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*** Anyone who has read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings knows that Professor Tolkien was a genius, but was he also an archaeologist? If the findings concerning the so-called hobbit found on the Indonesian island of Flores are correct, it would seem so. Will we soon find the mummified remains of tall hominids with pointy ears? Or huge reptiles with wings? Heck if I know, but wouldn’t that be fun?

I wonder if scientists have any way of discovering whether this little fellow had an English accent.

The remains of a Took or a Baggins, perhaps?

*** The English have a new hobby: guessing what books are on Tony Blair’s shelves. It seems that the Blairs had their Christmas card taken in front of their bookshelves, so now there’s a fad trying to read the titles to see what they read.

How many can you identify?

*** As always, if there is anything you would like to see more or less of in this blog, let me know. No guarantees, of course, our budget for purchasing new material is fairly small, but I’ll do what I can.

*** BBG has to admit that he’s not a Harry Potter reader. It’s not that I have anything against Harry, on the contrary, I love the movies, but for some reason I never felt the need to read the books. I suspect that I might have found myself comparing them to LOTR and that would not have been fair, Rowling isn’t Tolkien, nobody is, but that should not even be an issue. Anyway, I haven’t read them but I greatly admire Rowling for what she has done. And with The Tales of Beedle the Bard she has turned her fame into a great boon for children in need.

Rowling raises big bucks for kids

If you happen to live in Edinburgh, or are visiting, a drop in to see the hand-written version of this book on display is a must.

*** Nothing is sacred. First came the sequel to Gone With the Wind, then the makers of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies had the elves show up at the Battle of Helm’s Deep and now Victor Hugo has the ignominy of having his classic Les Miserables spawn two sequels, additions that are now officially approved by a French court. Good grief. What’s next, Sherlock Holmes books written by others than A. Conan Doyle?

Oh, yeah, that’s right. There are lots of those. I even like some of them, the ones by Laurie R. King.

Okay, but still, Les Miserables? It seems heretical.

Victor Hugo spinning like a top six feet under