive to witness the two times the Twins won the Series, but I unfortunately can't really remember the games (I was only 6 mos. old in '87 and 5 and a half years in '91). My parents, though, can still recite just about the entire Twins roster from both years. Anyway, it's been a tough 12 years since then for Twins fans. (And don't even get me started on the Vikings.) Back to this year -- I knew, somehow, that the Twins weren't going to make it past the Yankees, so I wasn't too disappointed when we lost. I was hoping for a Cubs-Red Sox Series, but now I just want the Sox to win tonight. I hate the Yankees because they buy their championships; they're so rich that they can get any good players they want. When was the last time you heard of anybody coming up through the their farm system? The Yankees have won so many more than fair share of championships, it's just mind-boggling. Someday, they're going to have to go into an eighty-year period of losing, and then things will even out. All the Yankees players, especially Jeter, have that arrogant little smirky look, and it drives me nuts. Makes me want to throw something at the TV whenever they're batting. If they win tonight, I'll have to root for the Marlins, just like I've rooted for the NL team in every Series that I've ever watched the Yankees in...

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Lisaren - Oct 16, 2003 9:18 am (#242 of 2753)

Sorry to interrupt the baseball, but I must crow a little bit. I have just completed reading all threads in the Forum and hope to keep up with the prolific posters here.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 16, 2003 9:51 am (#243 of 2753)

Wow Lisaren. I've been on this Forum for almost a year now (joined in December of last year) and I've never been able to get through every thread.

Did you read the old threads at the bottom too? Or just the currently active ones?

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Lisaren - Oct 16, 2003 10:00 am (#244 of 2753)

I read the old threads before starting on the new threads. I have read them all (I guess I have too much time on my hands and a quick web connection).

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mischa fan - Oct 16, 2003 10:05 am (#245 of 2753)

Celestina W Anyway, it's been a tough 12 years since then for Twins fans

As an Indians Fan, who hasn't won since '48 I can't really feel too sorry for you.

As to the dreaded Yankees When was the last time you heard of anybody coming up through  their farm system?

That is one of the biggest misconceptions in Baseball, most of the core of the Yankees came up through their farm system, the biggest thing the money of the Yankees allows them to do is to keep their players, where other teams loose theirs.

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Madame Librarian - Oct 16, 2003 12:41 pm (#246 of 2753)

Lisaren, why not consider changing your screen name to Hermione? She certainly would be proud of you.

75 points to Lisaren!!

(BTW, don't be surprised if we turn to you as your Forum authority. Hope your memory has not been charmed away or anything.)

Ciao. Barb

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Celestina W. - Oct 16, 2003 12:50 pm (#247 of 2753)

Yeah, Jim, I know we haven't had it as bad as some teams, but to go from world champions to being pretty much the worst in the league for 10 years wasn't nice. And about the Yankees, that may be true, but it's not gonna change my opinion of them at all, sorry.

Edit: Congratulations, Lisaren! My goal is to read all of the threads, but I don't think I'm ever going to get there.

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Hem Hem - Oct 16, 2003 2:03 pm (#248 of 2753)

To jump into the baseball discussion, I would have given all my thoughts in the first post when I brought up the topic, but I was a bit concerned that there wouldn't be too many Baseball fans here...anyways...

I'm a huge Mariners fan, ever since the magic September of 1995, so I would have expected my interest in this year's post-season to be only semi-rampant. How much I've been mistaken! Every single non-holiday evening in the past week, I've watched at least one baseball game, and more often, two. I was sooooooooo longing to see a Cubs-Red Sox World Series, but as that is no longer possible I'm hoping to see as much loss to the Yankees as absolutely possible. No offense to all the Yankees fans out here (I don't dislike the fans, just the franchise), but coming from Seattle, I was seriously contemplating changing my avatar to the Yanks' logo with a huge red X over it, and then thought the better of it. In other words, I'm rooting for the Red Sox the most, but if they can't make it, I'm rooting for the Marlins (Dontrelle Willis is a fan-magnet, what can I say?).

Well, who's gonna watch Game Seven tonight???? The broadcasting stations must be going insane from happiness this month...out of the top four teams, three of them had very large fan-bases, and all of them were (more or less) East Coast teams, which means that Americans from all timezones can watch the games at a convenient hour...both series have come down to a game seven...there have been dramatic games with shocking lead-changes...and who could ask for more than a game seven, Clemens-Pedro matchup, between the most serious rivals and the most popular teams in baseball?

GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, ignore me, my two recreational hobbies are baseball and Harry Potter. For the last six months or so, HP has been on top, but this week, it has reversed....

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Susurro Notities - Oct 16, 2003 6:03 pm (#249 of 2753)
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Darn it I so wanted to see the Cubs win. I like to see the underdogs win. I guess I will have to switch my allegiance to the Sox. Anybody but the Yankees.

I live in Michigan so I usually root for the Tigers. This year they were on track to have the worst record in baseball but they won their last game so they have the second worst record. Couldn't even get that dubious honor!

Go Sox!

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Carina - Oct 16, 2003 6:08 pm (#250 of 2753)

ehem... we do not tolerate netspeak here... SOCKS has five letters, not three. Please be advised.

GO DODGERS!
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Susurro Notities - Oct 16, 2003 6:11 pm (#251 of 2753)

Maybe Dumbledore is a Sox fan Carina. He may have meant to say I want some nice hot (winning)Sox!

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Carina - Oct 16, 2003 6:13 pm (#252 of 2753)

No, actually, being a Dodgers fan automatically means I'm anti-Yankees, so I guess I'm a Socks, er.. Sox fan for the time being.

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Denise S. - Oct 16, 2003 6:38 pm (#253 of 2753)

Lisaren: "I have just completed reading all threads in the Forum and hope to keep up with the prolific posters here."

Alas, Lisaren, I too was once in your circle. Then there was the freeze up with World Crossing and going back home and having a ton of school stuff...maybe during winter break?

Heh, as an interesting tie to HP in real life, one of our floors in my dorm put up a bulletin board with a serial story (like the Never Ending Story over on the FanFic Forum, where each person adds a little bit) which includes the adventures of the Bloody Baron and my roommate (who posted briefly here a couple weeks ago but never came back ). Strangely enough, I did not add either of those elements, but it's *quite* the story.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 16, 2003 7:03 pm (#254 of 2753)

Hey, Denise. Thought you might be interested to know that Penny started up a "round robin" thread on the fanfiction forum. Perhaps you can contribute something to that instead? :nudge, nudge:

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Hem Hem - Oct 16, 2003 8:23 pm (#255 of 2753)

Argh, those Yankees!

A World Series without Cubs or Red Sox....

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 17, 2003 2:25 am (#256 of 2753)

Lisaren - wow! Just wow! I'm totally speechless, how on earth did you manage that? (And, out of interest, how many times have we repeated things here?)

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Madame Librarian - Oct 17, 2003 4:07 am (#257 of 2753)

Sinister Kittens and everyone, I often wonder how many times the discussions come full circle to a repeat of something someone said..oh, say, 154 posts earlier. But, that's how literary debates go. There is something to be said for a grand turning of ideas that loop back around slowly and carefully. You confront one of the ideas you've seen before, but this post has a better argument for or against or explains it in that crystal clear manner that makes you go, "Aha! I get it now." Or, you've read the book yet one more time and when you run into a repeat comment, this time you have an insight you must share with your fellow forum folk. I love the way the cycle of "talk" works. As they say, there's nothing new under the sun (wasn't that King Solomon in Ecclesiastes who first said that, and he himself probably wasn't really the first).

Ciao. Barb

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shepherdess - Oct 17, 2003 5:13 am (#258 of 2753)

Actually there is a LOT of repetition! Discussions do go in circles. And people do offer new twists on old topics. That's all fine and keeps the forum interesting.

But sometimes it can be annoying, too. Like when someone new comes in and says: "Hey, did you guys realize (followed by a totally obvious fact)". And you really want to respond with "Duh! Not only did we figure that out ourselves when we read the books (we're not stupid, you know!), but it's also been mentioned 232 times on 58 different threads, with 17 of them devoted to that topic!"

For those of us who have been here since the forum began, it's easy to get so tired of reading the same things over and over, that you start to wish JKR would change the direction of the story just to prove the theory wrong. For example (don't flame me, please!): I got so sick of people saying they hate Cho Chang (whom they didn't know well enough to hate), and wanted Harry and Ginny to get together (over and over...), that I really wanted Harry and Cho to work, and was truly disappointed when they didn't.

Most of the time, useless repetition could be avoided if people would just take a few seconds to use the search function. It's so easy-yet so neglected! I sometimes wish people would be a little less gung-ho on posting their own thoughts, and a little more determined to read the wealth of information that's already here. How many times have we had to refer someone to a thread that already exists on the topic they want to discuss? Has anyone realized that in an effort to clean up the forum, the number of archived threads has now been cut nearly in half? A lot of stuff that was there a week ago, isn't now.

Okay, I'm half sorry for the rant. I know it wasn't very positive, but it makes me sad when there's so much information available, and people don't take advantage of it. I just feel like they're missing out.

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Emily - Oct 17, 2003 5:28 am (#259 of 2753)

Thanks, schoff!

I'm so jealous, Lisaren.I only havetime to read threadswith posts above15... but thenthat's almost all of them...

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schoff - Oct 17, 2003 6:19 am (#260 of 2753)

You're welcome, Marauder5! You know you post too much when you no longer remember the reason you're being thanked! I had to go back and figure it out!

Hmmm...I should post that on the "You Know" thread...

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Leprechaun Jack! - Oct 17, 2003 7:26 am (#261 of 2753)

Gina,

Thanks for noticing that I was gone. My 'puter got a virus, it took me a week to reformat and get it all running. I've been spending most of my time now trying to catch up on all the new posts.

Jack

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 17, 2003 1:17 pm (#262 of 2753)

Just seen JK Rowling on the news..she was one of the first people to visit Sarah and Gordon (Chancellor of the exchequer...second to Tony Blair in our Government) Brown in an Edinburgh hospital tonight. Sarah has just had a son.

Their first baby was premature and she died ten days after birth last year.

JK said their baby is beautiful and looked really chuffed (pleased).

Have I beaten the leaky cauldron to it? Do I get a prize if I have?

PS, well done Lisaren I was up to scratch but now I've got really behind.

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 17, 2003 5:04 pm (#263 of 2753)

Dr Filibuster - from a fellow UK resident I would say YES (you were the first, don't know about the prize though). I saw the news about the baby but not about the JKR visit... darn!

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Susurro Notities - Oct 17, 2003 5:33 pm (#264 of 2753)
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Dr Filibuster, I am sending along this prize.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 17, 2003 6:29 pm (#265 of 2753)

Hey, Dr. Filibuster, I've been meaning to ask you. Are you the same Dr. Filibuster who did the Lockhart fan video to the song by Right Said Fred?

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 17, 2003 8:00 pm (#266 of 2753)

Susurro, is that a cat or a rabbit in the gift box?

And, Lisaren, I am genuinely impressed. I've been here forever, mostly reading, and I've probably never read 10% of all there is. Bravo.

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Caput Draconis - Oct 17, 2003 10:34 pm (#267 of 2753)
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Hey guys! All this baseball talk is great! I get none of these fan viewpoints, yay forum! So fidelio and co., thanks. I get the whole Yankee thing, especially with regard to people just jumping on the bandwagon because of their record. My football team won the premiership last season, and there was a sudden rise in crowds at our home games. This year we made the grand final and lost to the golden-boy underdog - the true fans are the ones who'll be sitting in the stands in the rain watching us get done next year. How could you fire Bobby V, by the way?!? I'm unimpressed. It's good to hear Joe T is respected, do people like Jeter? Do people like Clemens? The Mariners fans I spoke of didn't seem to have a problem with individuals, just the team as a whole, like Hem Hem said. Yay World Series! I'll be up bright and early watching Game 1 - and if y'all will still speak to me, I'm going to claim ignorance and go for the Bronx boys.

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 18, 2003 3:58 am (#268 of 2753)

Gina..Oh my goodness no! I've never done a fan video, was it impressive? Who is this Filibuster imposter?

Sussurro, wow thanks for the pressie. I think it's a mouse isn't it?

I've never seen a baseball match so I can't contribute. I used to like playing rounders, does that count? (joking).

Caput, you've not mentioned the world's biggest sporting event of the year...being held in Australia right now!

Also, I ommitted to say congratulations to the Browns. My manners escaped me in my eagerness to post last night.

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Susurro Notities - Oct 18, 2003 5:15 am (#269 of 2753)
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Abby, It's the choices you make...so is it a rabbit or a cat?

You’re welcome Dr. Filibuster.

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Madame Librarian - Oct 18, 2003 5:36 am (#270 of 2753)

Dr. Filibuster, there is a theory by the historians of baseball (as explained in an excellent multi-part documentary called "Baseball" by Ken Burns that aired on public television stations about 2 years ago) that back in the mists of time, the game of rounders was indeed the precursor to American baseball. Some variety of rounders, stickball or baseball has been played here as early as the late 1600s by the colonists who came from England.

The old theory that the game was devised by Abner Doubleday much later on has been disproven. He was a great promoter of the game and helped to organize teams and leagues, but the game with most of its rules intact was already being played here by local sports clubs (oddly, mostly upperclass ones), and was very popular.

Before I offer more facts, I'd better do some research on the web, but it is way too early for me to do anything that close to actual work. Also, don't know if the discussion is really going to keep on this topic. After all, the Cubs lost (sigh).

Ciao. Barb

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Susurro Notities - Oct 18, 2003 5:49 am (#271 of 2753)
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Ken Burns PBS special was very nicely done, interesting, and informative but the Yankees are overrepresented. The production is an example of the enthralling hold the Yankees have on baseball causing other teams and players contributions to get short shrift.

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fidelio - Oct 18, 2003 7:23 am (#272 of 2753)

Caput Draconis, I have to say that while people respect Roger Clemens' record as a pitcher, a lot also aren't happy with him because of his tendency to throw at batters--you may remember the controversy during the subway series over all that business with Mike Piazza--the announcers here certainly never let it rest throughout the Series that year.

As for Derek Jeter, he's young, he's talented, he's good-looking, and he behaves well in public [and probably in private--but who knows?]. What's not to like? He supposed to be a bit of a party animal, but how that makes him different from a lot of other young men his age, for better or worse, I can't imagine. Other than that he has more money to party with, of course!

As for Bobby V, the rule on firings on baseball teams is pretty much: One really bad year, OK. If the next year is really bad, fire the manager. And if the next is really bad, too, fire the general manager. Of course, that's not written down anywhere--it's just the way things tend to be done. The Yankees' owner threatens to fire Joe Torre every time they lose three games in a row, but he's an exception!

I think the reason that the Yankees have such a grasp on the imagination is not simply because of their record over the years, but because they are in New York City, and the writers there tend to have a nationwide audience.

The sports network, ESPN, has a pretty good website, and they did a review of all the major league ballparks this summer, which is fun to read. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stadiums Their site also has a lot of good articles about baseball, if you're interested in browsing your way through those. The link above will allow you to get back to the main page, and the baseball stuff can be reached throught the menu down the side--look for MLB, for major league baseball.

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Celestina W. - Oct 18, 2003 11:04 am (#273 of 2753)

Caput Draconis, I would also highly recommend the Ken Burns "Baseball" special if you can get your hands on it. Check www.pbs.org, maybe. It's a fascinating show.

Personally, I don't have much against Clemens and Jeter except for the fact that they're Yankees. It does kind of bother me, though, that Clemens left the Red Sox and ended up in New York playing against them (I like the Sox), but maybe it wasn't his fault, I'm not sure. Jeter just bugs me because he always seems to have that arrogant, "I'm-better-than-you-'cause-I'm-a-Yankee" look on his face. But that's probably just my imagine; he could be a perfectly nice guy for all I know.

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 18, 2003 2:40 pm (#274 of 2753)

Is it true that Jane Austen mentions baseball in one of her books?

I've just watched The Big Read on tv. In April the BBC launched a UK wide search to find the nation's favourite book. I think about 140 thousand votes were cast and nearly 7 thousand books were nominated. The top 100 were made public approximately 5 months ago. Libraries, bookshops, bookclubs, schools etc have been promoting the books since then.

Tonight the ORDER of books 100 - 22 was announced for the first time and over the next few weeks there will be a vote for the favourite of the top 21.

They decided from the outset that an author could only appear once in the final 21.

All 4 Harry Potter novels appeared in the 100 list, and on the countdown tonight they put Prisoner of Azkaban, Chamber of Secrets and Philosopher's Stone at 24, 23 and 22 because of the one author rule. The only other author affected was Tolkein with The Hobbit. I wonder if they will ever disclose the true number of votes each book got? There was a guy in the discussion panel who was very verbal in his complete dislike for Rowling's work. He ranted on for a couple of minutes before admitting he'd only managed to read about the first 30 pages of Goblet of Fire. Nobody told him the first chapter is so unlike the rest of the books, well I did but I don't think he was listening to me shouting at my telly!

Then there was a short plea from the "celebrity" actress who will be presenting the case for GoF. I'm afraid she was making me cringe and I don't think she'll make the best arguement.

See http://www.bbc.co.uk for details if you're interested.

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Marye Lupin - Oct 18, 2003 2:45 pm (#275 of 2753)

How come Lord of the Rings and His Dark Materials were allowed to be listed as a series but the Harry Potter books were listed individually?

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 18, 2003 2:54 pm (#276 of 2753)

I wondered that too...maybe because they are finished, and particularly, they have been published as one volume. So you could go to the library or bookshop and come out with one item.

But you can do that for the Narnia Chronicles, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jaqueline Wilson and Terry Pratchett too.

I imagine the public will vote as if GoF represents all the Harry Potter novels anyway. Personally I thought the favourite would be PoA because of the Scabbers twist amongst other things, or P/S Stone because it introduces the story.

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timrew - Oct 18, 2003 3:48 pm (#277 of 2753)

Hi all, just got back from Portugal. I had a great two weeks, despite getting a heavy cold during the last week (I must have caught it from someone from England, because the weather in Portugal was too nice!).

I see I only have about 500 posts to catch up on - so I better get started!

On a finishing note, there was a programme on the TV tonight where people have voted for their hundred favourite books of all time. Any author was allowed to have only one book in the top 21; because the best book of all time will be voted from only these 21 books. JKR's GOF was voted into the top 21. OOP didn't feature, as voting only took place in April.

The top 21 books are, given in any order by the programme.....

1984, George Orwell

Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

Catch 22, Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling

His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

You can vote (but I think you have to be from the UK, so feel free to lie!), on www.bbc.co.uk

Go there and look for the top 21 books. The panel of "experts" discussing these books mostly all poo-pooed GOF, and said all of the characters were, "one-dimensional", so let's all prove them wrong. I must admit, I love all of the above books (except two, which I've never read, so can't comment on), but I would like to see GOF win, especially after all these so-called "experts" gave it (mostly) a roasting! By that, I mean I don't think half of them have read the Harry Potter books. One guy based his criticism on having read the first 30 pages of one of the books!

Tim

Edit:- Hi Doc F, I took so long writing my post that you got in first. Anyway, I'll leave the above as it is.

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schoff - Oct 18, 2003 3:55 pm (#278 of 2753)

timrew: I see I only have about 500 posts to catch up on - so I better get started!

Yeah, good luck with that! I was only out for a couple days and I had over a hundred posts to catch up on. Took me hours! I recommend getting the little ones out of the way first, Tim, then concentrating on those Snape threads!

Welcome back!

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wormsé - Oct 18, 2003 3:58 pm (#279 of 2753)

I voted... I told them I was from Scotland....

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mischa fan - Oct 18, 2003 4:20 pm (#280 of 2753)

Welcome back Tim, we missed you.

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Denise P. - Oct 18, 2003 5:30 pm (#281 of 2753)

Someone in the chat room told me that a lot of people think my name, NoVeil4Me, is related to Sirius and the Veil so I thought I would clear it up. Hate to disappoint all but it is not remotely related to Harry Potter although it could be now, I suppose.

Long ago, back in 1996, when I first came online, we lived in the magical Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Although we lived there, I was not required to wear a veil so I adopted the screen name of NoVeil4Me (No Veil 4 Me) to reflect I didn't have to wear one. Until this Forum came about, I used NoVeil4Me or some variation of it on all online places I would frequent. Even my license plate has a form of it. Here, I used Denise P, but then went back to NoVeil4Me after awhile. Bored yet?

Sooo...nice to think it could be related to Harry Potter but it actually refers to me not wearing a veil while living in Saudi Arabia.

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Madame Librarian - Oct 18, 2003 8:25 pm (#282 of 2753)

Hey, Tim, welcome back. You look so tan. Guess your cold didn't stop you from sunning, eh?

Missed your astute and ready comments. Happy reading (..and reading, and reading, and reading).

Ciao. Barb

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Marie E. - Oct 18, 2003 8:29 pm (#283 of 2753)

Knowing your military life, Denise, I had already guessed something similar about your screen name.

I just read that the Unfortunate Events series has been optioned by a movie studio and Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep have mentioned as starring and Jude Law as narrator. My initial reaction was "huh?". Jim Carrey as what? The lawyer? Their father? That awful Count thingy? And Meryl Streep? I know many of you have read this series so I was curious for your reactions.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 18, 2003 9:42 pm (#284 of 2753)

Yes, I had heard that Jim Carrey was Count Olaf, but Meryl Streep and Jude Law are news to me. Could be quite, as my art teacher used to say when she couldn't describe someone's work of art, interesting.

Welcome back, Tim. Sorry to hear about your cold. Feel better!

Hmm, where in the UK should I be from today? I have some voting to do...

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Jim the Potty - Oct 19, 2003 1:58 am (#285 of 2753)
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Here’re some quotes from the BBC message boards about HP, 'Harry Potter in top 21- very sad' ...

'How can any sane person have voted for the drivel that is Harry Potter. It’s inane child fodder. The writer has the skill of a cauliflower. This list is for “real” books, not the ones your kids read while on the lav!'

'she wouldn't know a plot if it lept up at her. She's a talentless waste of space who got lucky and is now purchased and read exclusively by idiot fashion victims'

'hmmm? let me get this right? No plot? A waste of space? This in relation to a multi-million selling author whose work seems to transcend age, class, gender and race? A writer whose raw material is a re-working of Greek mythology with a touch of Shakespearean allusion coupled with, in the nominated book, the clearest example I have seen for a long time of Socratic principle in operation and all this in a book for children?! A book devoured by children who can also imbibe something of the philosophical echoes she utilses. I'd love to hear what you consider to be valuable.'

'The witch must be stopped before this garbage gets into schools as required reading.'

'The really sad thing is that lots of Adults read Potter and probably voted for it.'

'What was a extremely strange phenomenon, was commuting into London on the tube, and seeing over 50% of the “adults” reading this tripe, engrossed on their way to work. Astounding!'

'How dare you denigrate other adult readers with your prissy little inverted commas. Would you prefer to have us a nation of televisual couch potatoes who never open a book in our lives.'

'I tried to read them but there's nothing even remotely creative in them. In my day, Harry Potter was Mildred Hubble, and a young boy with a destiny and all the teachers loving him was a young girl who wasn't the best witch in school who earned respect through hard work and countless childhood mistakes (look at how she gained her broom-flying licence). At every turn of the page I could see what authors and stories and influences she had used and the writing of the book broke every literary rule I was ever taught. Still, she's become a millionaire on the books, so I guess some people like them'

'it winds me up that authors who write books don't sell as many as the publicity machine populist pap that the Pothead books are. Yes, people are entitled to their opinions, but to listen to the media (eg the coverage of the launch of n-th rewriting of same plot, just as badly as before)you'd think we were a nation of imbeciles and idiots who all read Rowling's rubbish and think it constitutes a novel'

'Absolutely, the Hopeless Pothead is a waste of paper... the only POSSIBLE positive thing one could drag out to say about Rowling is that she's not afraid to write fat books for kids. Unfortunately the fat books would be improved if they contained one sentence worthy of publication. sad that Rowling's Rubbish has made her into the rich b**ch she has become'

(by the way, b**ch wasn't censored in the original post)

'I think that any 700 pages long book that gets read extensively by millions of children must be an excellent read. Children have a taste in literature too. They are perfectly capable of choosing their own books'

You can read all of the comments here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/h2/h2.cgi?thread=%3C1066515259-27481.10%40forum3.mh.bbc.co.uk%3E&find=%3C1066515259-27481.10%40forum3.mh.bbc.co.uk%3E&board=arts.bigread&sort=Te

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timrew - Oct 19, 2003 3:39 am (#286 of 2753)

I wouldn't take all those comments so seriously, Jim. A lot of authors have been villified by the public (and critics), and have remained read by millions over the centuries. Even Shakespeare was called an "Upstart crow" in his day!

And all those people who are calling JKR a bad writer, would probably call Tolkein and C. S. Lewis bad writers, too. Their idea of a good writer is probably Joyce, Woolf or Dylan Thomas.

Nothing wrong with that. They're all great writers; although I have to say I've never been able to get into Woolf. Is this because I think she's bad. Not at all - it's just a matter of taste. If Woolf was a bad writer, then why is she still being published and read?

And the same applies to JKR. Or are all the millions of children and adults who read the Harry Potter books thick and stupid? That's what these Potterphobes seem to be saying. Shame on them!

And thanks for the welcome back. I've missed you all, too!

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Emily - Oct 19, 2003 6:54 am (#287 of 2753)

I don't care if I'm thick and stupid, I like the books too much!

BTW- my little sister, who still hasn't gotten around to registering, is 11 today ! She doesn't care if she's thick or stupid either. Just thought I'd share.

I think it's gotta be a pretty good book that get's millions of readers, and even re-introduces people to reading for pleasure. Did Woolf do that? Not that I'm aware of.(And I could be wrong, but it's just n example.)

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Denise S. - Oct 19, 2003 7:46 am (#288 of 2753)

'How can any sane person have voted for the drivel that is Harry Potter. It’s inane child fodder. The writer has the skill of a cauliflower. This list is for “real” books, not the ones your kids read while on the lav!'

'she wouldn't know a plot if it lept up at her. She's a talentless waste of space who got lucky and is now purchesed and read exclusively by idiot fashion victims'

Ah, my soul weeps!

In the meantime, I'll avoid ignorant snobs like them and just stay here in our happy Harry Potter Land

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Ladybug220 - Oct 19, 2003 9:25 am (#289 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 19, 2003 10:33 am

Ok, to be completely off the current topic here, I have some great news to share! My niece Lianne was born today at 5:08 Italian time. My sister-in-law is glad that she finally arrived after a week's worth of contractions that weren't doing anything. Ok, now back to the current topic....

PS. Welcome back Tim!!

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wormsé - Oct 19, 2003 9:32 am (#290 of 2753)

Congrats Ladybug!! I bet she's adorable!

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Ladybug220 - Oct 19, 2003 9:36 am (#291 of 2753)

Thanks Lindsay! I won't get any pictures until tomorrow. My brother called when he got home to pick up his mother-in-law and other daughter to take them back to the hospital. Unfortunately, I won't get to meet her until May when they will be back in the States for a few weeks, but I will be going back with them to Italy for a visit.

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mischa fan - Oct 19, 2003 11:29 am (#292 of 2753)

Ladybug220, did you buy her a set of Harry Potter books yet, we must get them while they are young.

Now onto the Rowlings bashing, any author who is popular will be bashed by the critics, they feel if it is popular it can't be good. I know authors such as Dickens and Twain were not hits with the critics of their day, but according to Twain's definition of a classic, Harry Potter isn't one.

A classic is a book that everyone says you should read, but no one does

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Ladybug220 - Oct 19, 2003 12:03 pm (#293 of 2753)

MF, my brother and sister-in-law are HUGE Harry Potter fans so I know my nieces will be brought up right!

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 Jasmine Evans- Oct 19, 2003 12:10 pm (#294 of 2753)

That's reassuring to know.

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 19, 2003 12:17 pm (#295 of 2753)

Congratulations Ladybug, or should I call you ladybird?

Glad you had a great time on your hols Tim, hope you found some good local cold cures. I got a bad cold in the Algarve once and everyone reccomended the local liqueur ..brandymell or something like that.

Abbey, you make me laugh. Us Brits mention the BBC book vote and you have really taken up the call..."what part of the UK will I be from today"

Mischa fan there are quite a few cool quotes in the free little booklet with the top 100 list, including that Mark Twain one. Here are a few others...

The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Imagination is more important than knowledge Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours. J D Sallinger

I can do whatever I like. I'm allowed to torture him as much as I want. He's mine J K Rowling on Harry Potter

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Jim the Potty - Oct 19, 2003 1:40 pm (#296 of 2753)

Denise, have you given up on the SaveGoF campaign? theres still 12 days to go before they send in the petition and they are way under the target number of signers...

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timrew - Oct 19, 2003 3:17 pm (#297 of 2753)

Thanks Doc,

I tried to cure it with a G & T at sunset on the balcony, but it never seemed to work.

Still, I enjoyed the G & Ts and the sunsets!

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Denise S. - Oct 19, 2003 3:18 pm (#298 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 19, 2003 4:20 pm

No, Jim, I just am doing this for a day, then going back to the Save GoF Campaign avatar.

Gotta have a bit of fun sometime .

As a P.S., anyone who hasn't visited the above link, please go and sign the petition to have WB give justice to the GoF movie, not a measly 2 1/2 hours. Thanks.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 19, 2003 4:54 pm (#299 of 2753)

Well, I have a problem with the top 21 list. . .

I liked PoA better than GoF.

Dr. Filibuster, your e-mail addy isn't posted so I couldn't e-mail you to tell you about the video. I don't want to take up space here.

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Denise S. - Oct 19, 2003 6:21 pm (#300 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 19, 2003 7:47 pm

Madam Poppy was at Sugarquill.net and found their forum and a bunch of emoticons they apparently have made themselves. I don't know if there's a central site where they list them, but after wading thru' one of the threads, I found a few I personally would like to keep ^_^!

They have some really cool Luna icons: and

They came up with an Amazing Bouncing Ferret™ too: ...'tho it kinda looks like a squirrel. Canary Creams Our favorite Mad-Eye! -this one is called Snape, tho' it looks rather...well...yeah.

Wow. I want to make emoticons myself now! *numb from awe-inspired shock*
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schoff - Oct 19, 2003 6:26 pm (#301 of 2753)
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If anyone would like to copy the emoticons but just doesn't know how, then click here and follow the directions.

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Madam Poppy - Oct 19, 2003 7:22 pm (#302 of 2753)
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I found all of my HP Smilies after I became a member of Sugar Quill. They are options you can chose to add to your posts. What is odd is that I can use their emoticons here but none of the ones I have collected from various international websites work there.

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Hem Hem - Oct 19, 2003 7:23 pm (#303 of 2753)

Sorry this is just a tad belated, but Welcome back, Tim!

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Denise S. - Oct 19, 2003 7:39 pm (#304 of 2753)

Ah, so, Madam Poppy. Yeah, I've gone thru' the threads and copied and pasted here. Perhaps I can bookmark this area of posts later on for future reference. *resigned shrug*

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Madam Poppy - Oct 19, 2003 7:44 pm (#305 of 2753)

Denise, I just have a word document with all my emoticons ready to copy and paste into my posts.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 19, 2003 11:35 pm (#306 of 2753)

Those are the greatest emoticons I've ever seen. *open mouth awe*

Congrats on the new family member, Ladybug. Glad to hear all HP bases are covered. We're working on my new cousin who is three months old. One really must start them early. I'm planning on starting my future kids in the womb.

I'm glad I made you laugh Dr. F. It's always a fun thing to do. I plan on truly living in the UK in the near future, so why not give everyone a little help with picking the best of the best of the best as it were?

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 20, 2003 2:12 am (#307 of 2753)

Hey Hey, I'm back..... missed you guys... even had a dream one night about posting some thoughts on the forum... hee hee, guess I really needed the holiday! (might add that to the 'you know you're a lexicon fan when' thread )

Tim, sorry to hear about your cold... I've a case of the snuffles meself (not related to Sirius I may add)... maybe Madam Poppy could provide us with a dose of Pepperup Potion

Rose Marie, I was in the South of Spain, in the little town of Benalmadena.... so lovely! Weather was fab, 34°C one day... with some fantastic electrical storms at night... natures fireworks most definitely... you'd be proud Dr F I also went to Gibraltar... to see the Barbary Apes.... they are, in the words of Ronald Weasley... 'Complete Nutters'. So funny & yet rather scarey at the same time.... needless to say I kept my distance

Now it's back to reality & temperatures of well I don't want to think about it, & a backlog of work as long as..... Arrived at the airport at midnight.... & I'm getting used to the extra hour again, how I managed to make it into work this morning I will never know..... so very tired *yawn*

Thankfully I have the forum to keep me going.... I've oodles & oodles of posts to catch up on however.... hohum... might manage to get some work done in between reading them

Ahhh it's great to be back....

EDIT: Yes indeedy I did sign the Save GOF petition... in my real name too.... & will be voting on the BBC website as well oh the power of the forum

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Joost! - Oct 20, 2003 3:16 am (#308 of 2753)

Welcome back Fawkes and Tim, good health to you both. And I hope you're able to catch up on your reading...

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 20, 2003 3:34 am (#309 of 2753)

getting there.... getting there... only 600 more posts to go (well not quite)

thanks Joost!

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Lisaren - Oct 20, 2003 5:45 am (#310 of 2753)

Welcome back Tim and Fawkes. Glad to hear the trips were enjoyable. Tim hope you get well soon.

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Ladybug220 - Oct 20, 2003 9:31 am (#311 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 20, 2003 10:33 am

I had to post this! Apparently James Potter is alive and he is breeding dogs in Kansas....

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Central/10/20/greyhound.bid.ap/index.html

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timrew - Oct 20, 2003 9:41 am (#312 of 2753)

Thanks to you all for the wonderful welcome back; and also thanks for wishing me well. The cold (although that's too nice a term for whatever dreaded bug infected me!) is on its way at last, I think!

Hope you enjoyed your Spain trip also, Fawkes. And get well soon yourself! Do you ever think we'll catch up with all these posts? I think I'm about a third of the way through!

But, like you said, it's great to be back!

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 20, 2003 11:03 am (#313 of 2753)

Welcome back Siobhan and Tim. have you noticed that we've been invaded by vikings since you've been gone? They seem  friendly though Check out the Danes on the introduction thread.

Those Sugarquill smilies are fab well, what I can see of them anyway. I've just discovered that I can do the world crossing ones on here. Could anyone do a firework?

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Jim the Potty - Oct 20, 2003 11:42 am (#314 of 2753)



Hows that?

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 20, 2003 1:48 pm (#315 of 2753)

Jim, you are a star! PLEASE use those fireworks on 5th November for us Brits.

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Jim the Potty - Oct 20, 2003 1:55 pm (#316 of 2753)

Will do, Dr.F



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Kowalla - Oct 20, 2003 4:23 pm (#317 of 2753)

hello all! Just thought I might add that as far as BBC is concerned, I am from Wales (I have ancestry from wales, I believe) & have voted for GOF there. Also, I don't know what the number of signatures for save GOF was hoped for, but I just signed, & I am number 18,290!!!!!

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Grant the Great - Oct 20, 2003 5:48 pm (#318 of 2753)

Hey, I usually don't go on this thread, but LilyP was going to tell me where to get her image. I really wanted to see that website. Don't count on me being here too often; I have a ton of homework all the time. No offense.

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LilyP - Oct 20, 2003 8:03 pm (#319 of 2753)

Good for you, Grant. Keep me to my word. I had forgotten to look it up for you when I got home. Here is the web address for this picture.

The artists name is Luce_Malefoy. I really like his work.

http://orcapotter.tripod.com/death_of_lily.jpg

and

http://orcapotter.tripod.com/hfa.html

Have fun!

Edited: OK, I needed to add this - Schoff, I don't know if you read this thread, but your message under your names made me laugh so hard I almost had an accident. I love it! *sniggers at "ketchup"* he,he,he. I'm going to be laughing all night!

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 21, 2003 10:57 am (#320 of 2753)

Ok Denise, I've signed the petition. I was feeling terribly guilty that I didn't sign it the first night, and now I had to scroll back to find it.

Welcome back Tim and all the rest. Congratulations on your new niece Ladybug.

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schoff - Oct 21, 2003 1:20 pm (#321 of 2753)
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LilyP: Thank you! I like it too. I don't think I'll get a picture for awhile, because I think it'll distract from the quote.

Mandy Thomas: I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed reading your last "Titles for Books 6&7" post. Some of them were too true!

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Denise S. - Oct 21, 2003 2:27 pm (#322 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 21, 2003 3:52 pm

Mrs. Sirius, thank you .

Jim, I hope you don't mind me quoting you. Those words were just to perfect to let pass by!

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Marè - Oct 21, 2003 3:07 pm (#323 of 2753)

I missed that quote! How could I, you are right Denise, it's brilliant!

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Denise S. - Oct 21, 2003 3:10 pm (#324 of 2753)

As a P.S., I would like to add I meant to write "too perfect", not "to perfect." I hate misusages like that.

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Jim the Potty - Oct 22, 2003 5:15 am (#325 of 2753)

Feel free to use it, it’s quite a compliment. Mare, the quote is from the 'Extreme Effects of HP' thread: MissLuvaLuva98 "Extreme Effects of Harry Potter in the Real World" 10/22/03 1:28am in response to timrew's accusations of the Potties being a cult.

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schoff - Oct 22, 2003 10:56 am (#326 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 22, 2003 11:58 am

Popkin: I tried to give you a day to feel euphoric about your timeline! I wanted to deflate you easily! Excellent try though! Here: take a couple of my favorite characters to help cheer you up!

PS--I'm putting this here hoping you'll see it.

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Marè - Oct 22, 2003 10:58 am (#327 of 2753)

You know Jim, I think I'm going to put that on a t-shirt

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Thom Matheson - Oct 22, 2003 5:59 pm (#328 of 2753)

OK I read them all and can't find a reference. What is Save GOF? And, why?

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Denise S. - Oct 22, 2003 6:06 pm (#329 of 2753)

Thom, starting here, we learned that Warner Bros. was having screenwriter Steve Kloves write GoF as a mere 2-1/2 hour movie, which is far too short considering everything that happens in that huge book. A website called SaveGoF.com was started to spread the word not only to Harry Potter fans, but to the media as well. The started a petition, as well as information for a letter-writing campaign.

They had hoped to get 100,000 signatures for the petition by Halloween, tho' I don't think they'll make it, and they urge us to send in letters to WB (they provide the address and a form letter) to send an even stronger message to them that we want a quality movie, whether 3.5-4 hours long, or two seperate movies.

Please go sign the petition! One voice can help make GoF a better movie!

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Denise P. - Oct 22, 2003 6:59 pm (#330 of 2753)

I signed it a few days ago but I just edited and printed out two letters to mail in. They go out in the mail tomorrow!

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 23, 2003 3:28 am (#331 of 2753)

Ey up Gromit.... would you like some cheese

Scoff! Wallace and Gromit..... Where did you find those icons? They are simply brilliant!

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mollis - Oct 23, 2003 11:16 am (#332 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 23, 2003 12:17 pm

Just for fun, I thought I would tell you all that today is my birthday! I just keep getting older and older! When's it going to stop?!?



edit: why can't I remember how to do smilies???

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fidelio - Oct 23, 2003 11:17 am (#333 of 2753)

Happy Birthday! When you stop this getting older thing, it's not good.

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mollis - Oct 23, 2003 11:20 am (#334 of 2753)

Yeah, okay, valid point. I don't want to stop getting older. I think I am reaching the age where I need to no longer focus on the years. I am just getting too closer to 30! (I'm 27 today!) But I am obviously still young at heart!!!

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Thom Matheson - Oct 23, 2003 11:29 am (#335 of 2753)

Denise, thank you too much. I sent it as you read this.

Mollis, wait til you discover the things that you do all the time become painful the next day. That's when you begin to say ok over 50 does suck. Between 25 and 45 that is the really cool part of your life. The bulk of the greatest joys, both personal and professional, in your life will happen during that period. Get ready to rejoice. The best is still coming!!!!! I don' need to be a Centaur to tell you that. Enjoy the ride.

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Oct 23, 2003 12:04 pm (#336 of 2753)

Mollis,

Enjoy your day!

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fidelio - Oct 23, 2003 12:04 pm (#337 of 2753)

Still young at heart? ! You're still young, period.

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Madame Librarian - Oct 23, 2003 12:11 pm (#338 of 2753)

Mollis, a very happy birthday and many more ('cuz the alternative is... well, um...not so hot)!

As my wise mother used to say: "Hey, [she didn't really say 'hey'] there's always someone oder than you, dearie. [medium pause] Well, there's always someone younger, too." If you don't think too hard on it, it's really quite profound.

Ciao. Barb

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Susurro Notities - Oct 23, 2003 12:33 pm (#339 of 2753)
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Ah as my wise old mother used to say "The gum chewing girl and the cud chewing cow are somewhat alike................Sorry - off topic. I meant to say
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOLLIS. Thom is right the best is yet to come (but it doesn't end at 45!)

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timrew - Oct 23, 2003 12:37 pm (#340 of 2753)

Too right, fidelio! My son was also complaining about getting older last week, and he's only 25!

Happy Birthday, mollis, and many of them!

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B]Pinky[/B] - Oct 23, 2003 12:48 pm (#341 of 2753)

Sussuro, er... what exactly does that mean? I'm cracking up at the "gum chewing girl" and the "cud chewing cow" but I'm trying not to think too hard on what the human parallel for the cow is.

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Detail Seeker - Oct 23, 2003 12:49 pm (#342 of 2753)

By the way: Happy birthday, mollis

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Kip Carter - Oct 23, 2003 12:57 pm (#343 of 2753)
Edited Oct 23, 2003 2:34 pm

mollis,

Fortuna dies natalis!

That's Latin. It's considered a dead language now. Considering the alternatives to living, I think that having more birthdays as great!

And I really do have shoes older than you are.

So Happy Birthday! (That's what it said in Latin.)

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Madame Librarian - Oct 23, 2003 1:21 pm (#344 of 2753)

Susurro, pardon me for answering Pinky for you.

Pinky, Susurro's mother was trying to say that a girl chewing gum looks as vapid and bovine (love that word) as a cow chewing its cud. In other words--it looks terrible!

Though my mother didn't say those exact words, she was full of pithy expressions meant to be the self-improving sort. For example, "It'll rain on your wedding day if you lick the last bit of ice cream from your bowl." Huh?? Well, I always licked the bowl (I'll bet that looked bovine, too) and my wedding day had glorious weather, so as wise as she was, she wasn't quite the seer she pretended to be.

Sorry for the ramble. All because of a birthday. Wow.

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 23, 2003 1:59 pm (#345 of 2753)

Hope you had a happy birthday Mollis

I'm 36 and what did I get this year? The Chamber of Secrets video and Order of the Phoenix amongst other things.....

...and I wouldn't lend my new book out to a couple of people who asked. My excuse?...it was a present and it may have upset the family who gave it me. Between you and me I was afraid that I wouldn't get it back for months, if at all. I do need to read it again and be able to quote relevant passages on here.

PS. Normally I actively encourage everyone and anyone to read my Potter books! Maybe it's my age?

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Melody Carr - Oct 23, 2003 3:52 pm (#346 of 2753)

I have a question to ask. I have seen a TV show called The Worst Witch, based on the books by Jill Murphy. It is similar in theme to Harry Potter, and I'm wondering if it is based on Harry Potter or maybe the other way around? Which book came first? Do any of you know about it?

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Hem Hem - Oct 23, 2003 4:01 pm (#347 of 2753)

Happy birthday, Mollis! It's a great time of year to be born in, no? My birthday is on this coming Wednesday...butterbeer for all in St. Mungo's!

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Susurro Notities - Oct 23, 2003 5:53 pm (#348 of 2753)
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Pinky
Madame Librarian has the intent correct. The rest of my mother's pithy wisdom: "The gum chewing girl and the cud chewing cow are somewhat alike yet different somehow. Oh yes I see it quite plainly now. It's the look of contentment on the face of the cow." BTW this has no relationship to Mollis - Madame Librarian's reminiscence about her mother's wisdom just caused me to remember my own mother.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 23, 2003 7:42 pm (#349 of 2753)

Hey, Melody! I'm very familiar with The Worst Witch. We talked about it a bit on a thread entitled "Similar Worlds to Harry Potter's" which can be found at this link: http://wc6.worldcrossing.com/webx?128@@.1dddf947 The Worst Witch came first, by the way. Enjoy it!

Happy Birthday, Mollis!! ,.,'.',''.,',;,.';,'.;
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Joost! - Oct 23, 2003 10:15 pm (#350 of 2753)

Happy Birthday, Mollis!
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Sinister Kittens - Oct 24, 2003 1:22 am (#351 of 2753)

Belated Happy Birthday Mollis (and as I am also 27 I have to say it's no different from 26) - older and wider, not older and wiser, that's what I always say!


*EDIT* oops, just read that back, I didn't intend that to sound rude! Anyway.... Happy Birthday again Mollis

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Caput Draconis - Oct 24, 2003 2:30 am (#352 of 2753)

Greetings all,

Very belated thanks (again) to all you baseball folk. I do try and follow stuff on the net, as it's really the only way i can, but y'all are providing me with that authentic fan edge, hehe. Love it. Fidelio, I can't forget the Piazza/Clemens thing! Maybe I'm just a sucker for controversy, but it was all super exciting (as if Mets/Yankees wasn't already).

Dr. F - we are hosting a major sporting event? Soooo much media coverage, it's crazy - especially with Prince Harry going to the Pom's matches. Every two seconds there is a game on somewhere, Numibia v Uganda and the like. I'm a league girl, myself, but it's still pretty cool having all these teams here.

Peace kids.

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mollis - Oct 24, 2003 6:28 am (#353 of 2753)
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Thank you all so much for the heartfelt Birthday wishes! I'm probably going to get laugh lines now that I laughed so hard and the wisdom you all provided!!!

Sussuro, no need to clarify that the cow comments weren't directed at me, I thought they were pretty funny. Although I am from Nebraska.....

Sinister Kittens, I completely agree with being older and wider, not necessarily wiser, although that taken with the cow comments.. Hmmm....

And Kip, I actually studied Latin, and love the odd Latin quote. My two personal favorites: In Vino Veritas and Semper ubi sub ubi.

Any thoughts on translations??? A hint, the second one should be translated very literally. The ancient priest who taught my Latin classes love to throw that one at us!

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Oct 24, 2003 7:17 am (#354 of 2753)

Mollis, the first one is quite commonly used, and, as for the second one, you'd better make sure that it's clean, too!

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mollis - Oct 24, 2003 7:24 am (#355 of 2753)

It is quite innocent, I assure you. And also a good bit of motherly advice!

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Jasmine Evans - Oct 24, 2003 11:31 am (#356 of 2753)

Another belated happy birthday, mollis. Remember, age is only a number, you are no older than you feel.

Love, Jasmine.

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Jim the Potty - Oct 24, 2003 11:55 am (#357 of 2753)

Barbara Leigh Hunt as Neville's gran: what do you think?



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Madam Poppy - Oct 24, 2003 12:10 pm (#358 of 2753)
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I don't know Jim, she played such a nasty woman in Pride & Prejudice it would be hard to picture her as Neville's stern Grandmother. She's good though. Too bad she isn't a little shorter, she'd be a perfect Umbridge. *Hem..Hem*
Jim, be sure and post your picture on one of the movie threads!

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Mar 22, 2004 9:05 pm (#359 of 2753)

Mollis, I meant that your "sub ubi" had better be clean. And no holes, either!

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timrew - Oct 24, 2003 2:19 pm (#360 of 2753)

It's taken me five days; but I've finally got through the backlog of posts that built up during my two weeks away!

I thought originally there were about 200; but now I think it was more than double that.

Anyway, thank you all for providing me with some very interesting reading!

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Melody Carr - Oct 24, 2003 2:21 pm (#361 of 2753)

The Great Abbycadabra: Thanks for your reply, that link was very helpful!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 24, 2003 9:14 pm (#362 of 2753)

No problem, Melody. Glad to help. And you can call me Abby.

And, as I always say, caveat emptor.

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Jenny M. - Oct 26, 2003 9:24 pm (#363 of 2753)

S.E. Jones, who is the cute blonde girl in your pic recently? A relative? A friend? Or just a random cute blonde girl?

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mollis - Oct 27, 2003 12:14 pm (#364 of 2753)
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Ihavebothbuttocks - Okay, now I get it. Sorry, I'm a little slow lately. And unfortunately its only getting worse, complete hard drive failure this weekend. I've probably lost everything. I am butting into my husband’s computer to get my HP fix, so at least the crucial needs are being met. But I don't have my pretty colors or ticked-off smilies to put here. So please, someone, insert the smilie-smashing-computer pic here:

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Susurro Notities - Oct 27, 2003 1:01 pm (#365 of 2753)

Just for you Mollis. Hope it all turns out more like this:

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 27, 2003 8:25 pm (#366 of 2753)

Susurro, I just saw your post on the introduction thread. Your quote translates to:

We'll see each other in infinity. The eagle will let us pass to freedom.

I took no liberties to be poetic in the translation so infinity could mean "in the here after". Rosa, who has posted I think in the Snape thread, is from Spain and probably can do a better poetic translation for you.

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Madam Minh - Oct 27, 2003 11:54 pm (#367 of 2753)

Hi you all!

I've been away from the lexicon for a while, and returned to read and catch up on various threads. Reading all those posts has been a source of joy and appreciation of you all fine people on this forum. I've come to consider you as friends, and you've been a constant support for a lonely french girl in this big country.

I'm returning to France this thursday, and will continue following the discussions from there.

By the way, I didn't get the "sub ubi" thing. My latin years are way in the past.

Thanks again and read you later!

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 28, 2003 12:36 am (#368 of 2753)

Happy Belated Birthday Mollis... Don't worry about being 27.... I turned 27 just before the summer & I'm still waiting to turn into a sensible adult However, perhaps my memory is now fading.... a few months back when asked my age I answered 28... I actually believed that I was.... I didn't even realise it until a few weeks later... hee hee! Imagine how shocked I was when I realised my mistake.... (& my stupidity hee hee) So my bit of birthday wisdom to you is.... remember your age.... I don't think I'm qualified to actually give advice however.... seeing as I can't even remember my own

Sorry I've been out sick these past few days.... my snuffle turned into a nasty head cold.... really needed some Pepperup Potion PLUS it was a bank holiday weekend in Ireland.... groan, it's miserable being sick on a bank holiday weekend!

But I'm back now.... ready to get at all those posts.... Tim how on earth did you do it.... I'm even more behind in reading than ever.... hohum.... I will get there some day

Dr F, I know what you mean about your books.... so far I have lent out all my books.... bar OotP... think I waited for it for so long that I'm scared to let it out of my sight

Right back to my catch up reading..... I may be gone some time

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Joost! - Oct 28, 2003 12:45 am (#369 of 2753)

Well, semper means "always", ubi means "where" and sub means "under". It took me a while to figure it out, in Dutch it means about as much as it does in Latin...

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mollis - Oct 28, 2003 9:26 am (#370 of 2753)
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Okay, I am up and running again on a temporary computer. I lost everything on my other computer, so I am starting from scratch. I do appreciate all the sympathy and birthday wishes (and especially the computer smashing Susurro!). You guys provide a wonderful escape from the ever-present reality of life.

In case anyone is still scratching their heads over the latin phrase, "Semper ubi sub ubi" literally translated is "Always wear under-wear". It was very amusing to me in high school to have a 90 year old priest telling us that in class!

Unfortunately I am also falling very far behind in my post-reading, but maybe I'll catch up some tonight. My hubby's out of town, so I think I'll run my errands, pick up some sushi, and catch up on the latest Harry Potter chat!

And maybe later today I'll find some colors and smilies to use again...(depressed at losing so much stuff....)

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Madam Poppy - Oct 28, 2003 12:33 pm (#371 of 2753)
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Sarah, if you email me your address at MadamPoppy@hotmail.com, I'll send you a copy of my basic list of Smilies. I lost my hard drive earlier this month. Let me know if you need a shoulder to cry on. Checkout: http://plauder-smilies.com/

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Susurro Notities - Oct 28, 2003 8:13 pm (#372 of 2753)
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Mrs. Sirius,
Thank you for the translation. It is poetic just as you have translated it.

Mollis always happy to be of service.
Colors: http://cedesign.net/colors.htm
Smilies:
http://www.clicksmilies.com/
http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/
http://www.cheesebuerger.de/

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Susurro Notities - Oct 28, 2003 9:31 pm (#373 of 2753)

Kip,
Why not extend your 15 minutes of fame and celebrate your granddaughter's 3rd birthday by posting a photo? Would love to see her, I have a daughter who will turn 3 in December.

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Oct 29, 2003 4:06 am (#374 of 2753)

Hem Hem, Hope your day is great!

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 29, 2003 4:41 am (#375 of 2753)

Hi MoaningMyrtle101, sorry I just saw your post in the You Know You're A Harry Potter/Lexicon Fan When... thread, about how to use autohide on the task bar on your PC! (I'm way behind on reading the posts, but I'm getting there)

To activate autohide,
# Right click on your taskbar & select 'Properties'
# Then in the Properties Box select the 'TaskBar Options' tab, (or whatever it is on your version of windows)
# Then select the checkbox marked 'AutoHide' ..... And there you go....

Alternatively you can use the short cut keys Select the Ctrl key & U (known as Control U or Ctrl U )

This does the same thing... only it's quicker & you can impress your friends by using the shortcut keys on your PC Also Ctrl U is handy in that you can switch autohide on really quickly if you see your Teacher coming... hee hee!

Oh I am devious

AND... whoops near forgot.... good one BB (Both Buttocks )
A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Hem Hem Hope it's a goodun

EDIT : Myrtle, this option is for windows only, I'm not sure about the Mac if you have one... sorry!

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Madame Librarian - Oct 29, 2003 4:45 am (#376 of 2753)

HemHem,

HappyHappy BirthdayBirthday!!

Ciao. Barb

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 29, 2003 5:05 am (#377 of 2753)

Happy Birthday HemHem!

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Joost! - Oct 29, 2003 5:10 am (#378 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Jacky!

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mollis - Oct 29, 2003 5:22 am (#379 of 2753)
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Harry Birthday HemHem!!

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Marè - Oct 29, 2003 8:44 am (#380 of 2753)

Happy birthday Jackie!

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Weeny Owl - Oct 29, 2003 8:50 am (#381 of 2753)

Happy birthday, Hem Hem.

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fidelio - Oct 29, 2003 9:00 am (#382 of 2753)

Yes! And as a special birthday treat, just for you, I won't sing!

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Wendy Snelgrove - Oct 29, 2003 10:29 am (#383 of 2753)

Psychedelic Enchantress,

You said you loved the film Heavenly Creatures. Can we talk about it a bit? I very much liked the film too, although it was extremely disturbing on all sides. I felt so sorry for those girls and then so upset at what they had done.

Wendy

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timrew - Oct 29, 2003 10:50 am (#384 of 2753)

Happy Birthday, Hem Hem!

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Detail Seeker - Oct 29, 2003 1:31 pm (#385 of 2753)

Have a good new year, Jackie !

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schoff - Oct 29, 2003 1:36 pm (#386 of 2753)
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Happy Birthday, Jackie! Good luck on your driver's test next month (hint: practice LOTS of parking!)

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Hem Hem - Oct 29, 2003 4:50 pm (#387 of 2753)

Thank you, everybody! I'm having a great day so far...my impending yearbook deadline has me just a little bit stressed, but I'm confident that I'll finish all the pages I need to by then, and since I was lucky enough to have minimal homework, I should be able to spend plenty of time on the forum tonight! YES!

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Susurro Notities - Oct 29, 2003 5:38 pm (#388 of 2753)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEM HEM

Now the gift, more motherly wisdom :"It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye."

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Hem Hem - Oct 29, 2003 5:39 pm (#389 of 2753)

What a precious pic!

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Susurro Notities - Oct 29, 2003 6:50 pm (#390 of 2753)

timrew,
Your picture is great, I assume it is you? Everytime I see your photo I feel I am seeing you laughing as you write one of your funny comments.

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Ladybug220 - Oct 29, 2003 7:38 pm (#391 of 2753)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEM HEM!!!

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Madam Poppy - Oct 30, 2003 12:14 am (#392 of 2753)
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Thanks everyone for cheering me up. I feel better now than I did this weekend. (That tells you how my weekend was)
May I be the first to say Happy Halloween? Does anyone have any happy Halloween memories to share?
I was really into making "box" costumes for my kids for a couple of years. The best one was "Robbie The Robot" for my son. I used a square cardboard box painted silver with dryer vent hoses for the arms and heavy blue rubber gloves for the hands. Adam's face had silver makeup and his pants were spray painted silver too. I cut a flap in the front that had "Feed Me" written over it. Inside the box, Adam held a bag under the opening to catch all his Trick or Treat candy. The costume was a big hit and he really "made a haul". The next year he was a TV reporter. I made a box to look like a television...bunny ears, knobs and all and he was inside the "TV" looking at his audience. The worst "box" costume was the refrigerator. Yes, I was running out of ideas and poor Adam went out in a tall white box with a handle, magnets and real notes attached to the "door". He had a hard time walking. Probably scarred him for life with that one! Thus ended the "box" costumes.

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schoff - Oct 30, 2003 12:29 am (#393 of 2753)

When I was a teenager, I babysat for a 3-year-old little boy whose Mom really couldn't afford to buy him a Halloween outfit (or have time to take him out). One day, I took an ordinary brown shopping bag, cut arm holes and a hole for his head, and we spent the day decorating it. I put on the back, in the scariest lettering I could manage, "I'm a Monster!" He LOVED it. He had to go everywhere and show everyone his scary costume! That thing almost got worn to shreds before Halloween even came!

He was Soooo cute. Grrr-ing everywhere!

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 30, 2003 3:53 am (#394 of 2753)

Awww Madame Poppy, I didn't realise you had a tooth extracted... you poor pet! So I'm sending loads of Cyber Sympathy your way I really hope you feel better soon....

It's nearly Hallowe'en... woohooo! Can't wait! It's quite a big deal here in Ireland as well... seeing as it started here, I suppose we can't help ourselves. In Northern Ireland the city of Derry has a HUGE Hallowe'en festival every year, parades, parties & everyone dresses up so you look odd if you don't... hee hee! To top it off they have a massive fireworks display, that would put Fred & Georges' to shame! Even at university we always had a Hallowe'en Ball, which was always worth attending

It's funny how it's changed over the years here as well. We used to use turnips instead of pumpkins for our Jack O' Lanterns.... I remember trying to carve them out & in the process bending more spoons that Uri Geller... oh & that burning turnip smell when you lit the candle inside..... lovely! Plus the added bonus of eating nothing but turnip for the remainder of the week!

Trick or treating was not the done thing in my neighbourhood when I was a nipper.... instead we had hallowe'en partys for all the kids, where we all dressed up, bobbed for apples, told ghost stories & ate nuts, grapes & apples, toffee apples too & of course a few sweets. (not unlike the Hogwarts feast!) It was then finished off with a bonfire (outside of course) & everyone got some sparklers.... The coloured ones where the coolest!

But of course all the kids trick or treat these days.... but in some areas here, the kids have to perform a party 'trick' to get their 'treat'... tell a story or a joke, sing a song or something like that.... it's really cute! It comes from an old tradition (older than trick or treating), but I don't remember the name of it, but has been adapted to fit into the trick or treat culture! However I gave a kid an apple one year (must admit I forgot & had nothing else in my house) & she was a bit disgusted with me.... oh well, least it was better for her teeth

I do have a funny tale to tell, about myself as a kid one Hallowe'en. I was dressed up as Miss Piggy and I had got the coolest mask to match. Unforunatley the mask was a bit too big & I couldn't see out of it too well.... I ended up walking into a lampost & knocked myself out! Hee hee! I recovered in time to go to the party however

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Madame Librarian - Oct 30, 2003 4:24 am (#395 of 2753)

Halloween here is mostly the trick or treating thing. Some people have parties, but the kids still feel cheated if they don't do some T&T. There's a party at our library tonight--costumes, cookies, scary stories, games. I have a dance class (that's scary enough as it is), so I can only stay for the first few minutes.

The houses around the suburbs here have more elaborate Halloween decorations every year. Orange colored lights (think Xmas), filmy, wisp stuff all over. Witches, dancing ghosts, etc.

Gotta run. More later. Tell you about "Beggars' Night" (tonight). Anybody ever hear of that?

Ciao. Barb

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Nox NotteTorrente - Oct 30, 2003 4:30 am (#396 of 2753)

I am so very jealous of all you people who get to celebrate Halloween. Nobody worries about it here, and we tried (my sister and I) to get it going one year in our home town but it didn't work...

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 30, 2003 4:38 am (#397 of 2753)

Cool FF - sounds like your really looking forward to Halloween!

Our traditions are fairly similar, apple bobbing, turning all the lights off and telling scary stories by candlelight (okay so that used to end after a while when I was very small because I always ended up in tears and with my brothers getting annoyed at me because my mum made us stop telling tales!).

But now we have a NEW one! There is a series in the UK called Most Haunted, where a team of investigators spend a night in a 'haunted' location and film what happens, and on certain nights of the year they do a live, televised broadcast. So tomorrow night I have a group of friends coming round and we are going to watch the broadcast by candlelight, do the experiments and try our hands at Tarot Reading. One of my friends is even making a pumpkin pie especially! (her boyfriend is American and she got the recipe from his mother) so I am REALLY looking forward to some American food, I can join in with the recipes again soon!

There will be a health balance of skeptics and believers, so it should be a good laugh!

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 30, 2003 4:42 am (#398 of 2753)

Sounds interesting... if you get the chance do tell us more. I think it sounds like the tradition that I was talking about that was adapted for Trick or Treat here! Beggars / the poor would visit the houses of the more affluent & trade stories or act out a play in return for food. Oh if only I could remember what it was called

But perhaps I'm getting it confused with the tradition known as the 'Mummers', but thats more of a Christmas tradition. Where these 'players' (actors) would visit houses & perform their play, thought I'm not sure if it was done for reward!

I know what you mean about the Hallowe'en decorations... there is a house near me that is completely illuminated with strings of well I would say fairy lights but they are in the shape of Pumpkins & Ghosts! They also have a 'ghost' at their front door thats set off by a motion sensor, so if anyone walks past it cackles... But hey, whatever floats your boat!

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 30, 2003 5:14 am (#399 of 2753)

Or your apples - if your bobbing!

The Mummers were a group of traveling players who would literally go from town to town, or village etc. putting on plays. Sometimes local lords would invite them in (think Hamlet) and put on specific plays for the local gentry.

Halloween - are you thinking of Wassailers? (sp.) I'm not too sure myself but....

*EDIT* In response to Madam Poppy’s post below. I am in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

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Madam Poppy - Oct 30, 2003 5:15 am (#400 of 2753)
Edited by Oct 30, 2003 5:25 am

Wow, everyone has added such interesting stories and information. We should be sure and include our locations, (which clearly I forgot to do).
I'm in the Northwest of the USA and it has been kind of sad to see that Trick or Treating has almost been eliminated here. Parents now take their children to our Mall, hold their own parties or civic groups sometimes sponsor carnivals with game booths. They are afraid to let their children go door to door to homes where they don't know the people.
I can still remember one of the last times I went out,(1964??). I was living in San Jose, California and it was all over the news the next day that people had tampered with some of the children's treats. Now that was a real scary, vulnerable feeling in my previous safe world. From then on, we had to be careful which houses we went to and have our parents look over the candy before we ate any of it. We were also encouraged not to eat any "homemade" treats or even apples because they could be tampered with.
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Wendy Snelgrove - Oct 30, 2003 7:07 am (#401 of 2753)

Madam Poppy,

I remember that too (from the 70's). My mom wouldn't let us eat any apples - she always made them into applesauce because she was afraid of razor blades. My girlfriend is 6 years younger than me, and her mom threw the apples out because the fear was now that some nutter would inject the apple with poison or drugs.

Now I had an ex whose mom conquered that fear. She made homemade candy apples (had the kids coming from all over to get them - made 100 and ran out every year) and she made up labels with her name and address and attached them to the stick. I guess parents felt better knowing that the apple wasn't anonymous.

This year is my first year in a community after living in the country for a while. We have lots of chocolate bars and McDonald's coupons to give out. The McDonald's coupons are great - they only cost us 10 cents each, and they are for a free small fries or drink or ice cream cone. McDonalds gives all the proceeds to its charity, and I guess gives the food away for free. They probably assume mom or dad is coming too and will get a coffee, or buy a cheeseburger for the kid to go with the fries or something, but it's a pretty good set up I think.

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Madame Librarian - Oct 30, 2003 7:11 am (#402 of 2753)

Kids around here (Chicago suburb of Evanston) still T&T but tend to go to houses where they know the people. At least that's what the little 'uns do. There's always a parent lurking back on the sidewalk somewhere (sometimes a bored teenage older sib who'd really love to get some of the candy, too, but considers it a little childish--I usually toss them a Snickers or two).

OK, Beggars' Night: Always the night before Halloween. Always for those older kids who deemed actual T&T-ing beneath them. Always begging for money not candy. I remember this from my childhood because I had an older sister who was a teen when I was a little kid. Of course, if you did Beggars' Night, your were on your honor to not go T&T-ing on Halloween. Not sure it really worked that way though. I haven't the faintest where this custom arose from. Nobody today seems to do it; only people my age and older (mumble, mumble 50...ish) seem to have heard of it. It's an urban thing, too, I believe.

If I have time later, I'll Google it.

Ciao. Barb

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Susurro Notities - Oct 30, 2003 7:18 am (#403 of 2753)

In mid-Michigan we still have lots of trick or treaters. I buy loads of candy and worry about running out every year. Our house is popular because it is a giant old Victorian that looks a bit haunted. (I assure you it is not).
I too remember the scares about candy and apples, the hospitals used to x-ray candy for kids. I examine all my kids candy, anything suspicious goes in the garbage.
My sons will be Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory this year. We tried to convince my 3 year old daughter to be Hedwig (I was even going to spring for the very expensive costume) but she insists on being Dora the Explorer. So off we will go tommarrow with Harry, Cedric, and Dora!

By the way my previous post did have a smilie that was pertinent to Madam Poppy's misery - now it has something I can't even read - sorry Madam Poppy.

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 30, 2003 7:35 am (#404 of 2753)

Hey Poppy, I'm living in Dublin now, but I'm originally from Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland! (Beside Donegal) So I'm from the North West too

SK, Is that the Most Haunted program on the UK Living channel? If so I remember watching the 'celebrity' show. It was great fun watching them jump if a door opened, & the way it's filmed in the infra red camera adds to the spookiness. As for the Wassailers... I'm not exactly sure... think I might have my traditions confused!

This year I have some friends from home visiting for Hallowe'en. So it'll be nuts (monkey nuts - that is peanuts still in their shells), grapes, apples, apple tart (bit like apple pie but a thinner crust I think), & barn brack! We had thought of apple cider as well... but noone seems to like it, so maybe a glass of wine will do the trick

Barn Brack is an Irish thing..... almost like a cross between fruit cake & a loaf of bread.... & is traditionally eaten on Hallowe'en night (link to recipe) sounds weird but it tastes lovely! It was the custom to put a ring into the brack, & it signified a wedding for whoever got the piece with the ring....

Nowadays the Bracks are mass produced.... with plastic 'gold' rings you have to be careful not to choke on whilst eating it! I think some of the apple tarts are similar.... So a hallowe'en feast is almost as risky as eating a box of 'Every Flavour Beans'.... actually Barn Brack was listed as a flavour...

I'm not a huge fan of scarey movies.... & don't have digital TV in my new house so I won't able to watch the Most Haunted program, so I might talk everyone into watching the Harry Potter movies ..... well they are about Witches & Wizards.... what else would you watch on Hallowe'en All that & a round of ghost stories by candle light should make for a good night.... I'd love to try some pumpkin pie though!

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azi - Oct 30, 2003 7:38 am (#405 of 2753)

Yey! Halloween in...8 1/2 hours where I live! I wasn't even allowed trick or treating when I was little, because my mum believed the whole concept of trick or treat was evil. Now I can do what I like!

Doesn't anyone else here think having teeth out is fun? I've had 9 teeth out (5 were baby teeth, 4 were for brace) and I enjoyed it! I didn't really like the injections I had to have though. Two for each tooth and the ones of the roof of your mouth really hurt. Ouch.

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Weeny Owl - Oct 30, 2003 8:58 am (#406 of 2753)

I live a couple of states southwest from Barb (Madame Librarian), and for the last twenty-five or so years, various groups have put on haunted houses. Some are fairly lame but some are really quite clever.

Also, our local zoo has a special Halloween night where kids can do the trick or treat thing, and they do a lot of decorating so that there are lights (I'm reminded of fairy lights but no live fairies, unfortunately) along the paths throughout the zoo.

We have the safety issue of candy here, and the local police and hospitals set up various places around town so parents can have their children's bags of candy X-rayed. As far as I know there have never been any reports of anything being found, but sadly, you never know when someone will do something.

The malls also give out candy, and that helps in minimizing the safety issue of going around in the dark and possibly having a close encounter with cars or dogs.

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 30, 2003 9:03 am (#407 of 2753)

FF - yes it's the same show! But I love reading what everyone else’s traditions are! I tried buying sweets and chocolate one year but most of it was gone by the time Halloween arrived (oops, but it wasn't just me...honest), so now I tend to give out small piles of pennies, 10p each - the small children get just as excited, they are unaware of the denominations of the coins but they have a few of them!

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Carina - Oct 30, 2003 9:39 am (#408 of 2753)

In Los Angeles, we do trick-or-treating too but different neighborhoods do it differently. Some neighborhoods do the mall thing or visit local businesses (my sister's work is hosting kids). My mom's neighborhood doesn't have very many trick or treaters... most of the kids are either grown up or rather new to the country and still figuring it out. My neighborhood gets a lot of kids (with the standard parent waiting by the curb). I have a small flight of steps leading up to my door and I put carved pumpkins along the sides to lead the way up. I think it looks very cool.

Really ambitious trick-or-treaters find a way to get to Beverly Hills and the more ritzy Hollywood neighborhoods where the entertainment personalities live. Rumors are that they give out full size candy bars (instead of the little snack ones), five dollar bills, or better treats.

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timrew - Oct 30, 2003 9:57 am (#409 of 2753)

Susurro Notities, I know it was a lot of posts back - but a lot seem to have appeared on this thread in the last 24 hours!

Yes, the pic is of me, although it was taken about four years ago. Since then, I've gone completely bald and all my teeth have fallen out.

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Susurro Notities - Oct 30, 2003 10:25 am (#410 of 2753)

There you go again, I am laughing with your photo. Maybe I should join the Potties, I seem to be sliding in that direction.

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Marie E. - Oct 30, 2003 11:56 am (#411 of 2753)

My kindergarten class did their Halloween party today, rather than tomorrow, to keep the glut of goodies to a minimum. I had them frost sugar cookies with orange frosting and then make spiders using large marshmallows, stick pretzels, and black icing for the face. They had more fun making the treats than eating them.

Our neighbors are having a trick or treat party for most of the kids in the neighborhood. We're all going out as a bunch trick or treating then it's back to the neighbor's for pizza and snacks. We're lucky to live in a neighborhood with lots of families who have small children so we don't have to worry about unsafe candy. One of our malls is doing treats for the kids, which is nice since it's supposed to be quite cold here tomorrow night, with possible snow showers. (I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado)

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Carina - Oct 30, 2003 12:06 pm (#412 of 2753)

My sister-in-law found a Halloween goodie basket on her doorstep this week with a note wishing the family a Happy Halloween and asking them to put a sign on their door saying "Boo" and to put a goodie basket on two other neighbors' doorsteps (who didn't have the Boo sign). My sister-in-law got so excited and ran out to the store to get the baskets together and when she got back, another basket was on her front step. In her excitement, she forgot to put up her sign.

I thought this was a cute way to create neighborhood unity!

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Susurro Notities - Oct 30, 2003 12:22 pm (#413 of 2753)

Ovate,
University of Southern California or University of South Carolina? In other words do we need to worry about you and the fire?

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Madame Librarian - Oct 30, 2003 12:30 pm (#414 of 2753)

tim, don't tell me you've been dentist-phobic all this time, too!

BTW--Your pic is very nice, but I'm curious...is that a stack of folded laundry in the corner? What a guy.

Ciao. Barb

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mollis - Oct 30, 2003 1:39 pm (#415 of 2753)

When I was a little kid we would use king-size pillow cases to collect treats in. There were a couple of years where I got it nearly half-full! We were on a mission to get as much candy as possible, and we always were on the look-out for houses giving out extra-good treats (like full-size cany bars and happy meal coupons). Back in those days I would have candy hidden in my closet (can't risk by siblings finding it!) until easter!

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timrew - Oct 30, 2003 2:17 pm (#416 of 2753)

Barb, I work in the textile trade, and that is a stack of samples next to me (the pic was taken at work).

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 30, 2003 3:23 pm (#417 of 2753)

I'm from Cheshire in England and I've been reading the Hallowe'en stories with interest.

Little children having their candy x-rayed!! If you were that worried then why knock on the door?

When I was young the "trick or treat" tradition was just catching on in the UK. Me and a mate went to knock on a few doors but soon gave up when nobody had sweets. One man said "ooh, treat please girls" when we said Trick or Treat. We looked at each other, then Anne started to sing a Christmas Carol. I wasn't sure what to do so joined in. It wasn't a successful night so we went back to bobbing for apples the next year. Another game is eating toffee apples that have been hung up on a line...with your hands tied behind your back. Very messy!

Tonight I went to a nearby forest for a spooky evening of ghost stories, with some extra "suprises" put on by the rangers. Quite a few screams woud have been heard if you passed by. It was a very dark, cold, wet night so we enjoyed the hot chocolate at the end too.

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timrew - Oct 30, 2003 3:27 pm (#418 of 2753)

Doc, did you go to Alderley Edge? This is in Cheshire, and being a 'magical' place (stone circle, caves, wizard's well etc.) has been visited on Halloween by lots of people.

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 30, 2003 4:05 pm (#419 of 2753)

Nope Tim, I only went down the road to Delamere Forest.

We were a small group of children and adults. The Forestry Commission put on loads of events each school holiday includng Hallowe'en (it's half term...kids have at least a week off school) It got a little bit PG rated "Blair Witch" but only lasted an hour.

I shall have to check out Alderley Edge next year...it's just under 20 miles away from me, not a forest but there are the legendary Merlin connections. For those who are curious see the children's book "Weirdstone of Brisingammon" I have heard that things can get a little too ..erm, serious though, so I wanted an organised trip.

Edit after reading Tim's reply....yes I loved the Weirdstone books as a child, I will definitely investigate, but had heard that adults make themselves a nuisance on Hallowe'en. For those not familiar with Alderley see http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/legends/alderley that link may not work, if so try http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk and search for Alderley.

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timrew - Oct 30, 2003 4:15 pm (#420 of 2753)

I think you'll love Alderley, Doc. There are tours of the old mines, and as you say, there is the Merlin connection.

Also, I have both, "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen", and the follow-up, "The Moon of Gomrath", by the author Alan Garner.

He lives near Alderley, and has set both of these books in the area. If you can get hold of them before you go, I'm sure you (and your kids) will love them.

Edit: After reading Doc's reply to my reply.

Yes, I've heard that adults can be a nuisance at Alderley on Halloween. And I also don't know if there are any organised events specifically for Halloween there. But the place is well worth a visit at other times of the year. In my callow youth I went there caving and rock-climbing with my pals nearly every weekend.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 30, 2003 8:50 pm (#421 of 2753)

Geez, I miss a day and you guys go to town.

First off, Happy Belated Birthday, Jackie!! ,,.,..;,'.;,.',.;,'.

Second, this Halloween talk is quite interesting. All I'm doing is going Trick-or-Treating. Yes, that's right, trick-or-treating at 19. heehee. I have to take my brother around, and I refuse to do all that exercise without some kind of reward in the form of chocolate. However, after hearing about the five dollars one can get in Beverly Hills, I'm thinking of heading several states over for Halloween. This year, I'm being a homocidal maniac (they look just like everyone else ) Or, quite possibly, I'll don my pith helmet and go as someone who died from the stupid mummy's curse. Oh, how I love Halloween.

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Madam Pince - Oct 30, 2003 9:42 pm (#422 of 2753)

Gasp!!!! ABBY! I thought there was no mummy's curse??!!

Madam Poppy, belated "get well" wishes to your toothsies. Not a fun way to spend a weekend. I was interested to hear of your Robbie Robot costume, though -- several years ago my "buddies" and I dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz, and our Tin Man was made remarkably like your robot! I was Glinda the Good (wearing a fluffy pink 50's-style prom dress -- still have my silver-glitter wand), and we had the Lion (costume handmade by the group with remnant fake fur after having consumed way too much butterbeer...but it looked great), and the Wicked Witch (who lost a fake black fingernail in someone's onion dip at one of the parties we went to), and the Scarecrow and two Munchkins and Dorothy, of course. We had a grand time pasting sequins on a pair of old red shoes. Actually, they looked very much like the real ones from the movie that are now in the Smithsonian Museum! Ahhh, those were fun days.....

Here in Maryland this year, we plan to go just to the doors of a few folks we know. The little man will be a cowboy -- has the cutest ten-gallon hat and a little sheriff's badge and his trusty pistols and all. Should be fun. I think he'll be big enough to be Harry Potter next year maybe!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 30, 2003 10:14 pm (#423 of 2753)

There is no mummy's curse. That's the beauty of Halloween. You can be things that don't truly exist.

Speaking of Halloween costumes, one time I went as a picnic. I had a checkered tablecloth that I wore in the fashion of those signs with the cardboard in the front and back that you wear over your shoulders. Onto the tablecloth, we glued paper plates, cups, silverware, and plastic food. We also filled empty potato chip bags with crumpled newspaper to look like it was full once more. The only problem was, by the end of the night, most of the pieces had fallen off. Darn hot glue.

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Denise P. - Oct 30, 2003 10:17 pm (#424 of 2753)

I went as static cling one year, wore a gray sweatsuit with mismatched socks and dryer sheets pinned to me.

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Hem Hem - Oct 30, 2003 10:29 pm (#425 of 2753)

Abby, my birthday celebration would have been incomplete without your special confetti.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 30, 2003 10:40 pm (#426 of 2753)

I'm glad to hear that, Jackie. Sorry, I missed it the first time. It's been one of those weeks. Thank goodness it's over and now time for Halloween. *plays spooky sound effects*

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shepherdess - Oct 30, 2003 10:56 pm (#427 of 2753)

One year, when I was living with my sister, she asked me for ideas for her 4 year old daughter's costume. I said the only thing that came to my mind-a toadstool. To my surprise, she said "okay, I can do that"!

So she took a sheet of posterboard and rolled it to make a cylinder (for the stem) and cut holes for the face and arms. Then she attached a childs umbrella to the posterboard and draped a white sheet over the umbrella, gathered it in around the "stem", and painted the whole thing to look like a toadstool. She put a small frog (ceramic, I think) on top (to cover the point of the umbrella). Then as a finishing touch she made an elf costume for her 1 year old son, and took a picture of the "elf" sitting under the "toadstool".

I couldn't believe how awesome it turned out! And I was just being silly when I said it!

Oh, and Halloween celebrations at my house generally take a back seat to my daughter's birthday. My Halloween baby is turning 19.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 30, 2003 11:14 pm (#428 of 2753)

Whoo-hoo!! More Abbyfetti! ,.,.,.',;.',;'';'":",';. Happy Birthday!

And, I must say, that toadstool is adorable! I'd make my brother do that, but I imagine he'd be too big. Heehee, he'd probably fall over though.

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Nox NotteTorrente - Oct 31, 2003 1:29 am (#429 of 2753)

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it. Check these out...

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Sinister Kittens - Oct 31, 2003 2:10 am (#430 of 2753)

Cool Smilies Nox - Have a nice time everyone!

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mollis - Oct 31, 2003 4:55 am (#431 of 2753)
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Happy Halloween Everybody!!!

(Thanks for the colors and smiles Madam Poppy!)

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Madame Librarian - Oct 31, 2003 5:24 am (#432 of 2753)

When he was 3, I dressed my son up as a robot using two brown bath towels pinned front and back to his shoulders with various "knobs and lights" appliqued. Some goofy contrivance was his head. He hated it, just really wanted to be Superman. I stood firm and we had a somewhat miserable T&T session. I felt so bad, that right after Halloween, I really searched for a Superman costume that wasn't those awful store-bought PJ ones. I found royal blue tights, little boy's briefs in red with a yellow waistband, took a red turtleneck and created the "S" from felt, made a red cape. He looked adorable (and reasonably authentic)! He loved this post-Halloween get-up so much that he more or less lived in it for the next 2 years. I had to keep getting larger sized turtlenecks and re-making the "S." Luckily the tights were big to begin with so they grew with him. The briefs somehow lasted, too, though I did buy the next size up when I first found them (planned ahead). The rule we had to establish that was for pre-school he had to wear normal (Clark Kent) clothing, but as soon as he was home, he could change into his Superman gear and wear it as much as he liked. A great many photos of him those years were of him as Superman, and people always used to wonder why I took so many Halloween pics.

Now the kid is in college (age 19), and just informed me that he bought a pink, inflatable pig costume on eBay. I asked him what he planned to wear it to. He said he wasn't sure because it was a bit difficult getting through most doorways in it. It sounds hilarious, but I'm not sure it was worth the $57 (!) he spent on it.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Ciao. Barb

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Joost! - Oct 31, 2003 5:34 am (#433 of 2753)

Barb, does your son know you tell these kind of stories about him to people from all over the world? If I knew my mother did that, I would take away her computer...

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Madame Librarian - Oct 31, 2003 5:51 am (#434 of 2753)

Joost! Yes and no. He assumes I talk about him a bit, but we have a "don't ask, don't tell" agreement for this kind of stuff. Hey, he's the one all excited about the pig costume. Serves him right if I want to let my Forum friends know about it.

BTW-If anyone in the Boston area (Medford-Somerville) spots a pink satin pig (about 5'11") that's him. Say, "Hey, Jordan, how's it goin'"?

Ciao. Barb

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Susurro Notities - Oct 31, 2003 6:06 am (#435 of 2753)
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN ..................................................................................................................................................................................

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 31, 2003 6:29 am (#436 of 2753)

Cool pics Susurro
Barb, as for the giant pig... it sounds so funny!

Happy Hallowe'en everyone....

All these stories are really great, I love reading about what people do for Hallowe'en in different parts of the world... it's all so interesting

For those in the UK & Ireland, SkyOne is showing the 'Mortemort' episode of the Simpsons tonight (7.30)... can't wait as I've never seen it

So everyone, enjoy your Hallowe'en whatever mischief you might get into

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LilyP - Oct 31, 2003 8:53 am (#437 of 2753)

So, I'm going to a Halloween Party with a bunch of friends I haven't seen in several years (before I had my kids). I've decided to go as Tonks. I know no one there will know who I am, so I figured I'd share with all of you, since you'd understand. (Yes, us old folks get to dress up sometimes, too.) I found a cheap cape in a local shop, and I attempted to make it more into a cloak. I lined it and changed the clasp, so it looks a little nicer. I'm going to spike my hair and spray paint it pink - I already have very short hair. Then I'm just going to wear jeans, boots, and a sweater or t-shirt. I searched OotP looking for descriptions of how she dressed, but I couldn't find very much. Am I missing anything? Please share any ideas.

It was tough finding a cool cloak. I found one on line, but it was almost $200(US) and needed 6 weeks, because it was custom made. Sounded very cool, but too expensive. I was really disappointed in the ready made costume options. Very stereotypical and generally made of cheap material, yuck!

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Fawkes Forever  - Oct 31, 2003 9:01 am (#438 of 2753)

Sounds cool Lily.... Great idea for a costume! I think as far as Tonks is concerned... Pink Spiked hair is a must! As for clothes.... hmm, I'm thinking Punk Style/ Goth style! Jeans... DM boots probably & punky t-shirt/ jumper (sweater) & the cape & of course a wand Hope this helps!

Again... Happy Hallowe'en Everyone

Don't eat too many sweets

EDIT : in reply to Barb.... Whilst I was over in Liverpool this summer, I actually seen some people with their trousers tucked into their boots.... aparently it was the trend for some people that week! I couldn't help but suppress a little giggle

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Madame Librarian - Oct 31, 2003 9:03 am (#439 of 2753)

LilyP, I saw a pic of her somewhere (can't find it in the book--US edition OoP, but it's that same style of illustration) where she's got her pants tucked into her boots. Can you manage this? It's a cool look, though today it's out-of-date. Just a thought. Have loads of fun with pink hair!

Ciao. Barb

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azi - Oct 31, 2003 11:36 am (#440 of 2753)

Halloween! Happy Halloween to everyone, although most people have said this already. Hmmmm, not one trick or treater. Good thing because we haven't bought anything to give them! Trick or treating isn't so popular where I live.

It's also raining so I can't have a bonfire in the back garden. I'm celebrating bonfire night early! Hope everyones getting loads of candy!

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Jim the Potty - Oct 31, 2003 11:38 am (#441 of 2753)

Happy Halloween everyone, and also Happy Deathday, Lily and James Potter and Sir Nicholas De Mimsy Porpington

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azi - Oct 31, 2003 11:40 am (#442 of 2753)

You know Jim, I forgot about them! Happy Deathday the the above mentioned people!

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Denise P. - Oct 31, 2003 8:25 pm (#443 of 2753)

Joost!, on the subject of does he know his mother tells these things to people on the internet? line (or words to that effect)...I maintain a website that details my son's struggle with leukemia. He is only 7 yet knows me well enough that when he misbehaves or I take a goofy picture he doesn't like, the first thing he says is "Don't put that on my web site!" It also works well if I say "If you continue, I am going to take a picture of you doing that and put it on the site" heh heh heh

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The Great Abbycadabra - Oct 31, 2003 9:02 pm (#444 of 2753)

Happy Halloween everyone! Some more Abbyfetti, just for the heck of it: ,.,;.',;.',;.',;.

I just got back from trick-or-treating with my messenger bag bursting with sugar. I think I'll be awake for some time now. I finally decided to go as a victim of the not-at-all-true mummy's curse. I wore my Crocodile Hunter khaki shirt, jeans, my pith helmet, and my khaki messenger bag. My brother and I just wandered around the neighbourhood for an hour and a half singing "The Monster Mash" as loudly as we could. It was awesome! I hope everyone has had as much fun tonight as we did.

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 31, 2003 9:34 pm (#445 of 2753)

Hey, Happy Halloween everybody!! And Jackie sorry I missed your birthday, Happy Birthday, enjoy those last few teen years.

At my kid's school we have a Halloween parade, all the kindergartener-4th grade parade on the grounds of the school and then go back to school for class parties afterwards (the 2 upper grades get to have their-class only parties away from the school). Oh you should have seen the Harry's and Hemione's, the scarves, scars, bushy hair and wands abound!

On a weird note, after putting the kids to bed I went down to clean up in the kitchen. I was opening and closing doors and cabinets, banging pots and making general clean up sounds. I turned around and looked at the door to the basement, and there was one of the largest spiders you ever want to be near. It was the size of a 2 year old's first. While wood spiders are common in CT, they don't usually hang out in well-lit noisy places. That was my Ron moment for today. (I ran and got my husband who captured it and threw it out side.)
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Slytherin Prefect - Nov 1, 2003 2:33 am (#446 of 2753)

I had a blast on Halloween night.

There's a skating rink near where I work (overnight security) that had a costumed skating night. Well, I took my Slytherin Quidditch costume with me (which a select few of you have seen a picture of, the rest of you can see it at http://kse3.dyndns.org:1129//ah/ushi2003/images/DSC01073.JPG ), and let me tell you, it's WICKED fun to skate around in Quidditch robes. ^_^

I even got a bunch of little kids calling me some quite ugly names. ^_^

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Madame Librarian - Nov 1, 2003 5:46 am (#447 of 2753)

Four pre-teen boys rang the bell. Three were dressed in black, hooded robes, the masks were horrible-looking, white, ghoulish, souless, empty faces.

Ooooh, I said, "Dementors!" Only one kid said "uh huh," the other two said "What?" I gave the first kid extra candy.

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 1, 2003 8:10 am (#448 of 2753)

Just wait until next year Barb...they'll all know who the Dementors are from the movie.

I wonder how many past Harry's will become werewolves, dangerous escaped prisoners and Boggart Snapes too?

Oh and the little Hermione's could be Trelawneys.

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shepherdess - Nov 1, 2003 10:31 am (#449 of 2753)

SP,

Just what kind of place do you work at that lets a Slytherin be in charge of security?! And I must say "nice costume" even if I'm not Slytherin.

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 1, 2003 2:35 pm (#450 of 2753)

Big Read update...

Harry Potter is currently number 4 in the vote for Britain's favourite books.

Looks like Abbey will have to visit http://www.bbc.co.uk a few more times

They profiled Catcher in the Rye tonight, which I have to confess I've never read. I didn't even know it was about a troubled teenage boy.

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timrew - Nov 1, 2003 5:19 pm (#451 of 2753)

Harry Potter is number 4?! The 'critics' will be turning blue!

It's not arty enough! It's not farty enough!

Read the votes and weep, critics! Your days are numbered!

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Marè - Nov 1, 2003 5:22 pm (#452 of 2753)

Where do you guys find the ranking? And who's number one?

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Mrs. Sirius - Nov 1, 2003 9:38 pm (#453 of 2753)

Hey Jackie, I just saw you post on the names thread. I live on the shoreline of CT. It's true many house have those plaques with the date and name of the builders. Do you remember what town the Harry Potter house is in? was it a public place? That might be a fun thing to do with the kids on an otherwise slow day. (HP books are very big here in the schools, libraries, even on restaurant menus).

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 2, 2003 12:13 am (#454 of 2753)

*goes off to vote from Wales*

Edit: Heeheehee, I think the BBC is on to me and my dastardly voting deeds. I just went and voted, and the computer began going slowly and the internet disconnected itself and refused to come back on. I had to reboot and all. You'd think English/Scottish/Irish heritage would count for something on such things. Curses, foiled again!

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Slytherin Prefect - Nov 2, 2003 3:43 am (#455 of 2753)

Shepardess, one would be a fool if a Slytherin came up to one's company saying he wanted to work security, and you didn't sign him on. ^_^

What's that saying? "It takes a thief...

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Sinister Kittens - Nov 2, 2003 7:19 am (#456 of 2753)

S.P. Hey i've never seen that pic before! You would have been proud - I had a little mean-ish moment on Halloween... 2 little girls (accompanied by their mother) knocked on my door, which I duly opened to the traditional sounds of 'trick or treat'.

I asked 'How many of you are there?', to my surprise I was informed that there was in fact three of them but their brother (who was about 10) was over the other side of the street - to which they started shouting to him. I gave the two girls 50p each and their brother an apple because, as I informed him, it was a trick becuase he couldn't be bothered to come to the door! His mother found the whole thing very amusing and ushered him away before I could give him anything. (I heard his mother saying that he had learned a valuable lesson...)

Just thought I would throw that in for all you Slytherins out there... p.s. i'm not normally that mean I just thought that a little bit of effort was required!

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Hem Hem - Nov 2, 2003 9:51 am (#457 of 2753)

Maritza, I saw the house while visiting relatives in Noenck, although I can't remember if that particular house was within the town limits of Noenck itself. If it wasn't, it was probably pretty close by.

Hey Poppy-- did you get any snow????????? I got rain mixed with snow, but most of the state is supposed to get a few inches. If you did, make sure to go out and enjoy it!

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Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2003 3:52 pm (#458 of 2753)

Nice costume, SP! What model is your broomstick? Couldn't quite read it in the pic....

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Marye Lupin - Nov 2, 2003 4:48 pm (#459 of 2753)

Wow! I haven't been on the forum in ages. Our school play was a couple weeks ago and we have another one in a month and I've had schoolwork and an insane amount of college application stuff to do (and I'm not even close to being half done!). I have so many posts to read! You know what would be nice? If I could just put on a Sorting Hat and it would just magically tell me which college to go to and that would be that (and pay for it too).

Alright, I probably just bored you guys to death right there, but I had to rant to somebody about how much I hate college apps and all my friends roll their eyes when I tell them about my sorting hat idea. *grin*

Anyway...to repeat Marè's question-- which book got number 1?

Edit: Wow, I just realized how random my post was. Sorry, I've had a little too much caffeine considering it's almost 8 o'clock.

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Denise P. - Nov 2, 2003 6:07 pm (#460 of 2753)

Heh, when I took my kiddies around, I trick or treated on behalf of Devin, who is currently inpatient at the hospital and unable to go himself. You can only imagine the looks I got when I, uncostumed, would hold out a bag and say "Trick or treat on behalf of a hospital bound 7 year old" LOL Yeah right, you know it is for yourself is what I am sure many thought!

Devin was pleased to get his bag of goodies.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 2, 2003 6:36 pm (#461 of 2753)

Sorry to hear Devin is in the hospital. I hope this hospitalization is routine and not too serious. Thoughts and prayers will be with you, your family, and with Devin. I get a few requests for candy for children who are not able to trick or treat. I never think twice about it. Hope everyone had fun. I am looking forward to a costume photo.

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Madam Poppy - Nov 2, 2003 7:37 pm (#462 of 2753)

Yes Hem, we woke up to snow this morning! Last week it was over 70 degrees! We had a long hot summer, so we are glad to finally get out the coats and gloves.

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Marie E. - Nov 2, 2003 7:40 pm (#463 of 2753)

I know what you mean, Madam Poppy. Here in Colorado we had 80 degrees on Wednesday and 34 and snow on Friday. Fall in Colorado means keeping both shorts and mittens on hand!

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Hem Hem - Nov 2, 2003 7:51 pm (#464 of 2753)

Yes, winter seems to have fallen on us fast. After a summer that lasted through the start of October, we're not supposed to get over 45 degrees for the rest of the week!

Oh well, perhaps the season will bring some snow, I haven't seen any at home in two years...it's a few degrees colder on your side of the Cascades, I'm afraid!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 2, 2003 11:49 pm (#465 of 2753)

Aww, stupid hot southern weather. Oh, well. *turns air conditioner on as low as it goes*

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azi - Nov 3, 2003 12:31 pm (#466 of 2753)

Ok, was just reading CBBC Newsround and cmae across some interesting stats.

JKR was Britain’s 5th highest earner and the highest earning woman, netting £123m this year!

Also, Daniel Radcliffe was the youngest person on the list in 489th place with £1.75m.

Now, I think that’s a lot of money. If he could act...

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Ladybug220 - Nov 3, 2003 12:36 pm (#467 of 2753)
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Abby - I had to turn my AC on again yesterday. It got up to 85 degrees here in Birmingham.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 3, 2003 10:07 pm (#468 of 2753)

Yep, I'm in Louisiana. Naturally, the cool weather stops just above the state. However, a tropical depression is coming. That'll cool things down.

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Madam Poppy - Nov 4, 2003 7:17 am (#469 of 2753)

I can only say, "remember the humidity?" We don't have humidity here in Wenatchee. I'd take cold over humidity any day. Which makes you wonder about those who live in the Midwest?? They have more humidity and more cold than we have.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 4, 2003 10:41 am (#470 of 2753)

That's what makes us tough Madam Poppy!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 4, 2003 10:54 am (#471 of 2753)

Albeit with itchy skin and runny noses, Susurro!

Ciao (from the blustery city by Lake Michigan). Barb

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Susurro Notities - Nov 4, 2003 11:09 am (#472 of 2753)

I'm itching as I type! Check out #208 to see why it's worthwhile putting up with the weather, runny noses, dry skin, and the coasts "fly over" attitude!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 4, 2003 11:28 am (#473 of 2753)

Thanks, Susurro! Beautiful pics. I live about 1 mile from the lake in Evanston, and I work very near it. Lovely area, but truly, truly too windy on certain days.

Ciao. Barb

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!!!!!LauraAngel - Nov 4, 2003 12:59 pm (#474 of 2753)

Wow, it almost look like little Denmark! Although we rarely have that much snow where I live...



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Leprechaun Jack! - Nov 4, 2003 1:16 pm (#475 of 2753)



Hi All,

I need some help... I want to buy the HP Audiobooks, I found all 5 books ( tapes ) being read byh Jim Dale US Version. I also found the UK Version by Stephen Fry. I don't know which one to get... HELP !!!

Jack

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mischa fan - Nov 4, 2003 1:18 pm (#476 of 2753)

Buy them both Jack.

I know, I was no help right Jack

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Madame Librarian - Nov 4, 2003 1:34 pm (#477 of 2753)

Well, I assure you that Jim Dale is wonderful, but I, too, would love to hear Stephen Fry. There is only one library in the US that has the British recording (Ohio, I think!) and I doubt they'll lend it on inter-library loan. So, I'm too cheap or buy it from Amazon UK or some such (cost about $100 or so on CD). I'm hoping someone who did buy it will donate it to our library. I'm in for a long wait, I think.

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 4, 2003 2:44 pm (#478 of 2753)

Jack, I started the Potter stories listening to Philosophers Stone. As a result, I have always heard Stephen Fry's voice whenever I read Dumbledore in any Potter book.

For Britons of my age (37) Stephen seems ideal because we have watched his comedy series and appearances on tv (Blackadder etc) since we were teenagers. Dumbledore's humour sits very nicely with Fry. I'm sure that's why Rowling herself was so delighted he read the audio books...he may well have helped to shape her sense of humour.

I associate Jim Dale with the Carry On Films, and love him for them. I believe that Jim does more "voices". Dale is an actor and Fry a comedian/writer/sometime presenter/ sometime actor/director.

Gosh, this has turned into a long rant...erm...listeners love both versions, go for the cheapest unless you are a purest and want to hear the books without Americanised words.

Whichever one you choose for the first book...stick with the same bloke for the series.

And if you go and try to buy the Fry (oh my) Barb may pop round for a pot of tea and a stoat sandwich!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 4, 2003 3:56 pm (#479 of 2753)

Oooooh, as the Patel twins might say, that would be lovely!

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 4, 2003 4:15 pm (#480 of 2753)

Thought I'd just check this thread before bed.

Barb, I'd advise you to have loads of HP sauce with your stoat sandwich.

PS after Tim's post... Otherwise, as Lavender Brown may say; "Eurghh!"

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timrew - Nov 4, 2003 4:21 pm (#481 of 2753)

Harry Potter sauce?

Kidding, Doc, honestly! But do you really think HP sauce would make a stoat sandwich taste better?

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 4, 2003 4:30 pm (#482 of 2753)

Well, it works for hedgehog sarnies so why not?

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Madame Librarian - Nov 4, 2003 4:32 pm (#483 of 2753)

Why stoat? Why not...oh, say.....just a sec here while I think...yesss, I've got it...ferret?!

Ewww.

Ciao. Barb

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Susurro Notities - Nov 4, 2003 4:38 pm (#484 of 2753)

YUCK

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Ladybug220 - Nov 4, 2003 8:00 pm (#485 of 2753)

Jack, I have all of the Jim Dale versions and I love them. There is a different distinguishable voice for every character. To my American ears, the words don't seem to be americanized as he still speaks with a British accent when doing the narrator parts.

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Madame Librarian - Nov 4, 2003 8:34 pm (#486 of 2753)

Jim Dale is British; he just happens to reside in New York now. He does Dobby so wonderfully, that when the movie Dobby spoke both my husband and I said, "Naaah, that's not Dobby!"

Ciao. Barb

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Leprechaun Jack! - Nov 4, 2003 8:40 pm (#487 of 2753)



Well, I figured with all the differing opinions that are of abundance around here... I would get a feel of what the more popular version would be.

However, like every other topic on this board,t here seems to be a good liking for both sides of the coin.

Maybe I should ask Liz to make this her next question ?

Which audio books should Jack buy US or UK versions ????

Dr Filibuster - I had no idea that Stephen Fry was from Blackadder.

I'm a fan of Brit-Com's... My cable company carries BBC America so I get to see a lot more now then when my only outlet was Public Television.

But I still am unsure of which to get ( owww my head hurts ) Oh well

Thanks for the help I'll check in over the next couple of days to see what everyone thinks.

Jack

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Madam Poppy - Nov 4, 2003 9:34 pm (#488 of 2753)

Jack you can hear a sample of the Jim Dale version here: http://www.randomhouse.com/audio/harrypotter/ Be sure to also go to http://www.jim-dale.com/ to see Jim's site. He tells all about making the tapes. He has done over 200 different voices! I own all of the Jim Dale tapes and my only complaint is that his voices for Aunt Marge and Winky become annoying.

The Bloomsbury Publishing site no longer has samples of their Stephen Fry audio tapes. http://www.bloomsbury.com/BookCatalog/subject.asp?Category%5Fid=52

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Nov 4, 2003 10:36 pm (#489 of 2753)

Happy 5th, everyone!

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shepherdess - Nov 4, 2003 10:53 pm (#490 of 2753)

Woohoo! We get to celebrate a British holiday!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 4, 2003 11:03 pm (#491 of 2753)

Yay! And, convienently enough, I don't have school!! Hooray! Abbyfetti for everyone!! .,..';,.,'.;,,..,',.,.,;.,;',;'.,',;.,';.,'.,'.,';.,'.,,'.,'.,.,.;,.',;.,'.,'.,'.,'.',.',..,.;,.;,.',',';,.;,.',;.',;.,;.,;.',.,';.,'.,'.,'.



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Susurro Notities - Nov 5, 2003 6:01 am (#492 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 5, 2003 6:07 am

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November is gunpowder, treason, and plot.

I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

Happy Guy Fawkes Day

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Jim the Potty - Nov 5, 2003 8:46 am (#493 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 5, 2003 8:50 am

Great, I go go school and you all post fireworks before me! Oh well, heres some more anyway!



PS - if you can't see them right click them and click on 'show picture'

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Fawkes Forever  - Nov 5, 2003 8:50 am (#494 of 2753)

To all our Forum Buddies in the UK...

Happy Guy Fawkes Night



Sue (Dr F), think I remember reading somewhere that you choose the name Dr Filibuster seeing as you first posted on Bonfire Night! In that case Happy Aniverlexiconforumy... (sorry made up that word... in case you haven't guessed).. Happy Anniversary anyways Sue Wonder will I make it to the year... (course I will )

Have fun tonight folks..... & I can get into the spirit of it watching BBC / ITV tonight.... just say there isn't another Eastenders Guy Fawkes special....

BTW... love your piccie of Guy Fawkes burning Jim! Looks good!

Oh & Guy Fawkes.... Fawkes the pheonix... hmmm, I'm only getting that now.... hmm, very clever JK....

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Sinister Kittens - Nov 5, 2003 10:43 am (#495 of 2753)

Happy Guy Fawkes everyone! I love this night of the year, living in a city is excellent for fireworks! All I can hear are constant bangs, wooshes and fizzes!

Waa hey! Oh, and EXCELLENT fireworks!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 5, 2003 10:49 am (#496 of 2753)

Hey, Guy Fawkes=initials G and F.

Who else's initials are G and F? Who else loves fireworks?

Silly comment? Well, yes.

Happy Bangs, Wooshes and Fizzes!

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 5, 2003 3:00 pm (#497 of 2753)

BRILLIANT firework displays everyone...I especially like the guy Jim.

Naturally I've been to a bonfire tonight so I'm late on here. The explosive noises have all but died off now but I swear I heard some when I saw yours. Of course, I could be hearing things because I'm slightly deafened at the moment along with being half burning hot, half cold (from standing sideways to the bonfire).

And yes....it is exactly one year since I dared to send my first post...now there's no stopping me

I shall have some home made treacle toffee to mark the occassion.

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timrew - Nov 5, 2003 3:10 pm (#498 of 2753)

Happy anniversary, Doc! It's 11pm here in Manchester, and I can still hear fireworks exploding outside. Now I know how war correspondents feel when they're typing out their reports!

A tip on keeping warm at bonfires.....you have to imagine you're on a spit and keep rotating where you stand. That way, you keep warm all over.

Granted, you look stupid, and the person you're talking to only gets to hear what you're saying every ten seconds or so; but at least you're warm!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 5, 2003 3:32 pm (#499 of 2753)

I hope everyone stayed upwind of the bonfires. Otherwise your clothing and hair smell...um, smoked. Whenever my son and husband came home from Boy Scout campouts, yowie, did they reek! Well, yes, they probably didn't pay too much attention to personal hygiene at those weekends, but the overriding odor was of woodsmoke.

I'm sure I sounded just like Molly Weasley: "Straight to the basement with you. Stop, don't even think of using the front door. Leave all that reeky gear on the front lawn. Now march--clothes in the laundry, bodies to the shower! Ewww, you two are so rank."

Ciao. Barb

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Marye Lupin - Nov 5, 2003 4:40 pm (#500 of 2753)

We talked about Guy Fawkes day in English about a week ago. The book we were reading started on Guy Fawkes day and thanks to you guys I actually knew why everybody was starting bonfires Smile
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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 5, 2003 9:33 pm (#501 of 2753)

Hmm, I think I'll set my Abbyfetti on fire. *flames*,.*,;.*,.';*,';*,'.*',;.*',,*';.,;.*flames*

Heehee, didn't really work, did it? Oh, well, can't say I didn't try. I asked my mom if we could shoot some fireworks off tonight, but she said no. Some people just are no fun. Well, it's not like we ever shoot off fireworks, so there you go.

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Madam Pince - Nov 5, 2003 9:37 pm (#502 of 2753)

Oh Madame L., I was just getting ready to say how much I love the smell of woodsmoke! When my husband and I go camping, that's one of my favorite parts. Smells are so evocative of emotions, I guess, and I always associate woodsmoke with being in the great outdoors, away from cell phones and other yucky technical stuff, with nothing to stress me out except whether or not the wood is too wet to burn well. So when I smell it on our things when we come back from a weekend camping, I just give a great big inhale and smile!

So, bonfires and Guy Fawkes Day sound o-tay by me! I envy you guys having all the fun!

Edit: Ouch! I think I just got burned by a spark of Abbyfetti!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 6, 2003 4:22 am (#503 of 2753)

Mme. Pince--I don't have a problem with the smokey smell when one is actually at the campfire. That's a lovely, outdoorsy aroma. It's what happens to it after sitting in a closed car for the few hours ride home and how it smells mixed with that lack-of-shower, not-so-clean-to-begin-with long underwear, dampish camping grear smell.

Ciao. Barb

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Fawkes Forever  - Nov 6, 2003 6:20 am (#504 of 2753)

I was going to post this on the welcome thread... but it turned into an essay... so in fear of being told off... I'll place it here

In answer to Mad Gooses' Introduction post.... Mad Goose "-- Tell About Yourself (new)" 11/6/03 4:55am
MG: I'm a programmer so it’s very hard for me to capitalize and use complete sentences so forgive when you can

Just wanted to say…. I know how you feel!

I can definitely say that working in the computer industry can seriously impair your English skills.... too many acronyms, netspeak & the like, not to mention the actual code!

However, there is hope! Indeed posting here on the forum, has done wonders for my spelling & comprehension , helping to nurture my aptitude for the English language ….. bringing it back to what it was before netspeak was invented!
*psst… I have an A-Level in English Literature & have had poetry published in the past, that is before I started working in computers....

Who knows, once I have learned to spell again... I may fulfill my 'original' ambition.... that is, to be a writer, (& not code I may add ) Ahhhh, just another reason to love the forum….

Welcome to the forum everyone.....
I’ve been here for a few months now…. So I’m still a newbie at heart…, but it’s fun! I look forward to hearing your ideas....

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shepherdess - Nov 6, 2003 6:42 pm (#505 of 2753)

FF,

However, there is hope! Indeed posting here on the forum, has done wonders for my spelling & comprehension  helping to nurture my aptitude for the English language ….. bringing it back to what it was before netspeak was invented!

Now that's a nice healthy attitude about the forum-and one that's appreciated by hosts and moderators (if I may take the liberty of speaking for them). I wish all members felt that way.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 6, 2003 7:35 pm (#506 of 2753)

shepherdess,
I am grateful for all the hosts and moderators do to keep the writing on the forum top-notch. Not only is it pleasant to read I find myself working harder to write well. Good Practice!

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Gina R Snape - Nov 6, 2003 9:45 pm (#507 of 2753)

*runs screaming into the room* I had to post this somewhere appropriate. *pant, pant*

I went to the Ziegfeld Theatre in NYC today for the opening of Love Actually and I saw Emma Thompson and (suppress scream) Alan Rickman!!!!! Ahhh! I'm so beside myself. Emma looked fabulous, in a kind of glamourous Trelawneyesque outfit. And Alan, oh my Alan. He was simply lovely. He wore a black suit. He's very graceful and lovely and seemed actually to be a bit nervous about the whole event. Fidgeted with his hands a lot. He did not sign any autographs or talk with fans, but he did turn around to me! I told him how pleased I was that he came over and he relaxed and smiled and was really warm. And then he got whisked away by the press. Oh, I'm so happy I could just faint! Except, I'm so wired I don't think I shall be able to fall asleep tonight.

Weeeeeee!!!!!!!

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Fawkes Forever  - Nov 7, 2003 2:14 am (#508 of 2753)

WOW Gina, you got to meet Mr Rickman.... woohoo, I'm delighted for you! I can actually feel your excitement Ohhh & you made him smile..... good woman!

Shepherdess, thanks for the compliment but I meant every word I said! (typed) This forum is not only an outlet to discuss all our Potter obessions, opps sorry I mean observations , but it's also improving our (well definitely my) use of the English language! I'm even remembering words I had forgotten even ever existed! Thanks again to all the hosts & moderators for insisting that 'proper' English standards are adhered to!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 7, 2003 5:20 am (#509 of 2753)

Hey, Gina, how wonderful for you that you actually met the man of your dreams. What fun to hear about Emma T. Now, I know it's hard to return to reality, but steady, girl, we need your good insights for the Forum.

Ciao. Barb

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sowmya aras - Nov 7, 2003 5:58 am (#510 of 2753)

I"ve not met anyone so cool in my life and don't think I ever will seeing as how I live in India. But, hey, at least you had fun!! Tell me exactly how long did you speak to him? I'm very excited for you! I bet you never expected such a treat!!! Ah, you're so lucky. This is getting depressing.....

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azi - Nov 7, 2003 8:51 am (#511 of 2753)

Sob, I missed saying happy Bonfire Night to everybody! Some people go to bonfires, I go to see The Matrix. I had my scout bonfire on Saturday though. Hehe, I got to look after the fireworks! Smile

Wow, Gina! The nearest I've ever got to a celebrity is Anthony Worrall-Tompson (chef guy). Anyone in England going to the BBCs Good Food Show this year? I'm going with Explorers as usual and my scout leader will laugh at me because I love it but I'm the fussiest (sp?) eater he ever met. Wow! I wish could've been there to see your weird shockedness! You sound extremely excited to have met him!

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Gina R Snape - Nov 7, 2003 9:32 am (#512 of 2753)

Azi, excited cannot begin to describe...

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Weeny Owl - Nov 7, 2003 9:41 am (#513 of 2753)

Gina is so excited you'd think Snape had actually given her a Babbling Beverage.

I'm still Slytherin green with envy, though.

Dang, to be that near to the incredible Alan.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 7, 2003 9:42 am (#514 of 2753)

Weeny Owl (who got the entire night's description in a private e-mail) is so excited she posted twice!

And, yes, I do feel a bit like I imbibed a babbling potion!

Edit: Ooops, I guess you deleted the 2nd post!

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Weeny Owl - Nov 7, 2003 9:47 am (#515 of 2753)

Yes, Gina... my mind was too busy thinking of Alan and not on what I was doing, so I had to go back and delete one.

After reading your description last night, you'd think I was really Pigwidgeon twittering madly about the room hooting excitedly, bouncing off light fixtures.

Did you get any sleep last night?

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Gina R Snape - Nov 7, 2003 10:02 am (#516 of 2753)

I did eventually collapse from exhaustion around 2am. But I am thoroughly wired again today! And, as you can see, today I have pictures! Wireimage.com has a lot of pics from the event.

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 7, 2003 12:05 pm (#517 of 2753)

Yeah Gina!!!!!

I couldn't think of anyone who deserved to meet Alan Rickman more

Now come on, admit it...did you just "casually" go over to the premier or did you plan well in advance, research the guest list and turn up 12 hours early?

And best of all....you spoke to him and he smiled back.

Your news is today's Lexicon Forum Chat's Cheering Charm.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 7, 2003 1:55 pm (#518 of 2753)

Thanks Dr. Filibuster! It's nearly 21 hours later, and I'm still elated.

And, no, I did not casually stroll past the Ziegfeld Theatre. Nor did I get there 12 hours early. I knew the premiere was taking place since about 2 days beforehand. My friend Lucy did all the detective work. And I went straight there after work, arriving about 45 minutes before THE man stepped on the red carpet.

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Emily - Nov 7, 2003 4:16 pm (#519 of 2753)

Ooooh... *Slytherin green with jealousy*. Lucky, lucky Gina. Oh well, at least you finally got your dream. I, on the other hand, would have been more interested in the future Trelawny.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 7, 2003 5:28 pm (#520 of 2753)

Oh, Emma was just lovely. She looked sooooo glamourous. Her hair shined. She was funny and sweet and I wish I could remember everything she said because she was really having a good time with the fans and the cameras and posing with Martine.

I think I said this before, but wireimage and rex pictures have some really lovely pictures of Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman.

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timrew - Nov 7, 2003 8:10 pm (#521 of 2753)

Congratulations, Gina, on meeting THE RickMAN!

I don't suppose he gave you any clues about book 6?

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Gina R Snape - Nov 7, 2003 8:35 pm (#522 of 2753)

Oh, thanks Tim. And thanks everyone else!

It occurs to me that I've monopolised this thread a bit too much now. If so, I apologise.

And, yes, Tim. He told me Snape will marry a muggleborn named Gina and they will adopt a kitten and name her Nymphadora and live in wedded bliss in his dungeon chambers. She will market a line of Snape fruit drinks and teas to keep busy.

And Hermione will get "O"s on all her OWLs.

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Madam Poppy - Nov 7, 2003 9:12 pm (#523 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 7, 2003 9:12 pm

I looked for you on TV Gina. Used my TiVo slow-mo to see if I could see you in the crowds around the theater. Did you get to see the movie? It isn't showing in our town yet.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 7, 2003 9:48 pm (#524 of 2753)

Wow, Gina, how great! I have this big goofy grin on my face, I'm so happy for you. Now everyone knows what this calls for, right? ABBYFETTI!!! .,.,.;.',;.',;.,',;.',;.',;.',' I buy Abbyfetti in bulk, you see.

Congrats, Gina!

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Caput Draconis - Nov 8, 2003 4:05 am (#525 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 8, 2003 4:23 am

Ooooohhh, nice pic too, Gina ('the exact moment he smiled at me'...great!!!). I saw the preview today and got jealous all over again. So AR/Snape, ET/Trelawney...hopefully Hugh will get hired in one of the movies and you can feel all special that you made another Harry connection.

Where'd Howie steal off to, Abby?

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Nov 8, 2003 8:40 am (#526 of 2753)

Donna Bright,

Hope you have a great day.

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Denise P. - Nov 8, 2003 10:29 am (#527 of 2753)

Today, while at a parade, a film crew from a Dutch TV station interviewed us. They didn't identify the specific station, just that they were Dutch. So, if you see a lady being asked about the war in Iraq, with a baby in a sling (wearing a purple hat and a yellow ladybug jacket) as well as a man with a blonde boy in a backpack on his back...that is me and my husband! They just were asking us how important it was to show support for the troops and our opinion on how things were going. I have no idea if it will actually air but those who get Dutch TV stations, see if you spot me

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Jasmine Evans - Nov 8, 2003 1:02 pm (#528 of 2753)

Cool picture, Denise.

I am one of the few persons who don't have a TV. One year we leased one for Christmas. When my husband called the shop to tell them to take the TV back after Christmas, they thought we were totally mad (Wish I could have seen the TV-dealer's face through the phone ).

Apart from that, it's a little interesting to be interviewed, especially if you are able to watch Dutch TV - and if you don't hate to watch yourself.

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Denise P. - Nov 8, 2003 2:28 pm (#529 of 2753)

Well, the thing that makes it more interesting to me is that I live in Tennessee! We were standing on the street right in front of the university I got my degree from, with 3 of our kids (3 more were on a float) and just enjoying the parade when they came up to us. Very nice pair, introduced themselves and asked if we minded being filmed. You just don't get many Dutch TV crews in Tennessee

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Sinister Kittens - Nov 8, 2003 6:19 pm (#530 of 2753)

Gina, I’m so chuffed for you! And Denise - do you have a picture of the float as well? Your kids look so happy, what sort of float were the others on?

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S.E. Jones - Nov 8, 2003 8:20 pm (#531 of 2753)

Madam Librarian: Sarah, I've been dying to ask--who's the teeny little 'un (as Hagrid would say) and the pretty gal? (I know it's off topic, but your new pic is so sweet.) I'll look for an answer on the chat thread.

In answer to your question, Barb, the teeny little 'un is my niece when she was a newborn. You may have seen more recent pics of her (she's now two and has a head full of curly blonde hair), like the one where she's dressed up as Jessi the Cowgirl for Halloween. The person holding her is me....

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Madame Librarian - Nov 8, 2003 8:24 pm (#532 of 2753)

OK, thanks, Sarah, I thought for a bit that I had totally missed something in the last couple of weeks.

Ciao. Barb

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Susurro Notities - Nov 8, 2003 8:33 pm (#533 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 8, 2003 8:36 pm

S.E. - you look as I thought you might - smart and ... well...pretty. Cute baby too.

Gina - what can I say - Sooooooooo Cool!

Denise - What an unusual experience. I hope Joost! sees you on Dutch TV. Your 3 boys look handsome, happy, and healthy!

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Hem Hem - Nov 8, 2003 8:35 pm (#534 of 2753)

Yeah, Sarah, it's funny, I always imagined you looking much like that.

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Mad Goose - Nov 8, 2003 8:55 pm (#535 of 2753)

Thanks Fawkes. I only just saw your post. There is a lot to read here. I am finding it very interesting that there are so many different cultures on here. I have to really think about some of the things being said. Like you saying you have an A-Level in English Lit. I have no idea what that means, but I can figure it out. You did well, right? Harry Potter is not just another world because of the Wizarding, but because of its location too. My son is 6 and he really likes watching the movies because of the culture he is exposed to. He has even used a few english expressions.

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Madam Pince - Nov 8, 2003 9:00 pm (#536 of 2753)

Ooooooo, Gina, congratulations! How fun that must've been! You go girl!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 8, 2003 10:47 pm (#537 of 2753)

Howie did not steal away, Caput. In fact, he's coming back later tonight. I put my Houdini (one of my Big Five Heroes) pic up in honour of the fact that he died on Halloween. I meant to change it earlier, but I got lazy. Anyway, Halloween has always been Houdini Day for me. Kinda morbid and weird, I know, but, hey, I am kinda morbid and weird. I'm currently looking for a new pic of dear Mr. Carter for my evil scheme for November.

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 9, 2003 5:19 am (#538 of 2753)

Abby, you reminded me that "The Big Read" was on again last night...HUGE national vote for favourite novel on British TV see http://www.bbc.co.uk.

They profile 3 books per week. The profiles always result in a massive increase in those 3 novels.

Bad news: Harry Potter has dropped to number 6..he's been third or fourth since voting began.

Good news: Harry hasn't been profiled yet.

There are "sophisticated" ways of blocking mass votes, but people are allowed to vote numerous times, for example each week.

The main competition is Lord of the Rings and Pride and Prejudice.

Denise, it's great to hear that Devin is out of hospital and eating again.

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milti girl - Nov 9, 2003 3:14 am (#539 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Nov 9, 2003 7:35 am

Well, see, there are a lot of Indian HP fans out there!!! Actually, Soumya, my name is Deepti and I live in Bangalore. Where do you live? I tried starting an Indian invasion....but the only Indians who've invaded are me and Sowmya. And hey, I speak only English, too. My Hindi is terrible (no Hindi to speak of, actually) and I do know a little Kannada and Tamil. *Sigh* I've never been that great at any language except English.

This is still about me, so technically I'm not off-topic, am I?

Edit: Nope, you are not off topic any longer since I moved it to the correct thread If you have any questions, I can be reached at denise@hp-lexicon.org

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Blast - Nov 9, 2003 12:56 pm (#540 of 2753)

Even though Canada has a very British history, we unfortunatly do not celebrate Bonfire Night. I am afraid if we did here, it would turn into something involing large consumptions of alcohol and pyrothecniques. The two do not work well together. When I was a younger lad I went to see an Indy Cart race outside of Toronto with some friends. It was a two day event and the night was a mass of great bonfires and reavalry. Our campsight was a maze of people. We built a huge bonfire and as we were not too far from the main lavatories we had many passerbys. Most of the people were quite amazed at our fire and they were also quite inebreated. One fellow was so interested in our fire that he just stood there and stared at it . I guess it must of hypnotized him because he started to sway back and forth. Luckely for him that we noticed it and when he fell head first into the fire we quickly pull him out before much damage could occur. We put him out and just left him smoking by the fire until he woke up and returned to his own campsight non the worse for wear. I know you Brits like to sometimes consume a few pints and do you ever have any misshaps on Guy Fawkes Day?

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 9, 2003 1:30 pm (#541 of 2753)

B.E.N...oh my! I was wondering about Canadians, Aussies and Kiwis.

When I was little my family and a friend's took turns to hold bonfires in our back gardens. The fireworks got more spectacular, the Guy got more realistic, the food more abundant and the bonfires?...they got bigger.

Until the year at our friends' house when we realised that, on the other side of the fence, the electricity sub-station (a very small brick "shed" with a flat roof controlling electric to several streets on their housing estate) was melting.

There then followed a rather slapstick scene involving cooling said roof, throwing buckets of water over the bonfire(on purpose), and a couple of dads(by accident). We went to organised events after that!

Infact, so many people are injured and so many yobs cause misery with fireworks that the laws are tightening up each year.

Hey, do we have any members who had a good new year and a happy Diwali?

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 10, 2003 12:51 am (#542 of 2753)

Heehee, I voted. It worked this time, mwah-hahaha. Anywho, am I forever in your mind associated with "The Big Read" now, Dr. F?

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Nox NotteTorrente - Nov 10, 2003 2:06 am (#543 of 2753)

oh my! I was wondering about Canadians, Aussies and Kiwis

Here in Australia, we mostly have severe drought this time of year, so we also have very strict fire-bans. And Fireworks have to be used by licenced pyrotechnicians (at least in Queensland). They are not sold anywhere to the general public. Too many people have been injured and/or killed.

Nox

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Joost! - Nov 10, 2003 4:11 am (#544 of 2753)

The same thing happened at my rowing club last year, Blast End. We made a fire in an old bathtub. A girl sat by the fire, drinking. When she stood up she fell face down in the tub. We pulled her out quickly enough, so she only suffered minor burns.

I didn't see you on television yet, Denise...

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Denise P. - Nov 10, 2003 8:50 am (#545 of 2753)

Joost!, it is entirely possible that they will not air the bit with me. I know I got the very definite impression that I did not express the opinion they wanted. He seemed very surprised by my comments and attempted to get me to revise them with further questions. When I did not, he moved to my husband who pretty much echoed what I had said LOL If someone is really interested in specifics on what I said, you can email me at denise@hp-lexicon.org...I don't want to spark a debate on the topic here on the board.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 10, 2003 9:54 am (#546 of 2753)

Speaking of being seen...

From the Love Actually press tent at the Ziegfeld Theatre last week. Colin Firth, not Alan Rickman or Emma Thompson, but I thought you all might at least enjoy seeing what I look like.

http://www.rexfeatures.com/cgi-bin/r2news0?s=435682AB&m=3&z=0

Ok, it's a terrible, I repeat, terrible picture of me. But I'm the one in the white shirt, with the glasses, next to the girl with the camera.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 10, 2003 10:19 am (#547 of 2753)

No, No. Not so terrible. Beautiful skin, hair, full dark lips, rosy cheeks, I wish I had your eyebrows. Golly Gina you are very attractive. It is difficult to get a feel for your total look as I cannot see your eyes - and we all know how important that is! You do look a bit dazed no doubt due to the heady experience of sighting Snape - oh sorry - Mr. Rickman

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Weeny Owl - Nov 10, 2003 10:34 am (#548 of 2753)

Susurro:

I had the exact same impression of Gina! She looks darling but dazed.

It really is a great picture of you, Gina... I can totally see you as Mrs. S. Snape.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 10, 2003 11:36 am (#549 of 2753)

Aww, you guys are too kind. I was dazed, and can only imagine the blank and/or overwhelmed expression on my face when Alan turned around to me. Okay,I'll stop.

fyi, my eyes are so dark as nearly black, and, er, I wax my eyebrows. No biggie there. I just think my face looks horribly round and full in that picture.

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Weeny Owl - Nov 10, 2003 11:42 am (#550 of 2753)

Your eyes are nearly black? Hmmm... doesn't Severus have black eyes too?

Your face doesn't look horribly round... don't be silly.

I don't think you'll be getting rid of your dazed look for quite a while, though.
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Gina R Snape - Nov 10, 2003 11:44 am (#551 of 2753)

heh, heh. No I don't think I shall.

Denise asked me in the chatroom if I was still floating. Yes, Denise, I am still floating.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 10, 2003 8:50 pm (#552 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 10, 2003 8:59 pm

S.E. Jones,
Although I think you are lovely and your niece is adorable will you PLEASE stop looking at me with those knowing eyes! (Is there a gene for knowing eyes?)

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Mrs. Sirius - Nov 10, 2003 11:08 pm (#553 of 2753)

Hey folks in charge, there is something odd on the Severus Snape thread. The numbered post are dated in strange order. Post #620 is dated November 10 but the following post, #621 has a date of November 6 and the following posts are dated earlier, going into October. I didn't add anything to the thread to not add to any confusion.

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Hem Hem - Nov 10, 2003 11:13 pm (#554 of 2753)

I think there was a new thread entitled, "The Vacancy Snape Wished to Fill," which was open for discussion for about a month before being tacked onto the general "Severus Snape" thread. The posts all follow in a more or less coherent order, I'm pretty sure.

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Carina - Nov 10, 2003 11:42 pm (#555 of 2753)

Don't worry, Mrs. Sirius. It's just our hosts, hard at work. It's safe to post.

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Kip Carter - Nov 11, 2003 2:58 am (#556 of 2753)

Maritza,

Both Hem Hem and Carina are correct. In an effort to clean up some of the threads in the New Discussion Threads Not Approved or Placed folder, some threads were moved to the end of existing threads. When this happens, the order of the existing thread Severus Snape appears to be out of order and is to a certain degree.

To avoid any further confusion, I have created a new thread Severus Snape #2 to begin the second phase of our discussion this controversial figure. In the introduction of this new thread, I have explain what happened. The original thread now titled Severus Snape #1 continues to exist and is placed now at the bottom of the Hogwarts Staff Members folder.

I have also made the same changes with the Harry Potter and Hermione Granger threads.

I hope this solves any problems.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 11, 2003 7:39 am (#557 of 2753)

Two threads for Severus Snape?!

Christmas has come early, I see.

Just a thought. I noticed right away that the two threads had been combined. Perhaps some confusion could have been avoided with a note in the first message of the combined thread explaining how it had been moved?

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S.E. Jones - Nov 11, 2003 10:36 am (#558 of 2753)

Susurro: S.E. Jones, Although I think you are lovely and your niece is adorable will you PLEASE stop looking at me with those knowing eyes! (Is there a gene for knowing eyes?)

I have "knowing eyes"? Hm, never been accused of that before...

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mollis - Nov 11, 2003 3:38 pm (#559 of 2753)

I would have to agree with Susurro. You either know something or are up to something...

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Denise P. - Nov 11, 2003 4:06 pm (#560 of 2753)

See now, I see Sarah's expression as "Take my picture but once this baby is down, you are dead!" I do think it is a lovely picture though. Awww...a widdle baby....

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Gina R Snape - Nov 11, 2003 4:18 pm (#561 of 2753)

Yes, I think Sarah's got the look of someone who knows how to get up to no good, which makes holding the baby quite a juxtaposition.

And, Denise, you're fond of the widdle baby? Who'da thunk? I mean, you, fond of children?

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S.E. Jones - Nov 11, 2003 6:17 pm (#562 of 2753)

Take my picture but once (insert random act in here), you are dead!

Hm, how many times have I said that...

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Blast - Nov 11, 2003 7:57 pm (#563 of 2753)

Here's a good one, I was too busy on the forum that I forgot to vote in the municipal elections last night! We had a referendum issue to vote on as well. If somebody lost by one vote, I might have to iron my hands later on. By the way Gina are you a native New Yorker? You resemble a friend of mine.

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Weeny Owl - Nov 11, 2003 8:07 pm (#564 of 2753)

Denise, I'm loving your pictures... what pretty kids you have.

Sarah, you do have that "cat that ate the canary" look, but fortunately not a Canary Cream.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 11, 2003 8:09 pm (#565 of 2753)

I was born, but not exclusively raised, in New York, Blast.

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Joost! - Nov 12, 2003 2:44 am (#566 of 2753)

Does anyone know if Ticker has become a mother already? According to the doctors her baby was due to arrive today (my birthday).

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Susurro Notities - Nov 12, 2003 5:11 am (#567 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 12, 2003 5:14 am

I was wondering the same thing Joost!. Her email is private.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Joost!
Now for the traditional gift. Mother's wisdom. I am giving you a saying you admired before.
If you're not Dutch you're not much!

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Dumbledore II - Nov 12, 2003 5:16 am (#568 of 2753)

Happy birthday Joost!

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Joost! - Nov 12, 2003 5:51 am (#569 of 2753)

Thanks Sigrid and Susurro (I changed my second line of information, think I'll keep it for about a week, maybe longer)

Nice to know someone caught my "subtle" hint...

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Marè - Nov 12, 2003 6:09 am (#570 of 2753)

Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag joost!
En hoe oud ben je nu geworden?



PROFICIAT

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Joost! - Nov 12, 2003 6:38 am (#571 of 2753)

Dank je wel, Steffie.

I'm 23 years old as of today...

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Marè - Nov 12, 2003 6:45 am (#572 of 2753)

Okay translation: Happy birthday Joost, and how old did you get?

Both "van harte gefeliciteerd" en "proficiat" are well wishes.

And 23 is a very okay age! (It's mine too, what a conicidence, must be why I like it so much. )

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mollis - Nov 12, 2003 7:04 am (#573 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 12, 2003 7:04 am

Harry Birthday Joost! I think 23 was my favorite year so far, so live it up!

(That's about as wise as my wisdom gets before the first cup of coffee!)

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Fawkes Forever - Nov 12, 2003 7:15 am (#574 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Joost!

I agree with Mollis.... 23 was a great year! Enjoy your birthday

oh & Happy Belated Birthday to Donna Bright

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Ulrikke - Nov 12, 2003 7:21 am (#575 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Joost!

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!!!!!LauraAngel - Nov 12, 2003 7:28 am (#576 of 2753)

What is "Happy Birthday" called in French? Can any of you help me?

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Fawkes Forever - Nov 12, 2003 7:52 am (#577 of 2753)

I think it's, 'Bon Anniversaire' Laura!

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Weeny Owl - Nov 12, 2003 9:21 am (#578 of 2753)

Happy Birthday, Joost!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 12, 2003 10:24 am (#579 of 2753)

OK, it's time for you to add another exclamation point, Joost!!

Happy birthday, many more.

Ciao. Barb

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Nov 12, 2003 11:42 am (#580 of 2753)

Joost!

Enjoy your day!

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Detail Seeker - Nov 12, 2003 2:01 pm (#581 of 2753)

Well, have a nice party, Joost ! And when recovered, enjoy the next year(s) !

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Gina R Snape - Nov 12, 2003 2:10 pm (#582 of 2753)

Many Happy Returns, Joost!!!

You've got the best birthday present. The PoA trailer is up!

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Nymph Tonks - Nov 12, 2003 2:54 pm (#583 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Joost!

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LilyP - Nov 12, 2003 3:33 pm (#584 of 2753)

Happy Birthday, Joost!

Wa..wa..wa..what?? Gina, Where did you find the trailer? (my heart is racing!!)Yippeeee!!

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Gina R Snape - Nov 12, 2003 5:36 pm (#585 of 2753)

It was up at a few places, which I posted promptly on the 3rd movie thread. But it's gone back down again. I've since heard it can be found on two other sites. I'll check them out and post on the 3rd movie thread.

I downloaded it from mugglenet, so I can watch it over and over and over and over and...

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LilyP - Nov 12, 2003 5:48 pm (#586 of 2753)

OK- after I left that message, I've spent all my HP Forum time trying to find, download and watch. I finally got it on Godrics Hollow website. It looks so cool. I wrote more on the movie thread. We can discuss what you thought of Snape/Gram Longbottom.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 12, 2003 9:21 pm (#587 of 2753)

Yay, Abbyfetti time!! .,.,;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',. Just tell me when Abbyfetti gets old so I can use it more often.

Happy Birthday, Joost!!! I'm only 19, but from what I've heard, 23 is a great year!

I'm trying to download the trailer now. It's taking forever!! Stop making me more anxious.

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Sinister Kittens - Nov 13, 2003 1:35 am (#588 of 2753)

Happy belated birthday Joost! I would have said this earlier but I was out celebrating my other halfs birthday as well! Hope you had a great time!

Oh, and thanks for the heads up Gina, I will try downloading that when I get home!

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Blast - Nov 13, 2003 5:04 pm (#589 of 2753)

My daughter Kyra was amazed at the trailer! She thinks that the Dementer is so cool. BTW she is just reading the book. My oldest daughter brought us an orange cat to baby sit because she can't keep him in her dorm at university.[she goes to school 3000 miles away] His name is Mr. Noodles but there is a cat next door with the same name so I was waiting to see if he was a Crookshanks or a Mungdingus, he is a Mungdingus because tonight at dinner while no one was looking he snuck up and tried to nick a chicken wing. He is a very sneaky cat. His adopted brother is also a Mundingus too. They booth would of done well in Slytherin!

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Joost! - Nov 13, 2003 11:20 pm (#590 of 2753)

Thanks everyone, I especially enjoyed the Abbyfetti, Abby!

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Sly Girl - Nov 14, 2003 12:08 am (#591 of 2753)

Any Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter fans out there? Mugglenet has just posted an exclusive of the new book that is due out. It's basically a teaser book- designed to help HP Sleuths figure out the clues for themselves. The sample they posted really got my brain going. Anyone else read it?

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Susurro Notities - Nov 14, 2003 6:37 am (#592 of 2753)

Have ordered the book. It is a OoP supplement to the first guide. Thanks for the tip Sly Girl, will check it out.

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Carina - Nov 14, 2003 9:15 am (#593 of 2753)

got link?

It's just a supplement? Because I really don't want to have to buy a whole new set of reference books everytime a new book comes out

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Sly Girl - Nov 14, 2003 11:18 am (#594 of 2753)

Here you go: http://www.mugglenet.com/newclues.shtml

It's a different book from the first one- no answers really, just clues that point us in the right direction. The new edition of their first book isn't due out until early next year I guess.

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Denise P. - Nov 14, 2003 1:34 pm (#595 of 2753)
Edited Nov 14, 2003 4:24 pm

Edit: This post was in response to one posted that the author has now deleted. I am allowing it to remain since the points are valid still.

Zelmia, while I agree, we should use proper English while on the Forum, there is such a thing as being overzealous in it. This is not the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum English 101

Not everyone is blessed with a cable modem and many are on dial up. If I were using dial up, I would never consider using the spell check function because it would significantly add to my time here. I had to use dial up a few days ago and it was like swimming in a stream of molasses against the current in winter. Heck, I have a cable modem and seldom use spell check even though I doubt my posts are error free. I try to spell things correctly but mistakes do happen.

Not everyone is an English major and although we applaud those who can write well and follow all the rules in English, we are not going to dwell on those of us who can't. All we ask is that you try your best. I know many have a program open to spell check but again, not everyone has those, are even on a personal computer or are aware of how to have more than one program open at a time.

Spelling - if your intent is clear and you made an effort, that is great. I am not going to get worked up over the misuse of cite/site, mute/moot or too/two. I know what you meant and you are aware of the meaning of the word even if you used it incorrectly.

Frankly, if I had to worry that my posts were being looked at the same way my college English papers were, I would find someplace else to post. Do your best, have fun and let little things like less than perfect sentence structure, spelling and mistakes in similar words slide by. Our goal in asking for proper usage of the language is to provide those who don't speak English a chance to follow the conversation easier and to maintain a level of standards on the Forum.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 14, 2003 1:47 pm (#596 of 2753)

I'm glad you posted that Denise. I'd also like to add that there are some on our forum who may have a learning disability such as dyslexia and getting too picky might be even more intimidating for them to want to respond to posts.

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zelmia - Nov 14, 2003 2:08 pm (#597 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Nov 14, 2003 8:33 pm

Well, I am neither an "English Major" (do I need to be to have a thorough understanding of my native language?) nor do I have a cable modem. But I deleted my previous post since it seemed to cause such controversy. Forgive me.

Edit Don't worry about it I don't think it was a huge deal and was not trying to pick on you. I try to be mindful of all who post here and put myself in their position. I don't believe you upset anyone and I was not upset by your post. ~ Denise P

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Marè - Nov 14, 2003 2:15 pm (#598 of 2753)

I have to agree with Denise and Gina on this one. I understand why Zelmia posted her post, but you can never tell why somebody is making errors in their posts. Dyslexia, age, different language, total incompatibility with computers....
I myself find the spellcheck very confusing, and my word spellcheck just as much (the thing doesn't even know which language it's in.)
Things like netspeak and such are obvious and the fact that it is not tolerated around here continuous to be pointed out already.

and as for the rest, I like the people who hang around here, I find most of them very intelligent, and tend to think that everybody tries the best that he/she cans! For some that means better spelling than for others.

On a chatty note: Who would have thought! they are going to have midnight release parties for OoP around here (Netherlands) too! I might even go and attend one. I don't think I will dress up, but I'll try to make some of Madam Poppy's famous "dobby socks". (If only I had the time, patience and talent to put snitches and brooms on kneehigh socks.) Now that would be fun! But maybe I can ask my grandmother to make me a housescarf.
And I want to find out, how I can get my hands on some of those posters, they feature the bookcover and are pretty cool. I already have some of books three and four but I don't remember how i got them (and were I put them. )

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Madam Poppy - Nov 14, 2003 2:57 pm (#599 of 2753)
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Marè, you can have "Dobby Socks" just by wearing 2 mismatched socks. If the socks are a little wild though, they might seem even more magical.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 14, 2003 3:10 pm (#600 of 2753)

I too have deleted my posts as they no longer make sense without Zelmia's post.
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zelmia - Nov 14, 2003 3:11 pm (#601 of 2753)

Sorry, about that Susurro.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 14, 2003 3:30 pm (#602 of 2753)

It's ok Zelmia - I guess you and I just march to a different drummer on this issue!

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Gina R Snape - Nov 14, 2003 3:31 pm (#603 of 2753)

Steffie. When ("Sev and" ) I met up with you in Amsterdam, there was an "American Book Centre" (or something like that) in one of the major shopping streets of of Van Dammer Square that had those posters in the picture I showed you (Stand By Slytherins, Hold On Hufflepuff). They might still have them. Waldenbooks on the same road also had posters, but for the British cover if I recall correctly.

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Marè - Nov 14, 2003 3:37 pm (#604 of 2753)

I'm going to A'dam tomorrow unfortunately not in the centre. I would love one of those hufflepuff things I still have the pictures you sent me from the slytherin window.
But maybe I can go and check that store these week.
We have a bookstore here with the posters in the window, but the people in the store are absolutely afwful, they never can promise you that they will save you the thing because "If we do that for one person, we have to do it for everybody else" etc. etc. So I'll just have to find another store who does.

Why can't you just order the stupid things with the publisher or something. Grrrrrr

Bye the way, I like your new avatar, this time Alan looks directly in the camera, it's lovely!

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Gina R Snape - Nov 14, 2003 3:53 pm (#605 of 2753)

Thanks, Steffie. Yes, I love this one too, but I did not get hold of it until yesterday.

Isn't it kind of neat that, unlike a publicity photo, you can look at his picture and know he's looking directly at me? I get all happy inside every time I look at it.

Ok, so maybe it's not as special for you (or anyone else) as for me, but you and I have met "in real life" outside of the Lex board, so you have the reference at least in that way.

Good luck with getting hold of the poster. Eat a herring sandwich for me!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 14, 2003 9:10 pm (#606 of 2753)

How do you know he's not looking at me, Gina?

Wow, I need to get that new Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter book! I got the original for my last birthday (about a week before OOP came out) and my family didn't see me again until I had read it several times and it was time to go and get OOP! Heehee, yay! Christmas present for me!

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Susurro Notities - Nov 14, 2003 9:15 pm (#607 of 2753)

Abby,
According to Barnes and Noble it will be out in November. I believe it is November the 17th but I can't remember where I read that.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 14, 2003 9:25 pm (#608 of 2753)

Thanks, Susurro. It's on my Christmas list. My mom keeps asking what I want, and I never have a definitive answer for her. I think she knows me better than I know myself, anyway.

Heh, a new book! That's just what I need. After my extensive book shelf building/buying over the last month, I've just about filled every one of my new and old shelves. It's a good thing I don't believe in having too many books.

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Blast - Nov 15, 2003 7:38 pm (#609 of 2753)

On June 4th will anybody be dressing up to go and see PoA? I have a funny feeling my twins will want to. If I will dress up it would either be Sirius or Snape, even though I already have a scar over my right eye. BTW is Harry's scar on his right side, left side or the center of his forehead. I can't remember if the books mention where on his forehead it is.

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Madam Poppy - Nov 15, 2003 8:51 pm (#610 of 2753)

JKR never says where Harry's scar is, just that it is on his forehead.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 15, 2003 10:35 pm (#611 of 2753)

I'll probably wear my "Book 5 Cover" costume again.

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S.E. Jones - Nov 15, 2003 10:48 pm (#612 of 2753)

Blast end newt, Poppy is right, the books don't say, but I read somewhere in an interview, that I now cannot find (I guess I'm just going to have to start copying them all to my computer *sigh*), that Columbus asked JKR where his scar went and she told them to put it where you see it in the movie.... I don't know if it really matters, though...

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Gina R Snape - Nov 15, 2003 11:33 pm (#613 of 2753)

I purchased a hooded cape at Halloween. I plan on having it hemmed, and a few pockets sewn into the lining. I am debating whether or not to affix a Slytherin crest to it. I may just pin one on for the premiere, so I can wear the cape at other times without it being specifically Harry Potter.

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Blast - Nov 15, 2003 11:35 pm (#614 of 2753)

No I was just wondering because Iread a book review and it stated that the scar was definatly in the center. I guess the reviewer was a bit hazy on her details the scar was not the only thing she got wrong. I didn't think that the position was mentioned.

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Madame Librarian - Nov 16, 2003 4:01 pm (#615 of 2753)

Alert, alert! Topic shift:

Saw "Love Actually" last night. Very sweet, funny, well-crafted film.

Rickman was great in his role and had me disliking him more than I dislike (though sympathize with) Snape. Emma T. was fabulous as his wife, and her "big" scene with him had me in tears.

BTW--(this is embarrassing)--halfway through the movie, my husband leans over and says, "Is that guy familiar?" "Who?" I said. "The one who plays Thompson's husband. Boy, I just can't place him, but his voice is soo familiar," my guy continues.

I slunk (?) lower in my seat in utter horror that my dear man can't recognize him. Sheesh, we just watched both movies a few days ago. "It's Snape!" I hissed. "Really? Are you sure?"

Honestly, if I'd had any popcorn left in the bag, I'd have dumped it in his lap.

Ciao. Barb

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Carina - Nov 16, 2003 4:37 pm (#616 of 2753)

I watched the movie (twice!) this weekend and every time Rickman came on, I kept imagining him saying "Pity... Clearly fame isn't everything, is it Mr. Potter?"

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Marie E. - Nov 16, 2003 5:12 pm (#617 of 2753)

My friends from work and I are planning a girls night out to see Love Actually and I can't wait. All these little teasers are making it harder. This Friday we are seeing the Looney Tunes movie, for reason I don't need to discuss here.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 16, 2003 6:32 pm (#618 of 2753)

I thought Love Actually was nice, if a bit rushed at the end. I wish we'd had more closure on Alan and Emma's characters. But theirs was the most deeply felt scenes I thought. They contrasted nicely with the fluffier stories. And, of course, Emma and Alan bring superb acting skills to flesh out such a small role in this way to have such a deep impact.

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Sly Girl - Nov 16, 2003 7:04 pm (#619 of 2753)

I definitely thought they could of cut the entire part with the couple that met as 'body' doubles in that film and spent more time developing the story between Emma/Alan's characters. Of course, I would of paid more money to see Colin Firth more too.....

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Carina - Nov 16, 2003 9:18 pm (#620 of 2753)

I felt so sad for the woman with the mentally unstable brother. I honestly don't know what I would have done in her shoes.

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Caput Draconis - Nov 17, 2003 1:05 am (#621 of 2753)
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Can anyone say Boxing Day? Because that's the ridiculous date the ridiculous distributors of my ridiculous country have pushed the release back to. Bleh. Bleh, I say. I have to content myself with watching the preview over and over, and staring vacantly at the giant cardboard thingy in my movie theatre. I do get Peter Pan to tide me over, though. Smile

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Penny Lane. - Nov 17, 2003 7:35 am (#622 of 2753)

Yay! Peter Pan. I have a preview that someone sent me. It looks good.

I saw Love, Actually last week. I thought it was good, I agree, the 'body double' scenes could have been cut, although there were parts that were fairly humourus. Does anyone know where AR was coming back from? I was so confused at the end. Suddenly he was getting off a plane, and I didn't even relize that he had left.

I have well over 12,000 posts to catch up on. Hopefully i'll get a few hours free today.

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Sly Girl - Nov 17, 2003 10:27 am (#623 of 2753)

Yeah, that part was confusing to me too- I'm assuming Harry (AR) moved out and went somewhere for awhile and came back? I think there was a scene we missed there. Maybe the Dvd will have the cut scenes. I hope he didn't write it to end like that... bad wrap up of stories!

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 17, 2003 2:17 pm (#624 of 2753)

Sorry, subject change...

Did anyone see Room 101 on British TV tonight? Comedian Linda Smith chose adult Potter fans for one of her pet hates

I watched the progamme, but was answering a phone call for the 5 minutes of Potter. It looked funny.

And did anyone see new tv series Charles II last night? I only caught a couple of scenes and managed to see about half the young adult cast of Chamber of Secrets!

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timrew - Nov 17, 2003 4:20 pm (#625 of 2753)

I saw Room 101, Doc. Linda Smith (a comedian I really like) chose 'adults who read Harry Potter' as one of her pet hates to go into Room 101.

For benefit of people in the USA, Room 101 is a programme in which celebrities pick their pet hates; and the presenter, Paul Merton, decides whether they get consigned to Room 101.

This is based on Room 101 in the book, '1984', which doesn't contain things that you hate - but things that you fear. But, hey! This is Television.

I'm afraid all of us Harry Potter adult readers got consigned to Room 101 in tonight's programme, so we don't exist anymore!

Half the audience were applauding her decision, and half were (in fun) booing. It's all a bit of fun, really......

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zelmia - Nov 17, 2003 4:47 pm (#626 of 2753)

Can we have a Room 101 Thread here, for things about the series we don't like? That would be kind of fun... Then again, I could see that causing some real problems.

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Madame Librarian - Nov 17, 2003 6:06 pm (#627 of 2753)

Sounds suspiciously like the room of requirement.

Ciao. Barb

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 17, 2003 7:14 pm (#628 of 2753)

Whoo!! I don't exist! Heehee, it's funny how I don't care, as long as I can still be a HP fan.

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Caput Draconis - Nov 17, 2003 9:27 pm (#629 of 2753)
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Hey, is that the same Paul Merton of early Clive Anderson Whose Line is it Anyway??? How could he?

And is England as a whole excited about the rugby situation?

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azi - Nov 18, 2003 11:56 am (#630 of 2753)

Rugby isn't so popular where I live. It didn't really make the main news where I lived. Shame really, there isn't a big problem of violence in rugby, unlike football. If it had been football there would be a lot of drunks walking/swaying down the street right now...

On a happier note - ha, I'm not an adult so I still exist!

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 18, 2003 12:31 pm (#631 of 2753)

Caput...Jonny Wilkinson has been plastered over the front and back pages of every newspaper since England beat France. Many people seem to have woken up now we we're in the finals!

My bank is one of the sponsors so we have special ties, scarves and badges that we are supposed to be wearing.

There are a few more England shirts being worn, but it's NOTHING like the football world cup last year. Lots of employers (including mine) let workers start late, and even provided breakfasts and live tv.

I shall be working during the finals on Saturday. I will let you know if I hear cheering in the streets

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Gina R Snape - Nov 18, 2003 1:59 pm (#632 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Nov 18, 2003 2:35 pm

Kip et al.

I am posting this here, with the expectation that you will move it somewhere else, because I honestly don't know what thread to put it in and I suspect there is a correct thread and I just can't seem to find it... Anyway, the Leaky Cauldron posted a snippet regarding the Clues in OoP, and I know people here will want to discuss it.

Taken directly from our friends in the Floo Network. http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org

The structure of New Clues is straightforward - it analyzes each chapter of Order of the Phoenix in three sections: Frequently Asked Questions, Running Bits (clues derived from JK's wordplay), and Hints. The analysis itself is based on the following four extremely helpful rules regarding JK's writing:



If she reinforces it, she means it (and wants us to remember it).



If she suddenly interrupts something (and never finishes), she's hiding a key clue!



There's no such thing as a coincidence.



Don't take a character's word for it. Two charming corollaries to that last rule: -Hermione is usually right (except when she gets emotional). -Ron is usually wrong (except when he makes a joke about it).



Thanks to HPANA for the review!

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Sly Girl - Nov 18, 2003 3:09 pm (#633 of 2753)

This sounds like the Unofficial Mysteries Guide again... they use those exact words for 'finding' clues.

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timrew - Nov 18, 2003 3:50 pm (#634 of 2753)

Hey, is that the same Paul Merton of early Clive Anderson Whose Line is it Anyway??? How could he?

Caput Draconis, it is indeed the same Paul Merton. And he consigned us all to Room 101 after a vote from the audience. But, as I said earlier, it's all a bit of fun; and nothing like the roasting JKR has been subjected to by some toffee-nosed critics.

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Carina - Nov 18, 2003 6:01 pm (#635 of 2753)

Czarina, I saw your first post and your name made me do a double take

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timrew - Nov 19, 2003 10:35 am (#636 of 2753)

I just noticed the new thread on Hogwarts Security. Well, if it's anything like the security at our Buckingham Palace, then Dumbledore should be worried!

Have you heard in the USA how a UK tabloid journalist (using bogus references), got a job as a butler in Buckingham Palace and was working there for the last two months up to the visit from George Bush?

He had photographs of the very bedroom that Mr. and Mrs. Bush would be using; and as he says, if he were a terrorist, he would have had no problem at all assassinating America's President and our Queen.

As they say, you couldn't make it up!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 19, 2003 10:44 am (#637 of 2753)

I'm sure you folks over there heard about the college kid who breeched airport security 4 times, carrying on box cutters and the like. He even wrote e-mails to the bosses at the airlines telling them what he was planning to do. His e-mails were ignored. I think he finally got noticed when he alerted the media of his stunts. He claimed he was doing it to prove that our airport security is not all its cracked up to be. I guess he made his point.

Ciao. Barb

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Blast - Nov 19, 2003 2:46 pm (#638 of 2753)

Barb what airport did he get the box cutters through? I hope it wasn't Boston's because was't that where the World Trade center planes came from. My sister used to work at Toronto's airport and when she heard about the incident she said almost immediately did the planes come out of Boston?

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Gina R Snape - Nov 19, 2003 8:08 pm (#639 of 2753)

Ok, I have nowhere to put this. But I was chatting with a friend today about funny Thanksgiving-theme titles and we came up with:

Harry Potter and the Saucer of Scones
Harry Potter and the Gobbler in the Fryer

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Sly Girl - Nov 19, 2003 8:46 pm (#640 of 2753)

LOL I like the 2nd one... hehe

Does everyone remember the auction they had last year- the card with the 93 words on it from JKR about book 5? Remember the Leaky Cauldron had a thing set up to try to buy it but then was outbid? Anyway, they are doing something similar this year, no card, but they're doing t-shirts and while not everyone will want one, it is for a good cause- all the money goes to helping put books into the hands of people that might not be able to afford them. It's a great cause- and I wanted to mention it here, in case some people don't visit The Leaky Cauldron (hey, you never know, it might happen!lol)... http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/

it's just 10$ a shirt and it's helping people out.

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Madame Librarian - Nov 19, 2003 8:57 pm (#641 of 2753)

Blast, I'm not sure which airports were involved, but one of my brain's memory cells keeps firing Dulles, Dulles, Dulles, which is in Washington, DC. It just happened a few weeks ago, so if you really wanted to know which, you can check for past news articles in Google. If I have a sudden memory boost, I'll post.

Ciao. Barb

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Susurro Notities - Nov 19, 2003 9:27 pm (#642 of 2753)

popkin
On the Extreme Effects of Harry Potter in the Real World thread (post # 6) you made the following statement "Judy Blume is on my list of no-no books". I am constantly on the lookout for quality children's reading material. The reviews I have read of Blume's work would lead me to believe they are good - but then reviews often don't tell the whole story. I would be very interested in learning why you would not recommend Ms Blume's books. If you are inclined to answer my request please email me - my address is listed. Thank You.

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Madam Poppy - Nov 19, 2003 10:14 pm (#643 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 19, 2003 10:15 pm

Attention! from SciFi.com
Rowling Works On Potter VI

J.K. Rowling has started work on a sixth Harry Potter book, Rowling's agent, Christopher Little, told the Reuters news service. Little added that Rowling's best-selling Potter books set a new record, with the first five titles having sold a quarter of a billion volumes in more than 200 countries.

J.K. Rowling has begun work on the sixth book about the boy wizard, Little told the news service. "As yet no date is fixed for its release." He added, "We look forward to introducing Harry Potter to yet more readers in the furthest parts of the globe."

Aghhh! And here I hoped she might be almost done with it!

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Gina R Snape - Nov 19, 2003 10:16 pm (#644 of 2753)

Oh, gee whiz. I mean, we already knew she'd started on the book. Maybe this is the first sign that the finish is coming?

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Denise P. - Nov 20, 2003 10:55 am (#645 of 2753)

Lonewriter-tx, I am a HUGE Highlander fan as well! I would love to read your HL fanfic and would be willing to link you to mine I am a big Methos junkie although I harbor fondness for Evil Duncan as well...not to mention Joe and regular Mac.

Welcome to the Forum!

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timrew - Nov 20, 2003 3:39 pm (#646 of 2753)

This has happened to me in the chat room also, SK. I don't go there anymore, because I could not read any of the messages.

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Kip Carter - Nov 20, 2003 3:46 pm (#647 of 2753)

Tim, I just left the Chat Room after chatting with Sinister Kitten. The room is working great tonight! Try it again! You may like it!

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Mrs. Sirius - Nov 20, 2003 4:41 pm (#648 of 2753)

I just tried the chatroom, it wasn't working for me. The room opened but my name didn't show up and nothing that I typed showed either.

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Caput Draconis - Nov 20, 2003 5:11 pm (#649 of 2753)

Nox, if you're out there...I'm just replying from the Vote thread.

Well, I've never been more impressed with a piece of TV in my whole entire life (and there's been a lot ), so thanks for noticing Guy! I was a bit of a Cosima fan since the wildcard (until the 'scandal' ) but Guy grew on me, he's lovely, has an awesome voice, and I'm terribly happy he won. He (thus BMG and everyone's favourite judge ) will be getting my money on Monday.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 20, 2003 7:06 pm (#650 of 2753)

Nice to see you post again Caitlin McCoy.

Also anyone interested in Ticker's expectations might like to check the St. Mungo’s thread.
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Ladybug220 - Nov 20, 2003 7:14 pm (#651 of 2753)

Ok, I am feeling a bit stupid here, but where is the St Mungo's thread?

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Gina R Snape - Nov 20, 2003 7:17 pm (#652 of 2753)

The St. Mungo's thread is on the fanfiction forum. Don't worry about what to wear. You'll be fitted with a pink hoody straight jacket upon entry.

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Ladybug220 - Nov 20, 2003 7:27 pm (#653 of 2753)

Please not a pink hoodie - Pink's not my color!

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Weeny Owl - Nov 20, 2003 8:58 pm (#654 of 2753)

Denise:

Where can we find your writing? I'm really curious.

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Denise P. - Nov 20, 2003 9:07 pm (#655 of 2753)

You can find a copy of it on 7th Dimension Highlander FanFiction Archive Master of Opportunity You do have to have some knowledge of the series for much of it to make sense. I was the co-author on this and both of us are very proud of the fact that most people can't tell which sections are mainly my writing and which are mainly her writing. I can point them out if someone really cares though LOL

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Nox NotteTorrente - Nov 21, 2003 2:01 am (#656 of 2753)

Caput Draconis. I liked Cosima too and Paulini. But I *love* Guy. His voice is amazing. I *may* even buy the single... And given my perverse aversion to all things popular (including Harry at first, I am shamed to admit ) that's saying something... I did a happy dance when he won too.

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Caput Draconis - Nov 21, 2003 3:14 am (#657 of 2753)

Buy the single, Nox! Even for the simple reason Mark Holden didn't write it. I was going to get tickets to see Guy today, but they cost a tad more than I would have expected for something that features Millsy...I went to a couple of the finals, so I got to see everyone anyway.

Lol on the popularity thing - at least you actually admit you watched the show/read the books.

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Weeny Owl - Nov 21, 2003 9:03 am (#658 of 2753)

Denise:

I read your story and just loved it!

I like what you did with Joe and Methos. They've always been such great characters.

Thanks for the link.

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Nox NotteTorrente - Nov 21, 2003 2:34 pm (#659 of 2753)

   >Lol on the popularity thing - at least you actually admit you watched the show/read the books<<



Acceptance is the first step to realising you have a problem and solving it...LOL! And yes, I was an *Idol Addict*! Funnily enough, the most frightening thing about that show *wasn't* Mark Holden, but how darn good Marcia Looks at her age (ok, so she's not old, but she looks to good to be true).

Nox (who's a *lot* younger than Marcia and is deteriorating rapidly...)

P.S I just have to say "Go Wallabies! Go you Good Thing!"

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Caput Draconis - Nov 21, 2003 5:39 pm (#660 of 2753)

Oh, Marcia is awesome! She's super buff too - she could have flattened Mark if he messed with her too much (fave moment 'no Mark, dammit!', hehe). Guy is looking lovely in the clip, by the way, white suit and all. All he's missing is the red carnation...

Join with me...Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda... Shame it's raining though, might give the opposition a bit of a chance. Maybe.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 21, 2003 8:52 pm (#661 of 2753)

Gosh, you guys are making me miss American Idol. No new episodes until January, I believe.

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Caput Draconis - Nov 21, 2003 10:06 pm (#662 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 22, 2003 3:31 am

Hey, that's only a couple of months, Abby! Very exciting, because in the wake of our Idol fever, we get your third series - plus World Idol over Christmas, then AuI 2. Ah, life is sweet.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 21, 2003 10:58 pm (#663 of 2753)

Oh my gosh. That doesn't make me feel much better. Why don't I get this stuff on the satellite?

*goes out to kick satellite dish, but realizes that it doesn't work anymore anyway*

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Susurro Notities - Nov 21, 2003 11:34 pm (#664 of 2753)

NoVeil4Me,
The dog drawing is beautiful. Is the dog yours? Who did the drawing?

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timrew - Nov 22, 2003 4:37 am (#665 of 2753)

Has anyone heard what they've done to the last film in the LOTR series?

Christopher Lee has been cut completely, and they haven't filmed any of the last chapter, "The Scouring Of The Shire".

I thought The Fellowship Of The Ring was one of the best films I've ever seen in my life (went to see it three times, and have it on DVD). The Two Towers I thought was okay - but I didn't like a couple of liberties they took with the plot (hence I only went to see it once).

The Return Of The King promises to be a real stinker. It's forced me to cancel a pre-order I had on The Two Towers - and I have no intention of going to see the last film in the series.

Let's hope POA doesn't turn out the same!

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Caput Draconis - Nov 22, 2003 4:57 am (#666 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 22, 2003 4:59 am

Huh? Tim, does that mean that the scene where Gandalf breaks Saruman's staff won't make it to the screen? I was hanging out for that in The Two Towers, it's my favourite scene in the book(s), and I just figured they had moved it to Return of the King as more of a last film conclusion...how can you cut Saruman???

PoA will be fine - just keep repeating that to yourself...

Edit: Oh, gosh Gina, 666 - I am so sorry...unintentional, I promise. Swear on Severus.

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 22, 2003 6:11 am (#667 of 2753)

Caput, I did hear cheering and singing in the streets

England beat Australia in the Rugby World Cup final.

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Denise P. - Nov 22, 2003 7:15 am (#668 of 2753)

Susurro, no, the gorgeous boy is not mine but I do have two Rottweilers. The artist is Angela McGraw and I adore her animal prints. I have several copies of different Rottweiler ones she has done. If I ever won a load of money, I would commission her to do portraits of my two.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 22, 2003 7:47 am (#669 of 2753)

Ack! I go off and be responsible for one evening and look what happens!

You are too kind, Caput, to think of me. Hee.

Tim, I have to agree on your statement regarding LoTR. The first film was so amazing I purchased it on DVD. The 2nd was, eh. 3rd hs shaping up to be even further downhill. Same thing happened with The Matrix movies. Great...ok...blech! But I don't think that will happen to PoA. I honestly don't. PoA is a better story than CoS in my opinion, and HP isn't a trilogy like the other two were. Plus, there's so much more Snape in PoA than in the other stories!!!! So, relax!

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timrew - Nov 22, 2003 7:47 am (#670 of 2753)

Yes, Caput. I heard Christopher Lee being interviewed, and he is so ticked off at not being in The Return Of The King, he's boycotting the premier.

PoA will be fine.....PoA will be fine.....PoA will be fine......PoA will be fine......

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Denise P. - Nov 22, 2003 7:51 am (#671 of 2753)

Oh no Tim! You forgot to click your heels while saying that! I wanna see you do it again

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timrew - Nov 22, 2003 7:55 am (#672 of 2753)

Sorry! Clicks heels at the same time as repeating, 'PoA will be fine.....PoA will be fine.....PoA will be fine.....PoA will be fine.....'

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mollis - Nov 22, 2003 9:38 am (#673 of 2753)

Okay Tim, I really hope you are wrong about the LOTR stuff. That has been my biggest fear, that they wouldn't film the final stuff in the Shire! That was my favorite part of the books! And not having Saruman?? These movie people are really ticking me off. First the Matrix is a complete letdown, and now LOTR?!? Maybe Return of the King will have the deleted scenes/extended version again, you know, where they put all the really important scenes that explain the plot. Its like they figure we are hooked and will want to see how it finishes, so we'll all go anyway just to see it. Granted, I will still go to see it. But I certainly won't see it multiple times, which is where they get the big money, when people see the same movie 3 and 4 times in the theater. Grrrrr.

Please, Please, Please, don't do this to PoA....

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timrew - Nov 22, 2003 10:22 am (#674 of 2753)

I don't think I'm wrong, mollis.

I saw Christopher Lee on the TV, and read an article about him in the paper. He said that they filmed seven minutes of him for LOTR 3, and then decided to cut it; so, as you say, it may appear on the DVD.

But I also read that they hadn't even filmed The Scouring Of The Shire. So that won't be appearing on the DVD at all!

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mollis - Nov 22, 2003 10:29 am (#675 of 2753)

Ohhh, that makes me mad!!! From the very first movie, when they didn't have that box of seeds given to Sam from Galadriel, I was worried. Then I saw the extended Two Towers, when Sam dropped that box while hanging from the rope and I got so excited. Then he said it was only salt. So they really mustn't be doing it.

So when are the movie makers going to realize that when adapting a book, they really need to be loyal to it, or not do it! This just makes me even more nervous for POA. At least with the books, we know how it was supposed to go, so we can fill in the blanks with our imagination. With Matrix, there isn't even a book version to finish it out properly. Maybe I'll just stop watching movies for awhile....

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Emily - Nov 22, 2003 10:49 am (#676 of 2753)

The scary thing in my opinion is that some critics are criticizing Warner Bros for being too loyal to the plot of the books. It's like they think that we liked the book, but look at how much more most people like TV over books, so everyone should love the movie, even if they cut all the important parts. Hmmm, sorry for the run-on sentence.

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Denise P. - Nov 22, 2003 10:57 am (#677 of 2753)

Any time a movie is adapted from a book, the producers have to walk a very tight line between being loyal to the book and making a movie that will appeal to people who have never read the book. I think they have done a decent job of making that blend with the Harry Potter books so far. With the books changing and becoming more intense...I worry that theatrics will take the place of plot.

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timrew - Nov 22, 2003 11:04 am (#678 of 2753)

You're right, Denise. I have my beefs about the Potter films so far; but by and large, I think the makers have done a good job. And the trailer for Azkaban really makes me want to go and see the film!

I even hope they leave in the 'choir' scene that isn't in the book. I just love that song, not to mention the toad bobbing its head in time to the music! Do you think one of those toads is Trevor?

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Nox NotteTorrente - Nov 22, 2003 1:39 pm (#679 of 2753)

Dr Filibuster >>England beat Australia in the Rugby World Cup final.<<

This is where I stick my fingers in my ears and hum loudly. It *didn't* happpen...



I too an annoyed that the "Scourging of the Shire" is not going to be seen. And so far I didn't like the portrayal of Faramir in the movies. In the book he was so noble and honourable he made my teeth ache , but in the movie he is Boromir 2, almost. I am also a Tom Bombadil lover, so him missing from the start is sad for me. The absurdity of that whole snippet is delightful, and the fact that not even the Wizards know from whence he came is intriguing.

Ring-a-ding-dillo

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timrew - Nov 22, 2003 4:01 pm (#680 of 2753)

Nox NotteTorrente, England have the rugby world cup! We won it fair and square!

Tom Bombadil, Faramir.....I agree with you there! Film one was brilliant, Film Two was average, and I won't be going to see Film Three. Promises to be a travesty of the book.

I still hope POA is going to be good!

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Susurro Notities - Nov 22, 2003 5:36 pm (#681 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 22, 2003 5:37 pm

The HP movies have been remarkably faithful to the books given Hollywood's proclivity for inaccurate portrayal of books, history, biography, folk tales, events.... The number of people who accept Hollywood's version of anything is disturbing. NoVeil4Me is correct in assuming that the more complicated a movie subject is the more likely Hollywood is to get it wrong. I am keeping my fingers crossed for PoA and will have toes, arms, legs, and eyes crossed for OoP.

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Blast - Nov 22, 2003 6:18 pm (#682 of 2753)

My brother in law is the set Desighner for the show Smallville. He has been on many other shows such as the X-Files, Poltergeist, Milenium, and he said that there are a lot of people in these shows that have no idea what they are doing. My hope is that the producers picked good competent people to make the movie. My hope is that they are Potterholics and they don't let a good special effects ruin a great storey.

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Caput Draconis - Nov 22, 2003 10:37 pm (#683 of 2753)

Lol Dr F, I can hear the singing from here...swing low, sweet chariot... We were beaten by the best player in the world in the dying stages of extra time, so it wasn't so bad. And hey, we beat you guys in the league test...

Bleh on the LotR folk. I've read (I think) that Christopher Lee is a huge fan of the series, and reads the books annually. He'd know how stupid it is to cut Saruman. Probably for an extended flying car sequence, or something.

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timrew - Nov 22, 2003 11:06 pm (#684 of 2753)

LOL, Caput, a flying car (probably ridden by a Ringwraith) in LOTR!

And you're right. Christopher Lee reads the book once a year; and he's the only cast member ever to have met Tolkein in person, back in the 50s.

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Madam Poppy - Nov 23, 2003 5:03 am (#685 of 2753)
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There were rumors that Lee was a candidate to play Dumbledore. I was very relieved when Michael Gambon was chosen. I've only seen Lee in Star Wars, LotR and Return from Witch Mountain, but I thought he was a little too cold and creepy to play Dumbledore.
I looked him up on the Movie Database and he's been in 222 productions in his 81 years! He's played Dracula, Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes and will twice play King Haggard in The Last Unicorn.
Some choice roles were his Disney movie; Return from Witch Mountain (1978); a TV appearance on "Charlie's Angels"; (1976) Babes in Bagdad (1952) (as a Slave dealer); The Mummy, (1959)(as Kharis, the Mummy) and finally My Brother's Keeper (1948) (where all his scenes were deleted).

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azi - Nov 23, 2003 7:00 am (#686 of 2753)

Not many people liked The Two Towers did they? I loved it - much better than the first film. And it also looks like I'm the only person who wants to see the 3rd film. *Jumps up and down in excitment!* I would also like to say I loved the Matrix too, even without yet seeing the second film.

You have to make sacrifices in the film industry. I suppose I'm the only person here who won't be going to see PoA. Smile

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timrew - Nov 23, 2003 7:53 am (#687 of 2753)

I don't know if you've read LOTR or not, azi; but it's one of my favourite books of all time. I've lost count of the number of times I've read it.

I could accept certain things they did in film one, such as leaving out Tom Bombadil, changing Glorfindel (the Elf Lord) for Arwen Evenstar in the pursuit by the Black Riders sequence. There are not many scenes with women in LOTR, so this was a way of 'beefing up' her part.

In film two they began to take (to me) unnecessary liberties with the script; and I began to think that maybe Peter Jackson was starting to think that he could tell a better tale than Tolkein (he can't).

And when I heard what they'd done to film three, I decided I wasn't going to see it. I might borrow the DVD off someone when it comes out; but there is no way I'm going to give Peter Jackson another penny. As far as I'm concerned now, he should go back to making 'B' Horror Movies: it's what he's good at.

However, I will be going to see POA. From what I've seen so far, Steve Kloves has done a fair job of transferring the Potter books to film. Some bits have to be left out, of course; otherwise the films would be about eight hours long! Not a bad thing, some of you may say!

But at least the bare bones of the story are still there.

As Caput said, where is the bit when Gandalf breaks Saruman's staff and casts him from the Order. Is someone going to come along and whisper in Gandalf's ear, and then Gandalf says, "Oh. I just heard Saruman's dead."

It's just not on, I tell you!

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azi - Nov 23, 2003 8:05 am (#688 of 2753)

Yeah, I've read LOTR. Only once but I took a lot in that time.

I know what you mean, some really important and interesting bits were left out of the movie from the book. And yes, the stupid jokes made in The Two Towers were annoying - especially the whole Gimli and Legolas thing about height. I found it spoiled the atmosphere of the Helm's Deep scene.

But at least the people in LOTR can act! I've seen better acting from 7 year olds in primary school plays compared to the Harry Potter films! No offence to any seven year olds but there's a thing called 'expression' which you need to use to stop people from falling asleep. I admit I did fall asleep watching CoS.

And of course in LOTR, for me at least, there's the extra of being able to watch Aragorn!

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timrew - Nov 23, 2003 8:59 am (#689 of 2753)

I know what you mean about the acting in the Potter films, azi. Dan Radliffe was pretty bad in the first one. "Me? Voldemort tried to kill (gulp and wide-eyed stare) m-me?"; all Ron appeared to be able to do was pull faces, and Neville was so wooden you could have whittled him!

But in COS they had all improved, and I'm sure they will be even better in POA. Funnily enough, I thought Emma Watson (as Hermione) was the best of the kid actors, and she was the one who had never acted before in her life!

And you've no worries about Aragorn being cut from LOTR3, either. Even Peter Jackson would find that impossible!

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Weeny Owl - Nov 23, 2003 9:26 am (#690 of 2753)

For some reason, I liked the first Harry Potter movie much more than the second one. I didn't care for the Ford Anglia scenes, the battle in the chamber, and a few others that I won't mention.

I was slightly disappointed with the Two Towers. I have the movie on VHS since it was a birthday present, and I'll be watching it again. There were things I felt could have been interpreted better, but overall I liked it. It wasn't as good as the first one, but it was okay. I doubt if I'll see the Return of the King until it's out on tape and I get it for my next birthday. I know I'll get it since my sister always sends me movies.

Oddly enough, the "dwarf tossing" scene actually made me laugh. It was a nice bit of unexpected humor during the battle.

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 23, 2003 10:01 am (#691 of 2753)

Tim, another favourite book of yours is Wind in the Willows....I am now going to plug "The Big Read" again for all members who can watch BBC2.

On Saturday 29th November at 7.30 (GMT) the three books profiled will be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Wind in the Willows and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. The profiles last about 20 minutes each.

As Prisoner of Azkaban seems to win all Potter surveys I'm puzzled why it came bottom (out of the first 4 novels) in this vote.

By the way, Lord of the Rings has been top throughout the voting, not to mention winning a nationwide poll for the millenium a few years ago.

Harry has been sixth for a couple of weeks now.

OOH, isn't it That Simpson's episode today? Someone post on here as soon as it's over with the details please!

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Gina R Snape - Nov 23, 2003 11:00 am (#692 of 2753)

I liked the PS/SS movie better than the CoS movie as well, but then I like the first book better than the second one which might have something to do with it.

Tim, you like Steve Kloves' writing? Many many Brits I know take issue with all the Americanisms in the dialogue. With so many Brit actors, you'd think someone would read their lines and say "hey, Chris. Sorry to break from shooting, but no Englishman would ever say..."

I completely agree that Emma was the best actor of the lot, among the kids. But yeah, they did improve from the first movie to the second. Poor Rupert Grint. I don't think it's that all he knew how to do was pull faces. I think he was directed that way. Some of his lines came across quite believably in my opinion. Especially the more casual ones like at meals.

I noticed yesterday that Peter Pan has a new trailer, in addition to the 'teaser' from a few months ago. Jason Isaacs looks amazing in that pirate costume. I'm relaly looking forward to the movie. I hope the PoA trailer we saw was a teaser, and that there's another trailer in the works.

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Sly Girl - Nov 23, 2003 12:15 pm (#693 of 2753)

There are only two things a person can do, really, when going to see a movie of a beloved book: Leave your expectations at the door and try to watch it with an open mind. You'll be pleasantly surprised when they get something right and only slightly miffed when they get something wrong. There's no way they could film a book. Films are sort of like... visionary fan fictions, it's the directors interpretation, really.

That said, I loved Two Towers. But to be fair, I never thought it was Tolkien's best book either. There are parts that dragged to me, as a reader, so I can understand Jackson's need to make it more watchable. Truth of the matter is some of the humor was needed because visually speaking, the constant onslaught of war scenes would be too much for your average movie goer. Which is key here- to make a movie for a group of dedicated fans is one thing- to make a movie that will interest everyone is quite another.

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azi - Nov 23, 2003 2:16 pm (#694 of 2753)

Hmmmm, good point. Unfortunately the whole of The Two Towers could not involve sword fighting because most people wouldn't like it (I love sword fighting!) And yes, that book was the most boring - the characters didn't seem to get anywhere.

I suppose I should look at this whole thing as the directors interpretation. After all, any plays I've done have been my groups interpretation which I'm know not everyone would agree with.

Although I did think a team of people sat down together for LOTR and discussed what they imagined various scenes to be like. Not sure if I imagined that though.

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timrew - Nov 23, 2003 2:50 pm (#695 of 2753)

Gina, I didn't say I liked Steve Kloves writing. I just said that he did a decent job of adapting the books to film.

And having said that the kids acting was poor in the first film, I have to admit that it was my favourite of the two so far also.

And I agree, Weeny, the over-extended flying car scene and also the interminable spiders scene in the forest went on too long for my taste, and that's possibly why I prefer PS/SS.

Doc, I heard that Goblet of Fire is the only Potter Book in the top 21 books; because no author was allowed by the BBC to have more than one book in the final 21. So, who knows, Harry Potter could have had all four books (OOP wasn't published at the time of voting) in the top 21.

And yes, I'll be watching on the 29th, as they're profiling three of my favourite books!

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 23, 2003 4:32 pm (#696 of 2753)

You're right Tim.

What is your best loved book? This is the question the BBC asked the British public on 5th April 2003 when we launched the Big Read.

The nominations period lasted for two weeks. Only novels were eligible, but they could be from any country or time, and a series of books, such as The Lord Of The Rings , could count as a single title as long as it had been published in a single volume.

With sophisticated measures in place to identify and discount any attempts at multiple voting we were able to ensure that the results were genuine.

When voters were asked which books they had read 4 times or more the 5 that came out on top were (in alphabetical order) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Jane Eyre, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

The top 100 were published, but the "top 21" were only disclosed in alphabetical order. An author is restricted to one entry in the top 21....and these books are subject to a bigger vote on the tv series.

Because of the one book per author rule Philosopher's Stone is number 22, Chamber of Secrets 23, Prisoner of Azkaban 24 (and The Hobbit is 25).

It sounds suspiciously like Harry was up there in the top 20 for all 4 books. I wonder of they will ever disclose the real figures?

Oh and Gina, off the top of my head I would say that whilst it was funny in the first film, Ron Weasley would never Dare say bloody to Prof. McGonagall and the troll was in the girls toilets not bathroom...there were no baths in sight

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Madam Poppy - Nov 23, 2003 5:39 pm (#697 of 2753)

Re: British vs. American words. It took me awhile to figure out "Get off me" meant "Let go of me!".

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Carina - Nov 23, 2003 6:12 pm (#698 of 2753)

JKR on the Simpsons tonight! Don't forget to watch if you can!

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Marie E. - Nov 23, 2003 6:19 pm (#699 of 2753)

I just the Simpson's version of JKR, but my daughter was pitching a tantrum so I couldn't hear a thing. Can anyone tell me what she and Lisa said to each other?

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Carina - Nov 23, 2003 6:23 pm (#700 of 2753)

I'll let you know in one and a half hours


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Marie E. - Nov 23, 2003 6:25 pm (#701 of 2753)

Aw, I forgot you're behind me timewise.

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Sly Girl - Nov 23, 2003 7:19 pm (#702 of 2753)

Lisa: Look! It's J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books!

JKR: Well, hello there young (little?) Muggle.

Lisa: Can you tell you me the end of the series?

JKR: (Rolls her eyes) He grows up and marries you, is that what you want to hear?

Lisa: Yessss!!

I think that was pretty much it... Sir Ian Mckellan was funnier.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 23, 2003 9:12 pm (#703 of 2753)

Dr. Filibuster, were those the Americanisms you found particularly annoying? I'm slightly confused why you pointed them out. Yes, they were toilets, not bathrooms. Unless those sinks opened up to more than just the Chamber. Maybe if you turn the correct knob? heh heh.

I taped the Simpsons and will get to it tomorrow, bu having read the above post from Sly Girl, I'm disappointed if that's all she said. Anyway, I'd sooner see Lisa Simpson wanting to make friends with Hermione than wanting to date Harry.

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Marie E. - Nov 23, 2003 9:46 pm (#704 of 2753)

Thank you! It was pretty frustrating watching the scene and not being able to hear it.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 24, 2003 12:09 am (#705 of 2753)

Heehee, all that waiting for The Simpsons tonight for thirty seconds. Oh, well, it still amused me.

Tim, are you dissing Peter Jackson's B movies? I rather like them. I find them to be more entertaining than LOTR. Though, I always found LOTR somewhat dull. Please keep tomatoes to yourselves. The Frighteners, for example, is one of the most underrated movies of all time. If any of you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

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Fawkes Forever  - Nov 24, 2003 2:07 am (#706 of 2753)

I know this is a HP forum.... but I'll say this anyways

Tim, I agree I'm very disappointed to find out that Christopher Lee has been cut from LOTR's final episode.... that would be like cutting out the graveyard scene with Harry & Voldy in GoF - well not quite, but you get how annoyed I am about it... (won't say anymore on that in case it happens)

I read somewhere that the scenes where dropped from LOTR to make way for more 'action' scenes!! Hmmmm.... battle between two powerful wizards... well if that’s not action then I don't know what is! Oh sorry, I forgot to add.... more action scenes [that is] ... with Orlando Bloom.... (apologies to any OB fans)... I mean I like him as much as the next red blooded female.... but let’s get serious here folks..... to drop an integral part of the plot and add some over the top action scene with one of the younger members of the cast... it's all a bit silly really!

I join you Tim in your chant (clicks heels together) PoA will be OK.... PoA will be OK.....

Oh & if anyone is interested.... there's a petition to reinstate Mr Lee's scenes... but seeing as it's so far into post production I doubt they will change their mind.... we live in hope however! http://www.petitiononline.com/smanrotk/petition.html

Sorry for the rant.... it's monday morning... I've a tonne of work to get through by lunch, so I'm venting here... many apologies.... (lol another reason to love the forum.... it's like therapy ) Now.... back to work....

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timrew - Nov 24, 2003 10:50 am (#707 of 2753)

Sorry, Abby! I guess I was so annoyed about what he'd done to LOTR, that I was dissing Peter Jackson's horror films, and, I also confess, without having ever seen one!

There again, I was never a big fan of horror movies. It's just that from what I saw as a brilliant start, the LOTR films have gone down to 'absolutely average' with the second; and definitely sound like they're going to end with a whimper, rather than a bang.

Well, Fawkes, less Christopher in order to show more Orlando? Don't his fans know that under that Blond wig he's as bald as a coot, has false teeth, a glass eye and a wooden leg?

How dare anyone do this to one of my all-time favourite books?!

Altogether now (and don't forget to click the heels, or Denise will send Thumper among us!)... POA will be Okay.... POA will be Okay.....

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Weeny Owl - Nov 24, 2003 10:57 am (#708 of 2753)

So what you're saying, tim, is that Orlando Bloom is actually Mad-Eye Moody?

PoA will be okay! I think it will be okay, but whether or not it's good is something else entirely. I do have hopes about it, though.

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timrew - Nov 24, 2003 11:29 am (#709 of 2753)

LOL, Weeny! I never thought of that. Perhaps we should start an 'Orlando Bloom for Moody!' thread?

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 24, 2003 12:33 pm (#710 of 2753)

Makes me glad I haven't read LOTR! I've enjoyed the films so far.

Poor Marie E, waiting months to see Rowling on the Simpsons then, as the British newspapers would say.... Tots Terribly Timed Temper Tantrum Taints TV Treat!

Gina, (perhaps this is more suited to the movie section). I wasn't annoyed by any "Americanisms" in the Potter films. Those were the only ones I could think of yesterday. You mentioned your friends were bothered, so I was trying to second guess. Did I get them right? I did notice that the ruder words were British-rude not American rude!

And Poppy, you don't say "Get off me"??? Just when I think I'm getting the hang of the differences in our language something pops up. I recommend a trip to the American/British dictionary part of the Lexicon for none-Americans, just to see what the skeptics (said in an endearing tone, no offence) may not know. Rhyming slang, septic tank = Yank (person from USA)

Oh and Caput...I thought of you when I saw a newspaper headline "Drop Idol" next to a picture of Jonny. Well done in the Rugby league by the way

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Sly Girl - Nov 24, 2003 1:58 pm (#711 of 2753)

I wouldn't consider The Frighteners a horror movie.. but that's just me. It really was quirky and funny, actually. Good effects.

What's funny to me, in a personal aside and I mean no disrespect at all, but that some of you aren't even giving the third movie of LOTR the benefit of any doubt and have already made up your mind based on 'reports' from the media. That's like people not reading Harry Potter because they think it's for kids. (Well, not really, but it's in the same vein of thinking.)

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timrew - Nov 24, 2003 2:18 pm (#712 of 2753)

Okay Sly, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. I'll wait until somebody has seen it, and ask them if The Scouring Of The Shire and Christopher Lee are in it.

If the answer is no, then I won't be going!

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Sly Girl - Nov 24, 2003 2:20 pm (#713 of 2753)

Fair enough Tim. LOL I'll let you know December 17th... after I wake up from the midnight showing. heheh

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Madame Librarian - Nov 24, 2003 2:21 pm (#714 of 2753)

I loved the way that Gollum was done in the second film. The intensity of his schizophrenic dialogue with himself, the blend of computer-generated and human action, the voice, all of it was fantastic. Because of that alone, I can't fault the 2nd film, but I am not a LOTR reader (at least not for the last 30 years).

Ciao. Barb

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Caput Draconis - Nov 24, 2003 4:28 pm (#715 of 2753)

Dr F! Best headline ever!

I saw the full RotK preview yesterday and I don't think I'll be able to join Christopher Lee (and Tim ) in boycotting - I tried my hardest to frown disapprovingly at the lack of Saruman, but it still looks too neat for me to pass up. I think the real test will be if people who haven't read the books are content with the shot of Saruman watching Isengard flood as the conclusion to his whole evil plot line...

Fawkes – “Hmmmm.... battle between two powerful wizards... well if that’s not action then I don't know what is!” Precisely.

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wormsé - Nov 24, 2003 6:14 pm (#716 of 2753)

I can't wait for the last LotR! I've only read the books once, but love them anyway. Gollum is by far my favorite, and I agree with Madame Librarian- his character was done well. I have a friend who can do the perfect imitation of him too; right down to the voice, and walk... he can even sing the song Gollum sings when he's eating fish in that pool thing... but yeah-- regardless to if Christopher Lee and the Scouring of the Shire is cut, I'm still going to see it!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 24, 2003 10:49 pm (#717 of 2753)

It's all right, Tim. I'll forgive you. And, no, The Frighteners isn't really a horror movie, but it goes in that category because there are ghosts and serial killers and such. My gosh, that's a good movie. Seriously, go see it.

So, there's more Orlando Bloom in the last one? Well, that's a horse of a different colour! I'm there. Joking, just joking.

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Sly Girl - Nov 24, 2003 10:52 pm (#718 of 2753)

Orlando smorlando.. I want more hobbits!!!! I've got a serious hankering for those menfolk of the shire, I have to admit. And Caput, you can't say a thing!

That said, I'm excited Pirates of the Caribbean is coming out on dvd soon... I don't know why, but I can watch that movie a lot of times before I get tired of him..er.. it.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 24, 2003 11:00 pm (#719 of 2753)

Yeah, Orlando smorlando, indeed.

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Caput Draconis - Nov 25, 2003 1:42 am (#720 of 2753)

LOL Sly...never even guessed you liked those hobbit boys.

BTW, Orlando was the most wimpy 'pirate' I've ever seen.

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Fawkes Forever  - Nov 25, 2003 2:53 am (#721 of 2753)

Oppps, I never thought I'd start an Orlando bashing Tim & Weeny.... Orlando as Mad Eye Moody *snort* hee hee!

For all my grumblings, I'll admit that I probably will still be there on opening night of RoTK at the cinema.... (sorry Tim & Mr Lee) I still really really want to see the movie.... I need some closure .... lol! Even if it is to see how much they have changed the book & come out of the movie grumbling (ala Two Towers... 'What... no Shelob') Ah no I liked The Two Towers!

I feel that despite myself I will enjoy this film. Oh & Sly Girl.... good call on 'The Frighteners'.... I loved that movie & always felt it was under appreciated.... even if it was to see Elliots Mum in ET act like a psycho .... classic stuff!

PoA will be okay.... PoA will be okay...

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mollis - Nov 25, 2003 7:26 am (#722 of 2753)

Yes, I too will brave ROTK, simply because I have to see it with my own eyes. I'll probably like the movie better now anyway, since I know not to expect to see my favorite scene (scourging of the shire). Lower expectations = better movie. Right? And I'll probably buy the extended DVD when it eventually comes out. I have both of the other two movies, in theater version and extended version.

But still click your heels and cross your fingers - POA will be OKAY...POA will be OKAY...POA will be OKAY...POA will be OKAY...

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Sly Girl - Nov 25, 2003 9:51 am (#723 of 2753)

Question- was there a 'Cha-Cha' dancer scene in PoA with the Boggart? I'd check, but my book is nowhere to be found. Reason I ask is there appears to be one in the movie now. Complete with Gryffindor conga line.

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Fawkes Forever  - Nov 25, 2003 10:00 am (#724 of 2753)

Just noticed that too in the interview with the guy who acts the part of Crabbe on TLC! I made a comment on the PoA film thread.
No, there wasn't a conga line in PoA.... at least not in my copy! *worried*

POA will be Okay..... PoA will be Okay.... won't it?

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Sly Girl - Nov 25, 2003 10:05 am (#725 of 2753)

I am hoping he's just getting it wrong, because he hasn't read the books and for lack of better descriptor (ie, something us Potter-hounds would know) he described it as a conga line. But something tells me I'm hoping in vain.

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mollis - Nov 25, 2003 11:06 am (#726 of 2753)

From the interview: "Pay close watch in Prisoner of Azkaban, though there’s no guarantee it will be there; when the Boggart turns into a cha-cha dancer, and an impromptu conga line starts up among the non-Slytherins, Crabbe tries to join in the fun."

Cha-Cha dancer?!? Conga line?!? Maybe its not the Snape boggart that does the Cha-Cha, but someone else's fear???? Please???

POA will be OKAY...POA will be OKAY...POA will be OKAY...POA will be OKAY...

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wormsé - Nov 25, 2003 7:39 pm (#727 of 2753)

I didn't know where else to put this, so I decided to put it here. In my English Honors class, we are to write a research paper on an author. (JK Rowling!!!!) Anyways, we're allowed to basically write about any aspect we so chose, but I don't really know what I should do it about. I'm not completely clear on all the requirements and such, was just wondering if any one had any thoughts or ideas to help me with. I was thinking of a topic, but I don't know how to explain it. Like maybe how/why she writes, the "symbolism" or literary value? All in all, it's worth like 300 points, (I believe she is grading it as our final exam), and I want to make it the best I can, and figured my loyal HP friends could help me out! Thanks!

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shepherdess - Nov 25, 2003 7:46 pm (#728 of 2753)

Might I suggest you start by reading the thread "Does the Harry Potter series have literary value?"?

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Madame Librarian - Nov 25, 2003 8:13 pm (#729 of 2753)

Also, read the one titled "Did JKR *really* plan this?"

Ciao. Barb

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Joost! - Nov 26, 2003 12:46 am (#730 of 2753)

Happy Discovery Day, Abby!

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timrew - Nov 26, 2003 10:10 am (#731 of 2753)

Did anyone have problems connecting to the forum last night (25th)? I wasn't able to connect at all, even though the HP Lexicon was fine. I also checked with Google and my son's Beatles website - all loaded up okay, everything except the Lexicon.

I had horrible visions of World Crossing going down again!

And Fawkes, if you want to go and see LOTR 3, you have every right to do so, there's no need to apologise! When I said I wasn't going, I wasn't trying to stop anyone else, honest!

Can I just add (for Forum members in the USA), I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 26, 2003 10:36 am (#732 of 2753)

Many thanks, Tim. If we all sound a bit blodgy and nonsensical tomorrow, blame it on the outrageous amount of food we ingested.

Happy Turkey Day to everyone!

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 26, 2003 11:26 am (#733 of 2753)

Happy Thanksgiving to all our USA members!

Please tell us what you get up to. Is it mainly feasting? Check out the Potter recipes thread for top tips on pumpkins.

Tim, yes, I couldn't get onto the forum last night either. The Lexicon was fine, but when I clicked the "accept" button on the Philosophy page nothing happened for ages then a "cannot load" message popped up.

Lindsay...if you are researching Rowling's influences be sure to check out the Fabulous Black sisters thread as well. Read all her interviews on Quick Quotes too.

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Sly Girl - Nov 26, 2003 12:39 pm (#734 of 2753)

This is what my family does for Thanksgiving.... Eat. Watch movie. Eat dessert. Watch another movie. Eat again.

I think they should call it Stuff Your Face! Day and be done with it.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 26, 2003 1:18 pm (#735 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 26, 2003 1:22 pm

Parades - don't forget the parades. There are two Santa Claus parades in the US. One in NYC and one in Detroit. Both are huge. My kids are going to the Detroit parade this year if the weather holds.
Then there is football. This is important for Michigan football fans as the Detroit Lyons play (lose) every Thanksgiving. My family likes to do puzzles or play games between the main events of the day: Eating, eating, eating.....
Thanks timrew, Barb, and Abby. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you too. I hope the spirit of thanks and hope will be with each forum member tommarrow - American or not.

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Madame Librarian - Nov 26, 2003 1:51 pm (#736 of 2753)

Here's how it is...

Shop, shop, shop.

Cook, cook, cook.

Eat, eat, eat.

Schmooz, schmooz, schmooz (the original meaning of the word being to "talk amongst ourselves").

Eat, eat, eat, some more.

Traditional foods --

appetizers of personal preference

 roast turkey with stuffing (dressing) of infinite variety

 sweet potatoes (yams) and mashed potatoes

 cranberry sauce or relish

something green (salad, broccoli, asparagus, a green bean casserole with fried onion rings)--a non-essential in some families

 rolls or interesting bread (chez moi it's pumpkin bread + rolls)

 dessert: pumpkin pie (already much discussed), something chocolate, something that isn't either.

various liquid refreshments ranging from good wines to beer, coffee, tea, milk for the kiddies.

We dine late afternoon and then nibble again around 8-ish when we're doing all the clearing up. Some folks eat at noon-ish, then watch TV (football, sappy Hallmark specials, etc.), take a walk, play touch football, take a nap, eat again around 6-ish. There's always the potential entertainment of a rip-roarin' family argument to keep things interesting, but let's hope that Forum families have a lovely civilized gatherings with exceptionally high-level dinner table discussions on current events, the arts (HP, naturally), politics--no wait, better avoid that one--and local gossip of the harmless variety.

And, yes, one of the things I will be thankful for is the friends I've made and the fun I've had on this Forum.

Well, gotta go start cooking.

Ciao. Barb

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Madam Poppy - Nov 26, 2003 2:16 pm (#737 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 26, 2003 2:16 pm

We attend church services at 10:00 then head home to cook, bake, eat and wash the huge pile of dishes.

I am thankful for my faith, family, friends and my health.

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timrew - Nov 26, 2003 3:51 pm (#738 of 2753)

I'm glad you qualified that, 'Schmooz, schmooz, schmooz', Barb! Although, for a moment, I was jealous we don't have a Thanksgiving day in this country!

Madam Poppy, "I am thankful for my faith, family, friends and my health." Just add, "...and Harry Potter", and that could be the motto of this Forum!

Once again, have a great Thanksgiving Day, you guys (and gals)!

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Blast - Nov 26, 2003 4:09 pm (#739 of 2753)

Happy Thanksgiving I will be thinking about everybody eating turkey while I am working like a house elf.. Eat drink and be merry, and if you run into somebody like John Candy in Plains Trains And Automobiles, please invite them home for dinner.

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Gina R Snape - Nov 26, 2003 4:51 pm (#740 of 2753)

Barb, are you sure it isn't:

shop, shop, shop
cook, cook, cook
eat, eat, eat
snooze, snooze, snooze

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Sly Girl - Nov 26, 2003 6:21 pm (#741 of 2753)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is MY favorite holiday movie to watch!heheh....thanks for reminding me to dig it out of the video bin!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 26, 2003 6:27 pm (#742 of 2753)

Ah, yes, Gina, you're right, too. There are those people who can schmooz and snooze almost interchangeably. Wizards?

Ciao. Barb

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I Am Used Vlad - Nov 26, 2003 8:32 pm (#743 of 2753)

To my fellow Americans; have a great Thanksgiving.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 26, 2003 9:12 pm (#744 of 2753)

Wow, Joost! You remembered! Yes, it was a Happy Discovery Day. I re-read Howard Carter's book. 'Twas all good.

And Happy Thanksgiving to all the Forum Folk! I'm going to eat some pizza, heehee. We're going over the river and through the woods to my grandmother's house. We'll play Scrabble and Boggle all afternoon. Then we'll come home and probably watch a movie. Yes, Thanksgiving is thrilling.

I'm thankful for my family and friends, for having parents who don't mind the excessive number of books that I bring home (probably because they do the same ), for thrift shops that sell books for 20 cents apiece, for all of the amazing people who inspire me, and for Harry Potter, naturally.

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Susurro Notities - Nov 26, 2003 9:34 pm (#745 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 26, 2003 9:50 pm

Although we lose ourselves in parades, football, and food at the heart of the American Thanksgiving is profound thanks for freedom and friendship.
I give thanks this and every year for all that is close to my heart and for hard won freedom. This year in particular I give thanks for a free (not perfect) Afghanistan and Iraq and for our allies - the British, Australians, Italians, Poles... and all those who continue to fight for freedom. May the American spirit of thanks be with you all irregardless of your origin and may hope for peaceful freedom and friendship spring eternal for all of us.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE

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Carina - Nov 26, 2003 9:56 pm (#746 of 2753)

Hear, hear!

I was thinking today of all of the things I'm thankful for: family, friends both here and IRL, a job I love, a house I can call my own (well, in 28 years at least), sick rabbit that is now all better...

I feel so blessed!

My Thanksgiving story: My brother called my mom this week to warn her that he's turned semi-vegetarian so along with the traditional turkey, we will now have the semi-traditional grilled salmon. The best part of the day is getting to see my niece and nephews. And right now, I'm trying to figure out what made me volunteer to bake the pies from scratch...

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 26, 2003 10:04 pm (#747 of 2753)

You could always say you baked them from scratch. *looks around* I promise I won't tell.

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Carina - Nov 26, 2003 10:07 pm (#748 of 2753)

Yeah Mom, I changed my name to Sara Lee! Really I did!

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Fawkes Forever  - Nov 27, 2003 1:13 am (#749 of 2753)



Happy Thanksgiving to all our Forum Buddies

I'm just sad we don't have thanksgiving here.... Have a nice Thanksgiving today Folks!

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schoff - Nov 27, 2003 2:48 am (#750 of 2753)

Thanksgiving is one of only two real times I get to see most of my family (Christmas is the other). For me, the holiday is mostly about seeing my family, whom I don't get to see very often.
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Sly Girl - Nov 27, 2003 4:10 pm (#751 of 2753)

I have officially eaten too much, drank too much and watched too many good movies to count and am now about to slip into a turkey-pumpkin pie coma, but before I go, I'd like to say I'm thankful for all the really nice people on this forum. Smile And Harry, mais oui.

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Marè - Nov 27, 2003 4:31 pm (#752 of 2753)

Before you go into coma: Sly, we are thankful that you are here too! This goes for every member that hangs around this forum more than he/she intents too, bye the way... (Yes I am talking about you!)

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Mrs. Sirius - Nov 27, 2003 9:30 pm (#753 of 2753)

Yes Tim, I did. I wrote a nice long post on the Dudley Dursley thread and then I was not able to post it. I had to log off and the come back, and somehow I ended up with the wrong post. Hope everyone had Happy Thanksgiving, now when do we hit the treadmill?

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Madam Poppy - Nov 27, 2003 11:03 pm (#754 of 2753)
Edited by Nov 27, 2003 11:04 pm

Madam Poppy’s Dinner Disaster
When it came time to dine,
the turkey was Fine!
The green beans were great,
the finest to date.
Then we hit a few bumps,
the potatoes had lumps,
The gravy was faulty,
it turned out to be salty!
But my family was kind,
and did not seem to mind.
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Dirty dishes were calling,
there was no more stalling.
But then by mistake,
a glass I did break.
My finger was cut,
I felt like a nut!
No dishes for me,
I said with some glee.
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In conclusion I say,
my Mate saved the day.
The dishes were done,
by my husband and son.

Happy Thanksgiving! Madam Poppy

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Sinister Kittens - Nov 28, 2003 2:33 am (#755 of 2753)

Oh, madam poppy... I hope that really didn't happen, and that you and everyone else here celebrating thanksgiving yesterday had a lovely time, and that no-one is too lethargic to be able to post!

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Madam Poppy - Nov 28, 2003 4:48 am (#756 of 2753)

~*typing without her 3rd right finger*
yup, I happened alright. I put a brush in a glass and twisted it to clean the inside and the glass broke in my hand. I shaved a small patch of skin off. The bad part is that it hurts if I bend it and I've had trouble with it bleeding alot when I take off the bandage. Stupid...stupid...stupid.....

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Sinister Kittens - Nov 28, 2003 5:38 am (#757 of 2753)

Off to St. Mungo’s with you.... (and I thought that sort of thing only happened to me!). Hope it heals soon.

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Madame Librarian - Nov 28, 2003 5:47 am (#758 of 2753)

Does "reparo!" work on finger boo-boos? Do you have Harry Potter bandaids?

Ciao. Barb

EDIT: Very clever verse, BTW.

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mollis - Nov 28, 2003 6:51 am (#759 of 2753)

Madame Poppy, I hope that your finger heals before the leftovers are gone! And hey, at least your dinner disaster didn't include an oven fire! (Who would have thought little cubes of bread would catch fire?!?)

So, is everybody up for the holiday after the holiday? The big push for Christmas shopping? I, for one, am not going anywhere near my nearest mall. Its not much worth the effort on a normal Saturday either. (Big-ish town with 1 decent mall, and I use the term decent loosely!)

Anybody else see the Harry Connick Jr Christmas special last night? Anybody else briefly hold out hope that it was a Harry Potter Christmas special? (I think it was called "A Harry Christmas" or something like that...

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Fawkes Forever  - Nov 28, 2003 7:52 am (#760 of 2753)

Hee hee Mollis.... I have visions of the Room of Requirement, with the christmas decor provided by Dobby.... *snigger*

Poppy .... hope your finger is ok..... & I hope everyone pampered you for the rest of the day.... suppose it's one way to get out of the washing up.... painful but effective I can sympathise, a few years back a glass shattered in my hand cutting my little finger right down to the bone, & I had to get stitches (it was very painful). Hope you feel better soon! Oh & I loved the poem

For those of you who get BBC, don't forget to watch The Big Read tomorrow night at 9pm GMT. GoF is being featured.... can't wait to see how they dramatise some of the scenes

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Weeny Owl - Nov 28, 2003 9:45 am (#761 of 2753)

I loved the poem, Poppy! I've had things like that happen to me before... glad to know I'm among friends.

I hope everyone had a good holiday. Mine was quiet... a few family members, some homemade chicken soup , rolls, and dessert. It was a big change from previous Thanksgivings.

My aunt made a truly yummy and light pumpkin parfait which was also a change from tradition.

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shepherdess - Nov 28, 2003 12:16 pm (#762 of 2753)

Woohoo! Poppy's a poet! and a good one, too! (Of course, now you know we're going to expect some HP prose! But, we'll wait for your finger to get better, so you can type painlessly!)

We did the traditional stuff for Thanksgiving, ending up (as usual) feeling like Templeton the rat after the fair (From "Charlotte's Web").

The participants were a little different; my daughter (Kowalla) and her husband spent the day at his mother's this year, my other daughter's boyfriend spent his first holiday with us, and I had to take medicine to my step-daughter, who was sick at home.

Now I need to concentrate on preparations for Christmas. But, let's not forget our Jewish friends; Hanukkah comes before Christmas!

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Madam Poppy - Nov 28, 2003 12:45 pm (#763 of 2753)

Thanks one and all...I ended up going in to have it checked out. Did you know that you get moved to the head of the line if you come in with a boo-boo wrapped in a bloody Kleenex? (Of course I had a nice big bandage on it when my daughter and I hit the stores at 5:00 a.m. this morning!) Nothing can come between me and a bargain!

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Madame Librarian - Nov 28, 2003 1:51 pm (#764 of 2753)

The first night of Hannukah (or, Channukah, Hanukah, Hanukkah, Han...arrrgghhh!) is Friday, 12/19, even though most calendars show it starting on Saturday. That's because Jewish holidays begin at sunset. So, I have 21 days to drop the extra pounds I'm sure I gained yesterday until I have to eat those delicious (OMG, to die for) potato pancakes, not to mention all the rest of the holiday yummies that my wonderful and diverse friends and colleagues insist on offering, "Oh, go ahead, just have one. How many calories can one little piece have?"

If I miss even one ballet class, I'm in trouble.

Ciao. Barb

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Gina R Snape - Nov 28, 2003 2:55 pm (#765 of 2753)

No, no, no Barb. You have 29 more days to eat whatever you want before the holidays are over and you have to lose the weight...

Poppy, I'm sorry to hear about your latest accident, but happy to read your verse. You seem to be getting a lot of these things lately. I hope no one has jinxed you. You might want to ask Professor Flitwick about that if it continues. (Or Lupin, as the most reliable ex-DADA teacher).

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timrew - Nov 28, 2003 4:02 pm (#766 of 2753)

Poppy, congratulations on your verse! I like to try my hand at poetry and really enjoyed yours.

Eat what you want, drink what you want, and forget the weight! BTW....hope your finger gets well soon!

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Kowalla - Nov 28, 2003 6:40 pm (#767 of 2753)

Whew! Now my version of Thanksgiving (now that you heard my mom's (shepherdess)). WE got up WAY too early for my day off work (too few of those) & drove about 45 minutes to My mother-in-law's house. Everything was great, even had to make a run to Wal*Mart to grab a box of rice (thank goodness for 24-hour stores). Dinner was WONDERFUL! Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, broccoli-rice casserole, homemade rolls, & homemade noodles!!! My little 3 year old nephew (who, until recently, had no clue who I was) latched onto me & led me all over the house, playing with cars, watching cartoons, & introducing me to everyone there. However, the most fun was today. Wal*Mart is the LAST place you want to be at 7:00 in the morning, on the biggest shopping day of the year! Worst still, is if you work there! I have never seen so much cash in my drawer at one point! And the lines! I am truly thankful for this nice comfortable computer chair, & Bayer. Smile Madame Poppy, I hope your finger gets better soon, I can sympathize there. You never really expect anything harmful to come from simply washing dishes...

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Madame Librarian - Nov 28, 2003 6:42 pm (#768 of 2753)

How about this for a good bit of verse:

1) You just gotta

love Harry Potta. (To be recited by a person from Maine preferrably.)

2) Don't be a stranger

to Hermione Granger.

3) Oh, stop your whoopin'.

It's just Lupin.

4) Bet you stumble more

if you don't heed Dumbledore.

5) Are you choking on a grape

or did you just meet Snape?

6) Learn chess easily--

take lessons from Weasley!

Oh dear, these are terrible. I better stop now and go stick my fingers in the toaster oven.

Ciao. Barb

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wormsé - Nov 28, 2003 7:25 pm (#769 of 2753)

LoL, Barb!

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Blast - Nov 28, 2003 8:46 pm (#770 of 2753)

Poppy from experience just keep it nice and dry until at least a good six weeks. By that time the holidays should be over and your finger should be healed. If its is still not healed by then, you can call Augustus Pye at 1 800 CANFIXU.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 28, 2003 9:10 pm (#771 of 2753)

Aww, poor Poppy. Hope your finger heels well. And lovely poem.

Mollis, that Harry Connick, Jr. special startled me every time they showed a commercial for it, heehee.

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Ladybug220 - Nov 28, 2003 9:43 pm (#772 of 2753)
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Kowalla - I completely understand. It is 11:45 pm in Birmingham and I have only been off of work for about 30 minutes (I work in a mall). I think that my feet are going to fall off. And the rest of the weekend is looking the same as today except that I don't have a 3 hour drive before my shifts tomorrow and Sunday. But I did get to see my aunt and uncle as well as my parents, so the drive was more than worth it. Now I just have to get to Italy to see my brother, sister-in-law and my beautiful nieces....

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Jim the Potty - Nov 29, 2003 12:02 pm (#773 of 2753)

Big Read feature on HP has just finished. It was pretty bad IMO, half the time she said it was 'pure escapism' and fantasy and half the time said it was really dark and scary. She pronounced Voldemort and Rowling wrong and the whole thing made it clear that HP is a 'kids book'.

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Carla Hodge - Nov 29, 2003 12:44 pm (#774 of 2753)
Edited by Sly Girl Nov 29, 2003 5:09 pm

Have to agree Jim, it was shoddy. Shame she had to descend into hyperbole to get her point across. And she pronounced 'accio' wrong. Fool. Wasted to opportunity to tell the cynics that it's not a kid's book - 'it's an adolescent's guide to growing up' - noooooo! That's what Adrian Mole is for *sob*

Anyways, check out www.bbc.co.uk/thebigread if you're up for finding out what's going on. Harry P is currently 2nd in the under 16s category, and 5th in the adult standings, just ahead of His Dark Materials (I love those books :-D).

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timrew - Nov 29, 2003 6:27 pm (#775 of 2753)

Not a great promotion for GOF, Jim and Carla, I have to agree. And as well as pronouncing 'Accio' wrong, she also mis-pronounced (and the BBC mis-spelled) 'Expelliarmus', which was written as 'Expellioramius', or something!

No. Having watched the programme, which not only included GOF, but also 'The Wind In The Willows', and 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe', I would have ended up voting Harry Potter into third place on that performance.

You guys in the States missed nothing!

There was a poll by the biggest book store in England (Waterstones), a couple of years back, to vote for the 'Book Of The Millennium'. It was LOTR. It's number one in the BBC poll at the moment, and I think it's going to win hands down again.

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shepherdess - Nov 29, 2003 8:58 pm (#776 of 2753)

Hey, Abby,

Just wanted to be sure you're aware of the ancient Egyptians thing that's going to be on TLC Dec. 7th and 8th. Didn't know if you wanted to see it or not (just watching out for you).

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 29, 2003 10:29 pm (#777 of 2753)

Thanks, Shepherdess. I'll get my Egypt tape ready.

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Dr Filibuster - Nov 30, 2003 1:51 am (#778 of 2753)

Hmmph! We could have done a much better job on the Big Read.

In my mind they put emphasis on the wrong things. Donny Osmond and Wingardium Leviosa??? What's that got to do with The Goblet of Fire? It was only about half way through that they began to talk specifically about the novel in question.

They talked about the book's humour with no examples...what about the Blast Ended Skrewts or the Veelas etc, etc. Just look at all the favourite quotes on our thread!

It wasn't all bad though, for example I liked the way the graveyard scene was handled. It's just that the other presentations on Wind in the Willows and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe were much more inciteful and informative. They discussed the stories, interesting information on the authors and how the novels influenced the presenters.

I was just thinking how good the presentation on C S Lewis was when she spoiled it right at the end. She couldn't resist a dig at Harry...saying Potter's success was due to hype and money.

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Blast - Nov 30, 2003 4:26 am (#779 of 2753)

I wonder if there is a Snape quiz? We could see if Gina is really a Snape obsesser or not.

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Denise P. - Nov 30, 2003 7:00 am (#780 of 2753)

Did you guys read the article about the gym teacher who has his students playing Quidditch? I thought it was rather nify Quidditch

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Madame Librarian - Nov 30, 2003 7:53 am (#781 of 2753)

Wow, Denise, wish I'd had a game like that when I was a kid. Wish I'd had a PE instructor like that, too. Sounds like tons of fun. I do hope that for the few kids who haven't read the books, that the game inspires them to read, just as the books inspired the kids to play.

Ciao. Barb

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Gina R Snape - Nov 30, 2003 8:28 am (#782 of 2753)

Er, Blast, do you really think we need a quiz for that one?!?!

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Blast - Nov 30, 2003 9:13 am (#783 of 2753)

Sorry Gina I just know you would get one hundred and twelve percent on the exam. I must go and wash the glasses now. Too bad they are all plastic. I could of met up with Poppy at St. Mungo's. BTW I hope everyone had a good time shopping on the weekend. One of the store chains up here had a big sale on Friday night. The store is 60000 square feet and they were so busy they were lined up to get in. It was raining and cold so there must of been a lot of bargains. I hate crowds it brings out the very worst in people. Sometimes they can get very rude. That's why I like the forum, no lineups, and everybody is nice.

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timrew - Nov 30, 2003 9:18 am (#784 of 2753)

I just read about the 'Quidditch' game devised by the PE teacher, Denise. It really sounds great.

Like Barb said, I wish it had been around when I was a kid; but back then I only had archery practice, swordplay and jousting.

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Carla Hodge - Nov 30, 2003 9:27 am (#785 of 2753)

'The kids don't fly' rofl There'd be a revolution in transport and physics if they did :-D

I'd rather have played Quidditch than the softball that put me out of action for a year *grumble*

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Leprechaun Jack! - Nov 30, 2003 9:28 am (#786 of 2753)

To My Fellow Unconventional Conventionalists:

It's with a sad heart I say good bye...

I really haven't posted in a while just kind of lurking around because of time constraints. I work M-F days at an Ambulance Company and Fri and Sat nights in a Sleep Lab, so it gives me little time to read, much less post anything.

Every time I come to the Forum there is more and more to sift through, it becomes very daunting with the prolific and intelligent posters that we have here, But I will be back when book 6 comes near.

Kip, feel better soon, I have a very dear friend with Krohnes Disease who goes through what you'll be dealing with... She often jokes" A little intestinal freeze and a bowel resection makes a new person out of you" You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Liz, I'll miss you questions... even if most are evil choices that you give us.

Gina, E.-mail me after the holidays I would like to make the next meeting if possible...

To everyone else Have the Happiest of Holidays, whichever you celebrate and A safe and blessed New Year

Jack

P.S. just one final time,I still say Prof. Flitwick is part House Elf

Jack

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timrew - Nov 30, 2003 9:37 am (#787 of 2753)

You will be missed, Jack. Come back soon!

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Hem Hem - Nov 30, 2003 10:22 am (#788 of 2753)

If you ever get an urge to come back sooner, don't be shy!

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Gina R Snape - Nov 30, 2003 2:01 pm (#789 of 2753)

Awwww. Ok, Jack. Will do!

For those of you who are wondering, a small group of HP fans have been meeting up once a month in NYC.

Speaking of departures...has anyone heard anything from or about Saralinda? She hadn't posted in a long while, so I e-mailed her today and it got bounced back to me as user unknown.

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Detail Seeker - Nov 30, 2003 2:35 pm (#790 of 2753)

Hey, Tim ! Archery and Swordplay do not sound bad as Physical Education.....

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Madame Librarian - Nov 30, 2003 3:09 pm (#791 of 2753)

At some colleges and universities here in the US (and some very tone-y high schools), one can take archery or fencing as PE (physical education) classes. I took fencing, and ended up on the girls' team for a year. It was loads of fun, but I nearly bought the farm one time when I had not buttoned up the neck protector correctly (aack!)

In the dueling scene in CoS, they salute with wands very much like one salutes at the beginning of a bout in fencing. The "swish" sound is so cool.

The basic "raison d'etre" of the three varieties of sword combat are thus: the object of sabre is to maim; the object of foil and epee is to pierce and kill. Nice, huh? The object of the sport version was just to win the bout and have a very pleased fencing coach.

The one time I tried archery, at my kid's Boy Scout camp, I found it it really, really hard. The arrow shaft took a nice chunk out of my hand as I bungled the shot badly. Looks like fun, though.

Ciao. Barb

Edit: Leprachaun Jack, sorry you need to say a temporary farewell. Visit now and then, even if it's only to a favorite thread. We'll look for you in the spring maybe?

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Weeny Owl - Nov 30, 2003 3:46 pm (#792 of 2753)

Bye for now, Jack, but do hurry back.

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Sly Girl - Nov 30, 2003 9:07 pm (#793 of 2753)

Gina, Saralinda was having a lot of personal issues and I believe also, a computer issue which added to her access inability. She's been in contact with Denise and Kip, but I'm not sure when the last they have heard from her is. Hope that helps.

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shepherdess - Nov 30, 2003 9:19 pm (#794 of 2753)

Jack,

We've become so used to you. I'm sorry you feel you have to leave. You will be missed. Don't forget this great place and your friends here.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Nov 30, 2003 10:22 pm (#795 of 2753)

Aww, Jack, do come back soon! I'll miss you around.

I took archery in high school, and I must say it's awesome! That is my contribution to the atheletic world. It did take some getting used to at first. The first time I shot that arrow, the bow shot me back. I got a huge bruise on my forearm. But, all in all, I was a natural. I still practise at it. I always wanted to try fencing, too. That wasn't offered, unfortunately.

Dr. F., what about Donny Osmond and wingardium leviosa? Do I need to go vote again?
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Fawkes Forever - Dec 1, 2003 1:06 am (#796 of 2753)

Jack, you will be missed!

Abby, you can vote every week on the big read
I missed the Big Read on Saturday night.... the TV people put it on an hour & a half earlier than normal, so I was well hacked off...

However, after reading everyone else’s reviews... I'm glad now that I did. I still might try & catch the re-run to see just how bad it was... oh to find out what on earth Donny Osmond has to do with wingardium leviosa. One can only suppose that the presenter [Fay Ripley] was comparing Krums' fame to that of Donnys'! As for WL, no idea Don't feel so bad about missing it now!

Tim : I agree, I think LOTRs will win this competition. It has been the number one book every week.... but still we vote

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Fawkes Forever - Dec 1, 2003 8:08 am (#797 of 2753)

If anyone is interested, MuggleNet have posted a transcript of the Big Read from saturday night.... (clears up the Donny Osmond mystery) However, I think anyone of us could have done a better job!

Be warned there is some parts which you won't agree with & can infuriate you slightly, for example :
Faye Ripley: 'In the Goblet of Fire Harry doesn't actually get to play Quidditch, but he does get to play the Quidditch World Cup....'

Emmmmm, what book was she reading? I hope that this was a typo on behalf of the person typing up the transcript!
http://www.mugglenet.com/bigread.shtml

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Gina R Snape - Dec 1, 2003 10:59 am (#798 of 2753)

Thanks Sly Girl.

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Madam Poppy - Dec 1, 2003 1:55 pm (#799 of 2753)
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Hey, check out this book cover for the new Ukrainian edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
http://www.ukraine.com/forums/showthread.php3?threadid=6838 is is interesting to see someones idea of what the Fountain of Magical Brethren looks like.

Wow! Take a minute to scroll down and look at the other book covers. The walls of the tunnel coming out of the Chamber of Secrets are covered with faces!

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Dr Filibuster - Dec 1, 2003 2:44 pm (#800 of 2753)

Unfortunately I can't seem to see the cover on that site...could you describe it to me Poppy?

If you get chance to see the UK (and perhaps Canadian?) version of OoP, then look on the back cover for the Magical Brethren and the Ministry of Magic.

Now Jack's gone who will answer my questions on obscure movies?

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Madame Librarian - Dec 1, 2003 2:55 pm (#801 of 2753)

Dr. F, I also could not get that Ukrainian site. I'll try again later. Sound intriguing, though.

Ciao. Barb

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Denise P. - Dec 1, 2003 3:15 pm (#802 of 2753)

Here is a smaller version of the cover. If you click it, it will take you to the full size image.



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Madame Librarian - Dec 1, 2003 3:22 pm (#803 of 2753)

Thanks, Denise. Gosh, there's a lot going on in that one! Harry and Hermione are obviously modeled on Daniel and Emma. I can't quite make out who any of the others are. Statue looks cool.

Ciao. Barb

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Marye Lupin - Dec 1, 2003 6:06 pm (#804 of 2753)

Wow, I really like those covers- especially the OoP one. I think maybe I'll print them out and put them on the wall of my bedroom Smile

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Hem Hem - Dec 1, 2003 7:14 pm (#805 of 2753)

I also thought that the faces looked really similar to the faces of the actors in the movies (even Snape's face on P/SS lloked like AR), but they were pretty cool covers. Thanks for the link.

It's also kind of interesting that in every cover up until OotP, Harry was flying on the cover....

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Susurro Notities - Dec 1, 2003 7:17 pm (#806 of 2753)

S.E. Jones,
Your niece is darling and I can now read your posts without those eyes - eyes - looking at me - !

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Hem Hem - Dec 1, 2003 7:41 pm (#807 of 2753)

YAY! JKR is planning to do an online chat interview in a few months! In the interview, which will be held on March 4, 2004, JKR will discuss her books as well as books she likes to read...and at the end, twelve UK children get to ask her questions!!!! Let's just hope that they don't waste their questions on the same exact stuff JKR talks about in every single interview...the "when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?" type questions.....

I guess this is slightly old news because mugglenet posted it on Friday, but word of any JKR interview is so exciting! She could reveal information about book six, and we may learn of someone or something that will become important later...theory fuel!

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S.E. Jones - Dec 1, 2003 8:23 pm (#808 of 2753)

We have to wait til March? Uh! Well, maybe she'll do more after that, isn't the first draft of Book 6 supposed to be done by January?

Susurro: I can now read your posts without those eyes - eyes - looking at me - !

Oh, Susurro, you're trying to make me put that picture back up, aren't you...

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Susurro Notities - Dec 1, 2003 8:26 pm (#809 of 2753)

S.E. you do know that the "Cruciatus Curse" is unforgivable don't you? No more torture!

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S.E. Jones - Dec 1, 2003 8:30 pm (#810 of 2753)

Ouch!

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Susurro Notities - Dec 1, 2003 8:37 pm (#811 of 2753)

Sorry S.E. - remember I only say this in light of my earlier post "Although I think you are lovely..." It's just - well - those eyes - too knowing!

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Orchal Fireb - Dec 1, 2003 9:05 pm (#812 of 2753)

JRR Tolkein Sindarin is the language commonly used by elves in Middle Earth. Gil Galad was a high king of elves and was the adopted father of Elrond, who played a major part in Lord of the Rings. Sorry for my previous vagueness I highly enjoy the world of Tolkein also.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 1, 2003 9:13 pm (#813 of 2753)

Thank you Orchal Fireb. No need to be sorry. It is I who am ignorant. I read political theory, current events, mystery novels, architecture tomes, medical/nursing books, cookbooks and cooks' autobiographies, and biblical guide books - HP, Interview with a Vampire, and Venus on the Half-shell are the most Sci Fi / mystical books I have read. I am sure I even got their genre wrong!

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Orchal Fireb - Dec 1, 2003 9:25 pm (#814 of 2753)

You might find Tolkein very interesting. I just finished J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth by Bradley J. Birzer, Joseph Pearce, it is a really good analysis of Tolkein as Christian writer, and brings to light Tolkeins strong Christian ideals as portrayed in his books. Just a thought, sorry for getting off of HP.

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Caput Draconis - Dec 1, 2003 9:42 pm (#815 of 2753)

Ah, but this is the thread where that is allowed, Orchal. I think you'll find a bunch of JRRT fans here also - don't know if you're a fan of the films, but just a little while ago we were all ranting on about various problems/expectations for Return of the King. I've read the trilogy, but have delved no further into Middle Earth - I tried to read the Silmarilion, but got stuck after a couple of chapters. I've been meaning to try again...anyway, have fun!

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S.E. Jones - Dec 1, 2003 10:23 pm (#816 of 2753)

Now, Susurro, how can you tell me that my new avatar doesn't have "knowing" little eyes! I'll have you know that that intelligent little curly-haired lass can name almost every character from the Lord of the Rings (her favorite movie, by the way), in both standard English and elvin. My brother (her father) woke up one morning to find her watching the Fellowship of the Ring on DVD (she can work the DVD player) with the commentary on (she prefers it that way). Trust me, those are knowing, and occasionally scary, little eyes....

(By the way, I'm currently trying to get a quicktime recording of her saying some Lord of the Rings stuff, it's soooo cute. I'll post a link when I get it working.)

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Susurro Notities - Dec 2, 2003 1:34 pm (#817 of 2753)

You are trying to torture me aren't you! I hope you have taught your niece some Harry Potter stuff too.

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S.E. Jones - Dec 2, 2003 2:39 pm (#818 of 2753)

I've been trying. She didn't seem too interested at first. I guess Harry didn't quite compare to Frodo in her eyes, but she's been more interested of late, mainly because my brother's been pushing for it. He can't stand to hear "Daddy, tell me more about Frodo" one more time (and he's a HUGE Tolkien fan!).... I kept getting these weird calls at odd hours asking me about different scenes and what they mean and how they connect to the overall plot and how they compare to the books. Finally I asked why and apparently they bought the movies on DVD and have been watching them with her but don't know anything about Harry Potter so they can't answer any of her questions. And boy does that little girl have questions!

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Blast - Dec 2, 2003 2:46 pm (#819 of 2753)

Little ones have a much more awarness of things then we give them credit for. I understand completely when you mention those scary little eyes I have seen that look many many times before S.E.

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Warty Harris - Dec 2, 2003 5:15 pm (#820 of 2753)

Hi!

Well, work has decided to put more of a firewall in place so I may not get a chance to read as often as I would like (The Harry Potter Lexicon Forum was not the reason, but a few unmentionable web sites simply would not be permitted)The only thing that we can read now is a local news channels web site. So we can know when a tornado is going to hit us! (I live in Kansas)

I probably will not get much of a chance to post, but I will check in Wink

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Madame Librarian - Dec 2, 2003 8:34 pm (#821 of 2753)

For those fans of seagoing adventures, A&E tonight and tomorrow is showing two new episodes of "Horatio Hornblower." It stars Ioan Gruffud (sp?) who I think is a real cutie. He doesn't look like a naval captain in the Napoleonic War era, but he's still nice to watch.

What does this have to do with HP? Well, just noticed that one of the secondary roles (a midshipman who's a real mess-up, scared, minimal ship knowledge, but some other captain's pampered nephew) is the very same actor who played Tom Riddle in CoS. Didn't realize it at first because of the goofy hats they wore then.

Ciao. Barb

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Sly Girl - Dec 3, 2003 10:36 am (#822 of 2753)

For those Snape fans out there- and AR fans... I just had to mention this: I'm not sure how many of you bought the little 2003 calender (it's the little cubicle sized one) but I have to say this month is my favorite month to show- It's a whole month dedicated to Snape. Woo.

Sorry, had to share that with people who understand.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 3, 2003 10:43 am (#823 of 2753)

Awwww, I don't have the 2003 calendar.

That's ok, every day is Snape day for me...

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Blast - Dec 3, 2003 2:21 pm (#824 of 2753)

On the Vote Thread, Liz's question is about a rally for the Goblet of Fire movie. Doesn't Time Warner have a building in New York? We Potterholics could stage a Sixties style sit in there.

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megfox - Dec 3, 2003 5:12 pm (#825 of 2753)

Gina, if you send me your snail mail address, I'll send it to you - I have the same calender, and its a pretty good one!

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Gina R Snape - Dec 3, 2003 6:53 pm (#826 of 2753)

Heh, heh. Time Warner has is main offices on East 23rd Street. But Blast, why would we stage a sit-in with them? We'd need to go to Leavesden studios in the U.K. Oh, also by the way, we NYC dwellers haven't got the luxury of backyards. That's what Central Park is for! But it wouldn't be too far-fetched to imagine that Sev and I have a magical pull-out couch that expands and multiplies to meet the needs of guests, in a flat with wizard space. You and everyone else on the forum are more than welcomed to camp out...

Meg, what an incredibly sweet offer. Please check your e-mail!

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Blast - Dec 3, 2003 7:25 pm (#827 of 2753)

The England idea sounds a lot better if we went to the Time Life Building we would probably just end up seeing Mary and end up signed up to a subscription and a free clock radio. Okay all Western Hemisphere people could meet at pier 92 to catch the Knight's Ship non stop to merry old England.Gina make sure Severus brings his potion for seasickness relief.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 3, 2003 7:39 pm (#828 of 2753)

Hey, Blast. Keep that up and they'll be carting you off to the St. Mungo's thread.

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Blast - Dec 3, 2003 8:15 pm (#829 of 2753)

Let me tell you with four daughters, three sisters all aunts, no uncles, and three nieces, I'm lucky I'm not already in St. Mungo's. My wife keeps me sane, though.  She would be great as a healer.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 3, 2003 9:28 pm (#830 of 2753)

Oooh, we should have a sit-in, that'd be so much fun! My senior year of high school, some idiots decided that we should suddenly have to wear uniforms, totally stripping us of our individuality. So, I was in the process of staging a sit-in, a walk-out, or a Braveheart kind of thing, with horses and bagpipes and blue face paint, but it fell through, unfortunately. So, yeah, sit-in! Whoo!

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Orchal Fireb - Dec 3, 2003 10:02 pm (#831 of 2753)

Abby: Dont be hippocrit, Hogwartz has uniforms and I dont think they lost their personalities Smile

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 3, 2003 10:30 pm (#832 of 2753)

Well, I don't go to Hogwarts, unfortunately. Besides, I didn't say we lost our personality, I said we lost our individuality. Most people express themselves with their outward appearance. Forcing the entire student body to dress alike is denying us that simple, basic right. Not to mention the financial issue of having to suddenly buy a new wardrobe with only one year of school left, as I had to do. Unfortunately, not many people agreed with me, and the uniforms are still enforced today. And there's something wrong when you are forced to wear uniforms for safety reasons. Yeah, like it's so hard not to get a uniform which consists of polo shirts and khakis. *rolls eyes*

And, keep in mind, in the books Hogwarts students wear robes, which happen to be the height of fashion.

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Orchal Fireb - Dec 3, 2003 10:51 pm (#833 of 2753)

I understand completely, I had to wear uniforms all through gradeschool, I was sooo... sick of it. So I see wear you are coming from. Our uniform cosisted of Tie and Blazer. Gag Gag.

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Marie E. - Dec 4, 2003 5:38 pm (#834 of 2753)

They recently made us start wearing khaki pants and white shirts at work, so I feel your uniform-pain. I'm going to express myself through crazy socks. I read that new dress code over a million times and it doesn't say a word about socks.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 4, 2003 5:56 pm (#835 of 2753)

Oh, I'm not sure why, but that reminds me of the movie Office Space. Jennifer Aniston's character worked at a restaurant where she had to wear a uniform, and had to "express herself" by wearing at least "15 pieces of flair." In actuality, she would have preferred to express herself by not wearing ANY pieces of flair. :snerk:

She went to a store in a mall and just grabbed fifteen badges from a basket at the register and put them on. She didn't even know what most of them said.

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Marie E. - Dec 4, 2003 6:01 pm (#836 of 2753)

Oh, I love that movie!! I'm totally going to call my socks my "flair" from now on.

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Madame Librarian - Dec 4, 2003 8:03 pm (#837 of 2753)

Marie E., Dobby would be so proud of you!

Ciao. Barb

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 4, 2003 8:19 pm (#838 of 2753)

I had to wear a plaid skirt and oxford shirt from kindergarten to 6th grade. Then I went to public school in 7th grade where I had complete fashion freedom. It was beautiful. Then, one year left, they take it all away. Oh, well, in college they don't give a darn.

Heh, I have quite a few pieces of flair: my Einstein with his tongue sticking out button, my Banned Books Week button, my OOP badge that the guy at the book store so kindly gave me, about five buttons with amusing sayings on them, and, of course, my Howard Carter badge. I make lots of noise when I walk. Heehee. How I love my button maker.

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Marie E. - Dec 4, 2003 9:49 pm (#839 of 2753)

Oh Abby! I forgot about the button-maker. Remember we were going to make Lexicon buttons to wear on June 21st? Ah, Lexicon memories...

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 4, 2003 10:24 pm (#840 of 2753)

Yeah, that fell through. Sorry about that. Stupid school and other stuff.

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Madam Poppy - Dec 4, 2003 11:23 pm (#841 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 4, 2003 11:24 pm

I started wearing "fun" socks after attending the Chamber of Secrets premiere. I love my striped knee highs and my ladybug socks. My uniform for work is black pants and a white blouse, so I wear any of my more sedate black print socks.


For those following my string of disasters...
Oct. fell in hotel bathtub
Oct. part of a tooth broke off, decided to have it pulled
Nov. fell down front step
Nov. cut finger on broken glass while washing Thanksgiving dishes
Dec. tonight one of my crowns came unglued while eating chicken soup!
Watch out! I'm on a roll!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 4, 2003 11:52 pm (#842 of 2753)

Maybe you need a rabbit's foot or a four-leaf clover or something.

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Tomoé - Dec 5, 2003 12:05 am (#843 of 2753)

Be careful Madam Poppy, or you risk to never read to 7th book of Harry Potter.

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Joost! - Dec 5, 2003 12:23 am (#844 of 2753)

For those interested in Dutch culture (and for those who aren’t but like to read stuff…), tonight we celebrate “Sinterklaasavond”. This is a tradition very similar to Santa Claus. Sinterklaas (derived from saint Nicholas) is an old man with a wit beard, dressed like a Catholic Bishop, because he was one, who gives children presents on the evening of December 5. He’s accompanied by a bunch of people called Zwarte Pieten (Black Peters). These Pieten climb down chimneys to put presents in the shoes of good children and to take bad children with them to Spain. Very nice…

Here’s a link to more info: http://www-astro.physics.ox.ac.uk/~erik/sint/sint.html

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shepherdess - Dec 5, 2003 2:15 am (#845 of 2753)

I don't think I'm going to stand too close to Poppy; my year has been bad enough.Wink If I had any good luck, Poppy, I'd share it with you. But, alas, I only have the other kind.

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Blast - Dec 5, 2003 2:38 am (#846 of 2753)

Poppy luck is supposed to come in threes. Did you have any good luck?If not, you should buy a lottery ticket because your overdue. Keep this up and they might name a ward in St. Mungo's after you. The Madame Poppy Ward for those who have slipped, tripped and sipped and got injured. Liz I,ve got a good question for the vote thread. If the muggle world made Honeyduke's chocolate, which company would make the best one?

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Susurro Notities - Dec 5, 2003 7:40 am (#847 of 2753)
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Joost, Maré, and all Dutch lexiconers,
............................................................ Happy Sinterklaasavond
Wishing you all a wonderful hoiday and a bag of gold!

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Thanks Joost! for the web site - I am having lots of fun reading about your holiday - my heritage. By the way - I still get a chocolate letter from my mom every Christmas - Droste!

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Fawkes Forever  - Dec 5, 2003 8:28 am (#848 of 2753)

To all our dutch buddies... Happy Sinterklaasavond

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Marye Lupin - Dec 5, 2003 11:09 am (#849 of 2753)

I'm not having the best luck lately either. Today is our first snow day of the year which means that the first showing of our school play got cancelled (this happened twice last year). I guess we had it comming because all the seniors were bragging about how snow days don't really count for us because we graduate before they start adding on days at the end of the year. It's not even a very pretty snow day. When I woke up this morning the snow was already kind of gray and slushy and it's been cloudy and drizzling all day.

Happy Sinterklaasavond! I forgot about it but when I went to the Belgian school we used to get off for it(we called it Saint Nicholas).

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 5, 2003 11:14 am (#850 of 2753)

Spain?, bad children are taken to Spain? I don't think that's such a punishment. I wouldn't mind going to Spain at this time of year Joost. Right now we are hankering down for a snow storm that will leave more than a foot of snow in Connecticut. The sky is dreary and there's a bad chill. I wouldn't mind sunny Spain.

By the way Joost is this it for the holiday season for you then or do you also celebrate the 25th or January 6th? Happy Sinterklasavond to you.

Poppy take care of yourself! What will we do without our dedicated caretaker.


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Madam Poppy - Dec 5, 2003 2:03 pm (#851 of 2753)
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Woo Hoo! The Endodontist glued the crown on for free! I can eat again! Yes, I did have some good luck today. Because I had to go to get my tooth fixed, I showed up later than I had planned for our employee coupon discount day at work. While I was shopping, my employee 20% discount card arrived in the mail. I saved an additional $37.00! ......now what can I spend that $37.00 on...hmmmm?

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shepherdess - Dec 5, 2003 3:41 pm (#852 of 2753)

Insurance?

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Susurro Notities - Dec 5, 2003 3:45 pm (#853 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 5, 2003 3:48 pm

Down payment on British 1st edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3570991107&category=13542
Madam Poppy, You should start taking better care of yourself - as I tell my patients you have used up all your sick time! Seriously - I hope your various ailments are healing without complication. Take some time to relax and go book shopping!

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Joost! - Dec 5, 2003 3:59 pm (#854 of 2753)

Get get chocolate letters, Susurro? Cool! I get at least two every year. Schools get Dec. 6 off normally, only that's a Saturday this year, too bad for the children this year.

You know Mrs. Sirius, I wouldn't mind a trip to Spain either, so I try to be as naughty as possible around this time of year, but Sinterklaas just doesn't take me there.... I should have thought of that when I was 8 years old.

And most people do celebrate Christmas in Holland, with or without presents, more and more people celebrate it "the American Way", with Santa Claus and reindeer and such. There's not much going on on Jan 6th though, unless you live in a rather religious area of the country, then you have children going from door to door asking for money. And then there's the going to church bit, not many people go to (Christian) church regularly and some only go on holidays (my parents, for instance).

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 5, 2003 4:44 pm (#855 of 2753)

Access Hollywood is running a story on Emma, Rupert and Daniel as I write this Frida 7:44 est. Tune in!

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shepherdess - Dec 5, 2003 6:03 pm (#856 of 2753)

You know, Poppy, we've been kind of joking about luck, but I went back and looked again at your list of accidents. It made me think of teenagers who repeatedly have accidents due to a growth spurt. And that made me think: sometimes if people become particularly clutsie (no insult intended!Smile), when they aren't normally, there could be an unseen reason for it. Is it possible you might have a problem with balance or coordination?

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Marie E. - Dec 5, 2003 6:28 pm (#857 of 2753)

My wedding anniversary is tomorrow, also St. Nicholas Day. We had Christmas trees as decorations at our wedding. I've always loved sharing my anniversary with part of the Christmas holidays.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 5, 2003 6:41 pm (#858 of 2753)

Hey, Mrs. Sirius. What did they say/show on Access Hollywood? I'm sure many of us missed it and would love to know.

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Blast - Dec 5, 2003 7:43 pm (#859 of 2753)

We are having the town's Santa Clause parade tomorrow. It is at night so all the floats are lit up. It is really quite beautiful. We also have a huge Dutch comunity in the area. It should be quite interesting this year. There is about 140 entries so it is a good size parade for a smaller place. We have a hot tub manufaturer in town and they have a truck with one on it. People are in the tub. It looks like great fun. What is the origion of the chocolate letters? It seems like every one gets one for Christmas around here. In the store where I work, we don't sell them, but we sell lots of other Dutch treats such as Tai Tai's.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 5, 2003 9:34 pm (#860 of 2753)

I don't know the origins of the chocolate letters. One of the web sites I connected to from the one Joost! posted said that they are a holiday tradition. I was interested to read that as my birth family is all Dutch and my mom gives out letters every year. Enjoy the parade Blast end newt.

Happy anniversary Marie E. How many years?

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 5, 2003 10:06 pm (#861 of 2753)

Happy Sinterklaasavond!!! *insert Abbyfetti* ',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',.;',;.',;.',;.,'',;.',;.',

Happy Anniversary, Marie!!! *insert more Abbyfetti* ',;.,'.;',;.,';.',.;,';.,'.;',.;',.;,';.',.;,'.;'

Here's to good luck for Poppy!!! *insert still more Abbyfetti* ,';.,';.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',.;,'.;,'

Here's some Abbyfetti for everyone else because I'm in an incredibly, somewhat ridiculously, good mood!!! *dumps out a large sack of Abbyfetti* ',.;,'.;,'.;,';.',;.',;.',;.',;.',.;',;,'.;',;.',.;



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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 5, 2003 10:31 pm (#862 of 2753)

As usual, my kids were in the room talking at the time so I didn't hear everything but, they spoke with Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliff. Both talked about watching the changes in themselves in the first films now that they are that much older. Rupert was shown twice. They showed Gary Oldman, I didn't hear any of that part and Michael Gambon talked about using an Irish accent with the Dumbledore character. If I understood it correctly, he did not end up using the accent.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 5, 2003 10:38 pm (#863 of 2753)

Hmmm. I thought I heard something about Gambon using an irish accent. It would have been too much of a change, in my opinion. Well, thanks for posting that.

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 6, 2003 5:23 am (#864 of 2753)

HPana has a better transcript of it.

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Joost! - Dec 6, 2003 6:00 am (#865 of 2753)

Happy Anniversary, Marie!

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Marie E. - Dec 6, 2003 1:11 pm (#866 of 2753)

Thanks, Abby and Joost. I made my husband watch our wedding tape this morning, but we couldn't hear anything over the giggling of our daughters. Amazing how he had total recall on how much the flowers cost. You'd think after 12 years he would just let it go...

(I insisted on calla lilies, which in December had to be imported from the Netherlands.)

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Weeny Owl - Dec 6, 2003 4:22 pm (#867 of 2753)

Gina

I'm just loving the new avatar of Severus! I'm not sure I'll be able to see that scene without laughing hysterically over it. I'll probably annoy the heck out of everyone around me.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 6, 2003 4:24 pm (#868 of 2753)

Thanks Jill!

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Madam Poppy - Dec 6, 2003 4:40 pm (#869 of 2753)

Yes Gina! That's your best picture ever!

Shepherdess, I've wondered the same thing myself. All I can say is that this was the "Year for the Doctor". After my surgery in June, all my visits were covered 100%. I better not get sick or injured after December 31st!

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Gina R Snape - Dec 6, 2003 4:46 pm (#870 of 2753)

Oh, I dunno Poppy. I'm still fond of the Snape looking at the Snape bottle pic, myself.

I still say you should see about whether or not there's been a hex placed on you.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 6, 2003 4:53 pm (#871 of 2753)

Heehee, really nice picture, Gina. Glad to see you use your time wisely.

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Blast - Dec 6, 2003 7:13 pm (#872 of 2753)

Poppy what you need is a good luck charm. My wife was unfortunate to lose her upper plate while swimming in Lake Erie. We are still waiting to hear the news about someone catching a smiling fish. Don't feel bad, to my family I am known as the walking accident. There are certain tools, especially electrical, I am not allowed near. Any electrical, plumbing, sawing, I am forbidden to do.  I have lost fingernails, third degree burns, broken fingers, broken foot, concussions, and too numerous to count stitches. I'm still looking for a good luck charm.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 6, 2003 8:07 pm (#873 of 2753)

Oh my, Blast. That's quite a CV of injuries you've got there! You must be great friends with Madam Poppy by now.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 6, 2003 8:11 pm (#874 of 2753)

Gina - love the picture - but my old eyes can't read what it says - could you enlighten me?

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Denise P. - Dec 6, 2003 8:16 pm (#875 of 2753)

I am not Gina but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night It says "Back now. I've told you before. Gina gets to serve detention with me first."

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Gina R Snape - Dec 6, 2003 8:26 pm (#876 of 2753)

Thanks, Denise.

Wow, your little guy looks so good! I can't believe how dark his hair has gotten.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 6, 2003 8:29 pm (#877 of 2753)
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I love it Gina! Thanks Denise - I should try Holiday Inn - maybe every other night!

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Pinky - Dec 6, 2003 9:09 pm (#878 of 2753)

Susurro, you asked Orchal Fireb on the Introductions thread a few questions. I'm not going to answer them all, partly because I don't know them off the top of my head. JRRT refers to J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of "Lord of the Rings" (LOTR). They are excellent books. My brain is fuzzy at the moment, so I'm drawing a blank on if Gil-galad is in the main trilogy. He's not a major character if he is. The other (fuzzy brainitis again) will probably be found in the Silmarilion, which I do NOT recommend reading until AFTER you've read the original trilogy. The Silmarilion is basically a history book of the world JRRT created, and can be dry reading at times. I'll let Orchal Fireb explain the significance though.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 6, 2003 9:16 pm (#879 of 2753)

Thank you Pinky - very thoughtful of you to write. I do have one other question - How does The Hobbit relate to LOTR? I have never read any JRRT. (look I've already used my new knowledge )

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Tomoé - Dec 6, 2003 9:26 pm (#880 of 2753)

The main character in LotR is Frodo Baggins, the main character of The Hobbit is Bilbo Baggins, uncle of Frodo. The action of The Hobbits take place several years before LotR, Bilbo, Gandalf and 10 or 12 dwarves, I don't remember go on a journey, encountering trolls, dragons and a mysterious ring.

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Pinky - Dec 6, 2003 9:27 pm (#881 of 2753)

Susurro, I'm going to the chat room if you're still around.

EDIT: Tomoe beat me to it! I'm still going to hang out in the chat room - assuming I can get it to work for me - if you have any other LOTR related questions.

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timrew - Dec 7, 2003 5:59 am (#882 of 2753)

Gil-Galad was an ancient elven king; and he's only mentioned in LOTR in some of the songs the elves sing.

He features more in the book 'The Silmarillion', also by Tolkein; but this is not written in the style of LOTR. It's more like a History Book of Middle Earth, similar, I suppose to 'Hogwarts, A History' - so I suppose only Hermione has read it!

To any LOTR fans out there.....I'm kidding!

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 7, 2003 10:48 am (#883 of 2753)

This evening I am going on my local version of the The Hogwart's Express. The library association sponsors a train ride reading of "The Polar Express". It's a Christmas story of a little boy who climb's aboard a train to the North Pole where he meets Santa. Where I live in Connecticut, it's rather rural and we don't have regular commuter trains. The only train is this stream train that's mostly for local scenic and tourist rides. We'll be dressed in bedtime clothing and I'll read to a car full children and their parents.

If you can pick up a copy of the story, I recommend it. It ends with a bit of magic that was once suggested as a possible end to the HP series.

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Pinky - Dec 7, 2003 11:15 am (#884 of 2753)

Speaking of "The Polar Express," anyone else in the northeast of the US getting completely hammered by snow? It just won't stop coming. It's been snowing for over 36 hours. I don't know how much snow we've gotten so far, but it's somewhere around 2 feet and still piling up!

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 7, 2003 11:28 am (#885 of 2753)

Wow Pinky, it stopped here this morning around 10:00. We probably have between 6" and 7". But then yesterday there was a big break in the storm right around the shoreline area so we caught a break.

But we just checked our mail box and the French edition of the Order of the Pheonix has arrived. It has a door hanger that matches the book cover that says don't interrupt me I am reading OotP! Now if I could just read it in French! (My husband reads French).

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wormsé - Dec 7, 2003 12:08 pm (#886 of 2753)

Wow- snow for 36 hours! We still haven't gotten any snow here in Kentucky. We did have just a little about a week back, but it wasn't enough to count. *sigh* As long as we get some snow for Christmas, I'll be happy! As for LotR, I've only read them once, but loved them- I seem to remember the beginning of The Fellowship to be a bit boring, but it got better. I'd recommend them to anyone. With all this talk about it, I have the urge to go re-read them...

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Blast - Dec 7, 2003 12:24 pm (#887 of 2753)

What's going on down there. Up here in the Great White North we have sunshine. I think that it is a plot by the D.E.'S to destabilize the Chritmas shopping season.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 7, 2003 1:36 pm (#888 of 2753)

No snow in Michigan. I'm jealous. I love a big snow storm.

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Sly Girl - Dec 7, 2003 1:55 pm (#889 of 2753)

Well, there’s no snow in Arizona either. Of course there's never snow in Arizona... well, at least my part of it. I have big blue skies and white puffy clouds outside my window. I think it's like 78 degrees or something. Burrrr. (just kidding!)

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Madam Pince - Dec 7, 2003 2:10 pm (#890 of 2753)

Hi everyone! Over the river and through the woods to Grandmama's house we went...and stayed for 10 days. Had a great Thanksgiving, ate loads of food, and now that we're home have been doing unpacking, cleaning, laundry, ironing, going thru backed-up piles of mail, and all that boring stuff....just now getting around to checking the Forum! Did anybody miss me? I missed you guys! OK, enough of the sappy stuff -- time to get going on the umpteen-million posts I'm behind on! THEN I'll worry about holiday shopping, decorating, card-sending....oh dear....

Oh, and we have piles of snow too. Fun so far because we haven't had to go out in it yet! The dog really enjoys it, anyways!

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Madame Librarian - Dec 7, 2003 2:15 pm (#891 of 2753)

The illustrations in "The Polar Express" are so beautiful. A little haunting, too.

No snow here in the Chicago area. Usually we have something by now, but I'm not complaining. I'm all for a picturesque white world, but after 12 hours, so much of it is slushy grey. We had sun and mild temps today (low 40s).

My son in Boston says it's snowed over 24 inches. He's got his cafeteria tray ready for sledding (Tufts is a hilly campus), and he's going skiing on Tues. It's only the week before finals, I'm not worried (arrgghh). The news called that storm a classic nor'easter.

Sly Girl, should you ever see snow in Arizona, just assume that Hermione is practicing her weather spells.

Ciao. Barb

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Slytherin Prefect - Dec 7, 2003 2:36 pm (#892 of 2753)

Hey, keep that snow as far away from me as possible! Anytime it snows in south Texas, entire cities shut down...

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boop - Dec 7, 2003 2:44 pm (#893 of 2753)

Well in the middle of Pa. it was a cold but pretty day. We got about 8 inches of snow. I had to be at work by 6am on Sat and the roads were awful. When I left at 2:30 they were good. Poppy I hope your luck gets better. I know for me it’s if it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all!!!!!

1) A guy backed into my van and did $1500 in damages. I got it fixed. 2) Wind storm took my pear tree down on my van. 3) My daughter who is pregnant is having problems. Kidney stones, spent two days in the hospital. Then was put back in Sat for an infection. She came home today, but is still in pain.

It makes it hard to enjoy the holiday season with all this added stress. I don't do good on Christmas, It seems to be a down time for me. I haven't even started decorating yet. I really don't feel like it. I feel like the walls are closing in. Well I am sorry to go on about myself. Please forgive me.

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Madame Librarian - Dec 7, 2003 2:51 pm (#894 of 2753)

Oh, boop, hope things improve and fast. Wish I knew a good luck spell for everyone who seems short of it.

Ciao. Barb

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Weeny Owl - Dec 7, 2003 3:06 pm (#895 of 2753)

To boop and anyone else who is having problems or feeling the stress of the holiday season:



It can be a rough time.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 7, 2003 3:23 pm (#896 of 2753)

Aww, that's cute Weeny!

Well, I stepped foot outside today for the first time all weekend. NYC was pounded with snow. Luckily, this afternoon things warmed up to a toasty 30F. Boy am I sore from all the snow mountain climbing! It's weather like this that really makes me wish I could apparate!

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Pinky - Dec 7, 2003 5:36 pm (#897 of 2753)

Peabody, Massachusetts, (above Boston, and a little south of where I am by - I dunno - 15 miles or so) got 3 feet of snow. Drifts were up to 6 feet. I don't know what the official count was for my specific area. When we went out to clear the snow off the car, the snow on the ground was level with the top of the trunk. And this all fell in the last 2 days. We only had had a dusting of snow prior to this. Sly Girl and Slytherin Prefect, I'm sending you a truckload of snow. We've got more than we want!

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I Am Used Vlad - Dec 7, 2003 6:22 pm (#898 of 2753)

Wow, boop, I'm from central PA too. I hope your daughter (and your van) are doing well. And Pinky, send all the snow you want down here to help out the skiing.

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Sly Girl - Dec 7, 2003 6:44 pm (#899 of 2753)

Actually, contrary to belief- it does snow in Arizona. In Northern Arizona, where I went to college, it snows all the time from November to March. I once almost got stuck up at school for winter break because of a blizzard that decided to blow through! Now in Phoenix, where I live now, it's only snowed, as far as I know, 3 times. And each time it was a surreal experience, one was before I remember it and once was when I was in highschool and the other was just a few years ago. You haven't lived until you've seen a cactus covered in snow... it messes with your sensibilities!


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Marie E. - Dec 7, 2003 7:53 pm (#900 of 2753)

They're promising a slight chance of snow showers for Colorado Springs tomorrow. Sorry we don't compare to the Nor'easter the rest of you got. Even when we do get snow, it melts almost right away. Sometimes I miss having snow stick around long enough to become gross and brown.

Did you all know that they are making a computer animated version of The Polar Express? It's narrated by Tom Hanks. I saw the trailer when I went to Looney Tunes: Back in Action. It's not hitting theaters until next November. It's my favorite Christmas book and always makes me cry.
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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 7, 2003 8:30 pm (#901 of 2753)

I love that ending to Polar Express. My son is 7 ½ years old. He's just at that point where he's questioning about Santa. When Santa bordered the train tonight he said his beard is not real. It turned out the beard was real, so I was happy about that. So this ending fits perfectly with his doubts, it just leaves enough room for him to consider it the magic of Santa.

It's really funny, before I had children I didn't think I would tell my children that Santa was real, I was afraid of being deceptive or untruthful with my children. But once you have a children and you can see the magic through their eyes it's so amazing. Edit: (Wow I'm post 900!)

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Madam Poppy - Dec 7, 2003 8:38 pm (#902 of 2753)
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Here's a link to the movie trailer for Polar Express. http://polarexpressmovie.warnerbros.com/

We had snow off and on this whole past week. Our driveway faces north and the sun never hits it. Right now it is a sheet of ice from the cars packing the snow down.

Oh, and speaking of "luck"...I left the house on friday at 10:00 pm to pick up my daughter from work and our van died....as in will never work again! Earlier in the day when I drove Sharon to work the brakes didn't seem to be working correctly at first. (They scared me but my husband thought it was my active imagination.) So anyway at 10:00 I backed out of the driveway, put the car in Drive and there was a big clunk then a grinding noise and Ta Da! No transmission and the brakes were really mushy. So the van is sitting across the street, waiting to be towed away.
So now we have 3 people working, one person in college and only one working car. Oh, and the car had a flat tire friday night too!
Life is never dull at our house!

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I Am Used Vlad - Dec 7, 2003 8:40 pm (#903 of 2753)

I saw the trailer at the Looney Tunes movie. It looks like it will be a good movie, although maybe a bit too sentimental for my taste. But if the ending has a possible Harry Potter connection, I think I'll read the book.

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shepherdess - Dec 7, 2003 9:52 pm (#904 of 2753)

Okay, Poppy, that had nothing to do with balance or coordination. Hmmm...maybe a prayer will help.

I know what you mean about the snow not melting. My house faces north, plus it's two stories. And that combined with the two story house on each side of me, insure that my front yard gets practically no sunlight (except early morning and sundown, when the sun is at it's weakest).

In early Dec. 2000, it snowed several inches (pretty good for here). Then it froze over. Before that could melt, it snowed and froze again. Than the process was repeated a third time. Everything here was shut down.

It was Jan. 29 before it melted from my yard. Now to put that in perspective: snow rarely lasts more than 2 or 3 days here, unless it's exceptionally cold, and almost never longer than a week. Everywhere but my yard was clear by mid Jan.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 7, 2003 11:38 pm (#905 of 2753)

Aww, boop, I hope all goes well, and you and your family have a happy holiday.

It's snowed a grand total of three times in my life down here. A fairly sizeable snowstorm when I was five. A rather minimal snowstorm when I was eight. And some snowflakes that didn't even make it to the ground when I was twelve. Though it has been a fabulous weekend. Highs in the fifties, that's my kind of weather.

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Fawkes Forever  - Dec 8, 2003 2:26 am (#906 of 2753)

Wow, you guys seem to get a lot of snow. Over here in Ireland, we haven't had any snow yet, .... a slight sprinkling on the hills & mountains, but none in the lowlands. We have had plenty of ice & frost however, it took me 15 mins to defrost my car this morning

It always seems to snow here over the Christmas holidays, usually when I'm up visiting my family home, which is in a valley between two sets of hills & mountains (the Donegal Hills & the Sperrin Mountains, if anyone is interested) ... so when it snows my town resembles a little alpine village (well with a little imagination)

We normally don't see a white christmas, but it usually starts to snow on christmas night so we wake up to snow on Boxing Day! Quite a number of years, we ended up getting snowed in over christmas... which has it's advantages & disadvantages... one being that you relax & take it easy 'cus you can't go anywhere... the other being the onset of 'cabin fever'

Madame Poppy & Boop.... hope things start to get better for the two of you soon. I can relate.... quite recently I've been having a 'few' problems of my own.... but kept them mostly to myself for fear of 'venting' on the forum I've recently bought a house in Dublin..... & have had various problems with leaky roofs (oct is almost like a monsoon season in Ireland, we had buckets & towels everywhere & ended up crawling all round the attic searching for the leaks myself), other problems with the plumbing, boilers, electrical outlets, mice, not to mention ... dodgy builders, and a roguish roofer who would make Mundungus look like a saint! Has anyone here seen the film 'The Money Pit'.... I'll say no more!

Here's hoping we all have a peaceful holiday

And for all of those who need a bit of luck.... here's a four leaf clover

EDIT : Whoops sorry for the long post & Gina I love your new picture..... brought a smile to my face on a freezing cold monday morning

Nox, thanks for the Christmas Cheer

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Nox NotteTorrente - Dec 8, 2003 2:33 am (#907 of 2753)

Ahh guys... hope things improve for everyone soon. Christmas is a wonderful time when everything that can go wrong, will... Here's some Christmas cheer...

And a cute little reindeer to look at...

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boop - Dec 8, 2003 3:10 am (#908 of 2753)

Thank you everyone. My Daughter is due in March and most of the problems have nothing to do with the baby. The fluid around the baby is not like its to be, but they said that not a issue anymore. Sheila developed diabetes since she became pregnant. So this put her on high risk. We just don't want the baby to come to early. I just a healthy baby and daughter in the end.

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shepherdess - Dec 8, 2003 1:17 pm (#909 of 2753)

boop,

I don't think that's too much to ask for. I hope you get it.

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Sinister Kittens - Dec 8, 2003 2:55 pm (#910 of 2753)

No, your right shepherdess - that is exactly what we all should be praying/wishing for at this time of year. Health and happiness to everyone that we know and love. Oops, I sound all mushy there! Please send me snow.... It reaches the hills behind me, but because I live on a coast the snow NEVER lays - too salty!

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Blast - Dec 8, 2003 10:27 pm (#911 of 2753)

Hi to all. I't too bad none of us have a great imagination. Just kidding the fan forum is great. there is a lot of very funny things in there. Cause if you’re feeling low, the Fanfic is the place to go.Madame Poppy who's got class, cut her finger on a glass. Fanfic Iis the place she should be. To dull her pain with a little tee hee.

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Carla Hodge - Dec 9, 2003 2:15 pm (#912 of 2753)

I just wanted to point out that I'm rather annoyed. Not with this site, everything's lovely on here.

My other favourite forum has just been closed down. It was discussion about the winner of the second Fame Academy TV programme. Unfortunately, it's been closed down because she has a lot of fans who, erm, prefer their own...erm...type, if you know what I mean.

It was a good site to help other people with this..erm, 'problem' (I'd like to point out that I'm not against it, far from it, just trying to conform to Steve's rules :-D), and has helped out a lot of young ladies. It had become a lot like the family here.

It saddens me that some people who were doing a fab job were stopped in their tracks because some others didn't agree with it. It'd be like people shutting the Lex down because they didn't agree with Harry Potter being related to the occult or something *sigh*

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 10, 2003 8:54 am (#913 of 2753)

Shepherdess,

Wow someone actually remembers me; thanks for the acknowledgment And if the face you are talking about is my portrait then I guess, yes you should recognize it. That's Gary Oldman; the actor playing the part of Sirius in the upcoming movies. Or at least he was the last time I checked. He's pretty famous so even if you didn't know he was playing Sirius you've probably seen him in some other movie.

Carla Hodge, that really sucks (even though I have no clue what site you are talking about.) I hate people who think like that, what was the point of having that site closed, nothing. Grrrr, sometimes people make me so mad.

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Dr Filibuster - Dec 10, 2003 5:02 pm (#914 of 2753)

Hi Brandon, of course we remember you -  welcome back!

Shepherdess, you made me giggle. Fancy thinking Brandon had turned into Gary Oldman over the last few months...I know teenagers change at an alarming rate (as seen in the Potter movies) but did you think he was swigging the old polyjuice too?

Good choice of picture by the way. I can almost imagine Oldman as Sirius now.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 10, 2003 6:09 pm (#915 of 2753)

Ooooooooh, fantastic pic, Brandon.

Welcome back.

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shepherdess - Dec 10, 2003 6:35 pm (#916 of 2753)

Confession time: I really didn't look at the picture (until I found out who it was). And I had no clue what Gary Oldman looks like, so I wouldn't have recognized him anyway. Now that I have looked at the picture, I can clearly see that he's too old to be Brandon. (And it helps if you're awake!) I guess I sounded pretty stupid!

Yeah, I could see him as Sirius.

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Blast - Dec 10, 2003 7:23 pm (#917 of 2753)

I don't know about the looks. I always pictured Sirius with hungry eyes, like someone possessed, such as Bela Lugosi in Dracula. Sorry I couldn't think of someone more up to date, but I don't watch a lot of movies.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 10, 2003 8:59 pm (#918 of 2753)

This just proves what a close knit family we all are; I've been gone for so long and yet my second family still remembers me. And I wish I looked like Gary Oldman; he is exactly how I pictured Sirius, especially in this picture.

Of course you didn't sound stupid Shepherdess; we all make mistakes from time to time. In fact I would have been surprised if you had recognized me simply by my portrait, considering I didn't even have one the last time I was on. Thanks Gina this is my favorite pic of him; it took me awhile to get it down to 10k without lowering the quality to much.

Blast Ended Newt: if you've seen Oldman in some of his movies you might think that he will be able to portray Sirius very well. He is an excellent actor (in my humble opinion) and can play many different types of characters quite well. I am looking forward to the whole whomping willow/ shrieking shack scene; I think that he can play the psychotic Sirius that we all know and love quite well.

Anywho, I am quite happy because my finals are finally over. And I aced my lit/writing class, yay! I will be the next J.K. Rowling (I wish.) But one can always dream of coming up with one brilliant idea and marketing the heck out of it once it becomes popular, can't I? Ah, the joys and ignorance of youth.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 10, 2003 9:06 pm (#919 of 2753)

Ah, Brandon, you're so lucky! I still have two more exams left. Not too bad though, French and American history part deux. Still, I want the semester to be over with already! It's driving me crazier than I already was.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 10, 2003 10:16 pm (#920 of 2753)

Haha, I know how you feel Abby. Where do you go to school, American or other? I want to do a transfer to England so I can study British literature and writing from actual British people and not professors who just try to act British.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 10, 2003 10:30 pm (#921 of 2753)

Heh, very much American. But what is up with those professors? I've had a few of them myself. I so desperately want to go to the UK to study, but alas, I am poor. I was going to spend my junior year at the University of Edinburgh, but that has very unfortunately fell through. And I just found out today that my best friend's going the the University of Strathclyde for a year. Gosh, some people have all the luck.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 10, 2003 10:49 pm (#922 of 2753)

Edinburgh eh, that would be cool. I don't know much about British schools, I just think it would be cool to actually study British literature over there. I don't really go for British literature all that often though, I typically like American authors, but the British authors I like I tend to love! Rowling is one of the few exceptions, I don't love her writing, I'm totally obsessed with it. I'm actually thinking about going into journalism until I pop out my first book. Maybe try to get a job as a collumn writer for a magazine once I get my BA.

What about you Abby, what are you majoring in?

And yes, unfortunately some people do have all the luck.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 10, 2003 11:24 pm (#923 of 2753)

I'm a mega-anglophile. I love British literature. There's just something about a rubbish bin rather than a garbage can. And I've more recently been interested in my Scottish heritage, so Edinburgh sounded awesome.

I'm currently the Rogue History Major. I'm transferring schools next fall, where I'll be an anthropology major. I'm going to be an Egyptologist some day. That's been my plan since age eight. I do believe that some family members had hoped I'd grow out of that, but, hey, you find your passion you should stick with it.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 12:13 am (#924 of 2753)

Anthropology is cool, I used to want to get into that. Egyptologist hmmm, following in Bill's footsteps I see.

I am actually freaking out right now. When I took my Economics final this morning I accidentally took home the test sheet. I didn't even realize I had done this until I looked into my backpack and saw it sitting there. Taking a test is grounds for expulsion so I have to return it. It's currently 12:10 in the morning in California right now so there is no way I can return it right now. I e-mailed my professor and also left a message in his office because I really don't want to be expelled. This whole situation really sucks.

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Fawkes Forever  - Dec 11, 2003 2:43 am (#925 of 2753)

Just a heads up.... on the BBC's Big Read Campaign :

For those of you who don't know what this is about, here's a quick recap. BBC UK have been running a series where the public have been voting for their 100 favourite books. This was then shortlisted to the top 21 books & everyone was to vote for their favourite from this list. Goblet of Fire was included, so naturally we want GoF to win... (although there are so many other books that I love... it's very hard not to vote for them as well )

Voting closes on Thursday, 11 December, at 6.00pm. (GMT) The phone vote only will re-open on Saturday, 13 December, at 9.00pm (GMT) for the final.

So get voting folks to make sure that GoF is the number one book in the UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/vote/
Abby, you know what you have to do

Brandon... hope you didn't get in trouble.....

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icthestrals - Dec 11, 2003 7:33 am (#926 of 2753)

Sly Girl, I usually don't get worked up over postings I read on the Forum, but you deleting your theory on the Percy Weasley thread almost made me cry! You came up with a brilliant theory and, in my opinion, explained your research methods in your follow-up post. Can anyone talk you into re-posting it?

If I'm overly sensitive here, please forgive me and disregard my whining.

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Fawkes Forever  - Dec 11, 2003 7:59 am (#927 of 2753)

I agree icthestrals...
It was a very interesting theory... go on Sly.... put the post back up... purdy purlease

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Denise P. - Dec 11, 2003 8:47 am (#928 of 2753)

I agree, put it back. There are plenty of us here that don't frequent other HP sites and don't have access (by choice) to other discussions.

Using hints provided by others to form a theory is perfectly acceptable. Heck, when I first posted it, many thought *I* came up with the Lupin/James theory even though I always pointed out I didn't.

Put it back up Sly, I think it holds a lot of valid points and would be great to discuss.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 11, 2003 10:52 am (#929 of 2753)
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Your post breathed some sorely needed new life into the Percy thread which is now senseless without your very interesting post Sly. Like NoVeil I rarely read any other HP information on the web (obsessed enough here) so I appreciate new ideas no matter where they come from. I enjoy your posts they usually put a smile on my face or ideas in my head or both. Please put your theory back up.

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Sly Girl - Dec 11, 2003 11:40 am (#930 of 2753)

Well, unfortunately guys, I didn't copy it like I should of. It was very late when I wrote it and I'm quite sure my brain won't be that brilliant again. It was a fluke- I'm hardly ever that cognizant. lol

Besides, I think the Galadriel Waters one was much better. However I will try to post a similar post with the same points. Hows that?

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Susurro Notities - Dec 11, 2003 12:01 pm (#931 of 2753)

That would be swell Sly!

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icthestrals - Dec 11, 2003 12:04 pm (#932 of 2753)

Something is better than nothing, I always say! Yaaaay!! OK, sorry for going off the deep-end.

PS: I'm a loyal Lexicon/Forum reader as well, so I don't read other sites either.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 12:30 pm (#933 of 2753)

Woohoo I have the coolest professors, I didn't get into any trouble! Oh, Sly even though I hadn't checked out your thread before it was deleted I will make sure to check it out now. It had to have been really good if there was this much of an uproar when it was deleted.

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Dr Filibuster - Dec 11, 2003 1:38 pm (#934 of 2753)

That's just what I was thinking too.

There's going to be a huge surge on the Percy thread now. What a great way to rouse interest

Glad you didn't get into bother Brandon. I was going to suggest a rememberall, but you never forgot anything. There's probably an anti-absentmindall in Diagon Alley.

Abby, Edinburgh is a gorgeous city, what a shame that fell through. You have to visit when you can get a cheap flight (on your way to Egypt that is). By the way, I watched a documentary on Howard Carter last night.



Siobhan...oh NOoo! I was going to vote on the Big Read again, I didn't know about the cut off time. GoF was number 4 last time I heard. Sci-fi fans have got together on the internet to boost Hitch-hikers Guide to number 3.

What did I come on here to say? Oh, I know...Jason Isaacs is on telly soon - British Channel 4 "So Graham Norton". 10 o'clock. He wlll be plugging Peter Pan, but I shall post any Potter snippets on a Movie thread.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 11, 2003 1:46 pm (#935 of 2753)

Darn it. 6pm GMT is noon here. I missed it. Sorry guys, I guess it's too late for me to cheat, er, stretch the truth some more.

Dr. F, I do intend to visit someday. Just don't know how soon it'll be. Maybe graduate school. My dad needs to win the lottery, gosh darn it! Oooh, was the Howard Carter show good?

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 2:41 pm (#936 of 2753)

We all need to win the lottery Abby! Because then I could just write for fun and not have to worry about paying bills or any of that crud. Of course I'm still living with my parents because they live right by my school so I don't have to worry about bills : )

I wouldn't have gotten to watch it even if I had caught your post in time Dr. F; no British shows here in the states, (at least that I know of.) Have you read hitchiker guide? It's actually pretty good, the answer to the question is 42... Now what was the question again?

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Dr Filibuster - Dec 11, 2003 3:04 pm (#937 of 2753)

Abby, I found it very interesting. It was only a short programme on the day he opened the burial chamber. it had that "wonderful things" quote in it (from his book that came out a year later). Lord Canarvon/Caernarfon (sp?) claimed he said something slightly different.

Jason Isaacs was just on tv. He's always a pleasure to watch. He went to drama school with the presenter, Graham Norton. He only briefly talked Malfoy. He explained that he wasn't in Book 3 so astonishingly he isn't in Film 3.

He mentioned meeting Newall the director of GoF and "getting down on my knees and licking his boots." He accurately mimed the thickness of GOF book and then guessed the thickness of GoF script (a lot thinner). He modestly said that he didn't know if they would leave his role in.

I'm sure I read all that on TLC recently...he's probably started repeating himself (or been ordered not to say anything more) during his Peter Pan publicity rounds.

Brandon...Graham Norton is on BBC America, but you get shows about a year or two later...kind of weird to see actors plugging (promoting) movies that were released so long ago. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is good...but is it better than...

Potter? Pooh?

Catch 22?

Orwell? Dickens or Lee?

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Gina R Snape - Dec 11, 2003 3:32 pm (#938 of 2753)

Brandon, there is a cable channel called "BBC America" that specifically broadcasts British shows. Also, some PBS stations show Brtish tv shows in reruns.

On another note---WHY did you change your avatar? I was so enjoying Sirius, er, I mean Gary Oldman...

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timrew - Dec 11, 2003 3:39 pm (#939 of 2753)

Heck! I missed Graham Norton! It's not normally a show I watch; but I would have watched it if I'd known Jason Isaacs was on.

Doc, you mentioned number 4 and number 3 in the Big Read; but what is at number 1? Is it still LOTR? I think that, having won the Waterstone's poll a couple of years ago, and with the film(s) being to the fore at the moment, it's going to win hands down!

Abby, there's been a series on UK TV recently (just finished) called "The Egyptians" (I think), based on true stories found in old papyruses. I saw three of them, and they were very good.

And Doc's right, Abby. Edinburgh is a beautiful city - I was there last year. I'm sorry it fell through for you! Never mind, you'll see it one day, I'm sure.

Edit: Gina, it's still Gary Oldman on Brandon's avatar, in his dog form!

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boop - Dec 11, 2003 3:51 pm (#940 of 2753)

Sly Girl, That post on Percy is great. I have the Book New Clues to Harry Potter: Book 5.,but I guess I'm just not the detective type. I have read it and went looking for clues, but I just don't know what to look for. It's a very interesting book. That's why I like reading everyone's post. I'm just amazed at all the theories. I can't even come up with one theory.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 11, 2003 4:13 pm (#941 of 2753)

Tim, are you saying that Gary Oldman is an animagus?

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Dr Filibuster - Dec 11, 2003 4:13 pm (#942 of 2753)

I don't normally watch Graham Norton either. I have internet access on my tv so I often flick between tv and the forum whilst waitng for a thread to appear.

The Big Read...

1) Lord of The Rings (it's been no.1 all the way through, I agree it's going to win hands down)

2) Pride and Prejudice

3) Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Result of Filibustering on tonight's forum? Well, I've had the Hitch-Hikers theme tune in my head for a couple of hours, and I'm determined to go to Edinburgh again soon. (no, not to stalk Rowling) I'd recommend a brisk walk up Arthur's Seat, a ghost tour and a few wee drams of firewhisky.

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timrew - Dec 11, 2003 4:20 pm (#943 of 2753)

For all our readers of posts in the USA, Arthur's Seat is a hill! Sorry Doc!

Thanks for the info, BTW.

And Gina, Gary Oldman puts everything into his roles.....and if this one involves becoming an animagus......

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Madame Librarian - Dec 11, 2003 4:28 pm (#944 of 2753)

tim, what a coincidence! Just this last Monday, A&E network here ran the Ancient Egyptians program you mentioned. I watched two episodes, the one about the twins, and the one about the temple priests. Really interesting, well done detail-wise, and surpisingly soap opera-ish. Make-up was a bit weird, don't you think?

There was one section that I kind of slept through about medical practices we still have today that are amazingly similar to ones written about in ancient Egyptian papyri (pl. sp?) and also some from India. You needed a strong stomach for that. You also really, really appreciated those blokes in the 1800s who came up with good anesthetics.

Ciao. Barb

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timrew - Dec 11, 2003 4:39 pm (#945 of 2753)

I saw the one about the twins, and the one about the priests, but I missed the one about the medical practices. But I found the series quite enjoyable.

Well, I actually felt really upset for those twin girls. Thrown out by their own mother (who has just had their Dad murdered by her new lover), they become priestesses of the Apis Bull. Then the mother steals their wages from them. She was surely the mother from Hell!

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Sinister Kittens - Dec 11, 2003 5:13 pm (#946 of 2753)

Okay - I hate to say this... but I'm going to have to put myself on 'moderated status' (don't mean to steal your phrases here guys but...), unfortunately I don't have enough time to put forward any constructive views and then follow the argument through. I will be still be reading, with the occasional post (as you may/may not have noticed this has been going on for a while). But I will still be keeping tabs, and no doubt visiting the chat room during my insomniac sessions!

I will still be reading as much as I can though!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 5:21 pm (#947 of 2753)

I completely forgot about BBC America, I only watch it when there's a Monty Python marathon on normally. "Tis but a flesh wound!" YEAH! Actually I was flipping through one time and BBC had an interview with a British author whose name escapes me at the moment. But he had the funniest macabre story about a cat, a present, and a dead rabbit, (the rabbit was the present!) Sound disgusting? It was, yet also extremely funny.

Anyways my new avatar is how Sirius would look if he bleached his hair and then transformed. I think my dog is really cool and I think that Sirius would look like a cross between a very large labrador retriever and a newfoundland (black of course.) My dog isn't quite as big as Sirius but he's still a decent size. Actually about a month after I had named him I seriously considered changing his name to padfoot but didn't think it would work (to bad.) Gary Oldman secretly is blonde and this is his true animagus form! hehe

I can't believe Pride and Prejudice made the list! Ugh, I had enough of that book when I read it my sophomore year. I know a lot of people like it but... ugh!

Hey Gina I could take my old picture of Oldman and merge his head with my dogs. And we then have a half transformed Sirius. Actually I might just do that for the heck of it, Gary Oldman with half a dogs head. It definitely has possibility.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 5:47 pm (#948 of 2753)

Actually I tried it and because one is greyscale and the other is color even if I change the color to greyscale it still looks messed up. : (

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Sly Girl - Dec 11, 2003 7:17 pm (#949 of 2753)

Brandon, BBC America is playing Faulty Towers tomorrow, which is weird, because they never, ever do and then they are following it with Flying Circus so check your local listings and try to catch them for a brief interlude of The Spanish Inquisition!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 7:20 pm (#950 of 2753)

Oh, oh, COOOOOOOOL!!! I also love Faulty Towers. I used to have a bunch of the tapes (vhs for you techies) but I sold them so I don't have them anymore : (

I'll have to watch that!
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Gina R Snape - Dec 11, 2003 7:32 pm (#951 of 2753)

You should keep your eye out for Black Adder. I absolutely adore Black Adder--especially the 2nd season with Miranda Richardson as Queen Elizabeth. Sheer comedic genius.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 11, 2003 8:05 pm (#952 of 2753)
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I have been out and about in the evenings this week finishing my Christmas shopping and have been dazzled by the displays people have put up. In addition to patronus (thanks to whoever suggested that the white light reindeer looked like patronus - my kids are loving that!) in every third yard there are giant blow up Santas, bears, Poohs, and Grinches. I have seen lights in every color imaginable and configured as blankets over bushes, icicles hanging from eaves, spiral trees, outlining houses, signs that spell out Christmas sayings, wreaths, candy canes, stars, tractors, and even a light choo choo complete with turning wheels and smoke from the engine. There are entire houses lit up with red and/or green. There are wooden sleighs, Santas, elves, and bears. Some have plastic 3D mangers, Santas, and angels. Greenery is everywhere - wreaths, trees, and boughs - all with bright red ribbons. This is the most decorating I can remember in a long time.
Having never been out of Michigan, USA during Christmas I began to wonder what Christmas looks like in other parts of the US and in other countries.

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Denise P. - Dec 11, 2003 8:44 pm (#953 of 2753)

Susurro, you don't have any that does luminaries? My husband is from Michigan and he is forever telling me how the entire town does luminaries lining the pathways on Christmas Eve. Other than that, sounds like standard decorating here.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 11, 2003 8:50 pm (#954 of 2753)

Oooh, those are the Egypt shows my grandmother recorded for me! Yay! I haven't had the chance to watch them yet, but I will sometime this weekend. Our satellite is currently kind of on the dead side, so we're only getting the basics from this cheesy antennae that doesn't really work well at all. I watch a lot of PBS now, but, my gosh, do I ever miss the Discovery and History Channels. Not to mention BBC America. And that's especially horrible considering how addicted to Changing Rooms, Ground Force, and Jonathan Creek I am. I was starting to get rather attached to Monarch of the Glen as well.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 9:38 pm (#955 of 2753)

I have DirectTV so I get pretty much every channel that is available in the US. And obviously a few foreign ones like the BBC. I get east coast and west coast broadcasting so I can watch the same show twice in the same day. Either that or I'll Tivo it, like I do with The Daily Show. I love Jon Stewart

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Blast - Dec 11, 2003 10:02 pm (#956 of 2753)

My children's bus driver Al does a Chevy Chase at Christmas. Almost everywhere on his house there are lights and the lawn is pretty full too. Some may think it's a bit tacky, but in it's own way it is very breathtaking. It has started a trend and a few more houses around his are doing the same. We have quite a few greenhouses in the area too. On a cold crisp night, there is a erie glow to the sky around here. Susurro, doesn't Frankenmuth have a big Christmas light show? Niagara Falls has the Festival Of Lights during December. They have hundreds or light sculptures all around the park by the Falls. You just drive by them or take the handsome cab or the Double decker bus[just like London's] On new years they have a huge outdoor concert by the Falls.

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shepherdess - Dec 11, 2003 10:06 pm (#957 of 2753)

Oooh! Frankenmuth! Haven't been there since Christmas '75. Love that place this time of year! But, I'm in Oklahoma now. Sigh.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 10:30 pm (#958 of 2753)

Blast Ended Newt, he doesn't end up nearly killing himself while putting the lights does he?

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 11, 2003 11:25 pm (#959 of 2753)

Oh, how I miss the east coast/west coast thing. That was great because I frequently forget to watch things the first time around.

Everyone around here has the standard lights and such. A newer thing this year is those big inflated Santas and snowmen. This one house down the street from mine has this huge Loch Ness Monster-esque thing with a Santa hat in their front yard with a sign that says "Happy Holidays from Nessie." They're definitely the most creative people around.

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kroddy - Dec 10, 2003 11:25 pm (#960 of 2753)

Hey Silvia from Italy--

Have you read HP in both Italian and English? How do they compare?

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shepherdess - Dec 11, 2003 2:23 am (#961 of 2753)

AlOOOHA! Welcome the forum kroddy! I've noticed your name on other threads.

Have you lived in Hawaii all your life? As I said before, I lived in the Aliamanu crater for three years. I loved my time in Hawaii!

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kroddy - Dec 11, 2003 5:13 pm (#962 of 2753)

Hi Shepherdess!

I worked in Hilo on the Big Island for 10 years and lived in Puna, about 25 miles from town.

I moved to Honolulu three years ago to work on an MA/PhD there.

I love Hawaii, but recently, fell in love with IRELAND! Some similarities to Hawaii - both are islands, very green, fascinating population of people - Ireland is very old, though - many old sacred places of religions before Christianity. I loved it and can't wait to go back.

So many places to live, so little time. I do feel really blessed to be here - not just the weather - but the feeling of this place is pretty special!

Kevin

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kroddy - Dec 11, 2003 5:17 pm (#963 of 2753)

Hey Doug--

Like the fact you're a Hufflepuff! I just got resorted, and got into Hufflepuff, though I lean toward Ravenclaw mostly. Sure hope JK examines the history of all of the houses - pretty interesting stuff.

Also, I have a touch of Slytherin in me, because, ya know, I truly believe that there are good Slytherins too, just as there are bad Gryffindors.

Gryffindor is the house that attracts me the least, though I do like Prof. McGonagall - she should let her hair down once in a while though! She sometimes reminds me of Madame Pince, who REALLY needs a major attitude adjustment!

Kevin

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Sinister Kittens - Dec 11, 2003 5:25 pm (#964 of 2753)

kroddy - hi, just to let you know, you can edit your posts up to 30 mins after your original posting. It saves breaking up your thread of thought, oh and the moderators will appear if you start chatting on the intro. thread... just so you know there are two chat options, a seperate chat room and a chat thread for those who cannot acess the chat room/operate in a different time zone.

See ya...

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Crystal - Dec 11, 2003 6:18 pm (#965 of 2753)

Hi Brandon Christopher

July is a nice month for a birthday! You were born in July right? Not another week the other way?

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 11, 2003 7:00 pm (#966 of 2753)

You are correct Crystalgazer, I was born in July. And I love the placement of my birthday. Pretty much right in the middle of the year so presents get distributed pretty well : ) My mom's birthday is right before Christmas and she absolutely hates that. So in conclusion, July birthdays kick butt!

If you want to continue this conversation or just want to chat in any way go to the Greetings/Chat Discussion thread. Like Sinister K. said we get yelled at for chatting in here. (No one wants an angry Kip on their tail!) I check the Greetings/Chat discussion regularly so if anyone wants to talk I'll be in there.

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Detail Seeker - Dec 12, 2003 5:09 am (#967 of 2753)

Nobody will yell at you, Brandon or Sinister Kittens- just a small reminder to do the right things in the right places... This is such a quiet and relaxed place, so instead of yelling, there is a tool called "kippendo", that got rather rusty during the last months. ;-) (And that is good, so, may it rust further)

So, no need for dramatic expressions

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Kip Carter - Dec 12, 2003 6:18 am (#968 of 2753)

Instead of using a "kipendo", I just used a "kipmovo" tool! That action takes a lot of time, but it does show that (No one wants an angry Kip on their tail!) is not always a correct statement; however it is a good rule to remember!

For those who are interested, "kipendo" is spelled with an extra "p" in German; so Detail Seeker is correct. The "kipmovo" may also vary in letters in various languages; however the way that you hold your mouth when you use it really determines the effect. The common term for "kipendo" is delete and for "kipmovo" it's move.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 12, 2003 6:42 am (#969 of 2753)

Not time yet for luminaries NoVeil. For those who don't know what a lumnarie is it is a brown paper lunch sack with sand in the bottom, place a candle in the sand and light. Folks in Michigan line whole neighborhood streets and sidewalks with these on Christmas eve.
I don't think I have ever been to Frankenmuth during Christmas Blast and Shepardess - but I am sure they have a wonderful display as they are the Christmas all year long town in Michigan.
The Detroit suburbs have a road called Hines Drive that has Christmas lights for miles.
I would love to see the Festival of Lights at Niagra Falls - must be beautiful. Several towns in Michigan do light displays too but of course we don't have a back drop as dramatic as the falls.

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Denise P. - Dec 12, 2003 6:51 am (#970 of 2753)

Someone sent this to me and it is just too silly to NOT share with you guys. Gollum Rap   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDxv5XBpn68

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icthestrals - Dec 12, 2003 9:07 am (#971 of 2753)

NoVeil4Me, that is HYSTERICAL!!!! I am at work and drew the attention of a co-worker I was laughing so hard!!!

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Weeny Owl - Dec 12, 2003 10:19 am (#972 of 2753)

I don't know what Phoenix, Arizona looks like now at Christmas, but when I was there about twenty-five years ago, the decorations absolutely stunned me.

There were decorations (plastic, maybe) along one street that had Santa wearing a sombrero and with a lariat, and instead of trees, there were cacti with Christmas lights (not real cacti, of course).

Having moved with my parents from the midwest it was a definite culture shock.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 12, 2003 10:21 am (#973 of 2753)

Hey, Kip. Are you sure Kipmovo is the correct term? Perhaps locomotor postus. Oh, wait, that would be the command anyone except you would use...

I, alas, cannot put up holiday decorations this year. My little Nymphadora is now 5 months old, still teething, and fully capable of climbing to high places. Pine is poisonous to kitties, and anything hanging is an instant attraction. The rule in my house these days seems to be if it's a cat toy, it's no fun. If it's dangerous to play with, it's irresistible... I confiscate paper clips and screws daily, and I honestly don't know where she finds them anymore!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 10:55 am (#974 of 2753)

Gina, you should hear the tales my mom has of me when I was a toddler. Hehe, I was damien incarnate; I used stack soup cans so I could climb up on the counter, this was before I had learned to walk. Don't worry when Nymphadora is older you can just sigh and say that "when you grow up I hope you have a kid just like you so you know what I had to put up with!" That's what my mom always says and I always shudder at the thought.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 12, 2003 10:59 am (#975 of 2753)

Do you mean when you were a puppy, Brandon?

Alas, I cannot say "when you grow up and have kids of your own..." because Nymphadora is, er, destined to live a chaste life. She will be spayed by the vet in February.

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fidelio - Dec 12, 2003 11:07 am (#976 of 2753)

Well, Gina, Faberge [the other cat] can always tell Nymphadora that she hopes Nymph has to put with a new kitten like her when she's old!

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mollis - Dec 12, 2003 11:21 am (#977 of 2753)

Hey Gina, just wait until she discovers your power cords!!!

Protect your lifeline to the forum now!!!

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Gina R Snape - Dec 12, 2003 11:26 am (#978 of 2753)

Oooooh, fidelio. I am absolutely certain Faberge thinks that every waking moment of every day.

Yes, mollis, she has taken a liking to some cords. But only when I am dragging them around, thankfully. (Such as plugging in my powerbook somewhere else in my flat). All the standing leads and wires hold no interest for her, knock on wood.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 11:41 am (#979 of 2753)

I just noticed something; "If you want to continue this conversation or just want to chat in any way go to the Greetings/Chat Discussion thread. Like Sinister K. said we get yelled at for chatting in here. (No one wants an angry Kip on their tail!) I check the Greetings/Chat discussion regularly so if anyone wants to talk I'll be in there."

I posted this on the Greetings/Chat thread...

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mollis - Dec 12, 2003 11:47 am (#980 of 2753)

I think that your post may have been moved in here from its original thread as part of the "kipmovo". Don't worry Brandon, you're not going crazy, and if you are, that's probably okay in here!!!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 11:47 am (#981 of 2753)

Ahhhhh, my bad Gina yet again all I have to say is...

The name I admit confused me a little. This makes a lot more sense, Nymphadora is a good name for a pet, not as much for humans. I still feel sorry for Tonks though.

We can only hope that I'm not going crazy Mollis. I fear for everyone if I lose it!

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Dr Filibuster - Dec 12, 2003 12:12 pm (#982 of 2753)

Denise, I just want to say... HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY DEVIN. I hope you have a great party.

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Madam Pince - Dec 12, 2003 12:42 pm (#983 of 2753)

Gina, you made me laugh with your post about Nymphadora and the Christmas decorations. I have the same situation with my 21-month-old son. I normally put out tons of decorations, but I don't think it's gonna happen this year. How DO they get into so much stuff? A restaurant near us puts up a Christmas tree that is suspended upside down from the ceiling so as not to impede foot traffic, and I have been seriously studying our ceiling to see if that is remotely possible here. Don't think so.

On a brighter note, though, the boy is getting to be quite Potty in his talking. (Comes from watching the movies daily.) He walked into the room about a month ago and informed me quite seriously "Trooollll DUNGEON!" Sounded like that boxing announcer guy. He also observes that "Draco bad," along with "Haggid tree," (from the Christmas tree scene), "Ron slug," and "Dobby sock." He also sometimes tells me that "Dobby drop cake" and "Dobby mess." I think he identifies with Dobby a little -- he certainly enjoys the head banging. His less-than-perfect pronunciation makes me wish that Dumbledore's phoenix had a different name, however. Took me awhile to figure out where he had heard THAT word! But, I'm sure it'll get better! And when he's able to read the books, he'll already know the characters!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 1:08 pm (#984 of 2753)

Madam Pince, hahahahahahahaha... "Fawkes, that word, hahaha..."

Oh my god can't breathe, sides splitting. It shouldn't be funny but it is!

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Gina R Snape - Dec 12, 2003 1:15 pm (#985 of 2753)

Oh, Madam Pince. That is very, very funny.

A friend of mine who is a Potterholic (but, regretfully, claims to not have time to come to our forum...), has a 5 year old son who also demands to watch the movies daily. His favourite scenes are the Quidditch scenes, and she had second thoughts about whether or not to take him to the Scholastic release party for OoP because he was mispronouncing golden snitch by, er, using a different vowel instead of the i in snitch.

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Madam Pince - Dec 12, 2003 1:29 pm (#986 of 2753)

Oops! Too cute, Gina! My little one also likes the Quidditch scenes -- he insists they're playing ball, which I guess they are really. He has a little yellow plastic ball which he calls the "Nitch" every time he gets it out of the toybox.

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Kip Carter - Dec 12, 2003 1:34 pm (#987 of 2753)

Yes, Brandon, you are losing your mind! It was either that or lose your post. I moved it along with many others that were on the Tell About Yourself thread.

Mentioning my name and angry in the same sentence sometimes gets unexpected results for the poster.

Welcome back to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum. Hope that your exams went well.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 2:38 pm (#988 of 2753)

Mentioning my name and angry in the same sentence sometimes gets unexpected results for the poster. So I noticed Kip, so I noticed... Thanks, "I" think I did well at least. I won't find out for a couple days though.

I don't know if I'm missing something Gina but what vowel did your son mix up? I racked my head for words that rhymed with snitch and only came up with one that a five year old should definitely not say. But that one does not mix up the vowels so I'm a little confused.

Edit: OHHHHHHHHHH... never mind

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Blast - Dec 12, 2003 3:02 pm (#989 of 2753)

My daughter had a pronunciation problem at that age too. Although it was before the potteruniverse. She identified with Sylvester the Cat. Somehow “suffering succotash” came out completely different. As we had an earfull of it at the Pet store in town where they had a black and white cat. Kids can really embarrass their parents sometime. Denise tell Devin to have a great birthday. I hope he's doing O.K! Gina I think that little Nymphadora takes after you.

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Ladybug220 - Dec 12, 2003 3:18 pm (#990 of 2753)
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Denise,

I give a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Devin! I love the weblog that you have for him and check it out every week. I am so glad that he is doing so well!



It is also my niece's 2nd birthday. Last I heard, she smeared chocolate icing all over herself and about half of the kitchen.

My cats adore the Christmas tree and usually try to climb it. I can't keep it separated since my apartment is small but I only put the lights on so that they don't play with/break the ornaments.

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boop - Dec 12, 2003 3:18 pm (#991 of 2753)

Talk about animals, My daughter's puppy decided that the tree was fun to play with. I came home to find the tree laying on the floor. There were broken bulbs throughout the house. What a mess. I said this would happen. I was right. I left it for her to see when she got home. Guess what, that is the last time bobo will be left home out side a cage! My daughter is going cage hunting tonight!

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Hem Hem - Dec 12, 2003 3:23 pm (#992 of 2753)

Wishing Devin a very happy birthday!

I hope he and his friends enjoy the movie lots!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 3:38 pm (#993 of 2753)

Boop, don't just toss the poor dog in a crate. Trust me that's worst thing you can do! I've trained two dogs in my life and both of them have turned out great; it just takes a lot of work. Get a crate, but only use it as punishment. Dogs love being around people more than almost everything else (especially labs.) So when you catch your dog doing something wrong be very forceful, literally shove its nose in what it tore up, look into its eyes while your disciplining it also (most dogs hate that.) When you get the point across that what it did was wrong then either throw it in the crate or throw it outside away from everyone. You have to be watchful at first with puppies but after about a year of very hard work everything pays off, trust me! You can't train dogs if you don't catch them in the act so be very watchful. Oh and another thing, leave the crate somewhere where your dog will walk past it, leave the door open so it can go in and out of the crate. Only shut the door when you're disciplining the dog and it's in the crate. The key to a great dog is lots of work; oh and I almost forgot, whenever your dog does something good then give him lots of attention and reinforce that what he did was a good thing. That's about it.

Happy Birthday Devin!

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Weeny Owl - Dec 12, 2003 3:45 pm (#994 of 2753)

Happy Birthday, Devin!



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Madam Pince - Dec 12, 2003 3:48 pm (#995 of 2753)

Now that's interesting Brandon. I had always been told that you should try to get the animal to like his crate, not use it for punishment. It should be sort of like his "den" which he naturally wants to go into at night or whatever.

Although I did try this with our lab and she never really liked it. She didn't hate it but she much preferred to be out and about with the rest of her 'pack.'

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 3:59 pm (#996 of 2753)

I've used this method with the only two dogs that I've had and it worked both times. I think the key is to leave the crate out and open so the dog doesn't learn to hate it to much. This way he can learn that it isn't necessarily a bad thing. My dog doesn't hate his crate, when we go on trips he doesn't mind sitting in it (although most of the time he gets the whole back seet of the car so he's not in it much.) But as Madam Pince said your dog wants to stay with his "pack" so if you are afraid that he will develop a fear of his crate then simply throw him outside. Your dog will hate being away from you and sometimes that is punishment enough to them.

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boop - Dec 12, 2003 4:01 pm (#997 of 2753)

Brandon- We will only use the cage when we go to work or leave the house. This is a six month old black lab. This was the first time the tree was up, and him alone all day. We were all at work. We also have a maltese that is about a year old. Princeton goes in his cage at night and when nobody is home.

Happy Birthday Devin!

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Sly Girl - Dec 12, 2003 4:08 pm (#998 of 2753)

Sheesh. It has only been one day, right? I checked the forum yesterday and this thread was read. Now, one day later I have 47 posts?! ACK.

Okay, that said- happy b-day for Devin! And Weeny, Phoenix at Christmas is... interesting to say the least. Everyone around here usually comes from some place else, so you have a real mixture of traditions, as well as lights on cactus and overzealous boneheads who decorate with that fake snow stuff.

And Brandon, Jon Stewart rules! heh

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 12, 2003 4:11 pm (#999 of 2753)

Whoo!!!!! I took my last exam!!! School's out for, er, winter! My gosh, I feel better. *lets out sigh of relief*

Happy Birthday, Devin!! Here's some Abbyfetti! ,'.;',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',.;',.;',.;',.;',.;

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boop - Dec 12, 2003 4:32 pm (#1000 of 2753)

Abby- I hope all went well with your exams. I work in the dorms, so I get to interact with the students. They had papers to write and turn in. The final exams take place next week. They get to go home Sat or before. I know when alot of the kids leave they are so stressed and tired from lack of sleep. They tell me it takes about three day to recover! So I totally understand how you feel! Enjoy your break.!
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Blast - Dec 12, 2003 4:38 pm (#1001 of 2753)

Did I make 1000?

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 12, 2003 4:41 pm (#1002 of 2753)

Darn, 1001 for me again!

Boop, my exams went fine. I'm just going through my standard semester-end mental burn out. I'm just tired. I'll be fine by Monday though. Weekends are all about recouperating. But, hey, I got my very first 'A' in math! So, life is good.

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Madame Librarian - Dec 12, 2003 4:42 pm (#1003 of 2753)

Devin, have a mah-velous birthday!

I hope it's fun to get all these Forum greetings from people all over the world.

Ciao. Barb

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boop - Dec 12, 2003 4:56 pm (#1004 of 2753)

Abby- Congratulation to "A" in math!!!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 5:04 pm (#1005 of 2753)

Hey Sly sometimes that fake snow looks really cool. There's a house right down the street from me that did that last year. I'm not sure if they're going to do it again though. Their house always looks really nice, they started a competition in the neighborhood on who can put up the most elaborate lights. They win every year...

Boop, the first time that my dog saw a christmas tree he freaked out. I think that he might be the most cowardly dog out there. He's the friendliest dog in the world but sometimes little things freak him out, like hummingbirds.

Well labs are known for their loyalty and temperament, not bravery. My other lab that I had was the same as this one, coward at heart. A maltese huh? Interesting, one decent sized dog and one small one. I will always own labs, they are the best! Didn't they originate in Britain? I heard that the English labs are slightly larger than the American breed. My first lab was 105 pounds and I think his dad was an Engligh lab. But this one is only 85 and his parents were both American labs; we thought he would be bigger, I guess you can't have everything.

Congratulations Abby, it's nice to have a break from school every once in awhile isn't it?

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Blast - Dec 12, 2003 5:22 pm (#1006 of 2753)

I thought that Labradors were Canadian dogs, just like their cousins the Newfoundland.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 5:30 pm (#1007 of 2753)

Well I guess since labs are descended from Newfoundlands and St. Johns Bay dogs I guess you would have to know where those originated from. Newfies were brought over to England and I think this is where they were bred with St. Johns Bay dogs so Labs could very well be British dogs.

Everything we get in the US is secondhand from England.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 12, 2003 6:49 pm (#1008 of 2753)

Breaks from school = very, very good.

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shepherdess - Dec 12, 2003 6:50 pm (#1009 of 2753)

Nah, we also have stuff from Mexico, South America, Africa, the Orient, Australia (although that's like thirdhand from Britain ), the Middle East, and everywhere else in the world! And, of course, our own homegrown Native Americans.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 6:56 pm (#1010 of 2753)

How true Shepherdess, You think that America is related to Ron? Everything we get is second hand and the same with him! Poor Americans we're so unoriginal.

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Denise P. - Dec 12, 2003 7:06 pm (#1011 of 2753)

Having trained numerous dogs as well as showing them, I can say that using a crate as punishment is a BAD idea. Make the crate their den, their haven...make them like it and it becomes a sanctuary. When my dogs are crated, they are off limits to everyone and the kids know that. The crate is their bedroom and if they are there, it is because they want to be. Crates, when used correctly, prevent a lot of behavior problems and sets up boundaries that dogs desire.

Negative reinforcement and dogs usually does not work out well. That means no spanking, no punishment when you call the dog to you and no shoving noses into mistakes. Dogs are very social and WANT to please you. You have to be very clear in what you want from them. When I was teaching obedience classes, we did an exercise with the owners. After being paired, one person was the owner and one person was the dog. The owners were given a piece of paper with an instruction on it. They had to get the "dog" to do it but only by saying "Good boy" or "No" It is a big eye opener in how YOU think you are being clear and your dog is totally confused.

If you are interested, I can get links to some positive reinforcement sites, including one method called Nothing in Life is Free. I have 2 100 lb dogs that love their crate, they sleep in them and go into them on their own, wait politely to be fed and are generally well behaved. I take them for walks, they don't walk me. The crate also means that I can take them into hotels and not worry that they will howl hysterically when we leave, that they will ride comfortably in the van and that someone else can dog sit for me and be sure that the dogs get the correct food (they will only go into their own crate)It only takes about 15 minutes of time daily to work with your dog to get them to behave the way you want and be a valued member of your pack.

Aunt Marge's method of dog training, judging by Ripper, leaves much to be desired.

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boop - Dec 12, 2003 7:19 pm (#1012 of 2753)

NoVeil4Me- Princeton the Maltese likes his cage and he is very good in it. We put him in it when he was 7 weeks old. Bobo is new to the family and he has never been in a cage before. Can you give me some idea's on how to make his adjustment to the cage? I can't go to work and come home to a mess everyday. The Christmas bulbs were broke all through the house. I know he was just lonely. I also know he is a puppy. Thanks

Betty

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Denise P. - Dec 12, 2003 7:50 pm (#1013 of 2753)

Feed him in his crate and put his water dish into his crate. Leave the door open when you feed him though. Have a special toy or chew that he can ONLY have when he is in the crate. Make it fun to be in the crate and always, always, always praise up and make a big deal when you return and let him out to use the bathroom.

Here are some sites about crate training: http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html
http://www.barkbytes.com/training/crate.htm
http://www.cuhumane.org/topics/crate.html


Your local kennel club or humane society can help as well. PetSmart also offers crate training classes (although I would not pay for it)

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 7:58 pm (#1014 of 2753)

NoVeil4Me, you beat me to it.

Maybe different dogs respond to different types of reinforcement NoVeil4Me. I completely understand what you're saying and it makes perfect sense. All that I'm saying is that the method I described worked for me. Even though I sometimes punished my dog by sticking him in his crate he still slept in it by his own free will when he was a puppy. Now he sleeps on "his" futon but he still wanders in and out of the crate occasionally. I think that maybe because I mixed it up by sometimes throwing him outside and sometimes throwing him in the crate this made him think that the crate wasn't only a punishment. I don't know about any other methods but I know that my method worked because everyone who sees my dog says that he is the best behaved dog that they've ever seen.

Boop, my suggestion would be that whenever you have a chance pretend that you're leaving. Make Bobo think that he's alone and when he starts to go after something make an appearance and scold him. This is how I stopped my dog from barking. I would pretend like I was leaving and wait for him to start barking. As soon as I heard him bark I would imediately return and yell at him. Until you really train Bobo keep him in the crate during the day but leave him his favorite toy to play with and if at all possible return home and let him out to go to bathroom for a few minutes during the day. Every once in awhile you might want to give him a chance and leave him out during the day. If he doesn't get into anything then keep him out until he does. When he does get into something put him back in the crate the next day. Make sure that he knows that if he doesn't get into anything then he gets to stay out. I never had to put my dog in a crate during the day because I left him out back but this was what I was told to by a dog obedience class. Keep in mind that Labs are incredibly intelligent dogs and learn very quickly. They are one of the easiest dogs to train so if you put the effort into it then you should see results fairly quickly.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 12, 2003 8:46 pm (#1015 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 12, 2003 8:47 pm

America unoriginal!? 100th anniversery of the Wright Brothers is coming up. Edison, Ford, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dr. Robert K. Jarvik, Jonas Salk, Samuel Morse, George Washington Carver, Hollywood, Benjamin Franklin, Bette Graham, James McNeill Whistler, Helen Keller, Josephine Baker, Andy Warhol, Ansel Adam, Alfred Stieglitz, Samuel Clemens, Georgia O'Keeffe, Michael Graves, James Baldwin, Betty Friedan, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Ernest Hemmingway, Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, Louis Armstrong, Baseball, Football, Basketball, Martha Stewart, Jackson Pollock, Dwight Eisenhower, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George C. Marshall, George Patton, Tommy Franks, Jerome I. Friedman, Stanley B. Prusiner, Barbara McClintock, Martin Luther King, Linus Carl Pauling, Theodore Roosevelt, Toni Morrison, Saul Bellow, John Steinbeck, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill....
Listed are American originals from Art, Architecture, Medicine, Literature, Economics, Physics, Theater, Government, Military, Photography, Feminism, Industry, Music, many are Nobel prize winners, and most are recognized throughout the world... I appreciate all America receives from other countries but don't count us out on innovation!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 12, 2003 8:50 pm (#1016 of 2753)

What about John Williams, Robert Ripley, PT Barnum, and Harry Houdini?

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 9:16 pm (#1017 of 2753)

Okay, okay... That's the last time I sarcastically make fun of my country. But geeze Susurro, did you come up with all of those off the top of your head? And not being too critical but most sports originated from something else so the most original sport you have listed is Basketball. Baseball originated from cricket and football is a combination of rugby, soccer, and baseball. But still, wow! I can't believe you popped that out that quick!

Oh and nice additions Abby.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 12, 2003 9:20 pm (#1018 of 2753)

Thanks. You just can't forget those four. Houdini being the only technicality. He was born in Hungary, but he always said he was American.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 9:31 pm (#1019 of 2753)

I actually had a rat that I named Houdini because it could get out of its cage whenever it wanted. That sucker was amazing, I've never seen a rat squeeze through holes that small. Hamster maybe, rats no way! Even the ferret I had before couldn't do stuff like that; and those things have no spines!

Just some random info; I am the king of randomality (my own made up word.)

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Susurro Notities - Dec 12, 2003 9:38 pm (#1020 of 2753)

Oh yes Brandon - right off the top of my head! Well - ok - most of them. I did visit the Nobel site and had to have some help remembering some names - like the lady who invented Liquid Paper. I believe that baseball may have been derivative of cricket but it certainly has become it's own all American original. American government is derivative from many other governments and philosophies yet no one ever put them together and make them work like our founders did - just like Football - it may have aspects of many sports but really doesn't look like any of them.
Very cool additions Abby!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 9:41 pm (#1021 of 2753)

Very nice Susurro!

One question, what the heck is liquid paper?

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 12, 2003 9:44 pm (#1022 of 2753)

Liquid paper is white out. To erase ones mistakes made in pen or on a typewriter (non-crashable word processor ) I make lots of mistakes. I have a tendancy to go through tons of white out a year. Yeah, that was invented by Michael Nesmith's mom. Ah, The Monkees, I always liked Davy Jones better myself.

Just FYI, Brandon, I'm rather random myself. I think it's because I think more than one thought at a time.

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Blast - Dec 12, 2003 9:48 pm (#1023 of 2753)

I had a boss we nicknamed Houdini. He always disappeared when there was work to be done. We even called him Houdini over the P.A. system and he would answer. I don't think he even knew who Houdini was.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 12, 2003 9:49 pm (#1024 of 2753)

I was a Micky Dolenz (spelling?) fan. I could remember Michael Nesmith but not his mom.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 12, 2003 9:53 pm (#1025 of 2753)

Heh, if people started calling me Houdini, and I didn't know who that was, I'd go look it up. Of course, I enjoy doing research, so there you go.

Mickey's fine and good, but Davy Jones was on The Brady Bunch and every pirate movie ever made.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 12, 2003 10:02 pm (#1026 of 2753)

Oh Oh!!! I just remembered the ultimate American thing... The Corvette! Oh yeah baby

I love my dad's vette so much.

And my dog keeps bugging me so I changed my avatar back to good ole Gary.

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Susurro Notities - Dec 12, 2003 10:59 pm (#1027 of 2753)
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Happy Birthday Devin
I give adults sayings but I give kids jokes - so here goes -
Knock knock. Who's there. Banana. Banana who? Banana. Banana who? Banana. Banana WHO? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn't say banana?
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shepherdess - Dec 13, 2003 12:18 am (#1028 of 2753)

I hope no one thought I was criticizing America with that list! Oh, my goodness, I love my country!! True, we have people and food and traditions and customs and sports and inventions and words and architecture and art and all kinds of things from all over the world. And true, we have many, many, many originals (as Susurro so aptly listed above) and more.

But that's part of what makes this country so great. We are not locked into one mindframe, one way of doing things. Native Americans can still have their Pow wows. Frankenmuth (a German town) can have Christmas all year. We have entire communities of people representing many different countries. We have people from other countries living among Americans all over America.

Virtually every religion in the world exists in America. We have different beliefs, different languages, different political views, different customs and traditions. But, we can exist side by side, and respect each other, because we have the freedom to do so!!

There are many countries I would love to visit, But if I could choose to live anywhere I wanted in the world, I would choose America! Because of the influences from around the world, because of all the things unique to this country, but most of all because of the freedoms we have! (And in spite of the American History teacher I had who slept through class and never taught me anything!)

(Sorry, I was on a roll on a subject I'm passionate about!)

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Dr Filibuster - Dec 13, 2003 1:14 am (#1029 of 2753)

Shepherdess...even Binns doesn't sleep through his own classes, although I bet his pupils wished he did.

Sussuro, here is my favourite ever joke from a Christmas cracker (they usually have rubbish jokes in them as well as paper hats and naff gifts). It's also perfect for 8 year olds...

Why was 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7 8 9!

Get it? 7 ate 9.

Ah well, perhaps I should get Harry Potter crackers this year. Has anyone had them before? Do they have quotes from the books? Are they just a Warner Brother money maker?

On second thoughts, as I'm off to Spain for Christmas I don't suppose they have them there. I can't bring them with me because they contain gunpowder!

Hey! Dr Filibuster gunpowder shock!

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Caput Draconis - Dec 13, 2003 2:48 am (#1030 of 2753)

Heh, 7 ate 9, that's great. All time favourite: Did you hear about how the optometrist died? He fell into a lens grinder and made a spectacle of himself. Ah, I love Christmas.

Some of the streets around me are getting mighty aggressive about their decorations, having big, bright, coloured light wars and whatnot. Really getting into the spirit of the season. And it's all fake snow here, folks. Actually, I think you'll find many of these light contraptions add to the already large amount of bushfires that arrive this time of year. Case in point: Today I narrowly avoided being hit by two large fire trucks that I foolishly figured were coming to the rescue of someone, but were actually ferrying Santa around in the thousand degree heat. Very odd.

108 post delayed reaction- Jason Isaacs is on GN?! Ack! I hope I didn't miss it, we get GN on satellite but I'm not sure how far behind we are...here's hoping it's a couple of days.

And here's also hoping everyone has a lovely holiday, especially those of you/us embracing the greatness of not being at uni for a while.

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shepherdess - Dec 13, 2003 3:39 am (#1031 of 2753)

Caput,

How does Santa dress for "thousand degree" Christmases?

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Pinky - Dec 13, 2003 4:50 am (#1032 of 2753)

This doesn't exactly add to the originality of Americans but... yesterday, I was listening to the life story of an elderly woman who was a codebreaker during WW2 in London. According to her, she worked on one of the first computers ever. They were invented by the British to help break German codes. Apparently after the war, the British figured that was the end of their need for computers, and were planning on putting them in the back closet. Along came those Americans, and "typically, the Americans saw a commercial use for the computers". That made me laugh. Now - I'm not an expert on computer history - but that is the perspective of a lady who was there when it was happening.

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Madame Librarian - Dec 13, 2003 6:04 am (#1033 of 2753)

Hey, my vote for one of the handiest inventions by an American is...

ta-dah--Post-it notes!!

A fellow working for 3M Corp. (I'm ashamed to say I don't know his name, but I think he should get some sort of Nobel prize) came up with a batch of not-so-great glue. Rather than toss it out as a lab concoction gone bad, he came up with a brilliant use for it. I could not function without post-it notes.

And, on a serious note. Devin, here's another birthday joke (a favorite of mine):

What did the 0 (zero) say to the 8?

Hey, great belt!

Ciao. Barb

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Gina R Snape - Dec 13, 2003 3:07 pm (#1034 of 2753)

Barb, I thought Romy and Michelle invented post-its!

I've got a joke for Devin!

What did the big flower say to the little flower? Hi bud!

Happy birthday, Devin!

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Blast - Dec 13, 2003 3:10 pm (#1035 of 2753)

Well off to the Christmas party I go. Ten pin bowling and pizza. Neither my wife or I drink alcohol [no reason, we just don't] but I have to work tomorrow, so it won't be a late night.

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boop - Dec 13, 2003 4:34 pm (#1036 of 2753)

Winter weather is coming again. Snow tonight after midnight in to tomorrow night. We could get 12inches or more. I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow. It won't be a fun drive to or from work. I wish we could pass the snow to you folks that don't get it. The best part about the snow is colored lights that show through the snow.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 13, 2003 6:27 pm (#1037 of 2753)

I would love for it to snow just once where I live Boop. I have to drive to tahoe whenever I want snow. That's the problem with California, our weather's too nice sometimes. We have almost no variety; it's either sunny or rainy, that's basically it.

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I Am Used Vlad - Dec 13, 2003 7:08 pm (#1038 of 2753)

Brandon, do you go to tahoe to ski, snowboard, or just to see snow?

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Susurro Notities - Dec 13, 2003 7:14 pm (#1039 of 2753)
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(Sorry, I was on a roll on a subject I'm passionate about!) (Shepherdess Post #1027)

Oh golly - me too just on a roll - but it was fun! No offense or disrespect meant - should have put in a

Send some snow to lower Michigan - ground is brown and the sky looks like cotton batten for about a month now - very depressing.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 13, 2003 7:41 pm (#1040 of 2753)

I go to Tahoe to snowboard nimrod. I love most extreme sports where I have the chance of getting myself killed!

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Marie E. - Dec 13, 2003 7:42 pm (#1041 of 2753)

Allright, my favorite joke in honor of Devin's birthday.

If there are seven flies in the kitchen, which one is the cowboy?

The one on the range.

I don't know why, but that joke slays me.

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I Am Used Vlad - Dec 13, 2003 7:56 pm (#1042 of 2753)

I'm a skier myself, although I do snowboard once in a while. I haven't been west of Utah yet, but I'll get to Tahoe someday.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 13, 2003 8:14 pm (#1043 of 2753)

Tahoe is the only place that I've snowboarded. Probably because I've only boarded twice (two trips that is) and only skiied a few times also. I prefer the water over snow but when I'm into it I absolutely love snowboarding. I'm a scuba diver at heart (not as intense but still exhilerating) and it's only an hour drive to Monterey as opposed to a five to six hour drive to Tahoe. It's just a little more convenient to go to the ocean.

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I Am Used Vlad - Dec 13, 2003 9:00 pm (#1044 of 2753)

I've water skied a couple of times, but have never been scuba diving yet.

While we’re on the subject of jokes, here's one.

Why was the farmer famous?

He was out standing in his field.

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 13, 2003 9:50 pm (#1045 of 2753)

Happy birthday, Devin! Since Susurro started it, here goes (this is my son's favorite)

Knock, knock.
Who's there? - Pencil
Pencil who? - Your pents'l fall down if you don't wear a belt!

Anyway, I bear bad news the result of the Big Read...LOTR came in first. However, GOF came in fouth which is not at all bad for the best all time read and the selection include most of the greatest literature in all the world.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 13, 2003 10:04 pm (#1046 of 2753)

Hehe, nice one Nimrod.

Everybody has to try out scuba diving at least once in their life Nimrod. But if you ever do try it out make sure to go through the classes first; when I was fifteen I witnessed a death on a dive trip because someone hadn't been prepared for the dive. The main reason people get injured while scuba diving is because they haven't had proper training. It is a real easy "sport" but without proper instruction you can easily get yourself killed. It's been proven that scuba diving is more dangerous than sky diving for example; just to give you an idea of what you're dealing with. Once you're under water and down to a hundred feet you don't have much time to react to a problem, even less time to react than sky diving from the average tandem height of 12000 feet. My dad has both scuba and sky dived and he adamantly states that scuba diving is more of a rush. The fact that all of the oxygen that you're breathing is strapped to your back by one thin nylon strap is more than a little disconcerting. If you want an adrenaline rush then I highly recommend scuba diving. With proper training it can be one of the most exhilarating things you'll ever experience.

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Caput Draconis - Dec 14, 2003 1:58 am (#1047 of 2753)

Heh, we're a pretty funny lot. 0 -> 8, nice belt, hehe.

Lol, shepherdess - Santa dresses exactly the same, he's just hot.

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azi - Dec 14, 2003 3:30 am (#1048 of 2753)

Yey, I'm so happy LOTR was 1st! Only one week of college left and Return of the King on Wednesday! I'm actually in a good mood even though I've missed so much forum stuff because college actually means work.

Hmmmm, Brandon Christopher, you would never get me scuba diving simply because I can't swim! I have a great fear that I'm going to drown whenever I go swimming (even if the water only reaches my waist!). I don't think the school swimming lessons helped my fear.

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Marè - Dec 14, 2003 3:51 am (#1049 of 2753)

Hmm Azi, being a good swimmer is not the key to being a good diver. You need to be able to handle yourself in the water, but you’re not making much use of all the technical moves a swimmer makes. You just have to flop your legs and trust on your leadbelt and you buoyancy (sp?)

Maybe scuba diving would help you get rid of your fear? After all, when you are able to breath under water, it is hard to drown.

And why are you so happy LOTR came in first :raises eyebrow: aren't we supposed to vote for GOF?
(Okay, okay, I admit, I have voted for GOF four times and once for Pride and Prejudice... )

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azi - Dec 14, 2003 4:02 am (#1050 of 2753)

I just think LOTR is a more complex world with more interesting characters. The fact I can't pronounce half the elven words makes it more fun. All the different languages and names for people are interesting. Harry Potter doesn't have that and I can pronounce latin words so although its nice easier reading which doesn't stretch my mind (except when I have to think about it of course) it doesn't quite have that in-depthness you have to know to understand it.

And then there's all the stupid hype that goes with the Harry Potter books. It makes my teenage self want to rebel and pretend I don't like it. *hangs head in shame*
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Marè - Dec 14, 2003 4:13 am (#1051 of 2753)

Well, I can see your reasoning. But the point about hypes is that everybody "hates" them, and no-one wants to be a part of it. Read the introduction thread, so many people start with how they did not want to read HP but.... (Movie, parents, little sister had a book etc. etc.) One starts to wonder how hypes come into existence if no-one wants to participate in them...
Anyway, any self respecting teenager will always rebel against the hype, so to be truely hip and outstanding you should embrace it and dive into it head first!
that is, the Harry Potter hype, I don't think you will make much of a statement if you decide to collect flippo's or something, what is it today? Spinners?

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azi - Dec 14, 2003 4:20 am (#1052 of 2753)

No I wouldn't. I actually have no idea what the popular stuff is at the moment. One thinks I should get out more. I've already joined the LOTR hype and even buy the merchandise which I mostly love! Everyone seems to hate the nodding Gandalf though. I loathe Harry Potter merchandise. Bleugh!

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Jim the Potty - Dec 14, 2003 8:52 am (#1053 of 2753)

azi, is your 2nd line of info supposed to say 'floopy' disk?

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azi - Dec 14, 2003 8:59 am (#1054 of 2753)

Yes, I was very angry at the time of writing and so changed the name to a slighty stupid name which shows my anger to myself! Twas a bad day on Monday. It's like when you say 'stoopid' intead of 'stupid'.

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mollis - Dec 14, 2003 12:03 pm (#1055 of 2753)

WOW! This thread is going crazy! The last couple of times I've logged on there have been 30-50 new posts! And really, I just didn't want to be left out. That, and I'm kind of iced in right now. Got about an inch or two of sleet/ice overnight. It's raining now. I wish it would just dump the snow on us instead of all this ice.

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boop - Dec 14, 2003 12:21 pm (#1056 of 2753)

Mollis- I just got home from work and there is about 6inches of snow on the ground. I'm glad we are getting snow instead of ice. It is snowing pretty hard for the pasted 2hrs.It's pretty when you don't have to go anywhere in it. I guess we are to get about a foot of the white stuff. Right in the middle of Pa.

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mollis - Dec 14, 2003 12:25 pm (#1057 of 2753)

Boop, I'm near Roanoke, Virginia, so I think we're about through with it all. I am glad you made it home safely! Hopefully you can curl up with a good book (HP?) and not have to go anywhere again for awhile. I always like cooking on days like this. Things like chili or cookies, or maybe both!

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boop - Dec 14, 2003 12:39 pm (#1058 of 2753)

Mollis- I have the next two days off so I can just stay home. I will not be on this forum tonight, because my favorite show is ending tonight. It is Survivor. I just hope John Does Not win. I can't stand that guy. Chili sounds good about now. I am going to bake cookies tomorrow.

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wormsé - Dec 14, 2003 1:01 pm (#1059 of 2753)

Speaking of snow, we finally got some!! 2-4 inches... I'm not really sure... anyways, I just want it to keep snowing so I don't have to go to school tomorrow. I was mad when the snow scrapers came down the road this morning. I got sick Friday, with a TERRIBLE cough... I keep getting dizzy and haven't had the chance to do any homework. Finals start this Thursday, so my teachers are dumping loads of work on us; I definitly need tomorrow off!

Mrs. Sirius: I used to LOVE the pencil joke when I was little! I would go around saying it all the time!

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Caput Draconis - Dec 14, 2003 2:35 pm (#1060 of 2753)

boop! A Survivor fan! What delightful taste you have. I was stoked the girls finally got rid of Burton, and I'm not a fan of Lill or Jon. Although I almost hope Jon is in the final two so he gets a grilling about his grandmother at jury question time, which looks promising anyway so long as Rupert's there. Cannot wait for that reunion show. I sense conflict. Enjoy!

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Denise P. - Dec 14, 2003 2:55 pm (#1061 of 2753)

Lauren already knows I am a Survivor fan. Ryan S...his mother was one of my boys’ 2nd grade teacher.

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Madame Librarian - Dec 14, 2003 2:56 pm (#1062 of 2753)

Hmmm...all day so far no one's mentioned the Big News, so I guess someone should. Don't mean to start any sort of discussion, but I do think the Forum should acknowledge that this is a historic day because...

...there is one less evil guy in the world to worry about with Saddam Hussein's capture. Nice that it was a bloodless event. Hope it bodes well for a peaceful holiday and future for everyone.

Woo-hoo!!

Watch out, Osama. Beware, Voldie. (It's too bad only one of them is ficticious.)

Ciao. Barb

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scully jones - Dec 14, 2003 3:14 pm (#1063 of 2753)

Mars is bright tonight. Anyone notice how the centaur's view of mars and war coincide with this year's news? Mars came remarkably close to earth this summer, and this summer was spent in war. Strange.

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Pinky - Dec 14, 2003 3:48 pm (#1064 of 2753)

Mollis - couldn't you have kept that storm in VA with you? It's not that I mind it that much... but... I almost feel a little connected with you since we get to share the same storm! (I'm in Mass, by the way.)

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boop - Dec 14, 2003 3:59 pm (#1065 of 2753)

Caput Draconis- I have watched all of the Survivor series. It is the best reality show on t.v. I don't know why they didn't vote Burton off 2 weeks ago when they had the chance. They could have voted Jon out Thursday night. They won't bring up his {Jon} lie, because the jury doesn't know until we see it on T.V. The votes on who the winner is already in just nobody knows who won. The Jury found out about Jon's lie the same time we did. They kept that information quiet from the jury. I can't wait to see the reunion show either. Jon is going to be the hot topic. I think Rupert is the true Survivor. I wish he was the winner. I just thought he was great. He could have stayed their and actually survived. I just don't want Jon to win.

Brab- That was the best news of the day. I heard about it a 600am by one of the students in the dorm. I hope this will help bring peace soon.!!!

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SarcasticGinny - Dec 14, 2003 7:12 pm (#1066 of 2753)

Folks, I need to appeal to you for some help! It's my English major version of finals week which means I have to finish a paper on creative writing and a portfolio plus write five lesson plans for my Curriculum and Instruction class in less than 24 hours but I can't stop reading this forum. (It's so gosh-dang interesting!) So I beg you, please yell at me if I post here again before tomorrow after 5 p.m!! If I don't get this done, I'm in big, big trouble...some Muggle equivalent of disembowling toads for Snape, or worse, you'll have to check the back of my hand for "I must not procrastinate"!

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Gina R Snape - Dec 14, 2003 7:17 pm (#1067 of 2753)

Clearly Ginny is not part of the Detention with Snape club...

Best of luck on your paper, Ginny.

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SarcasticGinny - Dec 14, 2003 7:25 pm (#1068 of 2753)

I cannot join that club, Gina. I greatly respect Snape, but I could never bring myself to disembowel anything as poor Neville had to. Thanks though. Off to go be good now, ta-ta.

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Joost! - Dec 15, 2003 1:59 am (#1069 of 2753)

Madame Librarian: "Hey, my vote for one of the handiest inventions by an American is...

ta-dah--Post-it notes!!

A fellow working for 3M Corp. (I'm ashamed to say I don't know his name, but I think he should get some sort of Nobel prize) came up with a batch of not-so-great glue. Rather than toss it out as a lab concoction gone bad, he came up with a brilliant use for it. I could not function without post-it notes. "


Just to back up some 30 posts, but this is one of my favorite things about America... OK, this is mostly because 3M Corp. pays my salary

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Fawkes Forever  - Dec 15, 2003 5:48 am (#1070 of 2753)

Wow, this thread has exploded....

Denise... Wish Devin a happy Belated Birthday from me ... and here's my joke

Count Dracula is walking through a grave yard in the middle of the night when he spots a ham sandwich on the ground... puzzled he walks on, & sees a mini quiche also sitting on the ground, again he is puzzled by this but he continues his midnight stroll through the graveyard. As he is walking he spots various other bits of food, cheeses, sausage rolls, mini pizzas & some more sandwiches on the ground. Just as he is wondering what is going on, a girl leaps out from behind one of the grave stones & promptly stakes him through the heart with a cocktail stick ... just before he turns to dust Dracula asks the girl ...
‘Who are you?’
To which she replies... ‘I’m Buffet ... The Vampire Slayer ‘

(Snigger)... I heard that one at the weekend... sorry it’s so corny, but I couldn't resist!

Well I had to cheer myself up after Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire didn't win the BBC's Big Read... here's the results ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/
I knew it wasn't going to win when JK wasn't present at the live show.... oh well, at least the book critics that where there didn't slate the book & said beyond book 1, it wasn't really (or not exclusively) a childrens series... woohoo, finally a book critic that likes HP

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mollis - Dec 15, 2003 6:35 am (#1071 of 2753)

Sorry Pinky. I would have kept the snow if I could have. My husband had to drive to DC this morning, and was really hoping to be snowed in here!

And I second the celebration for a safer world after the capture of that evil man. I just hope and pray for the safety of all men and women risking their lives to make the world safer for all of us.

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Detail Seeker - Dec 15, 2003 1:25 pm (#1072 of 2753)

And in some days it will be noticed, that the Middle East has not become more peaceful and that the occupying forces have not become more liked, as Mr. Hussein was not the problem, the troops had to deal with.

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Madam Pince - Dec 15, 2003 2:32 pm (#1073 of 2753)

Well, boop and Caput and Denise and all other Survivor fans....

Edit: Highlight starting at the ## so those who have yet to see this (like Lauren in Oz) don't get spoiled. If you want to comment, feel free to but please color your text f5f3d7 so those who get the show next week are not spoiled. Thanks! Denise

##

Pretty good night, eh? Jonny-Not-So-Fairplay (aka: Mr. I'm-The-King) finally got his, didn't he? Just goes to show....what goes around, comes around. So we eternally hope for Voldie as well, right?

As for Lill...I had no sympathy for her at all. She had the nerve to criticize someone else for being led around by the nose and never making any decisions on their own, when she was so totally led around by "the guys" herself...aaargh. But at least she made the 'right' call by axing Jon instead of Sandra, although not quite the smartest decision she's ever made... I was just glad that Jon and Burton were gone. I was getting pretty sick of them bashing women. You could sure smell sour grapes coming from their seats in the jury, couldn't you? They were just sooooooo sure of themselves... And I agree, boop, it was nice to see Rupert again -- the next best thing to seeing Hagrid on a desert island, methinks! ##

OK, enough of that -- this is a HP forum, right? I swear I shall not so digress again.... It's just that this one thing happens to be my OTHER favorite passion...it's the psychologist in me....

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boop - Dec 15, 2003 3:17 pm (#1074 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Dec 15, 2003 3:34 pm

Start highlight here: ## Hey the right person won XXXXXX, because Rupert couldn't.{sad} I jumped up and down when XXX got the boot!!!I don't even think Jeff the host liked it either. When Jeff asked if this was the person Jon said it was. What a turn off!!! I couldn't stand him from day one. I think he made Richard look like a saint. I disliked Richard as well. Burton and Jon were so sure of them self. What ego's I can't believe they weren't upset with Jon using the lie about his gram. Its pretty bad when the show calls to see how they could help with the loss of gram, then find out that she just answered the phone. ##

Maybe in Feb. we will get to see Rupert for the all star show. Maybe Rupert could be a extra on a H.P. movies. That would be cool.

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Madam Pince - Dec 15, 2003 3:21 pm (#1075 of 2753)

Oops, sorry Denise. I didn't realize that it hadn't aired yet for Caput (and possibly others.) Apologies!

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Denise P. - Dec 15, 2003 3:37 pm (#1076 of 2753)

Not to worry, I don't think she saw it.

Begin highlight: ## I think Lill shot herself several times over. First was in picking Sandra to go with her. Jon would have been the safer bet since he was so disliked. The informal poll at the reunion showed Lill would have won had that been the case.

Was it just me or did Lill just shove her foot into her mouth a bit deeper every time she answered something during the final tribal council? I originally liked Lill but her crying and Scout talk got on my nerves.

Woo hoo on Jon being booted FINALLY! What a total scumbag! At least Lill didn't cave and make a deal with him. I am very pleased that Sandra won. ##

I think Rupert would make a great Hagrid too.

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Madam Pince - Dec 15, 2003 4:04 pm (#1077 of 2753)

I had to go figure out how to do text colors...

Begin highlight: ## I agree with you, Denise, at the beginning of Tribal Council I thought Lil had it made, her opening was pretty strong and Sandra's was pretty weak. But Lil just went downhill from there -- she seemed to get defensive and get emotionally upset when people even remotely confronted her, and (as we saw thru the whole thing) she doesn't do well when she's emotional. She did continually put her foot in her mouth. I can't remember now what her last response was, but I remember thinking, "Well, she sunk her ship there!"

Clearly Jon would've been the better choice to go up against if she wanted to win, but I'm still sorta pleased she didn't. He was a scum and didn't even deserve the $100K second place. I was so afraid she was going to go with him when she said "I'll go with the person I have the best chance of winning against." I have rose-colored glasses sometimes, but I like to think it's good to do the right thing rather than the profitable thing sometimes. Course it's easy for me to say sitting here!

Plus, I really disliked the whole Outcast thing, so she shouldn't have won due to that, in my opinion. If I'd have been Sandra, I would've tactfully pointed that out in my opening statement (thank goodness Ryno did that in his question!)

Anyway, very satisfying show! Best since Australia, I think! ##

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Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 15, 2003 8:55 pm (#1078 of 2753)



Hello all, miss me ?!?

I wasn't planning to be back so soon but a couple of things have happened lately.

1) Awhile back I had asked for some advice about the Harry Potter Audio Books, US vs UK editions and got some interesting advice, so I took it all and got both. If something is worth doing, then it's worth overdoing, no?

2) I was lurking in the VOTE thread and Liz had a DIGS question. So, of course, I had to vote.

3) In the short time I've been gone... there are more new posts then stars in the sky....

However that being said " Mars is very bright tonight"

I probably won’t be posting a lot, but I realized that I really missed being part of the Forum family and reading everyone's ideas and theories. And after listening to the first 3 books UK versions, I'm beginning to form some new ones myself. I'm waiting until I've listened to both US and UK before posting anything on them.

Jack

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Hem Hem - Dec 15, 2003 8:59 pm (#1079 of 2753)

I'm glad to see that you've "returned," Jack!

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shepherdess - Dec 15, 2003 9:22 pm (#1080 of 2753)

Welcome back, Jack! Looking forward to those theories!

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SarcasticGinny - Dec 15, 2003 9:23 pm (#1081 of 2753)

Hurray, finals are done! Now I can play again! :-) Best of good luck to anyone else doing tests right now!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 15, 2003 9:49 pm (#1082 of 2753)

Hey, Jack! Welcome back!

Aww, I missed the Survivor discussion. Gosh, I love that show. That's why I wasn't around yesterday. I had to record the finale for my mom who had to work. She got home about midnight and we watched it, well, I watched it again. Anywho, I don't have much to add. I agree with everything everyone else has said. That was definitely an amusing reunion show. I'll sincerely miss this Survivor. It was the high point of The Year of the Pirate. Arr!

The first time I saw Rupert, I thought "Hagrid?"

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Caput Draconis - Dec 15, 2003 10:41 pm (#1083 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 15, 2003 10:43 pm

Heh, thanks Denise for sheltering me. We're usually a week behind, but the get the final right away, or a couple of hours after it airs for you.

I'll do this anyway, just in case. Start here ##Yay Sandra! I was stoked she won, especially after what I thought were really genuine answers at tribal council. Lill bombed big time - at the start she was going on about how all she was was Lillian (always a worry when they start talking about themselves in third person) but by the end she'd split into good scout and evil survivor...very odd.

Jon is a tool. One thing I've noticed across the seasons (I've watched them all religiously, except Marquaes, which some bright spark decided to replace with a local version that I'd prefer to forget) is that Jeff has become heaps more critical of the contestants, he's not afraid to bag them out a little. Like Osten, for example ('go home' heh). The reunions are even better now that Jeff hosts them.

I love Rupert. No more can be said. He's on equal footing with Rudy and Rich...I can't wait for All Stars.

Verdict: Almost the best since Australia, although I was distracted by my finals for the first few episodes, and I did like Thailand a lot. ##

Edit: Woot! Figured out font colour - turns out it's best not to spell colour with a 'u'.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 15, 2003 11:14 pm (#1084 of 2753)

Okay, Rupert is just awesome! I loved how he truly took the whole pirate thing to heart. It was so cute! The All-Stars series is going to be so much fun. I can just imagine the diabolical/nefarious plans they'll all come up with to get rid of each other, heeheehee.

But it's fun to spell colour with a 'u'. Oh, and nice avatar, Lauren. Arr!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 15, 2003 11:28 pm (#1085 of 2753)

Ohhh, you guys are going to hate me for this but I wrote an essay last quarter on how the show Survivor marked the end of quality television. I know that a lot of you guys love that show but I absolutely despise it, just throwing in my two knuts.

Oh, and it turns out my professor is a survivor fan!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 16, 2003 12:20 am (#1086 of 2753)

Heh, that's what you get for dissing it, Brandon. But, I'm afraid the end of quality television was Mr. Personality.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 16, 2003 12:44 am (#1087 of 2753)

Abby, I never said that I did bad on the essay; I simply said that my professor turned out to be a fan of the show. And my essay wasn't wholly based on the idea that the particular show Survivor was the end of quality TV programming. But that the whole reality based game shows marked the end of quality programming.

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boop - Dec 16, 2003 4:36 am (#1088 of 2753)

Its ok Brandon we still love ya. Why don't you try and watch the all-star series. That should be totally different from the other shows. Just maybe you will become a survivor fan too!!!

I wonder if the ones that won the million are going to be in the all-star series too? It will be interesting to see how they all interact together, since they all know how to play the game.

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Madame Librarian - Dec 16, 2003 5:02 am (#1089 of 2753)

Hey, Leprechaun Jack, welcome back! You're a thorough researcher listening to both audio versions. I'd love to hear Stephen Fry someday, but I'm waiting for someone to donate a copy to the library before I lay out about $100 per book to buy them.

Let us know what you think.

Ciao. Barb

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Gina R Snape - Dec 16, 2003 8:05 am (#1090 of 2753)

Ooooh, Jack. Now you've mentioned purchasing both audio versions...there's no way I can let you get away with attending a NYC HPfGU meeting without bringing them along to sample!!!!!

Glad to see you've come back.

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Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 16, 2003 9:51 am (#1091 of 2753)

Gina,

But of'course I'll bring them along, I'll share with others who suffer Harrious Potteritis.

Jack

P.S. Madame Librarian please E-mail me.

Jack

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Madam Poppy - Dec 16, 2003 11:22 am (#1092 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 16, 2003 11:23 am
##
Re: Survivor
I'm glad that Sandra won. I think she "played the game" the best. I wish that she'd had a chance to hide all the tools etc., wouldn't that have created conflict?
My daughter and I couldn't take Lill's pouting/mad look. I don't remember her smiling ever!
Wasn't that 1st episode a shocker when they had to play in the clothes that they were wearing? The "shopping trip" into the town was great too! And the dead Grandmother! I wonder if Jon warned her? My only complaint with the last program was that they told Sandra she won and that was it. The rest of the program was about the other players. ##

For those Home Improvement junkies, TBS has had a new reality show called House Rules. They have 3 couples renovating homes. One of the three will win their house this friday. I think it is a safe bet that this program will return again.

I am watching/listening to Pirates of the Caribbean.....again. I'm wearing out my daughter's DVD. The 2nd DVD has some cool hidden easter eggs. It was also fun to listen to Kirea Knightly's commentary.

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Madame Librarian - Dec 16, 2003 11:29 am (#1093 of 2753)

Poppy, my husband and I just rented "Pirate of the C" last week and thought it was great fun. Loved Depp; he was over the top!

I get a big kick now out of watching anything with a British cast. I look for actors who were in HP movies (or are about to be) or LOTR films. Being a huge BBC/Masterpiece Theatre/Mystery fan, I'm sometimes convinced that there are all together only 50 actors in England, and they have to be in everything! (I hope nobody is offended by this 'cuz it's mostly a joke. Anyway, they're all superb at their craft.)

Ciao. Barb

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Denise P. - Dec 16, 2003 1:40 pm (#1094 of 2753)
##
Poppy, Dead Grandma found out he was lying when Jeff found out. After that challenge, Jeff and the producers were feeling very badly for Jon and called back to find out what they could do. Dead Grandma answered the phone and Jon's big lie was uncovered. Granny said Jon did not tell her and she only found out when Jeff explained why he was calling. ##

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Blast - Dec 16, 2003 3:10 pm (#1095 of 2753)

For those of us who work in retail, I officially dub us Store Elves. We work extra hard to bring a satisfying shopping experience to the general public and in return we are very rarely thanked and have to put up with a lot of miserable people. Today I was hit twice by grocery carts and I apologised for being in the way. Come on Hermiome let’s get SPEW going a little bit faster. Dobby you’re my hero. Sorry I must go iron my hands  - I know I just thought ill of my employer.

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Jim the Potty - Dec 16, 2003 3:14 pm (#1096 of 2753)

To Blast and all the other Store Elves out there, THANK YOU!!! I'm sure you work extremely hard especially at this time of year. Yours is an underappreciated but VITAL job and I salute you!

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Blast - Dec 16, 2003 3:39 pm (#1097 of 2753)

Thanks Jim sometimes all us Elves need that sometimes.[starts to cry]

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Marè - Dec 16, 2003 3:56 pm (#1098 of 2753)
##
Okay, having read all these survivor posts, can somebody explain this whole dead grandma thing to me? Because I'm getting a bit curious. Somebody said his grandma was dead and then some other person called and spoke to the presumed dead grandma. ???

Sounds a bit like one of my former classmates who sneaked out of a deadline by telling his grandmother was very very ill. When he hadn't had the assigment finished after two weaks, his poor grandmother had "died"... I don't think our teacher ever found out he was not really sincere.. ##

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Ladybug220 - Dec 16, 2003 4:00 pm (#1099 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 16, 2003 4:20 pm

Blast,

I completely sympathize with you. For the most part, the customers that come in the store are very nice and polite, but then you get those Grinches. The good thing for me is that it is only a part-time job (but I do have a completely different full-time job). Christmas is almost upon us so there is not much left of the busiest time of year....until people start to return all of those presents. sigh....

Thanks Jim!!

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boop - Dec 16, 2003 4:20 pm (#1100 of 2753)
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Mare- Jon planned this before coming on the show,that his gram died.Jon had his friend come for a reward challenge and say that his gram died. Sick joke if ask me. Everyone felt Jon should win the reward so he could talk to his about the lost of his gram. The show called the family to let them know they were sorry for their loss. Thats when Jeff(host) found out it was all a lie. ##

Blast end newt- Thank you and everyone else that works so hard this time of year.
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Brandon Christopher - Dec 16, 2003 5:30 pm (#1101 of 2753)

God bless all the Store Elves!!!

Blast, go home(which you probably already have by now,) eat dinner, and for the love of god don't punish yourself; we all forbid it! The next time someone runs into you with their cart perform some weird elf magic on them, or just smack around a little bit. Either way works for me.

P.S. Pirates of the Carribean rules; Johnny Depp all the way baby!

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Blast - Dec 16, 2003 7:15 pm (#1102 of 2753)

A week until Festivus. Anyone celebrating?

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Sly Girl - Dec 16, 2003 7:27 pm (#1103 of 2753)

Alas, my pole is lost. And I don't really have an grievances to complain about either.

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Kowalla - Dec 16, 2003 7:30 pm (#1104 of 2753)

I'll be glad to celebrate the END of the Christmas season! I too, work in retail, Wal*Mart to be exact. Blast, you were exactly right in what you said about holiday shoppers. Just yesterday I had a customer get mad at me & throw his merchandise on my counter & storm out of the store! All because I had a price check to wait on! I thought about sending him a nice little eat slugs spell, but unfortunately, you just can't do that when you're the one behind the counter. Oh well. Thanks to everyone that does appreciate us! Now, if I can just get through the returns AFTER Christmas (groans).

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Madam Poppy - Dec 16, 2003 7:39 pm (#1105 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 16, 2003 7:42 pm

I've been a Fred Meyer Store Elf for 2 weeks now....and my feet are killing me! I bought some of those gel shoe inserts today. I hope they help. I have not had a "bad" customer yet.

One old geezer (sorry, but he really was a geezer) wanted a wall can opener. I showed him all our hand held can openers and said that I didn't think wall can openers were still made. He said he had to have one because he keeps losing his can opener. He apologized nicely and said thanks but if we didn't have a wall can opener, he wouldn't buy any of our can openers. Much later I thought, shoot, I could have sold him an electric can opener. It would have had to stay attached to the wall!


Go out of your way
You'll make someone's day,
A small word of praise,
Will go a long ways.

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I Am Used Vlad - Dec 16, 2003 8:10 pm (#1106 of 2753)

Your pole may turn up, Sly Girl. It would be a FESTIVUS MIRACLE!

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Marie E. - Dec 16, 2003 9:04 pm (#1107 of 2753)

Does anyone remember the Ben and Jerry's Festivus ice cream? I had some a few years ago, but I'm not sure if it was a one time thing or not. It was sort of gingerbread flavor.

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Sly Girl - Dec 16, 2003 9:36 pm (#1108 of 2753)

One can only hope, nimrod.. one can only hope.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 16, 2003 9:43 pm (#1109 of 2753)

Whoo! Festivus! Ah, the best time of the year.

To all the Store-Elves, remember 'Serenity Now!' Heeheehee, now here's some Abbyfetti to show my extreme gratitude.',.;,;.',;.',;.',.',.,.',.,

I so love Pirates of the Caribbean. My mom bought the DVD for herself as an early birthday present (it came out the 2nd, her birthday is the 9th). My brother and I have watched it five times, which is a pretty low number for us, but we're working on bringing up that number of viewings.

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shepherdess - Dec 17, 2003 2:32 am (#1110 of 2753)

I am totally clueless about Festivus and missing poles; anyone care to elaborate?

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Caput Draconis - Dec 17, 2003 4:22 am (#1111 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 17, 2003 4:25 am

I am totally clueless about Festivus and missing poles; anyone care to elaborate?
It would be my honour. (Notice the 'u', Abby).

Festivus is celebrated every December 23, and has its origins with the great sage who is Frank Costanza, father of George on “The Seinfeld Show.” It exists to counter some of the problems that occur within the constraints of a traditional Christmas. If I may:

Frank: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.

Kramer: What happened to the doll?

Frank: It was destroyed. But out of that, a new holiday was born: a Festivus for the rest of us!

No decorations, they're distracting, thus the bare pole. Traditional Festivus moments include telling your family all the ways they've disappointed you (the "airing of grievances", super fun when George is your son) and cannot end until the head of the family is pinned by another (the "feats of strength"). A holy, holy day, sacred to those of us who obey the "covenant of the keys" and eat cereal at any time of the day or night. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Too much information, perhaps...but hey, any excuse to drag out the Seinfeld tapes.

EDIT: There was a Festivus ice cream? Frank would be appalled...

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Madame Librarian - Dec 17, 2003 4:51 am (#1112 of 2753)

Thanks, for the pop-culture class, CD.

Interesting editorial in Chicago Tribune this morning about how LOTR III's timing is so in tune with the defeat of a real evil "wizard" (they said that that's exactly what Saddam looked like as he crawled out of his hole). Hmmm.

My son the college student went to the 12:01 am showing in Boston. He was probably waiting in line, freezing his patootie off for a number of hours. Fortunately his last final was Monday. Hope it was worth it, and that he didn't lose any toes to frostbite.

Hey, Leprechaun Jack, are you there? Trying to e-mail you about those audio tapes, but the postmaster keeps sending error messages. Help!

Ciao. Barb

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Sly Girl - Dec 17, 2003 5:46 pm (#1113 of 2753)

WELL, I have to take my leave of you fine people for about 6 days.. I'm going to California for vacation. Everyone be nice to each other and everyone have a laugh!! Keep your spirits up!

And, I saw ROTK today and I very much enjoyed it. I cried, I ooh'd..I ahh'd.. I cheered. Totally satisfying cinematic experience. Although I do have to point out I felt ripped off for about 20 seconds when I had to sit through the trailers for movies involving THE ROCK and Vin Diesel but NO Potter trailer and No PAN trailer. Grumble.

Anyway, take care everyone. See ya on the flip side.

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Marie E. - Dec 17, 2003 5:47 pm (#1114 of 2753)

Have fun, SG! Happy Holidays!

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boop - Dec 17, 2003 6:01 pm (#1115 of 2753)

Sly Girl- Have a safe and enjoyable vacation.

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Gina R Snape - Dec 17, 2003 6:46 pm (#1116 of 2753)

Have loads of fun on your hols, Sly Girl!

Don't have too much lime jello or S'nog!

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Caput Draconis - Dec 17, 2003 7:56 pm (#1117 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 17, 2003 7:56 pm

Have fun, pumpkin.

I just wanted to tell everyone in the entire world that I just saw Peter Pan, and it was completely and totally awesome. Go and see it immediately, then come back here and rant about it for me.

Somewhat immature side-note: Captain James Hook... Almost makes me wish we'd been more lenient on those HOTTT threads... Enjoy!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 17, 2003 8:06 pm (#1118 of 2753)

Nicely put Festivus explanation, Lauren. It was odd that as I was reading it Seinfeld came on TV. Yes, the 'u' in honour was lovely. Always confuddles my English teachers when I do that, heehee.

Sly, have fun in California!

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Sly Girl - Dec 17, 2003 8:39 pm (#1119 of 2753)

Thanks guys!

I had to stop by again. I have this fear I'm going to have a million posts to read when I come back. eek. I want this to be a marked as read as possible. LOL

I know it's hopeless.

Anyway, how do you tell if you're a die hard Seinfeld fan? You yell at people not to 'double-dip' their chips and when someone says the word 'Moors'! you immediately yell, 'Moops'!

And you refer to yourself as follows: For I am Costanza, Lord of the Idiots.

I'll say hi to Mickey Mouse for ya, Caput.

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Leprechaun Jack - Dec 17, 2003 9:55 pm (#1120 of 2753)



Madame Librarian,

You should be able to E-mail me now. I had a slight problem over the last 2 days and couldn't post for a while, but our wonderful Prefects came to the rescue and helped me sort it out. Thanks again NoVeil4Me and to Kip

Jack

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Fawkes Forever - Dec 18, 2003 3:55 am (#1121 of 2753)

Hey SG, you're probably gone but have a nice holiday

Must say I agree with everyone about Pirates of the Caribbean ... excellent show.

Marie, I was in a restaurant last night & there was a picture on the wall, very similar to your avatar, & it made me think of you... hee hee!

To all our Store Elves... Blast, Poppy et al! A huge THANK YOU for all your hard work.... you have such a tough job at this time of year. I know I've been there...... used to work in a local supermarket part time when I was at school & college.... I hated Christmas eve, all these people panicking over which size turkey to buy or which blank VHS video tape to buy, the 3 hour or 4 hour You would swear the shops where going to close forever or something! Then there were the January sales..... oh what a nightmare...

Don't worry all your work is appreciated guys, & I always make an extra special effort to be nice to all the store elves.... Hope you aren't too rushed off your feet & that no more shopping trolleys are magnetically attracted to your heels...

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Susurro Notities - Dec 18, 2003 7:51 am (#1122 of 2753)
Edited by Dec 18, 2003 7:53 am

Thank you to all those who work in retail. Like Fawkes I try to be really nice to all store workers to make up for all the creeps. You all have a difficult job that gets much harder at this time of year. Most of us really appreciate your efforts on our behalf.
Here's a hint for your aching feet. I learned this at a local high class spa. Take one large bowl (I use a giant mixing bowl) or bucket put some nice smelling moisturizing soap in the bowl. Fill with warm water. Put a bunch of marbles in the soapy water. Sit in a comfortable chair. Put your feet in the water and roll them over the marbles. It's like a massage for your feet. Don't forget a glass of wine, soothing music, and some good reading - HP of course!

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Gina R Snape - Dec 18, 2003 1:00 pm (#1123 of 2753)

Abby, I see you have yet another new avatar. There appears to be 2 men. Who is the one on the right, with the lovely hooked nose?

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Nox NotteTorrente - Dec 18, 2003 2:07 pm (#1124 of 2753)

Caput, I'm hoping to see Pan this weekend, so I'll gladly chat with you then. HOTTT threads? Please! I have enough trouble with Jason Isaacs as it is, without adding Hook to the equation... Or is the other way 'round? So I have a Hook thing. Shoot me...



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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 18, 2003 4:27 pm (#1125 of 2753)

Well, Ms. I-hate-bagpipes. (You do realize, I'm never letting that go.) There are three men in that picture. The one crouching with his arm pointing inside of the shrine is none other than Howard Carter himself. The man standing behind him sans a turban is Arthur Callender (the hooked nose guy) who was a good friend of HC's. He was an architect and engineer, and I believe he was the first to put electric lights in the tomb. The man in the turban was an Egyptian foreman whose name, as far as I know, has been sadly lost to time.

Nox, nice drooling smilies. They're quite lovely.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 18, 2003 5:22 pm (#1126 of 2753)

Well I finally saw Return of the King; I was blown away, then utterly disappointed. For those of you who have not read the books, you will love this movie (although the ending is fairly drawn out.) But they completely botched the ending, those of you who have read the books and have seen the movie know what I'm talking about. Argg, I was so looking forward that Shire scene; I hope they put it in the extended version; but I'm not even completely sure that they filmed it. Anyways I finally saw the trailer for PoA and can honestly say that I was literally shaking in my seat from anticipation. Even though I sat through the entire LotR movie I kept telling myself throughout it to make sure to tell you guys that I saw the trailer. I finally understand what everyone was talking about when they said the Hogwarts Choir and Hogwarts theme song. The dementors look so cool too, I was picturing a Nazzgul type character but I think they did a good job. God, I'm starting to drool all over my keyboard just thinking about the movie! Crookshanks looks... interesting... Snape, boggart, hahaha!!!

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Pinky - Dec 18, 2003 7:08 pm (#1127 of 2753)

Peter Jackson never liked the Scouring of the Shire, so he never intended that to be a part of the film. It will not show up in the extended version. It was never filmed. Sorry!

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 18, 2003 7:41 pm (#1128 of 2753)

Booooooooo!!! Dang you Peter Jackson!

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I Am Used Vlad - Dec 18, 2003 7:58 pm (#1129 of 2753)

I just saw the movie, too. I loved it, but I'm not a fan of the books. So I guess you're right, Brandon, in your assessment of the film.

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Matt Allair - Dec 18, 2003 8:15 pm (#1130 of 2753)

I hope we'll see you Sly Girl when you get back. Have a blast! Now if you were only going to be visiting the northern side of California, then I could meet you! Have fun anyway.

I have to completely disagree with you Brandon, I have a good idea what you are probably referring to in what was missing in ROTK. The chapter in question, Chap VIII, Book 6 "The Scouring Of The Shire." Apparently Peter Jackson has always absolutely hated that chapter, he felt that it was unnecessary and would confuse the viewing public. He never filmed any scenes from that chapter, therefore don't expect it in the extended edition. Aside from that I loved "Return Of The King", nearly perfect, Being that I'm a long time fan of the books, I couldn't complain. No movie adaptation from a book is ever perfect, but my lord, Jackson pulled off something historic in cinema.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 18, 2003 8:32 pm (#1131 of 2753)

Matt, I realize that Jackson didn't like that particular scene. But I don't think that it would have confused the viewers if it was in. If you remember the scene with Galadriel (spelling?) and the basin that Frodo and her see the future in then you will remember that they actually showed the scouring of the shire. The only difference was that she said that that would happen only if they failed; I fully expected to see the scouring of the shire in the movie just because of that scene.

You're right though Matt, Jackson did a great job in the movies. That was probably the best adaptation of a book to film that I've ever seen. I just think that the ending would have been stronger if he would have put in the shire scene instead of all that fluffy fuzz at the end. At least he put in the very end scene, although my friend who hasn't read the books was confused on why only Frodo and Bilbo left and not all five of them. All in all I think that all three of the LotR movies were fantastic. I can't wait to see the PoA adaptation though, Harry Potter over LotR any day!

By the way Matt, where do you live, the bay area? I live in the bay area but have only lived here for the last nine years; I moved up from Orange County when I was nine.

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Denise P. - Dec 18, 2003 8:38 pm (#1132 of 2753)

Well heck, if I ever go visit my brother, we could have a mini Lexicon gathering Smile I am originally from the North Bay area...Sonoma County.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 18, 2003 8:50 pm (#1133 of 2753)

Haha, that would be cool Denise. I actually live in Cupertino; so it's not "that far" from Sonoma. It is soooo much better up here than down in LA/Orange County; although the water was better down there. Now instead of a five minute drive to the beach I have a forty minute drive; and the water is so much colder up here.

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Madam Poppy - Dec 18, 2003 10:41 pm (#1134 of 2753)
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Hey Brandon, I grew up in San Jose, near Los Gatos.
For those Store Elves out there, I had a lady ask me today if her turkey would fit in the electric roaster oven we had on sale. It was hard to ask with a straight face just how big her turkey was. (It wasn't in her cart) We opened up the box and after much debate, they decided it would fit after all. Honestly, some people!

Thanks Susurro Notities for the foot advice! I'll try it.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 18, 2003 11:00 pm (#1135 of 2753)

Man, I would hate to work in retail; I would be fired within a week for mocking customers.

Here's an example of what my first day would be like:

A customer walks up to the counter where I'm working, "Hello, how much does a two dollar bag of chips cost?"

My eyebrows contract as I act like I'm thinking extremely hard. "Well that would really depend on the day of the week, it's Tuesday isn't it? Well then, since it's Tuesday and it's one o' clock then the two dollar bag of chips is five dollars. They'll be three fifty in an hour so you might want to come back then."

That still seems a little expensive.

Yes, well you still seem a little dense.

I wouldn't last one day! God bless all you store elves, because you deal with people that the rest of us would normally rather run over than help them pick out a toaster oven.

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Caput Draconis - Dec 19, 2003 1:43 am (#1136 of 2753)

Lol, God bless dopey customers.

Nox, I look forward to it. AR briefly played Hook in An Awfully Big Adventure and had some of the same...qualities we appreciate in JI. Speaking of which, I finally got to see Love Actually, I thought it was lovely. And marks the second day in a row that I've stepped out of the cinema feeling all hot (HOTTT?), but nothing to do with the 38 (or 100) degree weather that going on here at the moment.

So now I have a week til Return of the King. Hoorah. Go cinema.

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azi - Dec 19, 2003 8:34 am (#1137 of 2753)

A week to ROTK? I dunno how I'd last that long! Ok I've seen it and loved it. Yeah I know they left the scouring of the shire out, but it didn't detract from the enjoyment. I was really annoyed at how they changed Denethor's (steward of Gondor no?) death. That fireball thing was so tacky! I liked the way he died before (in the book).

And on an extra plus, I got to throw popcorn at the POA trailer and point out everything inaccurate in it. Twas fun.

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wormsé - Dec 19, 2003 11:37 am (#1138 of 2753)

A group of friends and myself are going to see it tonight... trying to go on and get the tickets... first weekend that it's open. I can't wait!!

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I Am Used Vlad - Dec 19, 2003 9:11 pm (#1139 of 2753)

I just looked at the clock. It's now officially my birthday. I'm new here, but I hope to celebrate many more at the Lexicon Forum. lol

Nimrod

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 19, 2003 9:28 pm (#1140 of 2753)

Let me be the first to wish you a Very Happy Birthday, Nimrod!! And as is customary, let me give you some Abbyfetti! ,'.;,'.;,';.,';.',;',;.,;',;.',','

Enjoy!

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 19, 2003 9:37 pm (#1141 of 2753)

Welcome Couchpit. Good luck to you and your wife with your son.

Something a little more interesting about me... I work in an invisible industry and am intimately familiar with the origins of the pages of Harry's stories - the US editions anyway. Not necessarily the text, but the pages.

Does this mean that you could give me some clues as to why the pages of my copies of the American editions GOF, PoA and OoTP are falling apart? :-)

Edit: Hi Abby, up late? Happy Birthday Nimrod.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 19, 2003 9:59 pm (#1142 of 2753)

Eh, I'm always up late. I'm a bit of a night owl. Besides, it's only 11:56 PM here, not even midnight. The night is young.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 19, 2003 10:37 pm (#1143 of 2753)

It's only 10:30 here in good ole Cali. and I just wanted to wish Nimrod a very Happy Birthday! Mrs. Sirius, it's a friday night; we should be up late on friday nights. Granted we should be out partying but alas, I am stuck at home because almost all of my friends went out of town to visit family for Christmas.

But it's not like I can't just hang out with all the great folks of the Lexicon. PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!!! Ain't college life great?

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The Great Abbycadabra - Dec 19, 2003 11:06 pm (#1144 of 2753)

Whoo! Lexicon par-tays are the best! I need my bagpipe and some more Abbyfetti.

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Brandon Christopher - Dec 19, 2003 11:22 pm (#1145 of 2753)

Ohhhhh bagpipes, we also need some haggis and other animal's boiled intestines! Yummy...

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Sinister Kittens - Dec 20, 2003 4:23 am (#1146 of 2753)

Madam Poppy - how did the Gel inserts pan out? And thanks for the foot advise Susurro, i'm going to try that! (I'm a sort of store elf, I sell the dreaded Mobile Phones, mainly corporate but we have a showroom and I keep getting trapped by customers). Regular conversations go along the lines of...

My mate (usually down the pub) told me you can do ...... on this phone

No, sorry that feature isn't available in that model etc.

This usually ends up with the customer adamantly informing me that his/her friend has got the same phone and they can do it, whilst I try to politely explain that it's impossible. You would think that after 5 years of working in the industry people would listen to you when your trying to help them!

Okay rant over I'm skulking off into the abyss again until Christmas when I will have time to spend here. Keep your chins up Store Elves only a few more days and you won't have to listen to the same Christmas songs on repeat for another 11 months!

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Madame Librarian - Dec 20, 2003 6:22 am (#1147 of 2753)

Nimrod, Happy Birthday! I hope you get sufficient birthday attention even though you sort of share the season with a few other holidays.



Happy Hanukkah, everyone! (or...Channukah, Hannuka, Hanukka...ad infinitum) We lit the first candle last night, but tonight is the best: family party with potato pancakes (OMG, a delicacy to die for)!



To all the Store Elves who are on the Forum, thanks for taking on such an important job. This year my shopping went so smoothly, I know it was often due to your cheerful helpfulness. Truthfully, my family doesn't go too nutsy with the presents, but there are my little nephews for whom I shop with care; I really put a lot of thought into their gifts (and I absolutely refuse to buy them any more Thomas the Tank train components!).

Ciao. Barb

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Joost! - Dec 20, 2003 8:20 am (#1148 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Nimrod!

And Happy Hanukka (or what Barb said )!

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Detail Seeker - Dec 20, 2003 12:59 pm (#1149 of 2753)

I hope you had a happy birthday, Nimrod !

All the best , even if belated !

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boop - Dec 20, 2003 4:59 pm (#1150 of 2753)

A very Happy Birthday Nimrod.

I don't mean to brag, but I only have Monday and Tuesday to work. Then I'm off for the next 12 days. Then I will use this time to catch up on all the posts. It helps to work at a College, and you send the students home for 3 weeks. They had to be out of the dorms by 4pm. today. This was the end of a long week of overtime. I hope everyone here will also have time to relax and not work. Coming home from work tonight it was snowing again. I didn't think it was to snow again. The roads were icy and I passed 6 cars off the road from sliding on the ice. They didn't put any salt on the roads yet. I was glad to get home.
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