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22 April 2018 @ 04:44 pm
I am trying and failing to purchase new walking shoes. The challenge in doing this is that my existing walking shoes, which have now seen better days, are the platonic ideal of what I want and everything else is Wrong in comparison. I would just buy the old ones again, but since I bought them in 2009 even the internet is failing to deliver. They have been replaced by the manufacturer with two slightly different pairs, neither of which is quite right.

Ironically, after ranting about both Marks and Spencer and women's trousers, I appear to have purchased three pairs of trousers from Marks and Spencer. I feel my point still holds, in that I was not able to purchase the socks I went in for.

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22 April 2018 @ 09:34 pm
I appear to be writing Kylo Ren fic. Save me!

Last weekend I bought The Last Jedi on DVD. It's really a very expensive public education film about the danger of cults.

Much as I've always been a sucker for tormented baddies, I suspect it is being over-generous to the characterisation to be reminded of Claggart's line from the libretto of Billy Budd, 'the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehends it and suffers.'* Nonetheless, it is very apt.

Question: in which work of popular culture have I recently been reminded of the line 'build a Heaven in Hell's despair', because it certainly wasn't Blake.** It will probably turn out to be Twilight or similar.

*I'd be surprised if the biblical original hadn't cropped up at some point in contemplation of the Force, though.

**Hell for me will be the pit of boiling oil while an amateur actor reads the lesser works of Blake and Wordsworth for all eternity.

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