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NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs

GUEST,karen k 20 Feb 02 - 05:11 AM
Fortunato 19 Feb 02 - 01:31 PM
Lonesome EJ 19 Feb 02 - 01:13 PM
KathWestra 19 Feb 02 - 12:02 PM
alison 18 Feb 02 - 09:37 PM
GUEST,Den 18 Feb 02 - 08:31 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Feb 02 - 06:04 PM
Kim C 18 Feb 02 - 06:00 PM
SharonA 18 Feb 02 - 03:03 PM
PeteBoom 18 Feb 02 - 01:46 PM
catspaw49 17 Feb 02 - 11:35 PM
katlaughing 17 Feb 02 - 11:21 PM
Bo Vandenberg 17 Feb 02 - 10:51 PM
Bobert 17 Feb 02 - 10:04 PM
Janie 17 Feb 02 - 09:49 PM
kendall 17 Feb 02 - 09:22 PM
Kernow John 17 Feb 02 - 06:56 PM
DougR 17 Feb 02 - 05:08 PM
RichM 17 Feb 02 - 04:33 PM
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Jeri 17 Feb 02 - 02:46 PM
Bill D 17 Feb 02 - 02:42 PM
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Rick Fielding 17 Feb 02 - 01:38 PM
CapriUni 17 Feb 02 - 12:46 PM
Big Mick 17 Feb 02 - 12:26 PM
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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST,karen k
Date: 20 Feb 02 - 05:11 AM

Mick

My thoughts are with you and Jim and Darla's family. I know how much you've helped me across the miles that separate us and it means the world to me. I can just imagine how you've been there for this whole family. How fortunate they are to have you close by. My love and hugs to you. You are quite a friend to all you meet. May Jim and Darla continue to make music in their new home.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Fortunato
Date: 19 Feb 02 - 01:31 PM

You were right there, man, right to the finish, and if there's a good way to go, it's with a good friend singing you away. Your privlege to sing, his joy to listen. Congratulations, well done. Chance


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 19 Feb 02 - 01:13 PM

Sorry to hear it, Mick. And McGrath, beautifully put.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: KathWestra
Date: 19 Feb 02 - 12:02 PM

Love to you, Mick. You were a good friend to Darla & Jim, as they were to you. Sharing your sadness. Big hug, Kath


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: alison
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 09:37 PM

all my love Mick, to you and to their family....

you can be sure Darla & Jim are happily together again

love

alison


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST,Den
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 08:31 PM

Mick, I'm sorry for your trouble. Den


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 06:04 PM

Thank you for sharing that with us, Mick, and for looking to us as people who want to be with you in your trouble even at a distance, while you are with Jim and Darla's family in this time.

Here's a song I wrote which came to mind as I read the thread.

Stand up at last, there's nothing that can hold you.
Time goes so fast, there's no time for regret.
All dreams must end, no matter what they told you,
and when it's time, you will wake, and you'll forget.
So stand up at last, it's time that we were going
Time that we rose, and went upon our way,
Out down those roads where the winds of time are blowing,
we must go to our home, to our home so far away.


There are hard days and good days.
There are some days best forgotten,
and days to remember, winter, summer, spring and fall
and the best days are hard days, as often times as not
and the day we are born, that's the hardest day of all.
So stand up at last, it's time that we were going
Time that we rose, and went upon our way,
Out down those roads where the winds of time are blowing,
we must go to our home, to our home so far away.


Times passing fast. It's time that we were doing
those things that so long we meant to do at last.
the walls may be down, but there's still life in these ruins.
The ship may go down, but the flag is at the mast.
So stand up at last, it's time that we were going
Time that we rose, and went upon our way,
Out down those roads where the winds of time are blowing,
we must go to our home, to our home so far away.


(Here's a link to the words with a streaming sound file for the tune.)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Kim C
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 06:00 PM

(hug)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: SharonA
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 03:03 PM

Mick: I wasn't here at Mudcat when the first chapters of this story were written, but it sounds like your Jim and Darla are the sort of people who are gone too soon no matter when their time comes. My condolences to you and your band, to Jim and Darla's family, to all who knew these two fine folks.

Sharon


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: PeteBoom
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 01:46 PM

Much sympathy Mick - Hang in there - gimme a shout, eh?

Pete


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 11:35 PM

Blessings do abound in all of this.........Darla and Jim together had a wonderful life, their children are blessed as well as their friends for knowing them. And we here have been blessed to know their story through our mutual friend Mick. Yeah....it's a sad time, but it was a pair of fine lives shared by many and the world is better for their living in it.   Many blessings...........

Oft I sing for my friends,
When this cold form I see
When I reach my journey's end
Tell me who will sing for me

Chorus:
I wonder who
(I wonder who)
Will sing for me (will sing for me)
When I come to the cross by the silent sea,
Tell me who will sing for me

When friends have gathered 'round
And look down on me
Will they turn and walk away
Or will they sing one song for me

So I'll sing until the end
And helpful try to be
Ever knowing there'll be some
Who will sing one song for me


So tonight we sing for Darla and Jim and for their big friend who will always have a song for others as we do for him........Hang in there Bro.......I love you.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 11:21 PM

Peace in your heart, dearie mon, and joy at their reunion. All my love and condolences to you and their family. We are better for your sharing.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Bo Vandenberg
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 10:51 PM

Prayers and Blessings.

Carry their joy onward to share.

Bo


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Bobert
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 10:04 PM

Jim and Darla are dancing with the angels tonight. Nuthin' wrong with that... Bless them...


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Janie
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 09:49 PM

Mick,

Prayers and blessings on all of you who loved them both.

Janie


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: kendall
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 09:22 PM

Thanks for sharing this Mick, it was real nice of you Mate.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Kernow John
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 06:56 PM

Mick
It's all been said much better than I can.
Take care my friend.
KJ


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: DougR
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 05:08 PM

As Rich says, all has been said. My sympathies, Mick.

DougR


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: RichM
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 04:33 PM

All the right words have already been said here , beautifully, ....add my condolences to you and to Darla and Jim's family.

Rich McCarthy


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 03:32 PM

Yours, Aye. (you know who)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Amergin
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 03:06 PM

Quote from Mick....Always have a smile when you need one. If another is in need of cooking, cleaning, painting, or just a shoulder to cry on, they are there. You can usually tell them by the children they raise.

Mick, those words describe to a T my own gramma....you are right...we are very fortunate to have people like them gracing our lives....

Like Jeri, I feel that Jim and Darla are members of this community....because you have told us so much about them....While I am sad for those she had left behind....I am happy for her....She is now with the love of her life....the love of her spirit.

Take care,

nathan


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Jeri
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 02:46 PM

Mick, because you told us about Darla and Jim, I feel like they were part of our community here. I've heard people say that to some extent, people pick their times to go. Ciara may have got it right. My condolences to you and Darla's family.

Love,
Jeri


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 02:42 PM

I was a long struggle, but you...and she..faced it with strength & dignity....sounds like the kind of goodbye she would have liked..

take care


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: IvanB
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 02:12 PM

Mick, my eyes welled up with tears as I read this last bit of news. Although there must be rejoicing in heaven that Darla and Jim have been reunited, it's certainly a sad time for those left behind to cope.

I'm sending warm hugs and love your way. Please pass on our love and concern to Darla's and Jim's children.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Tinker
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 02:02 PM

A heartflet prayer and a huge hug

Tinker


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 01:57 PM

My condolences Mick.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Dave Swan
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 01:49 PM

Brother Fielding is right, we are blessed to have folks like that in our lives. Darla and Jim are blessed to have the Big Mick tell their story.

Our warmest,

Dave & Pam


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 01:43 PM

No words come. Bless you, Mick.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 01:38 PM

Yup, ain't it the truth Mick. We are blessed to have folks like that in our lives.

Our condolences.

Rick and heather


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: CapriUni
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 12:46 PM

{{{{{{{{Big Mick}}}}}}}}

Boy, oh, boy! What a chapter -- what an incredible pair of lives -- what a love!

What can I say except:

Individual lives may be fleeting as a cloud in the summer sky. But the love is eternal.

:::Singing "May the Circle be Unbroken" in my head as I type this:::


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 12:26 PM

And so this chapter ends. We buried Darla yesterday. Her long, hard journey is at an end.

Jed and I returned from our ramble to Toronto. Mary Lou let us share and babble over the wonderful time we had before she shared the news that Darla had passed away just before we got home. My 10 year old daughter, Ciara, said that Darla just got lonesome for Jim and wanted to be with him on Valentines Day. That is plenty good enough for me.

Let me try to describe this woman to you. We all have friends we make along the way. Despite efforts to say otherwise by some, most of the folks I run into along the path are great folks and it makes me happy to have met them. But their is that small group one meets in his/her life. You know the ones, they are without guile. Wouldn't dream of sniping at someone. Always have a smile when you need one. If another is in need of cooking, cleaning, painting, or just a shoulder to cry on, they are there. You can usually tell them by the children they raise. This is Darla. If one is fortunate enough to know 5 others like her in their life, then they are truly blessed. And her children................God, please continue to bless these children. How often do we see folks that forget the sacrifices that their parents made for them, when the parents are ill. Not these kids. They were there for their Mother in her passing, just as she was in their coming.

We gathered round the gravesite in the wind and blowing snow yesterday to lay her down beside Jim. There were autoharps, guitars, and mandolins. And not a dry eye anywhere. She left us after only 57 years, but we are blessed for her being here.

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 05:17 PM

I dunno Seamus.....sounds kind of regal.....SEDAMUS .....or at least biblical or something.

"Let me introduce you to Sedamus."
"Glad to meet you....What do you do Sedamus?"
"I dredge the crud on the river bottom."

Spaw


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 04:04 PM

Sedamus? That's the last time I try typing without looking at the keyboard.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 04:02 PM

Great, Mick! That's as it should be. Put me down for a CD when it come out.

Sedamus


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 12:47 PM

AAAHHHH Peg, I am so sorry. I know how rough this is. All I can tell you by way of my own experiences over the years is to grieve hard, get it over with, and start looking for that persons voice in others. Pass it on, and they live. Withdraw into a shell, you die and they die. Comes down to that for me. Thanks for your very kind words.

I love you too, Karen K, but you knew that already. I will print the picture in color and send it to you.

Dani, the fact that you haven't received it already is only a mistake. I thought I had emailed it to you, my friend. It is on the way.

Joy, I sure hope we see you at FSGW this year!!

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Peg
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 12:35 PM

Mick. I don't know you and haven't really exchanged a lot of words with you but since all these fine folk think so highly of you, you must be worth the trouble! ;0

I lost a dear friend myself recently (28 years old, horrible car accident) and it is a shocking and sad event that changes everything...

Here's hoping you will come through it, the sadness and shock, happy and healthy and ready for what comes next...

Peg


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Dani
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 12:14 PM

OK, come clean, Mick. Can we see the picture? PLEASE...

Dani


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: karen k
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 09:14 AM

Mick, my dear friend, what wonderful news. I for one can't wait for the cd to come out. The Getaway would be a great place for a debut. Any chance?

Having just lost a good friend of more than 25 years (Bill Domler)a couple of weeks ago, I understand a little better what the loss of Jim has meant to you. How wonderful that his daughter can step in where he left off. The wheel truely is an amazing thing.

And speaking of the new, that new little grandson of yours, Conner, is absolutely precious. What a lucky little guy to start out life in the arms of such a loving grandfather. Thanks for including me among those gifted with the photo of Conner and his proud grandpa. Of course I printed the picture and it is now hanging right near my computer where I can see it often. Wish I had a color printer though. May Conner have a long, healthy, musical life. Boy, there's that wheel again! It just never stops, does it!

Much love,
k


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Joy Bennett
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 09:04 AM

great news -- the wheel turns once again--


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 08:15 AM

Art, that is not a surprise to me. And I am tickled that he used it and made it part of the archive of labor/music history. I am amazed at it every time I listen to it and read your notes. I am trying to write a song about the whole thing with you in a narrator's role. The whole story, right down to the ending is just too good not to use. Paul was an extraordinary character and I feel like his story must be told. But then again, so are you. And so it goes.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Amergin
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 05:29 AM

Hey, katdarling, I love those books!

Mick, my friend, that sounds wonderful! Just let us all know when the cd becomes available!


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Gervase
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 05:13 AM

Grand news, Mick. I love the wheel concept of life - as in Dave Webber's lovely parting song, written on the death of a close friend, which seems very apt in this thread:

ALONG THE ROAD OF TIME
Soon the morning sun will rise
And dawn will bathe the sky.
There's time for just this parting song
Before we say goodbye.

So sing together one and all
And raise a glass of wine.
Here's hoping we shall meet again
Along the road of time.

We've shared our stories, yours and mine,
We've shared our hopes and fears.
In memories of distant youth
We've both rolled back the years.

The ever-turning fateful wheel
Must cause our ways to part,
And bringing untold mysteries,
Another day will start.

From endings come beginnings,
From the old shall come the new.
We've hopes for tomorrow;
We'll see our parting through.
( Copyright Dave Webber)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 03:27 AM

That is just wonderful, Mick, really happy to hear that. You will let us know when the CD is ready, won't you?

Sorcha, have you been reading Jordan's Wheel of Time books?


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 01:25 AM

And I was just wondering how Darla was.

Mick, blessings flow through and from all that surrounds you.

Amos, I know how to do that. Read your e-mail for a clue about that, in fact.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Amos
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 01:06 AM

Now, if we could only get OFF the damn thing once in a while, just to refresh ourselves, like...

A


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 11:42 PM

Excellent!


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 11:24 PM

Waxing philosophical here, but what gets to me is that the older we get, the more we realize/accept The Wheel...sadness, maybe, but less fear and more acceptance. The Wheel IS, the Wheel will be, no matter our professed "faith" or religion......there is always the Wheel........

(whoops, I better get back to ducks, huh?)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: bbc
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 11:11 PM

Love you, dear. Good news, indeed!

bbc


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 10:52 PM

Great, Mick , the music plays on. Aye! Dave


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 10:44 PM

This damn place.................I'd try to tell you how special this is but I can't type well with all this sniffling I'm doing...................just grand Mick.

Spaw


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