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Posted: 4 Feb 18 04:35

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We live in a world where we always look for the big break, the big show, and the big crowds. Now let me say that bigness isn't wrong, bigness is great. But the amazing thing about life is that big things generally start from small things. Never despise the day of a small beginning. Your life was created from a very small cell. It's amazing to think that an atom can destroy a whole nation, that a l.....

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Posted: 4 Feb 18 04:36
Hey this is Zreal thing!

Life cycle of aspartame:
man makes aspartame;man eats aspartame
man dies;man sees that aspartame makes good softkill weapon
man makes more aspartame; population still too high.. repeat
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Posted: 4 Feb 18 09:31 - Edited By: Mark, 4 Feb 18 09:32
Yeah, it's a spammer trying to spam their spammy wares. Some kind of "we'll write your homework/college assignments for you" service.

Think I should bin it?

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Posted: 4 Feb 18 21:30


" I have a very large fond of writing student work"

That's what they all say.



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Posted: 5 Feb 18 09:58
Mine's bigger

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Posted: 6 Feb 18 00:29
I am glad we retired the margarine smuggler thread

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Posted: 6 Feb 18 09:06
In a way, me too.

I was always curious but afraid to ask. Firstly the why, but secondly the how.

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Posted: 6 Feb 18 23:04
I was waiting to see just how far it would run.
A year and a half?

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Posted: 7 Feb 18 03:33
It think the new storey link was broken.

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Posted: 7 Feb 18 15:21
I guess the margarine turned into butter...

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Posted: 8 Feb 18 09:12
Nutty butter, with inexplicable sweetcorn.

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Posted: 10 Feb 18 18:49
I think it was beginning to eat into the fabric of spacetime. If it had been left, who knows? The Spoof might have been the source of a serendipitous discovery of a mode of time travel.

It might have been like the discovery of fire or the wheel.

We'll never know now.

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Posted: 16 Feb 18 00:05
An open door now closed.

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Posted: 18 Feb 18 12:19
OK, this is getting old.
Let's go back to the margarine smuggling article now!

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Posted: 1 Mar 18 10:57 - Edited By: Monkey Woods, 1 Mar 18 10:58
I logged-in the other day with the express intention of reading the 'Margarine Smuggler' article, after many years of procrastination, but, alas, it was not possible.

Instead, I decided to read 'Mugby Junction' by a Mr Charles Dickens, but have to say that this book is conclusive proof that even Dickens could write shite. That rhymed.

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Posted: 5 Mar 18 23:02

Quote: Monkey Woods

I logged-in the other day with the express intention of reading the 'Margarine Smuggler' article, after many years of procrastination, but, alas, it was not possible.

Instead, I decided to read 'Mugby Junction' by a Mr Charles Dickens, but have to say that this book is conclusive proof that even Dickens could write shite. That rhymed.




Mugby Junction itself is an imaginary Midlands station where seven lines intersect. As Robert MacFarlane says in the foreword, "it's an existential crossroads as well as a material one". The best fictional journeys usually generate, or accompany, a psychological voyage, and this is the premise of Dickens's two "Barbox" tales. The protagonist, Jackson, arrives at an unfamiliar station. It's not his destination, but, on impulse, he gets out of the train. He is a character almost effaced by sadness and failure, known at first merely by the company name printed on his luggage, "Barbox Brothers", or, to the puzzled railway-staff, "The Gentleman for Nowhere". How he finds his Somewhere and restores his identity is Dickens's theme.


Great! I have now got this on my Kindle. A facsimile of the original "Extra Christmas Number" of "All The Year Round" magazine ("containing the amount of Two ordinary Numbers)".

Thank you!

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Posted: 6 Mar 18 14:35
I wouldn't have bothered if I were you, and you were me, and you'd told me what I told you.

Do you think it's possible, Erskin, for writers to write too much? I think Dickens did, and this is a good example of 'writing for writing's sake'.

Let me know when you've finished. It's only 110 pages, though it's like wading through treacle in wellies.

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Posted: 10 Mar 18 15:44
Well, I have completed my sojourn at Mugby Junction and it has left me quite the "Gentleman for Nowhere myself!

I didn't think it was quite so bad, though it is of its time and - particularly in the satire on Refreshment Rooms at the end - falls down as a period piece.

I was intrigued at the start, as it was an interesting existential premise, this down-at-the-mouth anti-hero appearing at the Junction, and some interesting images of steam railways (which were very much cutting-edge technology then and replete with potential for imagery) added to the mix.

But I felt it did lapse into sentimentalism and wordiness. The digestion baulked a little, as if I had eaten at the Refreshment Rooms myself, and the Victorian fare had not agreed with me. All the same, it was an interesting excursion, though I was often thinking that instead of struggling through the swamps of sentimentality, we ought to have been exploring darker zones of existential questing.




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Posted: 11 Mar 18 15:35
I think he wrote it after he had been involved in that train crash.

I will try to read it again. Maybe it will be better the second time. Maybe not. Or maybe it will be the same, and only my perception of it will have changed.

A lot of it was 'other people' anyway, right?

Ah well, off to bed with me! Not you, you understand, but me, myself, for I must 'rise with the lark', if there are larks here, which there aren't. Ah well...

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Posted: 11 Mar 18 20:36
And I don't think you can write too much, though reading my Spoof efforts, perhaps I am wrong!

He did spew it out over his short life, didn't he?

Too little, sadly, too little is very easy to write.

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