Had a cool day in Oxford on Saturday with Maria & Shaun. Even the useless rail service from First Great Western (in both directions) couldn’t spoil the day.
We went early so that we could get some shopping out of the way before M&S got there. Shopping and me don’t agree except for bookshops of course and Oxford has a pretty good selection – the QI Bookshop is one of the best, and maybe one of the smallest too. But that didn’t stop us buying 7 titles in there including volume 1 of Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Buddha’ graphic novel – out now in paperback for the first time; ‘Tolkien’s Gown’ by Rick Gekoski a humorous look at the rare book trade and ’40 Classic Cotswold Pubs’ by GM Ball a good contribution towards one of my favourite pastimes! Then there’s Blackwells which contributed ‘The Adventure of English’ by Melvyn Bragg to my tally for the day – I’ve wanted to read this for a while, our friend Nicola read it a while ago and talks so enthusiastically about it that I had to add it to my increasing list of “stuff to read”.
Blackwells Art & Poster Shop is one of those places I cannot go in to without risking the sanctity of my wallet, and so despite successfully resisting Carolyn Burke’s biography of Lee Miller, I still succumbed to Taschen’s ‘History of Photography’. And considered myself to have got off lightly! The load of books I was carrying also increased with ‘Put the Book Back on the Shelf’ – a comic book Belle & Sebastian Anthology (various writers/artists) found by chance in HMV. Maybe there’s a not very hidden message for me there… Anyway HMV led to another strand of shopping (thankfully this only happens once in a blue moon otherwise we’d bankrupt ourselves) 2 Sigur Ros CD’s, Gorillaz, Gillian Welch and The Magic Numbers left the shop with us. Hours of listening and reading are the delightful prospect awaiting us now. Good job as we can’t afford to do anything else for the rest of the month.