Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Having spent the past fortnight getting all of my news from the BBC and the Times it's great to be back online. The only downer is I now have several hundred posts to plough through in addition to catching up on all the stories that were forced to play second fiddle to endless reports of snowfall over Britain and reruns of last Christmas's tsunami.

Fortunately, most of my blog withdrawal symptoms were remedied by Tim Worstall's excellent 2005 Blogged: Dispatches from the Blogosphere.

Parts of it do feel intrusive, as if someone's been through your bookmarks in the same way a burglar might rifle a drawer of underwear looking for a stash of rolled-up banknotes. A considerate burglar mind you: one who puts all of your best pants in a neat little pile, leaving a few choice undies of his own on the side. Or something like that. I have a feeling I may have overdone it on the stilton this year.

One thing I've learnt whilst searching for this book is that the snobs who work in the supposedly academic Waterstone's off Gower Street in London are clueless when it comes to blogs, but the three lads who man the tills in the same shop in Stratford-upon-Avon are not. The former told me they probably didn't stock it but if they did it would be filed under humour (well I suppose the Guardian's handling of the Dilpazier Aslam affair was funny in a "they haven't got a f***ing clue, have they?" kind of a way). The latter had a small shelf display of the book and seemed genuinely pleased that someone was buying a copy.

Are the people of Stratford-upon-Avon more blog-savvy than the several thousand academics and students from UCL and surrounding colleges? Or was the shelf-display simply a consequence of buying up too many copies?

Who cares. When you're stuck in the sticks without a PC it almost makes up for the real thing. Thank you Tim Worstall.


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