This week has been hectic (I’m working on setting up a new project for next year which is exciting but keeping me very busy!) so I thought I’d share a couple of book related oddities while I am away from my desk today:
I saw this in the Waterstones store in Manchester’s Arndale Centre, a shelf of books helpfully signposted as ‘Painful Lives’ so that those looking specifically for tales of poverty, abuse and grief can easily locate them in the biography section. Or perhaps it’s an attempt at philosophy – all life is painful?
I spotted this while searching my local library’s public catalogue. Does anything sum up the contempt the author felt for those too ill-educated to read fluent Ancient Greek as ‘rendered into English prose for the use of those who cannot read the original‘? Surely only a barbarian would not have been taught to read the original… *monocle pops out in astonishment*
And finally, a non-book related oddity seen in the summer… Marmite fudge:
I saw this for sale in Scarborough while out on a day trip to the coast. Yes, I am reckless enough to have tried a sliver of it. Yes, it is as vile as it sounds. No, you can’t get rid of the taste. *shudder*