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I've recently come across 2 different references to said institution in 2 different bits of British comedy of 2 different (modern-ish) eras.
I'm trying to figure out what it is and the appropriate zeitgeist for the humor. (Ok, humour.) Is it just that it's old and well known?

1) David Nobbs, The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin, 1995.
"Now that he was no longer a threat to their inheritance, they all vied with one another to offer him their seats.
'Oh, no, thank you,' he said. 'I can't stand sitting when I'm waiting. I get tense. Coincidentally, I am also here in connection with a will. I'm making my will. It's rather amusing really. I'm leaving all my money to the Battersea Dogs' Home.'
The amusement at this intention was entirely confined to the newcomer.
'I just wish I could live to see the horror on the faces of my grasping relatives when they find out.'
He laughed heartily, and he laughed alone."

2) Flanders and Swann, introduction to "Paris" on The Bestiary (and Extiary) of Flanders and Swann, 1964/1994 (expanded CD release) (http://www.answers.com/topic/flanders-swann-the-bestiary)
"I live in London, in Kensington, actually. Swann lives in Battersea. He calls it South Chelsea, but it's Battersea. I have friends who've been there. It's very nice I believe. Has its own power station and dogs' home and everything. Very convenient if you want power or dogs or anything."

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"The Legacy" also includes a reference to Fiddlers' Dram's hit, Day Trip To Bangor, which tickled my drooling-Oysterband-fanboy fancy.
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Damn. There are 6 Mushroom Planet books.
5-10 years ago, I would've sort of expected that we might've gotten Barnes And Noble to put them in to an omnibus volume.

As it stands now, the listings on Amazon (via 3rd parties mostly) are from $.01 -> $241, with 1 unavailable.

Anyone happen to have the whole stack? (Including the very rare "Jewels from the Moon and The Meteor That Couldn't Stay" which is 2 short stories in one volume.)
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Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi

I love H. Beam Piper, but - having re-read a lot of his stuff recently, as it seems his copyrights lapsed - he was totally a product of his era.
I want Scalzi to re-write everything Piper ever wrote.

That was really well done.
Fuzzy Sapiens next?
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http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Ann-Autumn-Tales-Novel/dp/0061470880
Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel [Hardcover]
Armistead Maupin
- - -
This title will be released on November 2, 2010.
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I have one copy of Knitting For Good, by Betsy Greer available for adoption to a good home, courtesy of my cow-orker at Craftster.

If you're interested - and local, because I'll _never_ get around to mailing it to you - let me know.

I'm not sure why, but I'm going to screen comments.
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I have one copy of Knitting For Good, by Betsy Greer available for adoption to a good home, courtesy of my cow-orker at Craftster.

If you're interested - and local, because I'll _never_ get around to mailing it to you - let me know.

I'm not sure why, but I'm going to screen comments.
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another book for the want list...
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another book for the want list...
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To add to the wish-list...
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To add to the wish-list...
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Probably about...40? or more of them over the years.

I've been a member of The International Wizard of Oz Club.

I've been sadly disappointed by the fact that Martin Gardner's Oz book, Visitors From Oz, is total crap.

I'm very psyched about the new edition of _Baum's_ Visitors From Oz, that I just discovered while looking for the above link.

I'm looking for copies of Oz-Story 1, 4 and 5, if anyone happens to have them.

I lust for some of the John R. Neill originals I've seen in Books Of Wonder, one of my favorite bookstores.

I really liked Wicked (the book), hope to see Wicked (the musical) soon, and am currently reading Son Of A Witch.

It's just the "Junior Editions" I've never heard of.

I'm actually pretty ... disturbed? bothered? disquieted? ... by how many people think that I've never read the Oz books.

It's just weird!
jbsegal: (Default)
Probably about...40? or more of them over the years.

I've been a member of The International Wizard of Oz Club.

I've been sadly disappointed by the fact that Martin Gardner's Oz book, Visitors From Oz, is total crap.

I'm very psyched about the new edition of _Baum's_ Visitors From Oz, that I just discovered while looking for the above link.

I'm looking for copies of Oz-Story 1, 4 and 5, if anyone happens to have them.

I lust for some of the John R. Neill originals I've seen in Books Of Wonder, one of my favorite bookstores.

I really liked Wicked (the book), hope to see Wicked (the musical) soon, and am currently reading Son Of A Witch.

It's just the "Junior Editions" I've never heard of.

I'm actually pretty ... disturbed? bothered? disquieted? ... by how many people think that I've never read the Oz books.

It's just weird!
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hmm... i've never heard of these...
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hmm... i've never heard of these...
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So, last weekend, Kimberly and I ate at Traveller's Book Restaurant in CT while coming home from my Mother's 70th birthday celebration.

One of the books I got was "How To Play The 5-String Banjo" by Pete Seeger - 3rd Ed. revised 1962, with the 1985 foreward.

I've been kinda thinking about playing around with learning to play the banjo for, well, ages.

Subsequently, I've been ocassionally asking if anyone has a banjo I could borrow.

I asked at a party I was at tonight, just because.

I got _two_ positive responses - one from one of the hosts.

I now have a loaner banjo.

Always ask.
jbsegal: (grover)
So, last weekend, Kimberly and I ate at Traveller's Book Restaurant in CT while coming home from my Mother's 70th birthday celebration.

One of the books I got was "How To Play The 5-String Banjo" by Pete Seeger - 3rd Ed. revised 1962, with the 1985 foreward.

I've been kinda thinking about playing around with learning to play the banjo for, well, ages.

Subsequently, I've been ocassionally asking if anyone has a banjo I could borrow.

I asked at a party I was at tonight, just because.

I got _two_ positive responses - one from one of the hosts.

I now have a loaner banjo.

Always ask.
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Everyone who WAS a web-designer in the late-90's/early-'00's and most people who still ARE web designers should buy this book when it comes out.

While written for an audience of 9-year-olds, the promo pamphlet shows it to be absolutely required reading.
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Everyone who WAS a web-designer in the late-90's/early-'00's and most people who still ARE web designers should buy this book when it comes out.

While written for an audience of 9-year-olds, the promo pamphlet shows it to be absolutely required reading.

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