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Re: Stolen Tolkien Books on Ebay
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Amazing! I remember buying a Deluxe Silmarillion and some audio books from that seller a couple of years ago. Brand New in Perfect Condition. I remember wondering at the time how he could sell them so cheap. Because they were perfect, they were obviously not rejects or returned items.

I even remember exchanging a couple of emails - he seemed a very pleasant person indeed!

I doubt however that they will try recover the merchandise. Too costly chasing thousands of buyers all across the UK and elsewhere. It would cost more to recover the books than they would be worth.

Anyway, looks like he is re-mortaging his house to pay back Harpercollins. So should be no need to try recover any merchandise.

Thanks for posting the news story! Quite amazing.

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Stolen Tolkien Books on Ebay
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You might want to check if you have bought any books from this individual on eBay his name was skech20. The article does not mention whether Harper Collins will try and get the stolen books back, which they could do as eBay knows who the buyers were.

Comic Sells £100K Of Stolen Books On Ebay

Nov 25 2007 By Russell Findlay

Heard the one about the stand-up comedian who stole best-sellers to flog on the web?

A STAND-UP comic faces jail after police smashed his £100,000 scam selling stolen books on eBay.

Gary Little swiped thousands of bestsellers from publishers HarperCollins while working as a forklift truck driver at their warehouse near Glasgow.

He sold the haul - some of it valuable limited editions - online to buyers across the UK at knockdown prices.

The 44-year-old netted at least £100,000.

Police discovered at least £60,000 went through Little's PayPal account but other methods of payment were used.

Police raided Little's flat in Pollokshields, Glasgow, after a probe at the giant warehouse which employs 500 people.

The Bishopbriggs depot distributes 76million books a year to more than 50 countries.

The exact number of print and audio books stolen by Little - who used the eBay identity skech20 - will probably never be known.

One book he sold was the deluxe edition of The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.

It normally retails for £100 but Little sold it online for £30.

A friend of Little said: "Thousands of books were going out the back door and straight on to eBay. Many of them commanded premium retail prices. So when they were offered cut-price on the internet, there was still good money to be made.

Little was a trusted employee and the scale of what was going on was shocking."

Burly Little started out as a stand-up comedian in 2003 and tours the Scots comedy circuit. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe.

His website says: "His imposing physical stage presence and 'in your face' comedy style belies the depth and range of his humour - from the madness of living with pensioners to coping with depression.

"With a wealth of material covering myriad topics, Gary is guaranteed to get the laughter going, no matter what the occasion or venue, having played gigs as diverse as prisons and birthday celebrations."

Little's operation was smashed in February 2005 but he only pleaded guilty this month at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Following sentencing, the procurator fiscal will lodge an action to recover money from him under proceeds of crimes laws.

http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/scot ... s-on-ebay-78057-20157721/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7133300.stm

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The Super Deluxe Children of Hurins are out
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There is at least one copy up on eBay, so HC must be shipping them

Check out the images here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360003444123

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Mystical Realms Newsletter for December, 2007
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Jef Murray passes this along for December:


Greetings!

Welcome to my newsletter for December, 2007. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested in keeping up with me! To receive these newsletters regularly, please drop me an email or subscribe online at: http://groups.google.com/group/Mystical_Realms
. Notices of new paintings and events are at the bottom of this email.

Epiphanies =========

Some mornings, when Lorraine and I arrive at the Theology library, the lights are still off in the basement book stacks. Peering through the doors into these catacombs, all you can see is gloom; the library was once a chapel, and the basement is mostly underground. Yellow hallway lights sculpt the silhouettes of shelves, with here and there the glimmer of a gilded binding.

Anything could be in there, I'm thinking.

Advent has me pondering "all things visible and invisible". I started down this road thinking of "A Christmas Carol", and specifically the scene after Jacob Marley's visit to Ebenezer Scrooge. The latter peers from his bedroom window and perceives that the outside air is filled with ghosts clustering around those in need. These departed spirits are in torment, and, as Dickens says, "the misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever."

Most of the time, Ebenezer would not have seen these spirits...they would have remained invisible. How much of reality, then, remains invisible to us?

My sister-in-law has experience casting out demons. At Thanksgiving, she told of things she had seen when praying over those who were bound by evil. And her words mirrored those of Father Amorth, the Vatican exorcist, who has liberated thousands. I've never seen folks writhe on the floor to escape being prayed over, nor have I had doors slam as demons left my household; yet these things have happened to people that seem pretty sturdy to me.

I suppose, maybe, folks like me have the equivalent of poor eyesight. Maybe I'm colorblind to the incorporeal. And I wonder if this is a case of not having the faculty for seeing, or whether I've just got atrophied? Maybe we all could see spirits, once upon a time....

I enter the gloom of the book stacks, searching for light switches. Each burst of florescence pushes the shadows back, and over and over I have to walk forward to confront new ones. There are dozens of switches in this dungeon.

In "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", C. S. Lewis places his protagonist, Lucy, in a precarious spot. She must go into a wizard's study, open his spell book, and find a spell that will cause the invisible Dufflepuds to become visible once again.

As she seeks the "visibility spell", Lucy is sorely tempted to utter an alternative, one that will make her more beautiful than anyone else in the world. This evil beckons, but she does not yield to temptation. And, once she finds and speaks the words of the spell she was seeking, not only do the Dufflepuds appear, but also the wizard, plus Aslan, the Christ figure in Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia".

Surprise!

I'm wondering if seeing angels and demons is like throwing light switches. With each burst of light, you get to see something that you didn't know was there. Flick! There are the atlases. Flick! There are the art books. Flick! There's a copy of "Brideshead Revisited".

Maybe we only see the things we're supposed to see.

I'm coming down on the side of atrophy; I expect my "angel vision" needs a heap more training. So, during Advent, I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for Ebenezer's ghosts. To find them, seems to me all I've got to do is flush out folks who are depressed, or ill, or in need of a helping hand, then start scouring the horizon for halos.

And the more I keep gunning for glimmers of the supernatural world... that is, the _real_ world...the more I reckon I'll be able to see through the gloom.



Have a blessed and peaceful Advent.

Nai Eru laitalyë (may God bless you),

Jef



Events =========

- A cautionary article of mine on the film "The Golden Compass" was just published in the Georgia Bulletin. It's entitled "Confounding Compasses and Malignant Myths', and can be read online at:
http://www.georgiabulletin.org/local/2007/11/29/myths/

- This seems to be a month for publication "covers", and I'm very grateful to the several editors who have seen fit to highlight my work of late. There are currently three new or very recent publications that are using my paintings as cover images. These include:

o The first-ever issue of Silver Leaves, the journal of the White Tree Fund (see http://www.whitetreefund.org/ ) will feature my painting of "Amon Hen" as its cover image (see
http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jmu ... tolkien/195_Amon_hen.html
).
o The first-ever Heren Istarion Shire Reckoning calendar (see http://www.herenistarion.org/index.ph ... ctionid=4&id=51&Itemid=57
) features my painting of the "Tower Hills" as part of its cover image
(see http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jmu ... kien/266_Tower_hills.html
).
o The latest (Nov/Dec 2007) issue of the St. Austin Review (please see http://www.staustinreview.com ) focuses on popular culture and includes a number of my sketches, plus one of my Narnia paintings ("The Repentance of Edmund") on the cover (see http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jmu ... Repentance_of_edmund.html
).

- I feel greatly honoured to have been asked to develop the logo for the MythCon 39, the Mythopoeic Society's annual conference, scheduled for August 15-18th, 2008 at Central Connecticut State University. You can see the logo at:
http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jmu ... ketch_mythcon39_logo.html
. For more information on the Mythopoeic Society or the convention, visit http://www.mythsoc.org .

- I am delighted to have been named a guest of honour at the upcoming Tolkien celebration, "A Long-Expected Party" (ALEP) in Kentucky in September, 2008. I was also asked to develop one of the logos used for the event. You can see it on my website at: http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jmu ... hes/Sketch_ALEP_logo.html
. The official website for ALEP (and registration info) can be found at: http://www.alongexpectedparty.org/ .

Posted on: 2007/12/7 23:34
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Re: TOLKIEN CALENDAR COLLECTING
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Hi Jeremy -

I will send your comment about the TS to Anthony.

Ted's CD/illustrations arrived yesterday. I spoke with my daughter and may see a proof of the HI calendar today! WOO HOO!!! I would be pleased to answer any questions about it for you (once you find the time to compose them!)

Was very pleased to add a 1980 desk calendar signed by Tim and Greg Hildebrandt to my collection this week. In spite of how many I have collected, I have catalogued about 32 more in the last year alone! So my quest to make my collection compleat continues. Also received the 2008 issues from Colin Williams. They are REALLY nice calendars.

Away from The Green Hill Country,

Parmastahir

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