The final entry to Jasperland is the day we blew up the Gold Mine on The Mask of Zorro. I thought we could end with a bang. Sorry it's been a few days late, but The Constant Rabbit was launched and I just got busy.
I'd have liked to offer some smart, pithy and world stopping signing off remarks as I finish with Jasperland, but I can't think of much to say. I ventured into town yesterday afternoon, and bumped into people I knew, all of whom were chatty and glad of the familiar - even people I didn't know that well seemed to have a sense of new-found friendliness, and they probably thought the same of me.
Perhaps this is a time for all of us to take stock, give thought and to rebuild - but in a subtler, more pluralist and sustainable fashion. I'm a big fan of Harvey , the James Stewart Movie penned by Mary Chase. It's a gem if you haven't seen it. In one memorable exchange, Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd shares some useful advice :
"..I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whoever I'm with. Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be," - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.."
I can't add anything to that.
Anyway, I hope the entries in Jasperland might in some small way have helped you find distraction and a few giggles during uncertain times, and that good cheer, happiness and health find you in the months and years ahead.
July 6th 2020
100: 6th July 2020 The Day we blew up the Gold Mine|
099: 2nd July 2020 Lost Preface: The ABC Murders
098: 1st July 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Tom Cruise
097: 30th June 2020 Giant Pencil Sharpener
096: 29th June 2020 Random Movie Roundup
095b: 28th June 2020 Video upload about apostrophes
095: 28th June 2020 Petrolhead alert: 'Gearbox' feature in Octane
095: 27th June 2020 The Psion Organiser
094: 26th June 2020 Guiding Principles - thoughts.
094: 25th June 2020 Video upload about The Constant Rabbit.
093: 24th June 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: The Trial, 1993
092: 23rd June 2020 Lockdown Essay
091: 22nd June 2020 1996 Filmscript
090: 21st June 2020 Why Fantasy is Not Crap
089: 20th June 2020 Skyscapes
088: 19th June 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Douglas Coupland
088: 18th June 2020 Model T Ford
087: 17th June 2020 Prismatic Division
086: 16th June 2020 Thursday Next Short Story: Looped
085: 15th June 2020 I don't believe in ghosts, but, well..
084: 14th June 2020 Talk to Librarians, Bridgend, Wales, 2008
083: 13th June 2020 My first true camera: The 1967 Nikon Model F
082: 12th June 2020 What's your Howard Carter moment?
081: 11th June 2020 Flying under bridges for 'The Blue Max'
080: 10th June 2020 Molecular Baking
079: 9th June 2020 Toad News: Dog Scientist breakthroughs
078: 8th June 2020 A Galaxy of Stars 8: Angela Lansbury
077: 7th June 2020 Film Booty
077: 6th June 2020 A Galaxy of Stars 7: Gil Woxholt
076b: 5th June 2020 Updated intro to Jasperland. The original can be viewed here.
076: 5th June 2020 Postcard Designs Revealed for The Constant Rabbit
075: 4th June 2020 Shades of Grey writing processes..
074: 3rd June 2020 Readers weigh in on the 'Crummy Curses' idea.
073: 2nd June 2020 Tuesday: No content.
072: 1st June 2020 Toad News: SpaceX Space Suits
071: 31st May 2020 Blogspot: Place and the author.
070: 30th May 2020 Championing Puffins: Stig of the Dump
069: 29th May 2020 I learned about flying from that Updated 7th June due to errors
068: 28th May 2020 Gas Guns on Death Machine
067: 27th May 2020 Author Stories: Festivals
More unto: Film Jargon from the 80's and 90's. Updated 26th May 2020
066: 25th May 2020 Family Quizzes that tell a story
065: 24th May 2020 Rubbish curses from crummy enchanters
064: 23rd May 2020 Rabbit Book cover Evolutionary Convergence
063: 22nd May 2020 Central Park August 2006
062: 21st May 2020 Toad News: Indigo Leaves Spectrum
061: 20th May 2020 Fforde Book Giveaway
060: 19th May 2020 Powys Stories: The Rover ATOM
059: 18th May 2020 Dead Socialist Leaders Pt 3: Leon Trotsky
058: 17th May 2020 Dead Socialist Leaders Pt 2: Ho Chi Minh
057: 16th May 2020 Dead Socialist Leaders Pt 1: Lenin
056: 15th May 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Michael Denison
055: 14th May 2020 Painting J078: Fewer not Less
054: 13th May 2020 Writing Tips
053: 12th May 2020 Toad News: New Cryptography Idea
052: 11th May 2020 Top Ten Bedtime Stories for Kids (and adults)
051: 10th May 2020 Instagram: Ceiling of The Week
050: 9th May 2020 On the On The Black Hill Then and Now
049: 8th May 2020 Short Story 'The Button Guy'
048: 7th May 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Michael Kitchen
047: 6th May 2020 Seven Wonders of Swindon
046: 5th May 2020 'Out Walking' Unpublished Short Story
045: 4th May 2020 Stereo Photography
044: 3rd May 2020 Less well known astronomical bodies
043: 2nd May 2020 Jasper's Great Elevator Waiting Moments
042: 1st May 2020 Day in the Life: The Casbah, Algiers, 2015
041: 30th April 2020 Possible Opener for The Big Over Easy
040: 29th April 2020 There is always a more elegant solution
039: 28th April 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Denholm Elliot *PARENTAL ADVISORY*
038: 27th April 2020 Digital V Film: My view
037: 26th April 2020 More Enchanted Trees
036: 25th April 2020 British Columbia Government Building by Night
035: 24th April 2020 Toblerone Aversion Therapy
034: 23rd April 2020 'Sirens of Titan' Foreword
033: 22nd April 2020 1995 1st Chapter of The Eyre Affair
032: 21st April 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Bill
032: 20th April 2020 Enchanted Trees of Wales - 02
031: 19th April 2020 Toad News: Lobsters Unrepentant
030: 18th April 2020 Short Story for 2016 Bristolcon
029: 17th April 2020 Orphaned Prose 1: Little Prince
028: 16th April 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Samuel L Jackson
027: 15th April 2020 Toad News: Lamb admits life 'better than he expected'
026: 14th April 2020 A Day in My Life: 11th June 1999
026: 12th April 2020 2009 Short Story: Shuttle
025: 11th April 2020 Pirates of Penzance, 1982 Not Yet Posted
024: 10th April 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Bill Hootkins
023: 9th April 2020 My English report from 1977.
025: 8th April 2020 Film Jargon from the 80's and 90's.
024: 7th April 2020 Trichrome.
023: 6th April 2020 NANOWRIMO.
022: 5th April 2020 Juvenilia: Poem from 1988.
021: 4th April 2020 Andrew Jack
020: 3rd April 2020 Picture: Hands around the tree
019: 3rd April 2020 Jasper Top Five Comedy Writing Sections
018: 2nd April 2020 Short Story 'Car Dog'
017: 1st April 2020 Colour Photography with B&W film
016: 31st March 2020 Toad News Flash 01
015: 30th March 2020 The Presto Bananio
014: 29th March 2020 The Scuttling Tree of Llandeilo Graban
013: 28th March 2020 Thursday Next Bonus Chapter
012: 27th March 2020 Fiction Island Road Sign
011: 27th March 2020 The Book Off! Podcast I never did..
010: 26th March 2020 Hamlet, Prince of Zombies
009: 26th March 2020 Warning: Horse Shapes
008: 25th March 2020 Deleted 'Shades of Grey' section
007: 24th March 2020 The meaning of Radnor words
006: 23rd March 2020 The Aero-Ekta Lens
005: 22nd March 2020 Enchanted Trees of Wales 01
004: 21st March 2020 Colourised or Colorized Daffodil
003: 20th March 2020 Spellchecking Jabberwock
002: 19th March 2020 The Force Awakens Review
001: 18th March 2020 Putting a moose in a box
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