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Gone for a couple of days

I'll be in Staffordshire helping my brother celebrate his graduation from college, but I'll try to remember to take photos.

In other news, here's handy list of books you should buy. If you have the slightest clue about me, you know that this is a list of books which people have tried to ban. What sets it apart is that it lists the reasons people have tried to ban them. Much of the following text is lifted verbatim from the Web page, so here are a few examples.

(Yes, I know book titles are supposed to be underlined, but people will think they're hyperlinks and try to click on 'em).

"1984" is "pro-communist".

Har, har, har! Obviously those who tried to ban the book didn't even bother to read the damned thing. Though Orwell definitely leaned to the left and at times supported communism, that is not what this book is about.

"Fahrenheit 451". This one I just have to repeat without comment.
Students at the Venado Middle School in Irvine, Calif. received copies of the book with scores of words--mostly "hells" and "damns"--blacked out. The novel is about book burning and censorship.


"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Macmillan. Challenged in the Howard County, Md. school system (1990) because it depicts "graphic violence, mysticism, and gore."

Mysticism? Hello, Vanna, I'd like to buy a clue.

"Where's Waldo?"

Challenged at the Public Libraries of Saginaw, Mich. (1989), Removed from the Springs Public School library in East Hampton, N.Y. (1993) because there is a tiny drawing of a woman lying on the beach wearing a bikini bottom but no top.
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I went to Junior high across the street from Venado Middle School. They are an all year round school and my mom wanted to send me there but There is nothing like the title "all year round school" to make a kid not want to go there. I fought that choice and won. That is all I have to say on the subject. I might be censored.