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We are back from Oxonmoot 2014 - the 41st altogether, my 22nd in a row, and adaese's 36th in a row. I think the weekend went well - met lots of friends, god-children and father-in-law, bought books, attended more papers than I usually do, saw four libraries and three of Tolkien's houses, had two good dinners, saw the stunning LonCon 3 masquerade-winning costumes, and got to imitate the action of the Samaritan.

A longer write-up, and photos, may follow at some point.

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Second ten:
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Books I started but didn't finish:
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From Facebook, because easier

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Just now: South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group are making a strong bid for "Worst admin". They will have to do a lot if they are to overhaul the front-runners, St Mark's hospital and Bristol City Council; but they are starting to think that they can do it. Meanwhile, South Gloucestershire Council are maintaining a steady fourth place. There's nothing showy about them, but if any of the others slip, they could be in with a chance.

Earlier today: It is always a pleasure to get an email from a portcullis.

Sunday: A case of red, a case of white, three bottles of Madeira, two bottles of sherry, a bottle of ginger liqueur, and a bottle of single malt. I should have shares in Berry Bros and Rudd ...

Tolkien books for sale

Tolkien
All reasonable offers considered; can bring to Oxonmoot, or post anywhere in the world.

Gary Russell hardbacks:
- The Lord of the Rings: The Official Stage Companion
- The Art of The Return of the King

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Wolverhampton, part one

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On our way back from Wolverhampton yesterday, we got off the train at Bristol Parkway ... and found we had left one of our bags on the train. We spoke to a member of staff, who radioed another member of staff, who rang the next station on, who found the bag, and sent it back on the next train northbound. I am quick enough to criticise railway staff when they don't do a good job; but I also like to say thank you, and acknowledge publicly, when they do do a good job, and go that extra mile.

We gave two of the people involved some fresh eggs, which I think they appreciated :-)

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Tolkien books for sale

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I need to make more shelf space, so I will reluctantly have to get rid of these. I won't get round to putting them on eBay for a while - before I do, I'll put a summary list here, and consider all reasonable offers -

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