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Words, music and the return of the Tenuous Lynx: The Liebster award (again!)…

It’s awards season again, with all the hype, scandal and controversy which that entails.
With outrage at the Oscars, grumbling at the Grammy’s and boycotts at the Brits, it’s good to know that there’s one place where prize-giving is still a polite and pleasurable pastime; The Blogosphere.

I’ve been extremely honoured recently, (and throughout my blogging adventure) in that I have received several award nominations on Diary of an Internet Nobody from a wide variety of other bloggers, who have very possibly taken a wrong turn and found themselves diverted to this little backwater, on an obscure side road off the information superhighway.

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The Liebster Award was, in fact, the very first one I was nominated for, way back in September 2012, so it’s nice to know that it’s still being passed around the blogging community.

As always, there are a whole set of rules that come with these awards, although they seem to vary considerably, depending on which version you receive.
However, since I never follow the rules anyway it won’t be problem deciding which ones are most relevant to me, (which is fortunate, as I probably wouldn’t qualify under at least two of the variations) but that doesn’t mean I’m any less grateful to be nominated.

This incarnation of the award comes via Brittany at blg2011motherof2, so thank you Brittany, I’m delighted to accept it.

I have decided to bestow my nominations on the last eleven bloggers to follow me, as the number eleven appears to be a feature of award this time around and it seems to be a nice way of showing my gratitude and appreciation to my new readers.
(That’s about the only similarity though, so if you are nominated and want to follow the original rules, go HERE to check them out.)

image I’m a firm believer in the idea that you can tell a lot about people from their taste in music, so instead of telling you a lot of useless facts about myself that you’ll instantly forget, I shall once again be employing the Tenuous Lynx principle, to connect my nominees to songs, bands or albums that I’m fond of, in the hope that you’ll discover something new and interesting to enjoy whilst perusing the blogs I’ve chosen.

Ready?

1) Sass and sauce – for cookery, cats and more.
Connected to: G. Love and Special Sauce and “Baby’s got sauce”…

2) Amy Parker – from thoughtful articles to short stories.
Connected to: Amy Winehouse “Live at the BBC”…

3) This thing called life, one word at a time – life, poetry and fiction.
Connected to: Richard Ashcroft and the United Nations of Sound with, of course, “This thing called life”…

4) My daily musing – ships, smiles and spirituality.
Connected to: Muse and my favourite track by them, “Plug in baby”…

5) Sableyes – dogs, motorcycles, tech and fiction.
Connected to: “Eyes wide open” by Aussie YouTube sensation Gotye

6) Shirley Blamey – personal journal with plenty of heart and humour.
Connected to: Garbage‘s Shirley Manson used to be a backing singer in Scottish rockers Goodbye Mr Mackenzie from whom we get “The Rattler”

7) Pass the bubble wrap – frank, moving and a little mad, a new blog from Australia.
Connected to: “The Bubblemen are coming” by The Bubblemen (aka Love and rockets)

8) Melting ice towers – impressive creative writing blog from two students in Nairobi.
Connected to: unhinged Japanese punk-pop loons, Melt Banana and their “Fetch” album…

9) A covert narcissist’s wife – emotional and raw, a cathartic blog written with a brutal honesty.
Connected to: “Malignant narcissism” by awesome Canadian prog trio, Rush

10) Café book bean – couldn’t be clearer; enjoy a book and a coffee? Come on in.
Connected to: classical/folk oddballs, Penguin Café Orchestra and the strangely beautiful “Music for a found harmonium”…

11) Greenland diaries – intriguing and atmospheric post-apocalyptic fantasy fiction blog from a self-published American author.
Connected to: what else? “Greenland” by Oregon electronica musician/producer, Emancipator

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So there you have it; 11 new blogs for you to check out, 11 musical nuggets to entertain you, giving you 11 new insights into my psyche (possibly), I hope you find something to make your day more interesting.

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{Toons by Ho}

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award…

imageI’m very pleased to announce that I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Annette’s place.

After accepting two others fairly recently, I’m very flattered that so many other bloggers think I am worthy of recognition and, despite the generic nature of these awards, I think it’s only polite that I should mark the occasion in some way.
As those of you who have followed this nonsense for any length of time will know, I generally like to add my own twist to the standard nomination format, so despite the fact that there are rules for this award, I’ve decided to go in different direction.

[I’m also fully aware that some blogs are “award free” and do not accept such things, which is why I shall leave it up to the individual bloggers to participate in the nomination or not, depending on their preference. After all, the aim of these awards is to make people aware of new talent that they would otherwise have missed, so consider this a list of recommendations; if the recipients of the nominations choose to pay them forward, so much the better.]

To assist me in this, I have once more engaged the services of the Diary of an Internet Nobody‘s official awards mascot…

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…to add some all-important, randomly retro musical accompaniment to the process, which will be determined by the letters of the word, VERSATILE.

So, let us begin with;

V is for Video: photography, documentaries, music and video come together in a multimedia celebration of all things African, over at Juju films...

…making the first of our tunes fairly self-explanatory.

E is for Exposure: the chance for experience and exposure in an online magazine is what’s being offered to new writers by KG Bethlehem

…and Bethlehem is in the holy land, which takes us here.

R is for Restaurants: this is a popular topic that Suzie speaks about on her blog…

…and her namesake is the subject of this, the extended live version of an American rock classic.

S is for Sometimes Sexy, Sometimes Surreal: you never know what you’re going to get from the cutting edge arts, video and photography showcased on d|gI+Al hEGeM0n (digital hegemon)

…but I think they would approve of this post-punk anthem.

A is for Art: you’ll find countless examples of vibrantly coloured graphic design on Dully Pepper24H

…leading us to these equally vibrant and colourful gentlemen.

T is for Thoughtful: the sort of socially and politically themed article you will find on the blog curated by The militant negro

…and there aren’t too many tunes that link to a title like that, which means I get to play you a demo.

I is for Images: like the stunning photography you will discover if you visit Doru’s blog, Vultureşti

…which, in translation, probably bears no resemblance to this modern rock supergroup, but that’s never stopped the Tenuous Lynx before.

L is for Literacy and Little people: the twin specialties of Linda at A writer’s playground, where you will find games, activities and songs “for kids and those young at heart”…

…giving me a great excuse to play this.

E is for Eye: let Mark and Marco be your tour guides, with their beautifully captured travel and street photography, complied on their Barcelona-based blog, Transient eye

…allowing me to finish with an epic live performance by one of my favourite bands.

Thanks again to Annette for the award.
When you’ve checked out the links here, please head on over to her blog and see who else she nominated.

 
 

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Just Jot It January: Day twenty two – The Sunshine Award…

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For today’s JJIJ post, I’m grateful to receive John Howell‘s nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award, which I was also nominated for a couple of years ago, when THIS happened.*

This time, I’m going to break with my contrary tradition of not answering the questions attached to the nomination, simply because I don’t have the time to come up with another Tenuous Lynx post.
So think yourselves lucky.

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John’s questions (and my answers) are as follows;

1. Have you ever fallen in love with a character (Yours or someone else’s)?
Not that I can think of, not in a book anyway. If we’re talking movies, then any part played by Audrey Hepburn.

2. What is the hardest part of a story or an article for you to write?
Hahaha, well, given my recent diversion into open-ended storylines, (The Wrong Stuff, Starship Gypsies and the unfinished sci-fi masterpiece story, Deus Ex Machina) I think I’d have to say endings. Although many of my plots seem to arrive in my head basically complete, my problem is getting lost in writing it and finding out that I’ve gone from A – B via D, K and Y and have to think of a way of getting back to where I left off.

3. Do you ever get into a “writer’s block” situation and if so how do you get out?
Ummm, not as such, because I just talk rubbish most of the time anyway and I don’t have a strict posting schedule. But if you’re talking about fiction specifically, I tend to make stuff up as I go along and it just seems to come to me, once I’ve got the starting and end points of the story.

4. If not how do you avoid it?
By not writing if I don’t feel like it, I suppose. There’s no point in staring at a blank screen when I could be doing something else. But I love doing it so much that it rarely happens.

5. What is the best part of being a writer or blogger?
I’m beginning to think the answer to that may well be “the community”, because I really enjoy the network of other writers and bloggers who I’ve met in the last three years or so. Social media is ok for entertainment, but unless I count the many arguments I’ve had about US gun control, it isn’t exactly a debating platform for an intelligent exchange of views and ideas.
Which is fine, don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook, but the blogging community is a unique and extraordinary thing. I’d never suspected there was so much talent and imagination out there to be discovered.

6. How do you keep yourself motivated to write?
Just the fact that I have the opportunity to do so is enough for me. I’m properly hooked.

7. Do you need noise or quiet when you write?
I very rarely get to have total peace and quiet, with three of us in a small flat, but I can cope with a little background noise. If there’s a lot of talking going on in the room I’m trying to write in, (Audrey does have a habit of giving a running commentary on everything she does, which is a little like having someone recite a list of random numbers in your ear whilst you try and solve algebra problems) I will sometimes put headphones on. I like having music on when I’m writing, but then I like having music playing when I’m doing pretty much anything.

8. What is the way you celebrate when you write something that makes you proud?
That’s very decent of you sir, I’ll have a nicely chilled pint of dry cider if you’d be so kind. (Note to Americans: “Cider” is not “Apple juice”, it’s what I believe you refer to as “rough cider” or something)

So now you know.

The important part of these awards is obviously paying the compliment forward, so I’m going to pick five blogs that have made an impression on me recently and whose work I think is worth your time checking out.

They are…

The yellow paper road.

Her headache.

Fiddledeedee books.

Books music and movies.

Promptly written.

…go over and say hi, tell them dalecooper57 sent you.

And because I can’t resist mixing things up a little, instead of posing questions for you to answer, (although you are of course free to answer the same ones I did, I’d be interested to hear what you have to say) I’d like you to post a favourite photo that you took which represents “sunshine”, to follow the theme of the award.

Thanks again to the inestimable Mr John Howell for the nomination, this has been Just Jot It January for day 22, see you tomorrow.

#JusJoJan

Pingback to Linda G Hill.

* That link really is worth checking out, for a wealth of music, video and other random entertainment.

 

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Just Jot It January: Day five…

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Day five of JJIJ is brought to you in partnership with the lovely Horty Rexach and her blog, It Is What It Is.

Dr Rex, as she is known to her readers, has not only been a faithful supporter of Diary of an Internet Nobody for sometime, but I’m also lucky enough to have become friends with her on Facebook and her irrepressible positivity never fails to brighten my newsfeed.

(She was also very taken with Ho’s Christmas toons at the end of last year, so much so that she reblogged every single one, meaning that Ho actually got more hits on my blog than I did in December!)

And, as if that wasn’t enough, Horty has done me the great honour of nominating me for The Dedicated Blogger Award, the sentiment of which is best expressed by the blogger who nominated Dr Rex herself, Idealistic Rebel

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This particular award is refreshingly free of conditions and instructions, but I am choosing to pass it on to some of the writers and artists who made 2015 such a fun year to be part of the blogosphere.
So if your blog appears in the following list, you can be sure that you have informed, entertained or inspired me with your own unique brand of dedication to the blogging cause and I thank you kindly.

Turquoise Moon.

Joeyfully Stated.

Fiction Favorites. (Note the “correct” U.S. spelling of favourites)

Cooking With A Wallflower.

Observashunal.

These Vagaries.

Strata Of The Self.

Assorted Thoughts From An Unsorted Mind.

Shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos.

Zeebra Designs And Destinations.

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And finally, an extra special mention to Linda G Hill, for being instrumental in inspiring my dalliance with fiction, via her excellent Stream of Consciousness Saturday feature, (and for giving me the opportunity to inflict a cringe-inducing one liner on the blogging community every week) which I have enjoyed enormously.

#JusJoJan

Pingback to the very inspiring and dedicated Linda G Hill.

 

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When Two becomes One…

And the award goes to…..ME!

Yay me!
Etc…

Oh alright, it’s a “challenge”, not an award, but it was bestowed upon me by somebody else and that’s good enough for me to call it an “award”, so I’m accepting it as such.

It’s been a while since I got a blogging award and most of the ones I have had, I’ve attempted to subvert in some way, to avoid all the accompanying “tell us sixteen random facts about yourself” type questions that usually come as a condition of accepting them.

Which is how the Tenuous Lynx was born of course, so think yourselves lucky that I’m going by the book with this one.

Well, almost.

The lovely Linda G Hill, she of #1lineWed and #SoCS fame, (I’m sure these will “trend”, or whatever these things are supposed to do, anytime now) is the originator of the First Post Challenge, at least as far as I’m concerned, so thank you Linda, and the rules are as follows:

* Copy-paste, link, pingback, etc. your first post.

* Identify the post: introduction, story, poem.

* Explain why it was your first post.

* Nominate five other bloggers.

Hmm, sounds simple enough.

Ahh, but wait, there’s a problem.

Some time ago, I have no idea how, my very first blog post was deleted, probably by me pushing the wrong button, which means that any casual web surfer who happens upon Diary of an Internet Nobody will find (if they were dedicated enough to scroll through 300+ posts) that the “first” post begins with the line, “Having posted yesterday’s introduction…” which would be a slightly odd way to begin anything.
All of which is rather a shame, because I seem to remember the introduction was pretty good for a first attempt.

Umm, I don’t really understand rule number three.

I mean, surely it’s because I hadn’t written anything else yet?

Isn’t it?
Or am I missing something here?

Anyway here are my five nominations for the lucky five who get to plunder their archives and reveal their beginnings:

Charlie Derry

Joyful Ploys

Obzervashunal

Storytime with John

and last but not least, Scully Speaks

Which should just about cover it I think, so here is my first second ever blog post.

After some thought…

Having posted yesterday’s introduction, and having had the day to think about it, it occurred to me that the obvious choice of subject matter to write about would be the one I’m most obsessed with, music.

After further reflection however, I have decided that this may lead to a certain level of subjective preachiness. I mean, I’m all for forcing people to listen to inviting people to have the opportunity to listen to a rare David Devant and his Spirit Wife CD, the latest Ninja Tune compilation, or the live All Tomorrow’s Parties set by Venetian Snares, but I can’t stand to see so many frozen smiles and surreptitious glances at watches.

The result of all this cogitation is that I have decided I shall need to follow the Growing Up In Public method, and practice my writing with an audience with the potential for an audience.

Maybe.

Now, even I have to admit, the thought of reading a blog composed of the literary indecision of its writer wouldn’t fill me with much enthusiasm, so I will endeavour to make this a rapid learning curve.

It is beginning to feel good though; using the parts of my brain that usually just sit at the back and throw things, they’ve finally got to sit up and do some work for a change.

Until then, however, there’s still this…

..and this…

…oh, and not forgetting this.

Hope those didn’t cause too many frozen grins.

[dalecooper57 – 19th July 2012]

So there you have it, you’ll have to be the judge of what, if anything, has changed in three years.
But if you read that when I first wrote it and you’re still here now, well, I think you deserve a medal.

Thanks for sticking with me, you’ll be the first one I call when I’m rich and famous, honest.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Arts, Awards, Blogging, Music, Video

 

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award – The tenuous ten…

Once again Diary of an Internet Nobody has been honoured with an award.
I’m pleased to report that I’ve been chosen to receive the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, for “Keeping the blogosphere a beautiful place”, by Globe Runner over at Journey Around The Globe and as usual the accolade comes with a set of rules.

As anyone who reads this rambling stream of semi-consciousness regularly will know, I’m not a great one for rules, so I will be following my usual meandering path through the blogs that I’m nominating.
However, should any of my nominees wish to stick to a more conventional route, here are those rules in full:
1) Credit and link back to the blog that nominated you.
2) Post the award picture and list the rules.
3) Share seven random facts about yourself.
4) Nominate 15 other blogs to receive the award.
5) Permanently display the award on your blog and follow the person who nominated you. (optional)

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Well that’s 1) and 2) taken care of.
I shall be nominating ten blogs for the award, my randomness will be supplied by a musical accompaniment (in the style of The Tenuous Lynx) and I shall proudly display the virtual plaque on my awards page.

So without further ado, let’s move onto my first nomination;
(please check out the blogs and their musical partners via the links provided)

Why Evolution Is True is a fascinating blog that covers, amongst other things, scientific theories and discussion on both evolution and creationism. Well worth a visit, whichever side of the theological divide you fall on.
I chose to accompany this first nominee with a classic, gonzo video offering from the era of grunge:

Jam is a condiment similar to marmalade.
A marmalade tom is a cat with orange fur.
Otherwise known as ginger.
Connecting us to the next nomination, an eclectic and sometimes surprising photo-blog, including links to the inventive “52 rolls” project, Gingerlea Photography and I’m linking Fresh Ginger’s blog to a song from one of my favourite albums:

If you had a spirit wife, you may feel the need for some spiritual guidance.
For which you might turn to a monk.
And who’d have thought it but nominee three is Culture Monk, Kenneth Justice’s musings on life, coffee and the occasional foolishness of humanity.
His hand-picked tune is this non-PC slice of ’70s post-ironic pub rock:

The same phrase could be used to describe many of the photos taken by my next nominated blogger, because of the sometimes bizarre appearance and abundance of legs displayed by some of the subjects featured on Ron Scuberdiver’s Wild Life.
A vibrant, colourful and fascinating travel, photography and wildlife blog, check out Ron’s world if you enjoy being transported to exotic places.
I’d like to pair Rob with a true original, formerly plain old David Jones but now known across the universe by many names, including The Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust:

Unless I’m misinformed, the wild teenage life of someone in “sixth grade” is still yet to come, and yet my next nominee is only twelve years old.
Kiran Hiremath writes The Ink Stain, a mixture of personal journal, thoughts on life and beautifully written fiction with a maturity that belies the author’s age.
In an interesting juxtaposition, I’m accompanying his nomination with a new-age, psychedelic dance/trance/soul/a cappella number with a suitably trippy video.
You’re welcome.

Aya was the Akkadian goddess of love and my sixth choice of blogger to receive the award is Tim Love and his View Of The World.
If you want passionate writing that will touch your heart, from a writer with heart and a touch of passion, do yourself a favour and visit Tim’s blog.
The link to his tune is I think, self explanatory:

Samba is a musical style, and music requires notes.
Which connects us rather nicely to Notes Dropped In The Well, the new blog from my friend Lisa.
But before you start mumbling about favouritism and the like, let me say that her beautifully descriptive prose has been inspiring me on her Facebook feed for long enough to easily qualify her for a mention. I’m not going to quibble about where I read her work, I’m just glad more people will be able to enjoy it.
And her musical notes are dropped into a more magical portal:

To wish someone well at the end of a letter, you may write “Yours Sincerely“, which by crazy coincidence is the title of the blog from Monique Le Roux which is getting my next nomination.
I first encountered Monique when she asked for blogging tips and I rather embarrassingly told her that I thought she was a spammer with an outrageously over the top, fake French name.
Fortunately her sense of humour matches the tone of her quirky, optimistic and thoughtful blog and she saw the funny side in the end.
I’m hoping that humour will extend to forgiving me for thinking up her music link before I checked the relevant spelling:

Bulletproof is the name of a movie, which I’m sure my penultimate nominee has an opinion on, given that she is an accomplished film reviewer, as well as a journalist, travel writer and photographer.
Charlie Derry is a prolific blogger and one of the most consistently accurate movie reviewers I’ve read.
I have also greatly enjoyed her travel writing, especially her recent odyssey around Scandinavia, a journey that was accompanied by some stunning photos.
And from Charlie Derry we go to Derry, Northern Ireland, for her tenuous tune, a classic slice of ’70s punk-pop and John Peel’s all-time favourite record:

Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey is very vocal and opinionated on the matter of musicians’ rights, campaigning for better royalties and tighter copyright controls for artists’ work.
Another Opinionated Man is my final choice for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
His is an inspiring story in itself and you should check out some HarsH ReaLiTy for yourselves for blogging advice, plenty of opinions, poetry and more.
Bringing us to the final musical morsel in this tangled trail of tangents, a glacial slab of icy, swirling synths:

Thanks again to Globe Runner for nominating me, I hope you found something new and interesting to entertain you amongst the nominees here, and I hope you got at least one “Ooh, I haven’t heard this for ages” moment from the tenuously linked tunes too.

Ok, time to pick up the goodie bag and face the paparazzi…

[Thank you to Jeremy, “happiness engineer” on the WordPress support forum, for helping to sort out my problem with embedding video]

 

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Final score…

So it’s official.
The votes have been counted, the totals tallied and the ‘taches tittivated.

Faces have been palmed, donations handed in and awards handed out.
Posts have been polled, opinions have been opined and I will finally feature a physiognomy free from facial fungus.

That’s right, it’s results time folks and first of all I’d like to doff one final congratulatory cap towards Mr Adam Pain for organising such a top event last weekend.

Only today A World Of Pain posted a message of thanks to all those involved which I have his kind permission to reproduce here.

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Next up is Movember.
I’d like to thank everyone who has donated money or posted words of encouragement, and to pay tribute to fellow Mo Bros and Mo Sistas whose sheepish thumbs-up whilst indicating their own top lip topiary has become the international salute of Team Movember.

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My own modest campaign has made £70, contributing to a worldwide total to date (involving 964,862 fundraisers) that has reached the astounding sum of, get this, £54,241, 979!

Amazing effort all round I think you’ll agree, one that will allow charities around the world to continue the good work they do in the research and treatment of prostate cancer and other men’s health issues.

Oh, and special mention to honorary Mo Sista and Diary of an Internet Nobody Movember mascot, Queen Audrey of Michigan.

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Which brings me to the results of the first Readers Choice Award for most popular blog post.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to try polling my readers to find out their top three favourite posts.
What I found is that people like reading but they don’t like voting, so I had to put together a shortlist myself.
I would have liked to have got a few more people engaged in voting, but I’m happy with the result none the less.

Drum roll please.

With 27% of the vote, the runaway winner of my first ever blog poll is Dog days. (occasional tales of life with my people)… the episodic life stories of our much-missed dog Karla, told from her own unique perspective.

A fitting result, as it is almost exactly two years ago that we lost her, and one which has prompted me to “translate” another chapter of her memoirs for my next post.

Karla loved being made a fuss of, so I’m sure she would have appreciated all the attention from her new fans.
I can just see her happy little face now…

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I shall leave the poll on the Greatest hits… page active for a while, just in case anyone new to the blog fancies checking out the others on the list.

So that’s about it, thank you again to all who got involved and watch out for my review of the year, coming soon…

 

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