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Hello. This is a nice journal, this is. A very, very nice journal.

That's why I like it: because it's very nice.

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The Jester
8 September
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I am a good-natured, easy-going Aussie bloke, a writer trapped in a worker's body, married to saritalee. Any other questions? Ask away, though I reserve the right to answer as I see appropriate so mind you don't get too personal...

I have another account which I created for literary purposes at the_jester07 if you fancy a read. Granted I started this account to help get me writing, but this one is more general-purpose whereas the other is specifically for poetry and short stories and other literary musings.

Having lived all my life in a liberal democracy, I immediately assume that LJ too is a liberal democracy where Freedom of Speech is King, and indeed the entries and comments I've seen on LJ have proven to be ample evidence of this, i.e. people use this facility to express their opinions and feelings. And I am no exception. That said, I do have standards, and I will not tolerate blasphemy or flaming, be it directed at myself or anyone else.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in my entries may not necessarily be popular or politically correct, but they are my own, and I have given a lot of thought before harbouring my convictions and expressing my opinions. That is to say, I don't just jump on some bandwagon or other, or profess to have certain views or opinions just because that's what all the cool kids are saying, doing or thinking. If you disagree with any of my opinions, that's okay - I am not here to piss in your pocket, and I don't expect you to do so with me either - but keep it civil. That said, if you don't like what's written in this journal then I suggest you look at something else.

"Thinking is like loving and dying; one must do it oneself."

- Josiah Royce

"Our greatest triumph is not in never falling but in rising again each time we fall."

- Confucius

"I've got my own life to live. I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."

- Jimi Hendrix

"Don't ever let anyone belittle your dreams. Small people always do that, but it is the truly great that show you that you too can aspire to greatness."

- Mark Twain

"Choose integrity over popularity and you'll always be cool."

- Carlos Santana

"Seek goodness as dark forces assail you."

- James Ellroy

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

- Jesus, Buddha, Confucius

"You're gonna go along with one of my plans? Oh great! If we get killed I'll never hear the last of it!"

- The Cat (Red Dwarf)

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