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The move is temporary, incidentally. [Aug. 7th, 2006|04:37 pm]
lollard
I finally found out the root of my poor correspondence skillz today, namely: it's in the genes. Here are some choice extracts from a card my parents sent me when I was in the Peak District (I think. I'm not sure):

My mother writes (and oh! Look at her chidish, round hand): Nothing much is happening here--Rory got another ten out of ten for his spellings and asked me to tell you that he has reached Star Road in Super Mario World on his SNES.

This, from my Father, I feel is particularly good though: I've got a new screensaver for the computer--it's based on the Jubilee 2000 logo (JUBILEE 2000! X-treme nostalgia), which is a broken chain. It doesn't move, but it fills the whole screen and looks quite good (Was the concept of something FILLING THE SCREEN dead impressive in the mid-90s? If you're going to tell me about your screensaver, it should be one that MOVES, as this is obviously the ultimate in screensavers, and be more than a desperately uneffusive 'quite good').

Then again, no sentences had to be read more than once (except in a 'Oh my gosh, I can't quite believe they felt the need to tell me that!' sort of way) to get the gist, so they have one up on me.
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[User Picture]From: ruledandmargin
2006-08-08 10:49 pm (UTC)
I actually didn't have to read any of these sentences more than once. Clearly written 10/10.

What is your family on, exactly? I hate that phrase, but they sent you a card while YOU were on holiday (were you on holiday? I can't see any other reason you'd have for being in the Peak District [Not that it's not a good place]), and it was about SPELLING TESTS, SNES, SCREENSAVERS and something I've never heard of called JUBILEE 2000.

Now I know I had a hundred IMPORTANT things to ask you, but I've forgotten it all. I'll comment if I think. DON'T LET THAT KEEP YOU FROM REPLYING.
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[User Picture]From: lollard
2006-08-09 12:13 am (UTC)
"Verity got ANOTHER ten out of ten on her clarity test". Can you write that to one of your friends who is on holiday? I think the problem is my parents loving me too much. I mean, the card begins "Dearest Verity". What's wrong with DEAR? Am I really any dearer than, say, your other two children??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubilee_2000 (in case you can't be bovvered: 'DROP THE DEBT'
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[User Picture]From: ruledandmargin
2006-08-09 12:20 am (UTC)
My dad starts letters "dearest", as does my grandmother. It could be an Indian thing? In my case at least. Don't know about you and yours. You're obviously just the best, anyway, dearest.
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[User Picture]From: lollard
2006-08-09 09:44 am (UTC)
I don't think my family is (are?) Indian (what am I talking about? I know they're not Indian, obviously), just lame (not that I'm making any connection between India and being lame!). And cheers, darling (actually, isn't that a Damien Rice song? Urgh).

I overdosed somewhat on the brackets to make out for the fact that I forgot to close one in my previous comment.
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[User Picture]From: ruledandmargin
2006-08-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I remember. I wanted to ask about a few of your lollard interests (I like this list the best of any. Please don't brevify it as some substance is required [if we brevified everything we'd be left with nothing, you know?]):

adrian mitchell

meeja studies

modernism - Do you like Modernist architecture, Verity?

out-there theory

s.e. hinton

norman maccaig

And why are you SO obsessed with the Forest of Dean? It's not that great. And it's WELSH, really, which you'd think would make you hate it. Also, I don't get "the faroe islands". Aren't they deathly boring? Also, I love the listing of "angry string music", "ladies singing" and "manufactured pop music", but the mention of "darkened rooms" makes me sad.

Love, me
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[User Picture]From: lollard
2006-08-09 12:06 am (UTC)
Well: Adrian Mitchell is a poet and I like his poems. Oh, I just remembered I wrote one of his poems in one of my entries. Which will take less time (because I don't have all the time in the world, do I?): rootling through my archives to find it or just typing it up again? http://lollardy.livejournal.com/62396.html

Meeja studies=media studies obviously. This marries my rather snobby romanticism of going to sixth form 'college' and having a fashion mullet and doing media studies, dance and govt&politics with my actual interest in what I imagine the subject entails.

I have no idea why I included modernism (the literary movement. Architecture I think I like? But I'm not sure), because I actually don't really like it, mainly because I don't quite GET IT. I think I feel I should and I WILL when Oxford has made me clever. But bah, To The Lighthouse and all it's kind.

Out-there theory: I mainly included so I looked less intellectually conservative. But I do like reading theory and if it's 'out-there' that's probably good for a laugh. AND I do personally believe that if you read something into a text it really is there and perfectly valid, because obviously it's (the 'text') not an isolated dead thing, but a living, breathing entity which is a combination of reader and writer and all that kind of stuff. Golly, I can't believe I wrote that. CAN YOU?

S.E. Hinton: Wrote The Outsiders, which is a really good book about american teenagers in gangs or something. She also wrote Rumblefish, which is what Motorcycle Emptiness is based on, apparently.

Norman Maccaig: A GLASWEGIAN. http://lollardy.livejournal.com/77227.html

Because of THE DIALECT. It really is that great. Except you've probably been there whilst I haven't, so hmmm. And HOW is it Welsh? You Welsh are always trying to get in on everything. JUST LEAVE US ALONE. Also, I like Welsh things! And the Faroe Islands are really interesting! They didn't have a written language until like, yesterday! And this comment is just too long so I shall probably stop here.

Love, Verity (so now it looks like I have a less strong sense of self. But if I put 'love, me' it would look like copying)
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[User Picture]From: ruledandmargin
2006-08-08 11:04 pm (UTC)
Is your move to St. Albans temporary?

Please reply to all of these so that I get extra comments received. I'm not sure whether I agree with your view on comments received/given out yet. Who knows? Who cares? Oh, I do.
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[User Picture]From: lollard
2006-08-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
It is temporary in the sense that it will not last all eternity. I hope I don't get carried out of Snorbens in a box. What a depressing though.

Do you mean on whether an uneven ration is inherently a bad thing? I suppose it's all about not looking like a loser in front of the livejournal world, but quite frankly I should WANT to look like a LOSER in front of all those LOSERS. So, you've got the right idea probably, Ian. Don't let my foolish views get to you.
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[User Picture]From: ruledandmargin
2006-08-08 11:22 pm (UTC)
Haha, would be very amused if you fell in love with St Albans now. Become a Samaritan (on the phone, not in Palestine) - you'll make lots of reassuring, understanding friends among the fellow volunteers.

No no, what I meant about "your view on comments" is, whether it's just based on comments left in others' journals and comments put in your own journal rather than general community use. I'm sure I haven't left 1000 comments in other people's journals alone.
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[User Picture]From: lollard
2006-08-09 12:18 am (UTC)
No, communities count. I NEVER said otherwise. I conducted an elaborate experiment into the matter. I'll write up my finding at some point. You will be AMAZED.

I would be a Samaritan, but I recently found out that you get a load of nuisances pretending you're a phone sex line thing. Yuck!
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[User Picture]From: ruledandmargin
2006-08-09 12:23 am (UTC)
I wonder whether "finding", singular, was deliberate. It made me lol as loudly as one is allowed to lol when one's family is asleep.

THAT IS IMMORAL. Do join, though. I like it when people listen to my suggestions.
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[User Picture]From: ruledandmargin
2006-08-20 08:28 pm (UTC)
THIS IS LITERALLY THE BIGGEST EMERGENCY THAT'S EVER HAPPENED, AND I AM GOING TO TRY TO CONTACT YOU FROM EVERY DIRECTION.

BRING BACK lollardy!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-08-21 05:54 pm (UTC)
EVERY direction? An email and a poxy eljay comment? Oh, and a text, I suppose. LastFm, MySpace, telephone, telegram, smoke signals, semaphore, carrier pigeon, an aeroplane with a banner/spelling out 'BRING BACK LOLLARDY' in coloured smoke (there must be a name for this), telepathy (having said that, you may have tried this), STRIP-O-GRAM?
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