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Old Apr 5 2006, 05:28 PM   #1
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So at 80 who can blame you for making each candle count as 10?

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Old Apr 5 2006, 05:29 PM   #2
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Old Apr 5 2006, 05:59 PM   #3
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Holding court before dinner If you look carefully, you can see the two "dream of dragons" sculptures on the right-hand side of the shelf behind the cards

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Old Apr 5 2006, 06:02 PM   #4
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Three authors and a fan

From left to right: Elizabeth Kerner; Anne McCaffrey; Jody Lynn Nye; a fan

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Anneli, this was wonderful to see, thank you so very much for making sure we got to visit her birthday party with you. I hope that you had a marvelous time, making memories that will last for the rest of your life.
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Wonderful pictures, Anneli, thank you so much for being not only our royal courier but also our court photographer! (or should that be Pern Papparazzi? )
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Old Apr 6 2006, 03:40 AM   #7
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Those are great pictures, Anneli. Thanks for posting.
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Old Apr 6 2006, 03:49 AM   #8
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Old Apr 6 2006, 05:03 AM   #10
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Thank you Anneli for sharing
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Old Apr 6 2006, 05:31 AM   #11
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Thank-You for posting it was wonderful to Anne doesn't she look well
Bats as many her wtitings have been so much part of out lives

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Old Apr 6 2006, 06:28 AM   #12
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Beautiful pictures! They came out really well too!

Anne's haircut, whenever it was, since I don't remember when the last recent photo of her was looks really good!! It's nice to see her looking so well!!
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There is no way Anne looks 80!

Love the picture with her, Elizabeth and Jody!
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Old Apr 6 2006, 12:55 PM   #15
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I'm glad you like the photos I'm afraid I can't take the credit for the first two, though - mine didn't come out very clearly Luckily, Steven Beard very kindly agreed to send me his pictures of Anne with the cake to post here on MoM instead Thanks, Steven

He's going to send me some more, so I'll aim to get them up by the weekend, along with a few more of mine
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That is indeed very kind of Steven.
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Old Apr 6 2006, 05:27 PM   #17
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Thank you, Anneli, for sharing the photos with us. I am glad that the day went well for you.
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Well yours are still wonderful, Anneli! And thanks for sharing!
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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing, Anneli!
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Oh, it's great to see Anne looking so well! I do love her hair too. It looks like she had a great party! Thanks for the pictures!
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Old Apr 8 2006, 04:20 PM   #21
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Here's another photo courtesy of Steven Beard It's of Gigi, Anne's daughter, reading out a "homage to Anne McCaffrey" by the singer Janis Ian. I've sent her an e-mail asking for permission to put a copy of the poem up here. However, if - alas - I don't get a reply or permission, I don't think it would be right to post it, I'm sure you'll understand...

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Old Apr 8 2006, 04:30 PM   #22
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I'm delighted you've enjoyed the photos, like I said the really good ones are down to Steven Beard but I must admit I had great fun taking mine even if they didn't come out as well *chuckles*

I have a few "background" photos of guests at the party which I'd be happy to share. But I don't want to swallow the bandwith here, nor cram them down your collective throats

So I'm planning to set up a photobucket site where I can put them up and then post a link for those interested to browse through Unfortunately, I'm unlikely to get the time to do so until the Easter break next weekend So please check back in a week or so if you'd like to see more of the party
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Old Apr 9 2006, 07:28 PM   #23
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Thank you so very much for all the photos, the ones that you have gotten hold of for us from Steven, and the ones that are still to come that you took. I think that we are all just happy that you were there to be able to take any and share them with us here.

Your thoughfullness is wonderful, and at a time when you should have been enjoying your own time with Anne and her party. I find it so wonderful that you thought of us at all, instead of that marvelous looking cake, and the goodies that had to be there. I see that you were able to enjoy the very fine libations that were served.
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Old Apr 9 2006, 07:37 PM   #24
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Oh, thanks for posting the picture of Gigi reading the poem! I haven't seen her in years and she looks wonderful!!! Looks like a wonderful party! I wish we all could have been there too! Thanks for letting us get a peek at it anyway!
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Old Apr 13 2006, 09:37 AM   #25
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Thanks for the pics!!!! It makes me really happy to see anne enjoying her b-day!!!!
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Thank you thank you thank you soooooo much for sharing!!
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Ooooohhh!!! Wow! Nice photos!
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Very nice!!
Thanks Anneli!

Anne is looking very well!! And that can only be a good thing!
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Thanks Anneli and also Steven for the pics. Anne does indeed look wonderful and I must wish a belated happy birthday to her.
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Thank you Anneli for letting us see these. Many thanks
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Old May 1 2006, 03:33 PM   #32
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Glad you've been enjoying the pictures

As I said up in Post #21 above, Gigi read out a "Homage to Anne McCaffrey for her 80th Birthday" by the singer Janis Ian, also known to Pern fans as Lady Janissian in Skies of Pern

Janis has very kindly given her permission for me to re-produce the text - which is, of course, copyright to her - in this thread. Many thanks

So without further ado, herewith the Homage that Gigi was reading

There once was a girl named McCaffrey
Who moved to the land of the banshee
By dragons possessed
She had great success
And occasional bats in her belfry.
She learned young to speak high Slavonic
Which may be some sort of colonic
Wrote novels in Latin that filled up the dustbin
And opera was often a tonic.
She acted some parts in the theater
Then later became the director
Of oddly named plays
‘til she left the stage
and became a world famous writer.
Now normally here, I’d be vulgar
Find dozens of ways to insult her
But birthdays are rare
And I really don’t dare
To match wits with my favorite author.
So Annie, my congratulations
Enjoy all your friends and relations
In a decade or two
I’ll be as old as you
That should be a great consolation!
All my love Janis Ian


PS: Gigi read it with style
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Old May 1 2006, 05:42 PM   #33
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Oh that's marvelous! Nicely sums up the many things Anne has done with her life!
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That was so wonderful to be able to read, Janis Ian was a favorite of my back in the seventies... it is so wonderful to see that she loves Anne, like we all do. Anneli, thank you so much for again letting us see more of the celebration for Anne's birhtday.
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WOWI'm speechless at moment. Someone pick up the pieces please.

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Hi All, I'm new to this board, but have been an AM fan for eons!
Lady Maelin, I was sent to this particular page by Janis Ian, herself, who posted the addy on her own Forum: http://www.janisian.com/forum/showthread.php?t=490

That was really nice that Anne's daughter could read it...I'm sure she did it justice!

You say you were a Janis Ian fan in the Seventies...why not now? She has never stopped since she came back from her 9 year hiatus after 'Seventeen'...she has now just released her 20th album (officially--There are others which are out but not on the 'official' list ), called 'Folk is the New Black'; you can grab a listen on her site, and it's really fun, once you get past 'Danger, Danger' (which I happen to like a lot). Come on over and visit the site, as there is some very good writing there, too, in Janis' archives...check the tour schedule as well, as there might be a performance near you. I hope everyone will do that, as she is still a top-drawer singer and songwriter, and has been touring for years.

Loved the birthday pictures of AM...she looks like a fun lady whom I would love to meet...unfortunately, a trip to Scotland is not in my foreseeable future, so I will have to be content to wish her a most wonderful year...they just keep getting better! (I'm not quite her age, but rapidly approaching, and enjoying every minute of it!)

This is a great site, and I will be back! Thanks.

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LOL Olblat, I do think Lady Maelin meant it the way I read it and say it too: I've been a Janis Ian fan since the seventies No need and inclination to stop after the seventies although my fondest memories of her and her wonderful songs do date from the seventies and eighties, especially because I was working the the record business myself at the time (retail).

I also remember going to one of the rare concerts Janis gave in The Netherlands and going there in the concerthall De Doelen, in Rotterdam (a cosy 4000 seater, not one of those great stadiums and a reason why the concert felt very intimate) in the early eighties. Great memories, all

Oh, and do invite Janis to register here, too, like you did she'd be welcomed with more than open arms
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Welcome to MoM, Olbat! (pssst, Anne is in Ireland, not Scotland)


It seems Janis has a few pictures of Anne from around her bithday, about halfway down the page.
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Thanks for the link to Janis' page! The pics and info are great!
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LOL

that picture of the cat (Pumpkin) drinking out of the tap is almost identical to the one I made

Look here, halfway the page: http://www.pern.nl/eire/ch_five.html
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