August 9, 2008: Caught a large snake in the herbaceous border beside the drive. Observed by three CCTV cameras, one in the lane, another on the lamppost, a third on the tree in my garden. Truth exceeds fiction.
August 10, 2008: Apparently tree camera is monitored. Arrested under the Terrorism Act for use of camera to film tree CCTV.
August 12, 2008: Given ASBO, forbidden to carry camera in public.
August 20, 2008: Editor advises that including "Shooting an Elephant" in Collected Orwell not possible, as may offend minorities. Understands personally it's a critique of colonialism, but worries that public may not appreciate that subtlety and school libraries will be afraid to add it to holdings.
August 23, 2008: Turned away at JFK airport despite visa, so US book tour is off. Apparently "Eric Blair" is on some sort of list and "George Orwell" is a suspicious alias. Laptop retained by US Customs after manuscript of 1984 found, and found to be "anti-government subversion".
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