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Please lay down your pistols and your rifles
Please lay down your colours and your creeds
Please lay down your thoughts of being no-one
Concentrate on what you ought to be 
Then lay down your bullshit and your protests
Then lay down your governments of greed
Take a look at what lies all around you
Then pray God we can live in peace
Everyone's a loner 'till he needs a helping hand
Everyone is everybody else
Everyone's a no-one 'till he wants to make a stand
God alone knows how we will survive

It seems that every time I write a journal these days it follows a terrorist attack. Last night, on London Bridge at about 10pm a van drove into a crowd of people enjoying a summer night out in London. The three men in the van then jumped out and went to a busy place called Borough Market where they stabbed people at random. Six people were killed and forty eight taken to hospital following the attack. Police shot the three terrorists dead within 8 minutes of the attack starting. 
when I was thinking about what to write today my thoughts were of celebration as a result of the huge outpouring of love and humanity that followed the attack at Manchester Arena two weeks ago. If you don't know, at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande there was a suicide bomber in the lobby of the Arena with a nail bomb resulting in the deaths and maiming of many young people and children as well as parents. This attack is regarded as worse than the usual attack as it deliberately targeted children (mainly young girls) and young people just out for maybe their first concert or just for a good night out with friends and parents. (I have to say that it comes to something when we grade terrorist acts by how we perceive the level of attrocity. The world is in a bad place right now.)
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Before you all just switch off and go away let me lift your hearts a little. Following the attacks that have happened in recent times we have heard many heart warming stories in the aftermath of the horror. At Manchester I will start with two homeless men. They were in the area of the Arena to beg for money for food after the concert. When the bomb went off they both went straight in to help the injured and dying. One of them was reported as holding a lady as she died and also of picking nails out of a young girls face as she waited for help from doctors. They stayed there helping all they could. When spoken to after they said they were homeless but they were still human beings and just did what anyone would. These men are probably looked down on by a large section of society every day of their lives yet they went into danger with no questions. One of these men has been given a home for six months by a co-owner of West Ham United football club to try and help him get back on his feet.
There were restaurants of all faiths who just opened their doors and fed everyone for free. There was a pizza company who sent food all night and day to the local hospitals for the doctors and nurses for free. There were taxi firms driving people wherever they needed to go for free.  There were people offering rooms in their homes so people had somewhere they could go. People were housed and fed by hotels who just took them in for free. People queued up in long lines to give blood. It was quite incredible to see this outpouring of humanity from all sections of the community. And, as usual, the Policemen, the Firemen, Doctors and nurses all ran towards danger with no thought for themselves despite the fact that our government has not seen them worth a pay rise in six years. They deserve so much more for what they do. 

Today there is a huge benefit concert in Manchester for the families of the injured and those who lost someone in the attack. It is huge. It is called One Love. They will now, sadly, also be remembering those lost in the London attack last night. The concert stars Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas.
Because it is so soon after the attack some of the children are still in hospital so Ariana Grande has been to visit all of them and spend time with them. One is only 8 year old. She was the last one to be visited and was treated so beautifully. 
The concert was fantastic. Although many of the artists were not my particular cup of tea they all performed exceptionally. Ariana Grande proved herself to be a generous young lady with a great voice and a desire to mend the hurt that happened at Manchester. The things she has done to help the families behind the scenes is remarkable. I will be honest.....I had not come across her before but I don't think I will forget her now. 

Though these attacks will always cause hurt and terrible sadness they are making our countries stronger. They have given our people the chance to show just what they can do. How much love they can show and share. How they can come together. After every adversity there is a blooming of hope, love and life. Never ever lose hope. Keep spreading the love each and every day. Live your life like it matters. Live your life like everyone's life matters. Let us concentrate on the beauty and the wonder of this world and not let the dark overwhelm us.

I would have liked this journal to have been about my recent trip to Italy but I have returned to all this instead. 
I had a great time in Italy. My hotel was excellent and the people there were very friendly. I made some really good friends while I was there who I will see again I'm sure. 
The places I visited were extraordinary. This was not a landscape photography trip but an archeological one. Paestum is a lovely place with three Greek Temples in an old Roman city. Pompeii is vast. To walk down the same streets that the Romans gives you a real connection to the past. The fact that the town was buried by the volcanic ash has, infact, preserved so much that would have been lost. We have all learned so much we could never have learned otherwise. The same can be said of Herculaneum. You feel like the town should be full of ghosts. On the final day I went to the top of Mount Vesuvius and looked over the Bay Of Naples. It was wonderful. I am sure I will go back there. The whole week was so good in every respect. 

I thank you if you have read this far. I appreciate it. :heart: Now it is time for me to show the world what amazing people you all are. To show the love you have for the world and each other by creating the beautiful art that you create. This is a quite large feature as I feel the need to include as many of you as I can on this day of all days. I send you all a big hug :huggle: and wish that I could do it in person. If the world was full of you people and people just like you it would surely be a better place. My love to you all :hug: :heart:

Catch the wave by Morgan-Lou   Primavera by Annabelle-Chabert   River Gradac VA by VesnaRa014   Hobbitual Tendencies by richardcgreen   Moment of pleasure by aw-landscapes   

Untitled by WattsvilleBlues    Delight by m-eralp    Spring Reflections by justeline   The Hidden Face by LinsenSchuss   Seeing my own ghost... by bindii   

Seton Lake by dashakern   St. Mary Lake by Alina-Kurbiel   Static Girl by VelvetRedBullet    On Preikestolen by lmsgblh   Curves by musicismylife10027   

Once Upon A Time by Limaria   Tranquility by lemgras330   Flowers for Tara by vanndra    When The Nightingale Sings by Nikki-vdp   Volare... by ansdesign   DM by Liliaceae7  

. by invisigoth88   Turkey Vulture by Maria-Schreuders   Puffins on Lunga by PepperLady   Stand alone in my only Song..... by WhimsicalBlue   Timber Ponds at Dusk 2 by Crannogphotographic   

mt by ivtaya   Happy Birthday Aamir by 1001G   When a fish swims by by gigi50   St John Church Ballachulish by MaresaSinclair   Asio flammeus by Lunnika-Horo  

Hope by Melusine8    Chantreuse by SilverMixx   Special thanks to...part 2 by BlueIvyViolet    Green super green ! by Omoidenoki    Break on a Leaf by IndigoSummerr   The early dove... by ansdesign 
Freeze a moment... by ansdesign   Perspective by EyeOfTheKat    The Singer by EyeOfTheKat    Black Rocks by Cozmia   She's A Beauty V by Scooby777   Yellow Poppies by tracybutlerart   

Old Farm Window by tracybutlerart   In the flowers by Alannah-Hawker   Filling The Void by Trippy4U    Tha black sheep by Annabelle-Chabert   Fields of Thanks and Gratitude by TeaPhotography 

Spleen by Annabelle-Chabert    Sunny days by Juanilla   Traveling Alone by Metal-Bender  

Elegant bow by Finnyanne    ~EmAaN~ by Fajralam   See Through by EvaPolly   Dark_fantasy by angra1811   Ice Cold by CamillaSakar  

Red Clover Farm by SaraRalston   The last fjord by Omoidenoki   Folded ... by ansdesign   speedwell by Ingelore  

Sweet cherry blossom skies by dashakern   Velen by Dave-Derbis   Slettenga by acoresjo88  Blackish by Michaelthien  

...bled VII... by roblfc1892   Magical morning by Zelma1    Reflect by HendrikMandla    Dawn of Time by Capturing-the-Light

Abandoned village house by rougealizarine   Gathering...  by nehab16   Two Lonely Mountains? by Auditore90   Sanctuary by Aeternum-designs   Ground Control to Major Tom by richardcgreen  

Flying Away by Mocris   Wood carving: St. Brigit by LewisKocher   Windswept by Metal-Bender          

               

                  

                  

           

           

           

         

             
         

           

         

              

             

               

                  

               

               

Thank you so much for making all this amazing art. It always makes me feel better to look at all these pictures. There is so much that is good in this world and so much beauty we must never lose sight of that however much others might want us to. 
Please let these artists know if they have created something you like. It will mean something to them if you could drop them a line. Thank you so much.
Keep spreading beauty and love and hope in this world of ours. I send you hugs and my love. :heart: :hug: Send everyone a hug today :hug: 

Lawrence  :heart:
 
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you dear sweet friend... :heart: not just cause you included me, but because of this message that we need so very badly! You nailed it, and it's to bad we still need such messages so much, but we will keep on keeping on, until violence ever begins to dissipate. :hmm:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Tea :hug:
I see it as just being a decent human being. 
Unfortunately too many people in the world seem to have a problem with that. 
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic Journal!!! Awesome message Lawrence!!! So sorry for the late reply:heart:
I always enjoy reading your ideas about love and life, it's so genuine and honest..!! We really need love in this world which is filled with fake people!! Congrats on your wonderful feature..:love:
Have a nice day..!!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Hazel :hug:
Im glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to read it :D
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
   Have-a-good-day by vafiehya  You're most welcome anytime Lawrence..!!
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Juanilla Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017
Thanks so much, my dearest! I'm sorry for replying so late!!!
It's always a pleasure to read your so intense and sincere journals.
Thanks for spreading beauty , love and hope in a world which needs all of these great and human feelings more and more.
Hug Heart Heart Heart 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for reading it dear Juanilla :hug:
Life is all about love :tighthug: 
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Mocris Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful feature, LJ. Thank you for reminding us that there are still good decent and kind human beings in this world.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Sheri :)
It's easy to lose sight of the good people :)
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome! And yes, it is easy to lose sight of that.
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Crannogphotographic Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017   Photographer
Beautiful sentiment Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Sylvia :hug:
not sure da liked this journal very much. 
They didn't send out many notifications. 
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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Professional Artist
Somehow missed this one Lawrence. I hope DA robots didn't object to your opening lyric! Anyway, I'm glad I found this post. I share your horror at degenerates' efforts to kill and maim children, and I can't imagine the kind of psyche that would find that a desirable object. I just don't get it. Makes you wonder about evil as a supernatural personality preying on deluded mortals -- like in fantasy novels. Otherwise you've got to countenance something even worse.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Philip
many of my friends did not get notification of this journal
I was wondering why it was such a secret
I even did a status update to let people know I'd done it
I didn't think it was very controversial so I was disappointed it was seen by so few people.
it took me a long time to put it together and to write the journal
It only got about half my usual number of views or comments
I agree with your thought that it is better to look at this sideways like it is 
fiction because otherwise you have to acknowledge that it is real and that there are people that evenly in the world.
unfortunately it is real
thank you so much for reading it my friend 
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1001G Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017
how did I ever miss this wonderful journal sir lawrence
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
There was a problem with this one Edie.
Many people I know did not get a notification of it. Many other people did though. 
I did do a status update when I found how many people didn't know bout it but not everyone sees them either.
anyway
thank you for reading it Edie :)
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1001G Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
DA gets weird sometimes........and your welcome sir lawerence
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful features dear Lawrence :love:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much dear Lucila :hug:
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:
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karbock Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your words of love and hope, Lawrence!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for reading my lengthy journal. I appreciate it.
sad to say we have had another attack in London last night.
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for this great Journal, dear Lawrence and for spreading beauty and hope as you always do...:hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for reading it dear Ans. It was rather long but I had a lot to say.
Im glad you enjoyed the art too :D
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tango793 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
I haven't been around  DA much lately. Life has been pulling me in other directions. But I know exactly what you mean & I agree with you. I'm tired of the hate and the hurt that people are doing to each other. I see it over here too. But, I have to say that when terrible things happen you end up seeing the better side of most people. The ones who stop to help instead of sitting on their hands condemning groups of people they know nothing about. Out of every evil act comes some good. And typically the good is a thousand times better than whatever evil was perpetrated.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Anne, thank you for reading my lengthy feature.
I have been really heartened by all the acts of kindness I have found following the attacks in Manchester and London recently. Also the bravery of ordinary people, not just the emergency services. It really guves me a lift and brings a tear to my eye. 
I agree. Good is always a thousand times better that evil. 
Thank you so much for taking the time to write :hug:
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tango793 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
I haven't been on DA much lately & I miss writing to you. So much going on everywhere in the world and not enough time to deal with it all I'm afraid. I'm hoping to get back to a more balanced life soon. We'll see. Another month maybe and things may be settled.
Thanks for your writings. I enjoy reading them.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It's good to see you Anne :hug:
Im glad you enjoy my writings. I spend more time on them than perhaps I should. 
I was saying to another friend here that the last feature I did took me over three hours to put together. Unfortunately dA manage to keep it a secret from many people that I know. Something went wrong. Lots of people did see it but not everyone. 
I look forward to hearing from you when things have settled down and you have more time. 
I'll be here :D
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Melusine8 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Lawrence for bringing light in these dark times. I am honored that one of my photography is part of this beautiful journal.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm very happy to feature your photography Isabelle :)
Thank you for reading my lengthy feature :)
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eegariM Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
This is a sad, yet beautiful journey. It's sad to here of all these terror attacks these days. However, I'm sure the world in recent times (past couple of hundred years) has been quite a dark place in general. Wars waged at all times and people were murdered or stripped off their belongings all the time. It's just that today we can see all that on an everyday basis because of the internet so it seems to be worse than before.

I like the outpouring of humanity that was sparked by the terror attacks. I think it would be a lovely world if that happenend without a terror attack. It would be fantastic if everyone would be helpful and nice to everybody else, wouldn't it?
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I lived through the troubles with Ireland in the UK so have been well aware of terrorist acts all my life.
There have been acts of horrendous violence and indiscriminate killing in the UK for years. The thing that is different is who is doing it. The targeting of the innocent and the young is just unforgiveable. 
Sure 24 hour news means there is more coverage now but that doesn't make it worse. 

Ive been really uplifted by all the generous acts of kindness that have followed each of the recent attacks in Manchester and London. 

Yes, the world would be a better place if everyone would be kind to everyone else. If only we weren't human beings because that seems to be beyond some people. 
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eegariM Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
Yeah I agree, the target does make it worse. While nobody deserves to die, targeting innocent children is the worst.
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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
One terror attack after another, everyone reeling, it can be a scary world. Like you say, we must hang on to, and share, the good, so much good.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
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Its been very uplifting to see all the acts of kindness :)

:hug:
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Earth-Hart Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Lawrence, I'm glad you put this out. Friends of mine live in Manchester, and their two daughters were at the original concert. Thankfully they're both safe, and went to the benefit concert.
These past few weeks have been very hard on folk, yet everyone has come together to care & share, and give love where it's needed.

Bless you M'Lud :ahoy:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for reading it Will
much good has come from both recent attacks
Thankfully 
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
A beautiful journal, Lawrence...I can see the time you put into it and I am honored that you made me a part of it...thanks man...U ROCK :iconcrazysoloplz:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for reading it Rich. I appreciate it:)
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much my dearest friend...we love you too...:iconsweethugplz:ssssss
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Marilyn :hug:
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
always welcome my dear Lawrence!! :hug:sss
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
Thank you, dear Lawrence, once again for the feature!
A great song of Barklay James Harvest, and a touching and interesting journal with these little background stories. That's what we don't learn in the TV reports about these horrible terror attacks.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Ingelore:)
There were many amazing acts of kindness and bravery following both attacks.
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1001G Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
wow wow wow
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Edie :)
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videodude1961 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
We all matter, we all count, and sometimes we have to count on each other.  We choose to come here to share, to be a part of something bigger than our little selves, to give without thought of receiving, to make a difference, one day at a time.  Keep up the good work spreading the word.
Rich T.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for taking the time to read it Rich :)
It was rather a lengthy journal as I had a lot to say.
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