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Subject:A Journey With Frodo : Ch31 - 'The Oscars'
Time:11:22 pm
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Apologies to anyone wondering what had happened to this chapter! I had hoped to get it out before Christmas but with the usual last-minute Christmas panic had to admit defeat. And the New Year hasn't had the best of starts for us, mainly due to illness, then more illness and now ... more illness!! But this is no place for tales of woe - so, finally, here is Chapter 31 which covers the Oscars of 2002, my own night-long Oscar vigil and Frodo's arrival at Bree.

For anyone unfamiliar with my pet project, 'A Journey With Frodo' (a work in progress) is the story of Elijah Wood's experience in becoming Frodo, from back in 1998 when the LOTR movies were just a whisper up to the triumphant Oscars of Feb 2004. In reliving Elijah's journey, and mine, I am using everything I can lay my hands on - behind-the-scenes material from the various dvd's, magazine articles, books, internet sites, tv coverage, word-of-mouth info, etc. Previous chapters can be found here:

"A JOURNEY WITH FRODO"







The Oscars ~ 24th March 2002 :

It had started with such promise - despite the fact that, for some unknown reason, Oscars are rarely given to fantasy films, The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring had a huge 13 nominations (with one glaring omission of course, which I shall come to later!).











Sadly, the film received only four awards - for Makeup, Cinematography, Visual Effects and Score.

Elijah attended the event as a guest of Peter Jackson. He flew in from Vancouver where he was still filming 'All I Want'.

From the Sunday Express, UK:

“Despite the huge popularity and success of LOTR it failed to win any major Oscars, a fact to which Wood seems resigned. 'I knew going in to it that we weren't going to win. So my feeling wasn't...you know I didn't walk out going 'F***! We didn't win' I literally sat in the car with Peter on the way there saying 'You know we are not going to win' and he was like 'We are not going to win but it's cool. It's weird that we are here' We felt like some weird gang from New Zealand arriving at the Oscars and invading the whole process. It was kind of cool for us. We didn't expect to be there. And it was a real honour to even be acknowledged, so it was cool' No fantasy movie has ever won a major Oscar, he acknowledges. But then his true feelings burst out. 'Where we really got screwed, to be completely honest and if we really want to talk about being screwed, is we didn't get the Oscar for best adaptation and this is a book that was very difficult to adapt to a film format. And the screenplay for the movie was so good. And to deny that work, to deny how difficult that was, to me, is unfair'.













From the Starburst Yearbook:

"The fact that the picture did not get the best picture and best director awards was absolutely disgraceful!” declares an indignant Christopher Lee. “I’m not ashamed to say that, and I have no objection if you print it, because I’ve already said it several times. The ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ was so much superior to anything else in contention. So far superior!"















Joan Rivers interviews Elijah and PJ on the Red Carpet:

J: Did you get goodie bags?
E: I haven't received a goodie bag - have you, Pete?
P: I haven't received one but I am here if anyone would like to rush one to me I'm ready to ...
E: With open arms!
J: What did they send you when you got the nomination?
P: Reels off several items.
E: Nothing - I'm just here to support the movie.
P: On the way home I'll stop at the local store and I'll get something for you!!
E: Oh - thank you, Pete!
P: I'll send it round to your house!



Melissa Rivers interviews Elijah and Sean on the Red Carpet:









MR: "I am here with hobbits in tuxes - Sean Astin & Elijah Wood from the Lord of the Rings, of course - the most nominated film here tonight."

Elijah: "13 nominations!!"


MR: "I saw you two give each other a great big hug down on the red carpet"


Sean: "He just got off a plane, he flew in from Vancouver to ... "



Elijah: "I did, I did - yeah, just to be here with everyone, support the film."





Sean: "We're gonna cheer, we're gonna laugh, we're gonna cry .. what are we going to do?"



Elijah: "It's gonna be an emotional rollercoaster Sean!"





MR: "Get ready to party tonight cos it could be your evening!"



Elijah: "Ahh, you never know, you never know."






A wave for Sean's little daughter, Allie!


Elijah has said in many interviews that although he appreciated the experience of attending the Oscars he actually found sitting there for five hours quite an ordeal, especially as the camera kept zooming in on him – he was scared he was going to get caught nodding off! “You’re much better off watching on the tv” he said.

From a Canadian radio interview:
Elijah: "I don't know what I was doing up front!"

Franka Potente ('All I Want' co-star): "You were looking good - that's what!!" [Agreed:D]







Elijah's on-screen presentation - I thought it was so touching when he spoke of how small and insignificant Frodo was:

"The ring personifies evil – it was created by a dark lord to rule over all of Middle Earth”




PJ: “We tried to honour the themes that were important to Tolkien. The character of Frodo is in a way the everyman, he’s us.”


“He is so small and insignificant – it's really about courage, I think.”


A pat on the shoulder from Fran and applause from PJ:




Andrew Lesnie (Director of Photography) stopped to give Elijah a hug on his way to collect his Oscar:






At the Vanity Fair party:









My own journey continues:

I will never forgive the Academy for failing to nominate Elijah for an acting award. In my opinion, and that of many others, he was the heart and soul of the trilogy, taking on this difficult role at an extremely young age and making the character his own. It has been said before so many times, but he simply became Frodo and deserved to be recognised for his unforgettable performance.

February 28, 2002 - Katrillion highlighted several young actors who were overlooked in the Oscar nominations including Elijah Wood. Writer John Oliver said, "He's in practically every scene of this three-hour epic, and he manages to keep the audience members glued to their seats for the entire time. That definitely deserves some recognition!"

Exactly!!

Nevertheless, I found watching the Oscars on tv at home a thrilling experience, staying up the entire night in order to do so. Because I was watching in real time, as it was actually happening, it was the closest thing to actually being there. I hadn't known for certain that Elijah would be attending, but from the moment I saw the first quick shot of him, wearing shades and waving to the camera, I was transfixed!! And I was well rewarded - the camera seemed to fall in love with him and we were treated to many lingering close-up shots inside the theatre!!








Frodo's journey continues:

BREE:





What do you want?


Hobbits! Four hobbits!


We're heading for The Prancing Pony.


Our business is our own.






PJ's cameo!!




PJ - DVD Commentary:
“I think this really nailed for the actors what this movie was all about because, you know, suddenly the hobbits are there, interacting with these big people, and I think that all four of the actors started to get what they were, where they were, what their role in this story was really about, you know, small people in a big world”.



Premiere Magazine:
“Wood’s director gives him his share of the credit. ‘Elijah would find levels in a story moment that I didn’t think possible” Jackson says, recalling the first moment he knew that Wood really “got” Frodo. ‘It was a few days into the shoot, when the hobbits arrived at the town of Bree, which is populated by big people. He is four feet tall, in a scary, creepy inn, and he shows a mixture of intimidation and courage that somehow captured the essence of being a hobbit on this frightening adventure. From that point on, we all knew the film we were making.”









Excuse me!


Good evening little masters - what can I do for you?


We're friends of Gandalf the Grey - can you tell him we've arrived?


I remember - elderly chap ...


... big grey beard, pointy hat.


Not seen him for six months!






What do we do now?




Sam, he'll be here, he'll come.


This, my friend, is a pint!


It comes in pints? I'm getting one!


You've had a whole half already!




That fella's done nothing but stare at you since we arrived!









Excuse me! That man in the corner - who is he?



Round here he's known as Strider.






Strider ...


Ian M - DVD Commentary:
"Those shots of Frodo’s hands revealing that he bites his nails are very touching. Brave of Elijah to reveal that he bites his nails right down to the quick, except I said to him one day “Do you not mind people knowing you bite your nails?” “No, no” and he just smiled."











Pippin!!
















You cannot hide.


I see you.


















You draw far too much attention to yourself, Mr Underhill!!


As I'm sure many fellow screencappers will have noted, there's something odd about the following sequence:

Kiran


Elijah


Don't know who this is but it definitely ain't Elijah!!


Elijah or mystery man??


Elijah.


DVD Commentary:
Elijah : One of the few scenes that we actually did rehearse.
Billy : And this is in Sloane Street studios, yes?
Elijah : Studio … E?
Billy : That’s right, yeah.

What do you want?


A little more caution from you. That is no trinket you carry!


I carry nothing.


I'll have you, Longshanks!!


You have a stout heart, little hobbit, but that will not save you.


You can no longer wait for the wizard, Frodo. They are coming!!










Richard Taylor – dvd commentary:
"This is my favourite moment of acting with Elijah in the first film. As the camera pulls back and the hobbits wake up to find Frodo sitting on the side of the bed, both curious, frozen with fear, unable to sleep, more equipped to deal with an issue than the rest of the hobbits – a moment caught but a beautiful moment to reveal the inner character and strength of the person that we’ll come to know as Frodo through the following story."

What are they?


They are the Nazgul. Ringwraiths. Neither living nor dead.




They will never stop hunting you.




For me the Black Riders are the most nightmarish creatures in the whole trilogy (with a certain spider coming a very close second!). I think it's because they have no faces – there is something so terrifying about that.






"He's in practically every scene of this three-hour epic, and he manages to keep the audience members glued to their seats for the entire time. That definitely deserves some recognition"





TO BE CONTINUED

LINK TO ALL CHAPTERS:

"A JOURNEY WITH FRODO"
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shirebound
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Time:2010-01-11 11:51 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, that first picture! Wow.

I remember going to see "A Beautiful Mind" before Oscar night, just so I would have seen the movie that was going to win. I just assumed FOTR wouldn't win, but now I can't remember why. How strange.

It's amazing to realize that I wasn't even writing fanfic yet, and had never heard of LJ. What a 'journey' it's been for all of us.

Thank you!
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 04:52 pm (UTC)
At that time my knowledge about the Oscars was nil - although I hadn't seen "ABM" I found it impossible to believe that *anyone* could consider *anything* better than FOTR!!

I didn't even own a computer back then:D It has certainly been an amazing journey:)
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primula_baggins
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Time:2010-01-12 12:07 am (UTC)
Bravo!!! *kisses your feet*

Thank you SO much for doing this. I knew nothing about the first Oscar show. I had no idea that he flew in from doing All I Want to be a guest of PJs. Fran looked so lovely in these photos. I didn't even know she was there. Love the banter about the "goodie bags". "P: On the way home I'll stop at the local store and I'll get something for you!!" lol! That's adorable. And Elijah---whew!---didn't he look wonderful?

Thanks for all the Bree screencaps, too. It's wonderful to be able to go through all of them and see the details. Gosh, you didn't think that was Elijah in the one frame? It's too blurry to tell, but I never imagined it being anyone else.

I do so agree he got cheated of an Oscar nom. Ian got one, but no one else. What a shame. Stupid Academy!

Thanks again, NA.
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 04:58 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Prim - so glad you enjoyed it:)

I thought the 'goodie bag' conversation was hilarious, too. And yes, he looked so adorable, almost doll-like in his perfection, I thought!!

>>Gosh, you didn't think that was Elijah in the one frame? It's too blurry to tell, but I never imagined it being anyone else.<<

Definitely not him!! Someone pointed this out years ago and when I checked I could see she was right - in some of the frames it's far more obvious than in the one I included. Very strange - I can only imagine they perhaps needed to redo that part of the scene for some reason and Elijah was busy elsewhere. They obviously didn't take us eagle-eyed screencappers into account back then!!

ETA: You may like to take a look at my reply to Este Tangletoes - I've included a few more caps of the mystery man!!

Edited at 2010-01-12 09:30 pm (UTC)
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 05:04 pm (UTC)
>>I can't understand why he wasn't even nominated.<<

I've never been able to understand it, Mews. In the scene you mention, he's able to convey so much just with the slightest change of expression - no huge theatrical gestures needed! *sigh*
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mechtild
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Time:2010-01-12 12:23 am (UTC)
"The fact that the picture did not get the best picture and best director awards was absolutely disgraceful!” declares an indignant Christopher Lee. “I’m not ashamed to say that, and I have no objection if you print it, because I’ve already said it several times. The ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ was so much superior to anything else in contention. So far superior!"

Yeah, Chris Lee! He was right, too. In fact, it's the best of the three films, or so I have come to think after many viewings. Maybe it was because it was in the fantasy genre, but maybe it was also because voters knew that it was just the first installment. Maybe they felt they couldn't really deliver an opinion until the whole set was in. In the end they gave a boatload of Oscars to RotK, and I believe those Oscars were meant for the trilogy as a whole. Sort of like going to an opera that has an astonishing first act. You clap and scream after the act but wait until the final curtain goes down to leap up for the standing ovation.

Thanks again, Paulie, for another super chapter. I so look forward to these. I thank you all the more because you had to create it during a time of extended trouble and worry in real life.
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, Chris Lee was absolutely livid about this and rightly so. Although I now tend to view the trilogy as one huge film, if I had to choose a favourite it's got to be FOTR. But you're right, I do believe the fact that it was the first of a trilogy had a lot to do with it. However, the eventual triumph of the final film was marred for me by the lack of any award for Elijah - although it probably upsets me far more than it does him!!

Many thanks, Mechtild - I'm so glad you enjoyed this chapter:)
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mumis
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Time:2010-01-12 08:20 am (UTC)
Thank you so much hon, for doing this lovely pictures and everything great job!:):):)

*hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 05:15 pm (UTC)
Many thanks, Mumis - I'm so glad you enjoyed it:)
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spring200
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Time:2010-01-12 09:49 am (UTC)
Thanks my dear for yet another labor of love on your part, I love to look at the pics from the LOTR days and you do such a great job
Thanks again!
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 05:16 pm (UTC)
Many thanks, Spring - glad you enjoyed it:)

Hope you're doing well after your knee op:)
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 05:17 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - glad you enjoy it:)
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rakshi
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Time:2010-01-12 10:29 am (UTC)
Just magnificent. Brought tears to my eyes. thank you, thank you, thank you.


*hugs*

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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 05:19 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome, Rak - so glad you enjoyed it:)

*hugs*
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mole_caz
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Time:2010-01-12 12:55 pm (UTC)
Again, many thanks for this. I was ill in hospital when the Oscars took place but because I was in isolation, I had my own TV and was able to indulge myself with staying up to watch the Oscars during the early hours of the morning! I remember Elijah's tears and feeling so proud of him and Peter and I would have watched 'til the end but a passing nurse spotted my light on and came in to see what was up. She smiled when she realised what I was watching but decided I needed sleep and turned off the set. Actually I was very tired and to be honest, I don't think I wanted to see the team lose best film - which of course is what happened.
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mole - glad you enjoyed it:)

>>I don't think I wanted to see the team lose best film - which of course is what happened.<<

I can definitely understand that!! It was beyond me how anyone could have thought anything else could surpass FOTR!!
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woodfrodo
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Time:2010-01-12 05:46 pm (UTC)
Nice,thanks for these! Think remember some that went on..but will say..have forgotten this results. As the next two films..even better!! Will have to dig this one out of my closets. :)
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks - you're very welcome:)
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_celebrian
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Time:2010-01-12 06:08 pm (UTC)
Fantastic as always. :-) I so look forward to every chapter of the Journey. :-) Thanks for the your time and effort.
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 09:12 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - I'm so glad you enjoyed this chapter:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2010-01-12 06:34 pm (UTC)
Elijah brushes up well doesn't he? I have a vague memory of watching some of that Oscar show live, but I didn't stay up the whole night ~ unlike with ROTK, when I was determined not to miss a thing! I do remember that red carpet interview with Elijah and Sean though ~ I'm sure I still have the video clip saved somewhere.

"He's in practically every scene of this three-hour epic, and he manages to keep the audience members glued to their seats for the entire time. That definitely deserves some recognition!"

Well said indeed! As Mechtild commented above, I'm sure the Academy were
biding their time and waiting for the final chapter before dishing out the accolades. Even so, why Elijah wasn't at the very least nominated for Best Actor for FOTR is beyond me!

I love that you're taking us through the film with screencaps and dialogue too. Through screencapping the PP scene myself, I assumed Elijah had been replaced for those few frames ~ for whatever reason ~ by Kiran.

Many thanks for another wonderful instalment, Pauline. I hope your RL healthissues are soon resolved. Take care.

~ Blossom.
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hi Blossom - you're right, Elijah brushes up very well!! I have noticed that;)

>>Through screencapping the PP scene myself, I assumed Elijah had been replaced for those few frames ~ for whatever reason ~ by Kiran.<<

When I'd looked at this scene before, I'd decided it wasn't Kiran but now, looking at them again, I'm not so sure. If you take a look at my reply to Este below, you'll see I've posted a few more caps from the scene. To me, the first couple do look a bit like Kiran, the next three not so much.

Glad you enjoyed this instalment. We have all been struck down by a horrible winter vomiting type bug which we caught from my parents. We're all over the worse, thank goodness, but still feel quite rough. Hope you're ok:)


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este_tangletoes
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Time:2010-01-12 08:07 pm (UTC)
Passing through (via Mechtild) to enjoy another wonderful installment of your ‘A Journey With Frodo’.

Re: mystery man. I’m sure that I have read/heard somewhere that the person who replaced EW, in those scenes with VM, was the same child that played Aragorn and Arwens’s son Eldarion.

-- Estë
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 09:08 pm (UTC)
Hi! Glad you enjoyed this chapter:)

It's interesting what you say about the mystery man but when I look at this part of the scene frame by frame he appears like a much older person to me - at least, older than Elijah and that child. It's been suggested it could be Kiran again but I'm just not sure - in some pics I think it could be Kiran, in others, not so much. I've taken a few more caps of the scene if you'd like to take a look:)









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janejanejane
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Time:2010-01-12 08:35 pm (UTC)
Wonderful chapter again, thank you so much!

I could *hear* every word in my head as I read your captions...

I quite agree with you, Elijah should have got the Best Actor Oscar, but in typical Elijah fashion he was happy that they got them as an ensemble, although they had to wait until the final film to receive the recognition the trilogy deserved. Even then I still couldn't quite believe they'd get all those Oscars for a fantasy film, but miracles do happen!

I really enjoyed this, thanks again!
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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 09:35 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Jane - glad you enjoyed it!

>>but in typical Elijah fashion he was happy that they got them as an ensemble<<

*ensemble* That word completely escaped me when I was replying to someone earlier - I just couldn't think what it was - so thanks!! And you're completely right - I'm sure we're far more upset about this than Elijah ever was!!
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janejanejane
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Time:2010-01-12 08:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you've been so ill recently and that you still are by the look of your *Current mood*... :-/

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not_alone
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Time:2010-01-12 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jane - we all had nasty, flu-type colds round about New Year and before we'd properly recovered we caught a horrible vomiting bug from my parents. At its height we did feel just like that mood pic!! We seem to be over the worse but we (that is me, Roger, son Steve & my parents) are all still feeling very rough:( Hope you are ok:)
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