Jan. 1st, 2013

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Wishing everybody a wonderful 2013!

Overall I have pretty good memories of 2012, what with the Olympics and all, and the Jubilee, and I very much hope that 2013 will be as enjoyable and will bring to you and yours everything you want it to.

I've got my new year offerings outside as usual; I have no idea where this custom came from, or who actually knows about it or follows it, but I was taught by my grandmother always to put a coin, a piece of bread and a piece of coal outside on New Year's Eve so that throughout the coming year you will always have enough money, food and fuel.

When I was little I was given a shiny sixpence to put out, along with a piece of sliced white and a lump of coal from the scuttle. Nowadays I put out a pound or two pound coin, a chunk of the newest, freshest bread we have in the house, and a piece of coal I picked up on Winterton beach in Norfolk about ten years ago for precisely this purpose. Prior to that I used to put out a piece of wood along with the money and bread.

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Just a quick drive-by posting, but with all the LJ downtime we've been having the past few days, and the realisation that Russia gave itself internet censoring powers a few months back (surely just a coincidence, I don't think), I decided it was time to update my Dreamwidth.

I've never got round to actually moving over there, or cross-posting or anything, but I decided to go for another import. It took about two minutes to copy over a year's worth of entries and comments, which is quicker than LJ can actually open up one entry most of the time. (I should mention that I haven't had time to check every single entry, but it's all looking fine on the surface.)

Anyway, I thought I'd just post this as a reminder to anyone who isn't confident they have their LJ totally backed up somewhere. DO IT NOW! I'm also planning to write a couple of polite little PMs to mods of one or two comms asking if they have a contingency plan for when it all finally goes to hell.

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