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Old 10th Sep 2004, 16:23   #1
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Have just been surprised by my work colleagues with a £25 book token for my birthday ... so what shall I spend that on then?
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Oh! Er... happy birthday (I thought it was next week).

What about Gordon Burn's Damien Hirst book, On the Way to Work?
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Oh! Er... happy birthday (I thought it was next week).
It is. Because I arranged a work-related drinks thing it was assumed it was today ... have played along. Like you do.

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have played about with the idea of this before ... I'll check Heffers on Monday. Nice idea, JS.
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Old 13th Sep 2004, 14:52   #4
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Depressingly tough to find anything in my 20 minute blast around Waterstone's just now.

They didn't have the Burn/Hirst book, I'm afraid, and the new Dawkins, at exactly £25, looked like a spit in the eye for variety (although I may come back to it).

There was a nice little 3-for-2 going on, and for a moment I was happily juggling The Great Gatsby, Hey Nostradamus!, Oliver Twist (all in the offer) and The New York Trilogy. Not bad, but it left me, depressingly, £4 to spend, and I hate that. I've got £25 dammit, the change would just get frittered.

Alternatively, I could get all four of the Red Riding Quartet singles - in their new sexy livery - but have to add £7 of my own hard earned). Or, a couple of new hardbacks, but that seems silly when I can walk out with at least four paperbacks.

The agony of choice!
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I recently read the first of the New York Trilogy. Am undecided so far, lthough know several people who rave about it. I suppose I should read the full set before I decide.
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On a similar vein, I have reached the point in the year when people start asking me what I want for my birthday despite the fact that it's nearly a month away. Anyway I normally say whatever, or surprise me but this is a risky strategy. A Quiver Full of Arrows By Jeffrey twat Archer and the CEO of the Sofa which makes Rumsfeld look like a bleedin' heart liberal, are just two of the gems I've had to fake smiles for. So maybe it's better to steer people in the right direction. Unfortunately my mind's a blank right now, and in no fit shape for steering anything.

So any ideas?

One thing I forgot to mention. No more than ten squids.
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Well, I haven't read CEO of the Sofa, but P J O'Rourke is usually quite a breath of fresh air. Sure, he comes over desperately extreme, but his excesses seem more like satire than real opinion. Sure, he hates (bleeding heart) liberals, but, hey, nobody's perfect.
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Wasn't P J O'Rourke the guy who said that Gerald Ford couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time? Or it might have been fart and chew gum. Something like that.
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