Monthly Archives: January 2004


Some wounds don’t heal

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I came across this site called Morphizm.com which has an article on LOTR and the impact that WWI had on Tolkien and the books. It makes for an interesting read, and a lovely review of both the books and the films. In essence the article argues that the message we should take from LOTR is how harrowing war is. I

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Sligo blocade

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“A blockade by farmers of one of Sligo’s most scenic beauty spots has been threatened by North Sligo farmer, Andy McSharry in what would be a dramatic escalation of the dispute between hillwalkers and landowners in the county.” as reported in The Sligo Champion. – I’m not really that sure where I stand on this particular issue. On the one

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Happy New Year

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I was born in the Year Of The Ram: “The Year Of The Ram 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 People born in the Year of Ram are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. They seem to be, at first glance, better off than those born in the zodiac’s other years. But ram year people are often

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Friday Five

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You know I always mean to do these on a Friday, but then I forget and so don’t bother. Well this week, despite the fact that it is now Wed I decided what the hell. I can do a Wed. Five: 1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails? Quote from LOTR:TTT ee. “His sense of

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Mike Rowe Soft

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Mernember Mike Rowe? Well looks like MS have backed down. “Microsoft has indicated it may have overreacted to the Web site of Canadian teenager Mike Rowe who added the word ‘soft’ to his name and registered the address mikerowesoft.com. ‘We take our trademark seriously, but in this case maybe a little too seriously,’ Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said” (cont.s on

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Copyright taken to extremes

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From The Register, a tale of copyright protection going WAY too far: In what could easily be mistaken for an Onion story, Microsoft has unleashed the full fury of its lawyers on 17-year-old Canadian high-school student, Mike Rowe, demanding the handover of his Internet domain. The domain? MikeRoweSoft.com. No, seriously. Victoria-based Mike is currently studying maths and chemistry and plans

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Col. Paul Rodzianko

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Was browsing around Irish showjumping sites, trying to get up to date with what’s going on, as it has been a while since I have taken more than a passing interest, and on the army’s equitation site came across mention of Col. Paul Rodzianko. As he sounded interesting I googled him, and came across this little story on Castle Leslie’s

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Cows with Guns

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Cows With Guns -A great song, and the animation is kinda cool too. Course cows are technically female, but in the song it says he, yet the drawing has udders. Anyone else confuddled

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Which LOTR

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Empire run a little poll, and this one was last: “Which of the three Lord of the Rings instalments do you think rules them all?’ Don’t make me choose. I WILL NOT CHOOSE! : 11% Return of the King rocks : 32% Nope, gotta be The Two Towers : 44% Fellowship without a doubt : 13%” See I think that

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The Last Samurai dir. by

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I went to see this film. Sure Japanese swords, fights and Tom Cruise, but apart from the basic plot, which is American soldier with troubled past goes to Japan and finds himself, I did not know what to look forward to. And now that I have seen it I don’t really know

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Interpreting LOTR

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Open Democracyhas recently had a couple of articles written about the film trilogy that is LOTR. The first one:The Return of the King: Tolkien and the new medievalism by K.A. Dilday offer a negative view of the books & films. “The obsession with power, will and hierarchy in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic The Lord of

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