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Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in Prof. Anna Sinistra's LiveJournal:

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
5:25 pm
....strokes the piece of crap computer lovingly...

Well...my new hard drive-thingy has arrived...and it's been put in...and apparently it works (although I'm missing one or two near-essentials that will need to be re-located)....I have my lovely AIM back...And I'm ready to continue the project....

I do hope you all missed me suitably!
Friday, October 31st, 2003
7:30 pm
Oh what a wonderful Head of House I must be! Has Slytherin been reduced to minus points yet? It wouldn't surprise me...If it weren't for my own pride I'd be deducting more points myself.

The ball was a ball, my costume was tolerably successful, Headmaster was pleasant company, although I'm still sulking about the house points (Not to mention my lack of a computer!)

Anyway. I must return this one to its rightful owner and go to drown my sorrows. See you all on Monday, no doubt.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2003
11:35 pm
Plans for the Halloween Ball are going splendidly, and my Anne Boleyn costume (Mmmm, corsets) is coming along nicely. Are chaperones supposed to have dates? If so, I take this opportunity to ask, most humbly, to escort Headmaster to the ball, if he is not otherwise engaged.
11:23 pm
A Few Matters
Headmaster has kindly allowed me brief use of his computer to update while mine quietly dies in the corner of my frozen dorm rooms. I think it's the cold. Headmaster is insisting it's something called the hard drive. I don't really care, I just want my AIM back!

Anyway, to business. My interest was caught by an entry of Mr Goyle's (Which can be read here) questioning the use of the homework club, my choice for Quidditch team captain and my not being Profesor Snape. Well, if one person is questioning these things there are probably several questioning them, so I wil simply put up my response here:

On the first point, I apologise for not being Professor Snape, but I have promised him he may visit the dungeons as often as he likes and the Gryffindor house will be joining us in our homework club, so you may fill up on your snark fix then.

I am going to be entirely honest with you on why I appointed Potter team captain. I do not like Quidditch. I do not like brooms. I do not like sport. I do not really want anything to do with it. Potter's reputation preceded him in this case, and I think he seems, shall we say, 'into the game' enough that he will make the Quidditch matches a self-contained unit and not bother me about it too much. If there are any disagreements on running of the team I would suggest you firstly attempt democracy, secondly attempt arguing and choose coming to me as a last resort.

I accept your questioning the homework club, but you must accept that not everybody has the confidence or the connections to ask others for help, and I think it is important to encourage people to do the homework at all, as well as to the best of their ability. I am hoping that by alotting a house time for homework more of it will be completed and there will be less pathetic excuses (eg, my owl shat on my homework)

In addition, I have found a charm for warming my feet up after some experimentation. I'd teach it to everyone else, but I'm not entirely sure if it's specific to my feet only!

10 points have been awarded to Prof. Snape (Gryffindor) for being a flirtatious git - a most encourageable quality!
10 points also to Mr Goyle (Slytherin) for asking relevent questions, even if they were in a rather brusque manner. Please do not be afraid to ask me questions about my decisions.

And finally an owl to Professor Snape:

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
11:56 am
Can we give points to teachers for being good Heads of House? Because I feel I need praise!
11:44 am
House meeting.
House meeting was relatively short and sweet. I’ve set down a few ground rules for my house, but nothing drastically different to the regular school rules. No derogatory or offensive behaviour will be tolerated, I expect a high standard of work from one and all and will not be pleased if I hear anything different, please keep curfew, restrict snogging to areas where I don’t have to watch. The usual.

I believe tryouts for the Quidditch team will be held soon as well, and I think (well, assume!) that Harry Potter is the new team captain, so please see him for exact dates, requirements, practice hours, etc. In due time a timetable will be up in the common room.

A homework club will also be started on a Sunday afternoon between 2 and 4 PM for our house. I will be there to help with what I can, and I’ll flew questions to other members of staff for those I can’t answer.

Finally, a belated removal of ten points from sparklehannah for referring to a fellow house member in a derogatory fashion. I do not like name calling and I won’t have it in my house.
Friday, October 17th, 2003
11:27 pm
And thus I find myself Head of Slytherin in a perfectly well kept (But sodding cold) dungeon room. I'm sort of used to the dungeon, but this is deeper than my old room and...well....Icy is the word that springs to mind. I sit at my computer in fleecey flanelette PJs, a sweater, bed socks and with a shawl surrupticiously nicked from Professor Trelawney draped around me. And yet still my hands freeze!

My new House seem respectable enough. I'm not sure quite what they expect of me. I've never been a Head of House and had never really planned on becoming one. It's all a little bit like being dressed up as a vicar, shunted to the front of the congregation, given your Bible and the wedding rings and having a bride, groom and congregation looking up at you expectantly. Well, to my new House I can only say that I am willing to play agony aunt, help with the mundaneties of classwork, etc - and more than ready to hand out multiple detentions!

Dear God, I think I just channeled Snape!

Severus..........You didn't leave anything here suspicious, did you?
1:37 pm
Not to be outdone by all the lyrics and poetry, I went in search of the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody (I know them, but I’m a lazy git and can’t be arsed to type them all out). I didn’t find the lyrics, but what I did find was the website of some German person who had attempted to translate the lyrics from German back into English. The results are, in places, reasonably amusing:

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
4:38 pm
Such a trend follower
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O, no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his ending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

~William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
Tuesday, October 14th, 2003
5:58 pm
Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon...unless your love may prove likewise false

*Grins*...don't you love a bit of Shakespeare first thing in the evening?
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