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First off: I love Les Miserables. I love the book most of all. I adore the musical. I adore the first half of the book and musical far more than the second half. The first half contained my most favourite characters: Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and Fantine. The second half contained Marius. Marius is a good character, but Valjean, Javert and Fantine are way more interesting.

The movie was a mixed bag for me. It's divided everyone's opinions. There are newspapers and cinemas online giving the movie anything from two and a half stars to five stars out of five. And that's OK! We all have different tastes. :) The movie is a musical. Most of the lines are sung, but there's quite a few spoken lines too.


I loved the bit where the Bishop Myriel tells the police officers that he gave Jean Valjean the silver, and advises Valjean to become an honest man. That part will always be one of my most favourite parts. :) The man who plays the Bishop in the movie (Colm Wilkinson) also acted/sung as Jean Valjean in the musical!

I enjoyed the movie's second half far more than the first half, as the first half had some mediocre to bad singing and acting from Russell Crowe. Normally, I like Russell Crowe. I don't expect Russell Crowe to sing well - he's an actor, after all. But I do expect him to act brilliantly. His facial expression was mostly flat, which was a disappointment.

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I was watching youtube videos on the making of Les Miserables (the movie). They mentioned that the actors had to *sing* for every take. They sang so much that Sacha Baron Cohen (who plays Monsieur Thenardier and is famous for his alter ego Borat) lost his voice and couldn't speak for at least a week! The poor guy had to write whatever he wanted to tell people. Sacha Cohen also made up a line "crawling on all fours" for his song. He wasn't intimidated by acting with other stars or in a much loved movie, which I found impressive.
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http://www.scottlynch.us/ironsands.html Gogogogo! Read this, it is simply wonderful! :D Science fiction as it should be. I am no expert on science fiction (although I do enjoy reading Vonnegut and H G Wells). But I read it and loved it. This is science fiction with adventure, passion and wonder. Unlike old science fiction tales / planetary romances that excuse or minimise racism, slavery and imperialism (I am *looking* at you, Mr Edgar Rice Burroughs), Lynch examines how brutal and horrifying those practices are.

I am making this sound way too heavy too read. It isn't. It is really accessible. I took a chance on this, and I loved it. Violet is a tough, funny and generous lady. I fell in love with Lynch's portrayal of Texas, and Violet's family life. The scenes on World War Two are well researched and so poignant too. The action heats up when Violet reaches Mars. I won't spoil the rest.

If you do choose to donate, the money helps Scott Lynch maintain his page. The more you donate, the more chapters he will upload. The money also goes towards supporting Jay Lake, a patient who requires cash for cancer treatments. Every bit helps a lot, more than you could imagine. Even if you can't donate, you can always boost the signal and post about this. Thank you so much!
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Hi there everyone,

Here's an article that made me smile:


Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!

People often say negative things about ageing. So it was refreshing (and a huge relief) to hear someone talk about the positive sides of ageing for once. The line "Being called "Sir" without benefit of knighthood" twiched my lips into a smile too.
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Hi there y'all,

Soak up fun facts on your own favourite songs (and their meanings) here at songfacts:


My favourite page:


I've always wondered what some of the lyrics to Green Day songs meant.
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Wonderful. :D

It's amazing how a book changed a boy's life so much. And I loved how the librarian actually made the effort to drive far away to find another book by an African American author for Olly Neal.
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According to this love calculator at http://www.lovecalculator.com/love.php?name1=Walter+cum+Dornez&name2=Seras+Victoria,
Walter and Seras are 92% compatible.

Love Calculator results

These are the results of the calculations by Dr. Love:

Walter cum Dornez loves Seras Victoria
 92 %  

Dr. Love thinks that a relationship between Walter cum Dornez and Seras Victoria has a very good chance of being successful, but this doesn't mean that you don't have to work on the relationship. Remember that every relationship needs spending time together, talking with each other etc.

In other interesting pointless news, Harry James Potter and Ginevra Molly Weasley got a 1% compatibility score (Make of That What You Will), and Alucard and Integral Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing got a compatibility score of 88%.

You may now return to your daily schedule!
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Go to

Keep refreshing until you've collected five quotations that really resonate with you, then post 'em to your journal.

"More often than not, a hero’s most epic battle is the one you never see; it’s the battle that goes on within him or herself."

-Kevin Smith, My Boring Ass Life, 04-18-06

"Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend."

-Saadi (1184 - 1291)

"Discipline must come through liberty. . . . We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined."

-Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952)

"All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."

-Sean O'Casey (1880 - 1964)

"To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live."

-Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), Les Miserables

I know that the meme says list 5 quotes. However, I had to include this one, as I find it so true (as I had to slog through academic texts at uni that took several pages to say what could be said in a few sentences):

"An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way."

-Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994)


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