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does anyone want to meet me there in an hour, buy some cheap wheelie chairs and race them across trafalgar square?
saw another one closing down.
was sold off a year or two back.
There must be SOMEWHERE on this goddamned planet where I can get one.
It's fucking freezing
being abusive to staff because there weren't a big enough discounts on items. like it's there divine right to have an extra £1.50 off a peperback book.
staff who have found out they won't have a job after Christmas.
people are cunts.
i am so sorry
Some old bint was berating a staff member for them not having a toilet.
He showed remarkable self restraint in being polite. I'd have told her to shit herself
I don't know what goes through some peoples minds sometimes. Still, at least it's not on the level of a trampling fatality at Walmart.
I can confirm that a great deal of the general public have this vulture-like sense of entitlement whenever they see somewhere is going out of business. With no job to lose, I never bothered restraining myself when they were particularly stupid or rude.
Went in there three or four months ago when it was obviously falling apart (they were selling stuff like miniature shoes and dummy's mannequins, really tacky home decoration!) and there was a 75% discount on books...but not fiction paperbacks as they go back to the publisher. I wasn't sure so I asked if 'EVERYTHING' was 75% per cent off and the guy gave me this 'you are greedy scum' look. Really embarrassing.
Did want to pop into the shop before it closed but eurgh, the whole vulture mentality is a bit gross. Also hard to imagine anything good would have been in the sale as most of the saleable, non-novelty stuff goes back to the publishing houses. It was probably all biographies of Noel Edmunds and Eamon Holmes. I hope.
I went into the Angel one last week to buy a map and it was mental. People throwing ordnance surveys everywhere. An ambulance was called at one point after someone took an East Kilbride Landranger to the eyes.
they probably deserved it. Not as good as a miniature cathedral, but still.
(Sorry, the best I could do.)
I was there last week and got a load of Christmas presents. Good times.
Mother, you shall have the small-table-they-put-the-special-offers-on.
For you, wise Uncle, this lighting fixture, to illuminate your life.
(when she changed to waterstones)
she said it was the most depressing, draining and exhausting job ever when the administration was announced.
now she's at waterstones, and she had to explain to a woman how a receipt worked, and why when she returned a card and then bought another card of the same value, she didn't get change.
one day i got really bored and re-created my old flat on the sims and made us both. you kept setting fire to the kitchen. It was amusing for a while.
i'm an honest man now
They're owned by the same company and when I was in HMV the other day, the stock levels (and range) seemed really bad.
Kinda how Virgin Megastore were for a while before they went under.
And Borders got that way, too.
Plus, the shop was really quiet at the weekend (Sunday, admittedly).
Felt really depressing walking round Borders during the 'vulture phase'.
This blog post sums it up quite well: http://willwiles.blogspot.com/2009/12/goodbye-borders.html
"Beyond my personal feelings of sadness, it was sobering because I realised how many thousands upon thousands of books are published every year that I wouldn't want to own even if they were being given away free. Obsolete textbooks, celebrity biographies, TV tie-ins, books about sport - that's just the most obvious crap, beyond which there's a layer of fiction and non-fiction that might be readable and interesting but I have no interest in reading in this life. It would be easy, in a suitably maudlin frame of mind, to imagine that one was taking a tour of a dying culture rather than just a dying bookshop."
it's consistently brilliant even if you have no interest in the architecture related stuff (will wiles is the editor of Icon), but then even that is fairly accessible.
Yes, he's totally right about the 'dying culture' aspect. Second hand book shops are less depressing than closing down bookshops, despite actually being a testament to the disposability of most books. I liked how the blog entry is a paen in some respects. As he says, the whole impersonality of Borders was quite nice - less dusty than a library and full of new sparkly books to browse (and er, occasionally buy).
I think it was a tip off form you about one of his other posts that led me to subscribe to his blog feed. Good shout.
it was great because of a loophole it meant with the 33% staff discount it was cheaper to buy them than it cost for waterstones to buy them. They'll probably hang in there because some of its competition have toppled
Powells bookshop in Portland is awesome - a MASSIVE new/second hand combo store. Plus extra, specialist stores - I <3 the Technical store muchly.
One of the best things about my hols to the US last Autumn.
For anyone who's aware of it, is there anywhere similar in the UK?
it was bleaker than the last days of woolworths, all they had left was csi boxsets
the best things i found were some biker mice from mars DVDs and the novelisation of Reveng of the Fallen for £2