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Mighty Saguaro in Talos, at the Mighty Mart sign. 

As you know, we ran a collection in memory of Owen "Mighty Saguaro" some ten months ago. The plan was to collect €200/£160 to send a wreath to his funeral. Should anything be left, we would get a mighty drawing of Mighty's favourite toons in the "Draw The World Together" program, a program where professional artists draw characters and where all the raised funds goes to charity.

Sadly, this didn't go according to plan. The collection was set up with too little time to spare to get a wreath to his funeral and the artists were too busy at Memorabilia with a gazillion other commissions that came before us.

So we decided for the backup plan: the funds, £160, was donated to Lifeblood - the thrombosis charity for research.

I would like to thank all the contributors for your generosity. It's sad that we didn't get the drawings, but I feel that this charity will honour his memory by helping others suffering from similar conditions, and maybe even save lives.

And that's the important thing, isn't it?

Next Gen Report #3
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Written by Shadow Kitty   
Friday, 21 December 2007

Paragon City, December 13th

Dear Mother,

I hate to say this, but I'm awfully homesick right now. My old Swedish friends sent me a lot of pictures from their partying last night, but here, Saint Lucia is all but unknown. I think some of the Italians have their own Lucia festivities, but that is of course totally different from the ones at home. I know that you never really understood it, but on the other hand, Dad still doesn't understand O-bon either. But the point is that... well, I miss it.

I tried to make gingerbread cookies, but again the American silliness with pre-processed stuff stopped me from getting it right. And I tried the mulled wine they have here, but... it's not the same. The most similar thing I could find was a bottle of glühwein, and it was very small and expensive.


Next Gen Report #2
The Echelon - Themed groups
Written by Shadow Kitty   
Friday, 14 December 2007

Paragon City, December 6th

Dear Mother,

Two weeks in America now, and life is still good. The only thing I really lack is proper food. Mostly, I can only find pre-packaged or pre-processed stuff. For instance, I invited my new friends for some cake and coffee. The coffee here is bland and boring and has more resemblance with brown dishwater than coffee, and when I tried to get ingredients for baking the cake, I could only find some pre-processed canned dough! I spent almost half-an-hour of my precious jetpack lease just to find a shop where I could get some ordinary baking powder and flour!


Next Gen Report #1
The Echelon - Themed groups
Written by Shadow Kitty   
Friday, 07 December 2007

I decided to write these reports as letters home, instead of the regular just what happened combat reports from the Kindergarten. I'll take some liberties with the story in the narration so that it fits the style.

Nov 29th

Dear Mother,

It's been a busy week since I arrived, and I think Paragon City is a nice place. I've found myself a nice appartment to live in. The landlady is a bit senile but nice, and she didn't mind me freshing up the appartment. To tell the truth, it was more like Total Condo Makeover, but she didn't mind and even lowered the rent, as she didn't have to pay for the makeover.

Anyway, I've registered as a superhero. It was so much simpler than in Sweden or Japan. Of course, in Japan you would have the advantage of sendai fandom, but the bureacracy is murder! Here, I only had to present my passport, visa, green card, and the application form of course. Then that was it. Four stamps, a sign and wham! Paragon City had one more superhero.


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